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Ambalangonda, Sri Lanka
Turtle Project in Ambalangonda
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Trip Code: LKVCN1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £800 for 2 Weeks + £450 per Week
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Turtle Volunteers in Sri LankaTurtle Hatchlings Turtle Conservation Project

Become an active member of a turtle conservation project in alluring Sri Lanka and you will have a real impact on the survival of these peaceful creatures. You will be volunteering in one of the most beautiful and serene spots in Sri Lanka whilst working towards the protection of these critically endangered species.

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Turtle Conservation is Sri Lanka
Many species of sea turtles have become critically endangered in recent years due to illegal trafficking, loss of habitat, fishing and pollution, to name just a few reasons. The local people of Sri Lanka are now working hard to prevent further damage to the turtle populations and work on educating communities to ensure everyone works together to safeguard these amazing creatures. Sri Lanka is a land of wondrous beauty and one that is famed for its beautiful beaches. Throughout this project you will enjoy working with, and getting to know, the local people. Sri Lankans are known for being a very friendly and welcoming, they will be so grateful for your time joining them on this conservation project and will welcome you into their community.

Your Turtle Conservation Project
The aims of this conservation project is to work towards the prevention of sea turtles becoming extinct. Hatchlings of sea turtles are very vulnerable to predators and the elements, so a big part of this conservation effort it to protect turtle nests and eggs. You will be working on a part of the beach that is not accessible to tourists, the project aims to collect turtle eggs in order to protect them and then re-release the hatchlings into the ocean. The project also works with injured sea turtles and where possible working to rehabilitate and re-release turtles back to the ocean. Nothing really compares to rescuing an injured sea turtle and then returning it back to its natural habitat, the overwhelming sense of pride you will feel knowing that you have helped to make this happen. An important part of this project is also promoting the conservation work the project is doing; you can assist in awareness camps for tourists and locals which will highlight the small things that everybody can do towards these conservation efforts. 

Your Volunteer Turtle Conservation role
Your conservation role will be varied, each day will be a bit different to the last. You will be expected to really get stuck in to every aspect of caring for the sea turtles both at the centre and in the wild. Daily activities will include;
• Beach cleans
• Cleaning turtle tanks
• Cleaning turtle shells
• Feeding turtles
• Releasing hatchlings into the ocean
• Monitoring nests
• Providing treatment to sick and injured turtles
• Identifying different types of turtles
• Raising awareness of the importance of conservation work for sea turtles

Turtle Conservation Projects Abroad
If you are passionate about wildlife and nature, and are keen to give back on a volunteer project during your gap year, career break or summer holidays, this turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka provides amazing opportunities to work with locals, get closer to endangered turtle species and understand the fascinating Sri Lankan culture.

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Quick Facts

Trip Name
Turtle Conservation Project
Trip Code
Sri Lanka
Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
Trip Type
Wildlife & Conservation
From £800 for 2 Weeks + £450 per Week
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This project is available from 2 week up to 12 weeks, however we beleive the longer you can take part for the more yopu can put into the conservation efforts and the more you, the locals and turtles will get out of it!
There no prerequisites or specific experience requirtements for this project. Participants are just required to have a keen interest in wildlife, nature and specifically turtles.
Ideal for
Turtle Conservation Projects Abroad; Gap Year Volunteering in Sri Lanka; Turtle Projects in Asia; Career Break and Student Holidays.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any weekend of the year, preferably on a Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00 so that we can pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our accommodation.

Saturday arrivals need to book one extra night at our accommodation, costing GBP30.

Note 2: The first week of your trip will be a cultural introduction week centred in and around Kandy. Therefore, if you want to volunteer for 2 weeks, we suggest booking a 3 week trip.

British Nationals will require a visa to enter Sri Lanka, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Sri Lanka High Commission website by clicking here.

