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Volunteer in Sri Lanka, a country with a true melting pot of people, culture and ideas, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Comprising of dense forests, roaring waterfalls, interesting architecture, tasty food, endless beaches and diverse wildlife, Sri Lanka is a wonderful place to volunteer and there is something appealing for everybody.

Volunteer in Sri Lanka

The project Kaya offers in Sri Lanka is perfectly suited to those who wish to work in marine conservation and help endangered species. Volunteer on the Turtle conservation project protecting five endangered species of turtle. You will be working on the beautiful south coastline with marine enthusiasts, protecting the turtle’s breeding grounds and monitoring their activities.

Volunteers are in demand in Sri Lanka as the turtles are under threat from tourism, locals, export demands and also the fishing industry. Working with a small team of five you can carry out rewarding work and protect Sri Lanka’s endangered turtle population.

Sri Lanka’s terrain is ideal for those who are keen on hiking, cycling and diving. For those experienced divers out there, try the unique Gorgonian gardens dive and spot hundreds of Triggerfish. To delve into ancient history, travel to the capital Colombo at the weekend for a break from your beachfront location. Explore its rich colonial heritage, visit the botanical gardens and discover great street food like kottu roti (stir fry with roti bread). For a more exhilarating activity, try white-water rafting at the Kitulgala river, covering five major rapids!

Why not add on an extension to your stay and travel north to the sacred city of Anuradhapura where you can visit the wondrous stupa of Sri Lanka, the Ruwanweli Maha Seya Buddhist temple. Sri Lanka is an extremely biodiverse spot, see the world’s biggest concentration of elephants, leopards and sloth bears at Yala National Park, an untamed world of wildlife.

Intern or volunteer in Sri Lanka with Kaya on the Turtle Conservation project and work alongside a small local team, helping contribute to global efforts to protect these important species.


Here are some important facts about Sri Lanka:

  • Population 22,053,488 July 2015 estimate
  • Language – Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil (national language) 18%, other 8%
  • note: English, spoken competently by about 10% of the population, is commonly used in government and is referred to as the link language in the constitution
  • Religion – Buddhist (official) 70.2%, Hindu 12.6%, Muslim 9.7%, Roman Catholic 6.1%, other Christian 1.3%, other 0.05% (2012 est.)
  • Currency – Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
  • Climate – tropical monsoon; northeast monsoon (December to March); southwest monsoon (June to October)


Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

Volunteer with us on a turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka and help a local team protect five endangered species of turtle.

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Apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.


When you have confirmed your project dates we'll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.