Volunteer Experiences - The Great Turtle Project In Sri Lanka

Volunteer Experiences - The Great Turtle Project In Sri Lanka

Posted by Connor Whelan on Jul 20, 2016

In the latest of our series of volunteer experiences, Cathy, a volunteer on The Great Turtle Project in Sri Lanka, was kind enough to answer our questions all about what she got up to on the project. Cathy clearly seemed to enjoy her time in Sri Lanka, so we will let her take it from here!

What was the highlight of your trip?

Sea Turtle Hatchlings

There is nothing more unforgettable than the first time you set a batch of hatchlings free. I was so filled with joy, love, and hope when I set each baby turtle onto the sandy beach and watched them flap their little flippers as they made their way towards their new home - the ocean. I had so much hope for those hatchlings, and I wanted nothing more than for them to make it into adulthood. It's an experience that raises your own conscience and makes you fall in love with conservation.

Would you go back to the project or on to any others?

I was devastated when my turtle adventures ended, but almost immediately afterwards I started considering other possible conservation projects I could volunteer at. Elephants, sharks, bears, pandas - I want to help them all!

Do you have any tips for new travellers?

Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer

Don't take a single moment for granted (I miss those turtles already). Also, alongside the conservation element of the project you should try to explore the country while you're there!

Did the trip inspire you to help animal conservation in any other ways?

Absolutely. I've always been an environmentally conscious person, so I didn't change much about my daily routines or anything, but I'll definitely be volunteering for more animal conservation projects.

Why do you think people need to travel?


It allows people to become more open-minded and knowledgeable about the world around them, as opposed to their own surroundings. It encourages people to see things from different perspectives and to understand the effects of their actions on a larger scale. When you travel, not only do you see the world, you begin to understand it.

As you can see, Cathy thoroughly enjoyed her time at the Great Turtle Project and you can too by checking it out and learning more about it!


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