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You will be staying in basic but comfortable dorm style accommodation with all the amenities you need.
3 meals a day during the week, 2 meals at weekend. Local nutritious foods.
Airport Pick-up
Included on arrival/start date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.
Transport to and from your placement is provided. Volunteers are expected to walk short distances.
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival, with project related training during your first few days of your placement.
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support
Part of your fee is used to buy decent equipment to support the placement and community you work with.
Equipment & Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visa; Vaccinations; Airport Drop-off; Spending Money.
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Social Life in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is still relatively quiet in terms of the number of tourists visiting so you will still have a very real and authentic experience. There will lots of evening and weekend activities to get involved with which the in-country team will be happy to advise you with, and no doubt you will really enjoy socialising with the local people. Sri Lankans are a very friendly nation who will love to interact with tourists and show them how they like to unwind and relax.

Adventure Travel in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a relatively small Island, this is great for many reasons, firstly you will never be too far from a white sandy, palm fringed beach. The beaches are perfect if you want to relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery or if you want to learn to surf, Sri Lanka has some fantastic surf spots, particularly in the South of the Island, or if Scuba diving is your thing then you will not be disappointed with the dive sites around Sri Lanka, famous for its fantastic reefs and wrecks. Sri Lanka is home to so many stunning national parks, including Yala National park, which should not be missed, famous for its variety of of wildlife if you are lucky you will spot wild elephants and leopards. There are also so many beautiful temples to be explored in Sri Lanka and if you fancy a challenge you should trek to Adam’s peak, the views from here will definitely be worth it. Sri Lanka is a fascinating country and you will never feel short of something to do. 

Accommodation in Sri Lanka 
Your accommodation will be basic but comfortable in a shared volunteer house in shared dormitory style rooms, private rooms can be requested but for an additional fee. You will have all necessary amenities for a comfortable stay including shared communal areas, toilet and shower facilities with running water, electricity, and kitchen facilities.

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Sri Lanka is a beautiful island which appears to be hanging off the bottom of India like a teardrop and is referred to as being the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” due to its tropical beaches, stunning scenery and diverse array of wildlife! Although the country was in the midst of civil war up until 2009, Sri Lanka has recently opened its arms to the global travel community, with the local people being only to willing to show off the delights of this vibrant nation. 

Famed for boasting some of the world’s most incredible Buddhist ruins, this maritime hub of activity is a melting pot of the world’s most fascinating cultures, mouth-watering cuisines, friendly local people and breath-taking coastlines.

Quick Facts
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Formerly: Ceylon)
South Asia
Bordering Countries
Island Nation - No geographical borders. Closest neighbour is India to the North West.
Capital City
Unitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
20 million
Sinhalese and Tamil
Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Formerly: Ceylon)
6.4% living below the national poverty line
Main Exports
Tea, Clothing, Textiles and Rice.
Being close to the Equator Sri Lanka averages temperatures of between 25 - 30 degrees C. The annual monsoon brings rainfall to many coastal areas between May - September.
Time Zone
UTC +05:30
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Fun facts 
1. Due to the very high number of waterfalls in Sri Lanka, most of the electricity on the island is powered by hydroelectric energy!

2. Sri Lanka's flag is said to be one of the oldest in the world, dating all the way back to 486 BC.

3. Ella kiri (pronounced ala-ki-ri) is the Sinhala term for 'awesome', but in literal terms it translates into ' cow's milk'. Say it to the locals when you are chatting, they absolutely love it!

Travel Highlights
1. Take the Buddhist pilgrimage to the summit of Adam's Peak. Grab a cup of tea at the top and soak up an incredible view.

2. Check out Yala National Park, home to Sri Lanka's largest population of leopards, as well as loads of monkeys, crocodiles and elephants.

3. Head deep into the Dambulla underground cave temples, and experience a treasure trove of Buddhist artwork, statues, shrines and murals.

4. Work with the turtles on our Turtle Project in Ambalangonda, which is fast becoming one of the most recognised turtle conservation efforts in Sri Lanka.

5. Witness the spectacle that is the Esala Perahera in Kandy, known to be one of the most spectacular festivals in Asia, with everything from elephants and drummers, to dancers and acrobats.

