Turtle conservation holiday in Sri Lanka

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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
Edward Abbey said 'sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul'.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Turtle conservation holiday in Sri Lanka

Environment

The sea turtles in Sri Lanka and all over the world are in dire need of help. Us ‘humans’ are making their already extremely hard life almost impossible and that is why all species of sea turtle have crashed by over 90% globally.
Our project is small but we try to do as much as we can. We promise to continue our turtle watches every night collecting all turtle eggs that we come across. We will also buy any eggs given to us from the local villagers. Eggs are a local delicacy and can fetch a high price at the local markets so if we didn’t buy them they would probably end up in someone’s stomach.

Fishing nets are another big threat to sea turtles as they get caught in the nets, suffocate and then drown. Our project works closely with the local fishermen, they report to us any turtles they have found in nets and if the turtles are seriously injured they bring them to our centre. We look after the injured turtles and care for them til their injuries have healed and then we release them.

We also look after blind turtles which we do not release. These blind turtles become sea turtle ‘ambassadors’ and in we keep them at our centre for educational purposes for our local and foreign tourists.

Community

Our project works closely with the local communities seeking to benefit them with additional income through various means.

Our volunteers all stay in local homestay’s which provides the volunteer with a unique cultural exchange experience whilst providing the villagers with much need additional income.

Tourism in the area is relatively low compared to the other more popular areas like Galle. The area is well known for surfing which attracts tourists. However the project is becoming a more popular tourist attraction with people coming on day trips to visit the centre from the more popular areas. Our presence is thus providing additional tourist numbers increasing potential tourism trade for restaurants, shops and local travel providers.

The project also employs villagers to work in the centre. These villagers are paid an above average wage relative to the work, ie clerical. Once we have raised sufficient funds to build the new turtle hospital we will be able to provide additional employment for the villagers. We also promise to buy all eggs that are brought to us by local licensed egg collectors. Eggs are a type of currency in this region and the only way to conserve turtles is to use economics rather than just good will.

Working with the people not only benefits them but ultimately benefits the turtles.

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