Marine & Wildlife Conservation
Volunteers To Date
Tonnes of Rubbish Removed
Every Sunday all year round
From 2 weeks to 6 months
Accomodation £10, Food £8, Transport £6
The Marine & Wildlife Conservation programme works closely with the Sri Lankan Environmental Department and local NGOs to create sustainable programmes. We have created a long-term strategy to re-generate key areas of rainforest and maintain and protect coral reefs and the marine life in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Our various hands-on projects will have you fully immersed in environmental conservation - whether it be helping with the restoration of sea turtle numbers along the coast, replanting indigenous trees or creating artificial nests for Tree Frogs.
Sea Turtle Conservation
Beach & River Cleans
Exploitation of sea turtles exists in Sri Lanka, where many eggs and turtles are traded illegally by illicit businesses. Such activities are inhumane and have a detrimental effect on the sea turtle population around Sri Lanka. The Travelteer turtle sanctuary has been built to combat this trade as well as providing conservation education for the local community.
This project aims to protect turtle eggs in our sanctuary and release hatchlings into the ocean safely. We also have a scheme where fishermen bring us injured turtles that have been trapped in fishing nets to be rehabilitated and released back into the ocean! The project is hard work but incredibly rewarding - releasing an injured turtle back into the ocean after rehabilitation is really special.
CARING FOR TURTLES
We need volunteers to care for the turtles whilst they are at the sanctuary. Their food varies from sea grasses to crustaceans and fish. Injured turtles may need to have medicine applied to their injuries.
95% of Sea Turtle Hatchlings are released as soon as possible after hatching to mimic their natural life cycle - the remainder are 'Head-started' for 6 months to increase their chances of survival in the wild and closely monitored.
Each turtle enclosures needs cleaning twice a week. This requires you to drain the tanks, clean off the algae and refill with fresh sea water.
It is important to monitor newly born turtles' growth and injured turtles' health. We frequently measure and weigh the turtles to keep track of their growth!
Beach & River Clean-up
The Beach & River clean-up project aims to restore and protect beaches and coastal rivers which are important habitats to the marine life along Sri Lanka's southern coast.
Plastics and other debris are hazardous to marine life such as turtles that ingest plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish. By keeping these areas litter-free we can help protect the local wildlife and take a small step in battling the plastic pollution crisis. All litter is sorted into its recyclable elements and is then taken to collection points to be broken down and reused.
To date, Travelteer has collected over 2.3 tonnes of plastic from the beaches and lagoons of Southern Sri Lanka!
Our Beaches Before and After
Turn The Tide On Litter
Working as a team you will comb Sri Lankan beaches collecting as much rubbish as possible - beach cleans normally last around 2 hours and can sometimes result in up to 50kg of rubbish! These sessions are usually followed by volleyball or a swim on the now pristine beach, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labour!
Cruise The Rivers
Using small boats and rafts you will cruise around the rivers & lakes collecting any plastic or waste. Rakes and nets are provided and the stunning scenery really lights up in the late afternoon!
During Sri Lanka's colonial era, large areas of rainforest were removed for the introduction of coffee plantations. Crop failures at these plantations led local government to plant non-indigenous pine trees which has had an adverse effect on the ecosystem.
Through our replanting project we aim to help regenerate the rainforest in Sri Lanka’s Southern district to its original state, providing an increase of indigenous plants and habitats for local wildlife - many of which are currently endangered.
Travelteer partners with local experts and provides volunteers with knowledge about the ecology of local rainforests, giving an amazing insight into the flora and fauna of Sri Lanka's south-west region.
We run our own tree nurseries to grow indigenous plants & trees which are then planted in the rainforest. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the nursery and duties such as collecting seeds, replanting seedlings and daily watering.
We work in three rainforests located in the Southern province. You will transport the young trees and plant them in designated plots. It is very important to tag and photograph your work. We then input all of this onto our database.
Volunteers also help with maintaining existing sites, monitoring plant growth and conducting wildlife surveys. We monitor closely the populations of indigenous wildlife with the goal of increasing their numbers.
Travelteer's Agriculture Project works in partnership with local schools to grow fruit and vegetables and support various local communities.
The fruit and vegetables are firstly donated to local families who are struggling to afford their own food. Secondly, the school sells these to the local community, with the profits going towards new classroom resources.
This is a fantastic project that educates volunteers about agriculture in tropical climates and provides local children with knowledge about how to grow their own vegetables.
Time To Get Your Hands Dirty!
You will be planting and farming various different types of fruit and veg including bananas, chilis, cardinal seeds, cinnamon and ladies fingers. You will help continue the project by creating new additions to the garden as well as maintaining what we have already accomplished!
Work As A Team
Farming is hard work! But don’t worry, we go as a team and all help out. With Sri Lanka’s climate we only have the late afternoon when the sun cools down to work. It’s amazing how much work we can achieve in a couple of hours!
Working closely with local government and wildlife experts, our various projects aim to help secure the future of both flora & fauna in Sri Lanka and educate local communities in the importance of conservation.
We have release over 20,000 Turtle Hatchlings into the ocean. These releases are public and include members of the local community - educating the children in these communities about conservation is essential!
We have collected over 2.3 tonnes of marine debris from the beaches of Sri Lanka. Plastic pollution is a real issue globally and we want you to be a part of the solution!
Our Agriculture project has provided countless families with fresh fruit and vegetables - we run this project at the local school, so children can see the importance of self-sufficiency.