Ambalangonda Beach Local Children Turtle Nesting

Where is Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka can be found seemingly hanging delicately off the South East of the Indian sub-continent in Southern Asia, right in the heart of the Indian ocean. Being an island nation, Sri Lanka does not share any geographical borders with any other nations (although is very close to India), however being located between Africa, India and South East Asia, and being subject to many years of European colonial rule this country benefits greatly from possessing a truly enlightening concoction of cultures.

Sri Lanka’s Climate
For a small country, Sri Lanka’s climate is relatively complicated. With two annual monsoon seasons, affecting different parts of the country, you need to be careful to travel at the right time of year to avoid getting a bit wet in the rains. However, as there are two different monsoons affecting different regions, this means that there is always somewhere on the island with nice weather! The main ‘Yala’ monsoon occurs on the western and south-western coasts and brings rain from May through to September each year, however the ‘Maha’ monsoon brings rains to the east coastal regions from November through to March. Also, watch out for the heavy rains season in November / December which can affect the whole island.

Beigna  tropical country, and not far from the Equator, Sri Lanka stays at a relativel;y consistant temperature year round. The main seasons bring the following temperatures:

Dry Season (December to April) where the temperature is between 22°C to 30°C.
Monsoon (May to August) with the temperature ranging between 25°C to 29°C.
Inter-monsoon (September to November) where the temperature lies between 24°C and 29°C.

Language in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has a population of approx. 20 million people and the official language of the country’s vibrant population is Sinhala. Of these 20 million people approx. 75% speak Sinhala as their first language, with a further 20% having Tamil as their first language. English is the language of business and is used in Sri Lankan government, and therefore is widely spoken throughout the population. 

The People & Culture of Sri Lanka
The people of Sri Lanka are incredible friendly and charming, always offering their services to a lost traveller, or going out of their way to speak to you, asking about your life back at home. The laid back,m peaceful atmosphere in the country is partly down to the Buddhist and Hindu influences that are apparent throughout the country. Buddhism accounts for approx. 70% of the population, with countless shrines, temples and ancient ruins scattered across this beautifully spiritual island nation.

Sri Lankan people are easy going, happy and forgiving people by nature, and are extremely appreciative of visitors to their country who take the time to learn more about their culture and respect their way of life!

Travelling in Sri Lanka
Although much smaller that its neighbour (India), Sri Lanka boasts some of the most incredible sights in Southern Asia. From palm-fringed beaches, turtle nesting sites, and wild elephants, to awe-inspiring temples, mountain ranges, bustling cities, the diversity of this island is not to overlooked. In the cities you will find festivals of lights and colour, and the sights and sounds that will remind you of India, then if you head down to the coasts you will find epic beach parties, surf shacks, and adventures. Here is a quick breakdown of our project locations in Sri Lanka

Kandy is simply stunning, it is one of the most scenic and revealing cities in Sri Lanka. Located amidst the rolling hills of the central region, it is home to some incredible cultural attractions, including the famous Temple of the Tooth relic. Sri Lanka has had a dramatic past, with Kandy serving as the capital of the Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) kingdom, withstanding centuries of attacks from the Portuguese and Dutch before finally falling to the British in the early 1800s, which gives Kandy a real sense of culture, ideal for cultural exchanges with local people!

This beautiful, coastal town located on the main transport route between Sri Lanka’s capital and the popular tourist destination of Hikkaduwa on the South West coast, is an amazing place to spend some time during a tour of Sri Lanka, or to settle for a few weeks on a volunteer project. Although slightly overshadowed by some of the other coastal town such as Galle and Hikkaduwa, Ambalangonda is a seaside gem! Many visitors to the town have come to uncover some souvenirs and artefacts from the lively markets and also to unravel some of the mysteries around Sri Lanka’s devil masks and devil dances, used to drive out spirits that are thought to cause illness! Interesting stuff...worth a visit we think!

Gap Year and Career Breaks in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, although not as regarded as one of the top tourist hotspots in Asia, it is slowly growing into one of the best places to visit, with all the cultural and traditional charm that makes you feel like an explorer, but a good tourism infrastructure to make your trip painless and straight-forward. Sri Lanka is becoming more and more popular for gap year, career break and student travel, so why not check it out for yourself!

