I am hoping to participate in a volunteering project which aims to help protect and rehabilitate at-risk sea turtles. Fishing is one of the major industries in Ambalangoda and the location of the project is very close to the local fisheries port. Sea turtles are often found in fishing nets and many have lost limbs becoming disabled and are no longer able to survive in the wild. Many of these disabled turtles are found by local Sri Lankans who bring them to the project site for rehabilitation and care.
The long term goal of this project is to rehabilitate the disabled turtles and release them back to the wild as well as to protect turtle eggs that are being stolen by local poachers.
During this project I will learn how to collect eggs, identify different kinds of turtles, how eggs hatch, how to treat turtles, how to send turtles back to the sea and so much more. I hope to make a tangible difference during my 4 week volunteering trip.
The only funding I am asking for is the expensive flights to and from Sri Lanka which amount to almost 800 pounds both ways as well as 25 pounds for a criminal background check and around 100 pounds for a visa.
Any contributions are welcome and hugely appreciated and if we exceed the set amount of 1000 pounds, the rest of the money will be donated to Sea Turtle Conservancy - an organization that has been helping turtles since 1959.