As one of Asia’s most under-appreciated nations, Sri Lanka has so much to offer to the intrepid tourist: from the Temple of the Tooth to the imposing Adams Peak, this South-Asian destination has an intriguing history and natural sights to leave visitors spellbound. One of the country’s top qualities, however, is its abundance of animals – which is why a volunteer project in Sri Lanka could be the best way to explore the so-called ‘Emerald Isle’.
Marco Polo once said that Sri Lanka is the ‘best island of its size in the world’, and this is something that many others would attest to. At just 65,610km2, the country is home to an impressive number of beaches, cultural sights and even national parks. In fact, some 13% of the nation’s land surface has been dedicated as Wildlife Protected Areas, 7% of which stands as national parks. By joining a volunteer program in Sri Lanka, you will be joining a burgeoning number of tourists who choose to appreciate the country’s supreme natural beauty. But what kind of volunteer experience could be for you?
Here at The Great Projects, we are proud to offer eco-tourism opportunities around the world, and by volunteering abroad in Sri Lanka, you’ll have the chance to work with creatures great and small. On The Great Turtle Project, you will experience life as a marine volunteer at one of Sri Lanka’s wildlife sanctuaries, working specifically with species such as green, olive ridley, loggerhead and hawksbill. Care for the turtles at the sanctuary by aiding efforts in their hatcheries before (when possible) releasing the animals back into the wild. Alternatively, you can head to one of our best-loved conservation projects, The Great Elephant Project, which is situated on the outskirts of Wasgamuwa National Park. Witness this gentle giant in its natural home, learning how to aid elephant conservation efforts and work with the local community to lessen the impact of human-animal conflict. By becoming an animal volunteer in Sri Lanka, you will play a part in protecting the nation’s most beloved and at-risk creatures – so why not get involved today?
Did you know that Sri Lanka is actually one of the top biodiversity hotspots on earth? As well as boasting a fantastical array of species, the country also has one of the highest rates of biological endemism known to man: 16% of fauna and 23% of flowering plants are found here and here only, giving the nation much to brag about.
By joining a conservation project in Sri Lanka, you are guaranteed to see at least some of what this amazing country has to offer, but keep your eyes peeled for exciting species such as:
Each of the above species is endemic to Sri Lanka, and wildlife conservation remains incredibly important if we wish to see these species continue to survive. By joining an ethical, eco-conscious project in Sri Lanka, you will have the opportunity to observe certain species (just as elephant, turtle, birds and more) in a manner which will not impact them negatively. If you wish to help preserve these species for generations to come, then join a project today!
Sri Lanka’s culture is vast and vibrant and is famed for its diversity. The country has undergone a global influence, with elements such as religion (Buddhism) and cuisine taking inspiration from India, Indonesia, and even the Netherlands. That said, the country has a flair that is all its own – so why not check out the best of Sri Lanka’s culture below?
Just because you’re looking to join a project abroad in Sri Lanka, doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all that makes this country so very special! Take a break away from your volunteer experience to see some of the top tourist sights or, if you’d prefer, book-end your trip with a tour of some must-see spots. Our suggestions of the top things to do or see in Sri Lanka are as follows: