Volunteering with Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka

If you enjoy being at the beach, are working hard, enthusiastic, and love turtles; then volunteering with sea turtles in Sri Lanka will be a dream come true!  Along the coast of the Indian Ocean, you’ll have the opportunity to help clean & protect sea turtle habitats on the beach.  Volunteers will also promote turtle conservation education, assist with research & monitoring, and (depending on the season) ensure newly hatched, baby turtles have a safe journey into the sea/ocean.

Sea turtles are one of the most universally at-risk animals on the planet; with nearly all of the species being classified as endangered.  Now, more than ever, volunteers are needed to ensure their survival.  Sea turtles lay their eggs in nests on beaches where they’re perpetually at risk due to the presence of tourists, poachers, and predatory animals.  Despite eggs being laid in large numbers, very few of the baby sea turtles survive to adulthood.

Volunteering with Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka works to increase the survival rate for these amazing creatures.  This is a truly rewarding program and requires individuals who are enthusiastic and dedicated.  Some of the tasks volunteers can expect include: cleaning & feeding the adult turtles, feeding and releasing hatchlings, harvesting sea vegetation for the turtles, beach cleanup, cleaning & maintaining the rescue center, and more.  In addition, volunteers may also be asked to notify beach-goers of the presence of a nest and educate both tourists and locals on the importance of the protection of the turtles during tours of the center.

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Room & Board

All projects in Sri Lanka are based out of a basic hotel rooms based in the city or village in which the project is located.  Local transportation to/from the project site is included.

  • Shared, single-sex hotel rooms (max 3 volunteers) with en suite washrooms and air conditioning
  • Tap water in Sri Lanka is not drinkable, but filtered water is provided
  • 3 meals per day provided at the hotel
  • WiFi is not typically available in the hotels, so volunteers are encouraged to acquire a local SIM card (assuming they possess an unlocked/international phone) if they wish to have internet access



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$340
2 weeks$680
4 weeks$1,240
Prices for projects in Sri Lanka are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (www.xe.com).

Included: Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated) • Location orientation • Shared accommodations in local hotels (usually not more than 3 per room) • 3 meals per day • Project training • Project donation • 24/7 emergency phone & in-country support

NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Trip Add-ons

Volunteers participating in all projects in Sri Lanka have the opportunity to take advantage of island life and earn an additional PADI Open Water Diver certification.  The course can be taken as a stand alone program or added to the week before or after a volunteering project.  Click the button below for more information.

PADI Certification



Special Considerations | Volunteering with Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

For special considerations regarding projects in Sri Lanka, please visit the Sri Lanka page.

Turtle Season

The Sea Turtle Conservation project runs between December/January to April/May.

From June to November; there are fewer turtle hatchlings, the seas are rougher; and rains are heavier.  Therefore, volunteering during this time is not advised and (depending on the hatchery’s needs) may not be possible.

Physical Requirements

Volunteers participating in the sea turtle conservation project must be physically fit and capable of working in an open environment.