Family volunteering with Sea turtles in Sri Lanka

“A tailor made volunteering holiday for families passionate about conservation and/or community development. Choose between south or south west Sri Lanka. ”

Highlights

Volunteering with sea turtles conservation project | Volunteering in Sri Lanka schools | Choice between regular and premium family volunteering programmes | Full support throughout | Sports volunteering opportunities | Opportunities to contribute to youth and women’s empowerment programs

Description of Family volunteering with Sea turtles in Sri Lanka

This week long family volunteering with sea turtles programme in Sri Lanka is a wonderful way for adults and young people to contribute towards vital conservation in Sri Lanka, while also exploring our beautiful coast and culture. We also work with local communities on educational projects, teaching English for example, and we believe that this combination of responsible tourism and philanthropy creates deeper family bonds but also makes for an exciting and culturally immersive holiday. We also highly recommend and welcome single parents on these volunteering programmes.

We offer two options for family volunteering in Sri Lanka, both of which are suitable for all age groups:

Regular Family Program – Your base is close to Galle on the SW coast, with close proximity to sea turtle conservation projects as well as community projects, as you will have time to contribute to both. These can of course be tailor made to suit your family’s interests, needs and age groups.

Premium Family Program – Your base is Seenigama on the south coast of Sri Lanka, within easy walking distance of the beach and just fifteen minutes from the nearby town of Hikkaduwa. This premium program includes air conditioned rooms and also a swimming pool at your accommodation. The work involved is in teaching and sports coaching, depending on your interests and skills.

Volunteering work

Sea Turtles & Teaching program

Your working day starts with teaching in a local kindergarten and/or primary school, helping children improve their English skills, but also supporting them with other educational activities such as art and music. You will be giving vital assistance to full time Sri Lankan teachers who will guide you throughout. The adult volunteers will be helping with teaching, and children can of course take part in lessons, opening up opportunities for a great cultural exchange and learning experience for everyone.

In the afternoons you will be working on the sea turtle project, doing a variety of work from maintaining hatcheries, where eggs are protected before release, caring for turtles at the centre, burying eggs and maintaining the beach and, hopefully releasing turtles back out into the wild.


Teaching & Sports Coaching

This is the volunteering programme available to those opting for the premium package, working as a sports coach in a local centre just five minutes from where you are staying in Seenigama. Working alongside local coaches, we invite experts in swimming, volleyball and of course cricket, just as a few examples, to help with ongoing community sports projects.

In addition to sports coaching, you will also be working with kindergarten and primary school children helping with English, music, art and reading skills, working side by side with full time teachers who are always in need of additional support. Depending on your interests and skills, there will also be an opportunity to contribute to vital youth and women’s empowerment programmes in the area.

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2017: 25 Aug, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov, 1 Dec, 8 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec, 29 Dec
2018: 5 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 20 Apr, 27 Apr, 4 May, 11 May, 18 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 8 Jun, 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug ...
Top tip:
This work may be messier than you think, so bring plenty of old clothes, or buy some locally that you can then wash and pass on to those in need.
Trip type:
Tailor made but working with other volunteers.
Solos:
Single parents welcome.
Accomm:
Choice of basic or higher standard volunteer accommodation depending on package. All clean and comfortable though.
Meals:
All meals included, with typical Sri Lankan cuisine.
Included:
Pre-trip support, transfers from Colombo airport, support staff 24/7, all meals, project training.
About this holiday company:
Ridhi set this organization up in 2014, after a life changing volunteering trip that she made to South Africa herself. After that, she returned from London to her home country of India to set up volunteering projects there and here in Sri Lanka, where projects range from medical to midwifery, turtle conservation to teaching.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family volunteering with Sea turtles in Sri Lanka

Environment

Our volunteer placements in Sri Lanka are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Pre-departure preparation
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation.

Meaningful Volunteering:
Our Volunteer programs are lasting and meaningful and have a long term impact on the communities we work with. If a placement is under 4 weeks in length, volunteers will be able to assist a resident teacher rather than teach alone in the classroom. We work with Tsunami camp children and also help in local schools that need volunteer support. We are also helping in Seenigama where we are supporting a local charity to help a community impacted during the Tsunami of 2004.

Child Protection:
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the children’s backgrounds.

Environment:
We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Community

Local Community Living:
All our volunteer programs are designed in collaboration with the community and based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with support while still continuing their traditional way of life. All our volunteers are housed locally in homestays that support the local community.

Volunteer and Service Placements:
Volunteer time, effort, and attention are of great value to our local partners such as NGOs, schools, and children’s homes that we serve. We make sure that whoever we are tied up with are operating with our values in mind and are for the improvement of life on ground.

Cultural sensitivity:
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in Sri Lanka. Our policy is to send people to the developing world in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

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