Some people find the concept of paying to volunteer a bit strange. The truth is you don’t actually pay for your volunteer placement. That part is free. Your money goes on all the other benefits around it.
Project Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to the local community.
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to volunteer in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the rest of the team and other volunteers.
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while volunteering abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ongoing Project Support
For every volunteer who travels with us, we make a donation to support the work you do in-country. This donation funds future initiatives in the countries and supports the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop.
Recruiting More Volunteers
In order to provide a reliable flow of volunteers to our placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you. Our projects simply wouldn’t survive if we didn’t. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!  
Sri Lanakan Yoga Beaches in Sri Lanka Group Travel in Sri Lanka
There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your trip or tour with us.

Flights and Insurance
Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic, this is simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – StudentUniverse, part of Flight Centre. They will guide you every step of the way.

Please only use this service here and do not go into one of their branches as this can complicate things for us.

Browse or book flights using our search engine. Click here to access it.

Alternatively you can call them on 03300 585032 and mention you are considering or are going away with Changing Worlds and let them do the hard work. They will also be able to provide you with adequate travel insurance.

Travelling after your trip with us? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem... just discuss this with them too.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner.

What happens when flights and insurance are booked?
When you book any trip with us, you will gain access to our online Travel Centre, personalised for you. In here you will have all the information about your trip and how to plan for it, including the contact details for our in-country team and address you will be staying at.

There are also some forms we need you to complete before you depart, covering areas like your dietary requirements, next-of-kin, medical information, flight arrivals details and more.

Do I really need travel insurance?
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

Some of the countries where we work will require you to have a visa. We provide guidance for this against the Trip Summary tab so you can check whether your nationality requires it. If a visa is required we will provide a letter of invitation, if the embassy requests this, as well as all the relevant information you will need to complete the visa application process. This information is provided after you book with us. With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Please note we have no control over the issuing of visas and this is at the embassies discretion. We will help wherever possible though.

At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!   
1) Are meals included in this trip? 
Food is an important, so we include meals for the duration of this trip. On Weekdays our team will provide 3 meals per day. The food will consist of mainly local Sri Lankan cuisine (lots of vegetables, meat, curry dishes and rice). 

2) What accommodation and support is provided?
Accommodation is provided in our comfortable volunteer houses (shared rooms of 4-8 people.) You will be provided with a 24/7 emergency number for each respective country on arrival, and you will have the dedicated support from English speaking staff on site. Our in-country team also operates formal helpdesk during working hours for any feedback and questions from our participants.

3) What ages are allowed on the trip? 
We recommend that those taking part in this trip should be 18+ year olds. For those who are under 18 years old, it is still possible to take part in the trip, we would however need written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Please mention this in the comments section of your booking. 

4) When do trip activities take place? 
The general schedules for this trip runs from Monday to Friday (unless otherwise stated that some weekend work is available) with evenings during the week, and weekends free for travel, excursions and activities. This trip is available all year but please take note that schedule adjustments may occur on certain dates throughout the year, due to the constant evolution of the projects and circumstances beyond our control.

5) When can a participant arrive? 
As part of our in-country service we endeavour to provide an airport pick-up for all participants. A participant should arrive at their arrival airport on the Sunday of the weekend of their trip start date, and will be met in the airport arrivals by a member of our in-country team or transfer service. Please note that for those arriving on a Saturday, an extra night accommodation charge is due (dependant on availability – ask us for details). Extra nights before or after your trip (Saturday being the last day for the trip) have a cost of £25 per night. Just let us know in the comments section of your booking! 

7) How are participants transported? 
Trip participants should expect to be transferred from the airport to their trip location by public transport (Taxi or Coach). Depending on your chosen trip, trip related transport can vary between minibus, open air cars, boats, and even bicycles. 

8) What level of interactivity is required for this trip? 
We require our participants to be socially active whilst taking part in your trip! This trip incorporates lots of inter-action with the local people and culture, involves some local travel, and our volunteer projects will need you to use initiative the ability to think on your feet. In all cases, our in-country coordinators will be there to guide you and provide 24hr support to ensure everything is running smoothly.   
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