Help conserve the marine and wildlife in Sri Lanka
This programme combines four different sub-programmes which aim to help rehabilitate and conserve the environment in Sri Lanka.
During the colonial period, large areas of indigenous rain forest were cleared for tea plantations. Since independence, these plantations have been nationalised and returned to the ministry of forestry and environmental department. However, over the last half a century during the restoration of the rain forest, the planting of non-indigenous pine trees has had an adverse effect on the eco-system resulting in a further reduction of wildlife and indigenous plants.
Through our re-plantation programme we aim to help re-generate the jungle in the Kottawa and Galle districts of Sri Lanka to their original state.
Role of the volunteer:
Planting – Volunteers will help with replanting the trees, picking them up from the tree nursery and taking them into the jungle!
- Monitoring – Tracking the progress of the trees planted, collecting data and photographing.
- Recording - All planted trees will be recorded and inputted into the project database.
River and Beach Clean-up
The river and beach clean-up programme aims to help restore the condition of local rivers and beaches in Sri Lanka. All the collected waste is either disposed or recycled. Volunteers are involved in the education of local school communities regarding responsible waste disposal.
Role Of The Volunteer:
Beach clean-up – Help restore the beaches to their true beauty by working in large groups collecting all of the rubbish that is damaging the environment.
- River clean-up – Cruise along the rivers of Sri Lanka with giant fishing nets, pulling out as much rubbish as you can.
- Waste disposal – Once all rubbish has been collected it needs to be taken to an official waste disposal unit.
This project runs a hatchery for sea turtles with the aim to protect the eggs and release newborns into the ocean safely. The night-watch programme requires volunteers to monitor and collect eggs. The turtle eggs are incubated at the hatchery and labelled. Once the baby turtles hatch and are ready, they are released back into the ocean! The hatchery requires considerable amounts of maintenance and needs volunteers to help improve the facilities.
Role Of The Volunteer:
- Night watch – Wait on the beach at night for turtles to come and lay their eggs. Collect their eggs and bury them in the turtle hatchery to protect them from predators!
- Turtle monitoring – Keep watch over the baby turtles, making sure they are all fit and healthy, which will prepare them for the open sea!
- Cleaning and maintenance – Cleaning is essential to develop healthy turtles. All volunteers will get involved with cleaning the turtles and the rehabilitation tanks they live in.
- Spending money
- Passport – with minimum 6 months to expiry date.
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun lotion
- Walking boots
- Long trousers
- Leech socks
Skills & expertise required
- We need motivated volunteers who are interested in environmental conservation. Although, its great for volunteers with knowledge in this area.
Anyone can help!
- Aged 17 +
- Criminal background check.
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated; wanting to make a difference!
Sustainability & Impact in Sri Lanka
The Marine & Wildlife Conservation programme works closely with the Sri Lankan environmental department and local NGO’s to create a sustainable programme. We have created a five year plan with the aim to regenerate key areas of the Kottowa rain forest. We intend to increase the scope of our turtle hatchery and start gaining research using GPS tracking. We hope to add a coral regeneration programme in the New Year!
Benefit for volunteers
- Experience - Take yourself outside of your comfort zone and expose yourself to new experiences.
- Transferable skills - Learn vital skills that will benefit you in your future career.
- Employability - Enhance your CV with degree related experience and set yourself apart from the crowd!
- Travelteer Veteran- return to the projects as a Team Leader
Marine and Wildlife Conservation Programme dates
Duration: 2 weeks +
- Winter break (8th January 2017 - February 2017)
- Easter break (March 2017 - May 2017)
- Summer (Late May 2017 - September 2017)
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