TURTLE CONSERVATION 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, see starting dates in the description, participation fee 315€ per week, culture week mandatory to start the programme: 245 €. PROGRAMME FULL IN JULY.
- Code : G/LK/TC2017
- Dispo : 5M / 4F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
GREENLION SRI LANKA
Our conservation program in the South Srilankan beach of Ambalangoda is one of the only 9 turtle conservation in the island. Our program is certified by the sinhala government as Ceylon’s largest breeding and conservation turtle project in the country. Our program focuses on the rehabilitation of wounded turtles weather by humans, garbage or trash several turtles in the coasts of Sri Lanka are found hurt and without the ability to survive on their own. This program is the only disabled turtle project in the island. There are 5 out of 7 species of turtles that live in the Indian Ocean. Our program breeds and cares after all these 5 different species: Leatherback, Loggerhead, Hauxville, Green and Olive Ridley. There are around 30 disabled turtles living in the centre and in a separate centre we hatch hundreds of turtle eggs to be released to the ocean when born. The purpose of this organization is not for commercial interest but to give these wildlife animals an opportunity to survive after injured in a safe and healthy environment. Turtles are known to live between 200 and 300 years. Helping and conserving these turtles is our highest priority, therefore we require the you to take this job as seriously as possible. Smoking or drinking any sort of liquids as well as using sunscreen or chemicals on the parts of the skin that touches the water or turtle is strictly forbidden during project hours. The coordinators have a lot of experience caring for these animals so we ask to follow every instruction knowing it is in the turtle’s best interest. The aim of this project is to rescue injured turtles, medicate them, and release them back into the wild. As for the injured which are not fit to be released back into the wild, are kept at the rehabilitation center and taken care. These turtles propagate and the baby hatchlings are released into the ocean. Thus increasing the number of turtles in the ocean.
You will be accommodated in our center which is located a few meters from the ocean. Our rooms allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and shared toilet with your roommates. There is a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. We do not have Wi-Fi at the centre. You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can eat out at any of the local restaurants.
Ambalangoda is a coastal town located in Galle District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. This little town by the ocean is a sweaty, workaday town, and not touristic. Ambalangoda is known as a Buddhist city in Sri lanka. Ambalangoda is the place where "Masks" originated in Sri Lanka during the days of the kings and this is still thriving sometimes a bit modernized. In addition the place is reputed for its golden beaches, puppet shows, devil dancing, moonstone, and antique furniture. Plantations of low country tea, rubber, coconut and cinnamon plantations and factories. Our house is located five kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 20 minute walk away from our accommodation. Visit Sailatalarama Vihara which lies lies 7km inland from Ambalangoda. This temple sits on a domed hill with broad views over spice plantations and lakes towards the ranges of the Province of Sabaragamuwa. The temple has a 35m-long sleeping Buddha statue, built by donations. Pilgrims approach the dagobas and devale (a complex designed for worshipping a Hindu or local Sri Lankan deity) via 208 steps, but there’s also a road to the top. Also visit The Ariyapala Mask Museum, with its dioramas and explanations in English, gives an excellent insight into Sri Lankan masks and the meanings behind them. It also sells the booklet The Ambalangoda Mask Museum, a useful publication if you want to delve into the mysterious world of dance, legend and exorcism, and the psychology behind the masks.
Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, participation fee 315€ per week. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends), culture week mandatory to start the programme: 245 €. Compulsory starting dates for 2017: 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at BIA (Bandaranayake International Airport) on Saturdays and Sundays. ** PROGRAMME FULL IN JULY 2017.