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The first & only 100% ethical sea turtle project in Sri Lanka

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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £200
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Saturday
  • From
    £200

Sri Lanka sea turtle conservation

Come and help on the most exciting sea turtle project in Sri Lanka that is the first of its kind! You will play a vital role in saving critically endangered sea turtles on a 100% ethical project, set up and run by The Mighty Roar.

You, along with other volunteers are urgently needed to help with our worthwhile conservation efforts. You will not only be contributing your time and money to saving turtles within our hatchery and local area but also to gathering essential research data to change how the whole industry is currently run in Sri Lanka!

Our brand new purpose built large hatchery was funded and constructed by previous volunteers and we now need as many people as possible to come and help continue our efforts. Every nest, every egg, every hatchling and every turtle released is crucial to the survival of the species, so why not be part of something special where you can genuinely say you helped sea turtles in Sri Lanka!

Background to the sea turtle programme

Unfortunately, sea turtle populations around the world are on a sharp decline due to natural predators and severe human interference. One of the biggest problems in Sri Lanka are human poachers, who mishandle the eggs to sell to turtle sanctuaries or to locals as a source of food or medicine. Another major problem is actually the 40 so called sanctuaries that line the west coast of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, these projects are set up purely to make money from tourists, with many cruel practices happening day in day out.

We regularly visit many of the sanctuaries nearby, where many hundreds of volunteers from around the world go every year to supposedly help. There is absolutely no conservation happening and nine times out of ten they are actually making the situation worse. Some of the bigger problems include; many healthy sea turtles being confined to very small tanks without being able to swim or dive, thousands of tourists holding turtles (often dropping them), baby sea turtles being kept in tanks for many weeks before being released (therefore using up all of their energy and any hope of survival) and most sanctuaries from what we can tell have a very low hatching success rate and are mainly producing males.

Our aim of the programme is simple; to conserve the critically endangered sea turtles that nest upon the shores of Sri Lanka. We hope to achieve this by:

  1. Educating the local community about the importance of sea turtles and the environment (plastic, littering etc.)
  2. Provide a new income to local poachers (assisting volunteers, tours and many other ideas) to gradually decrease their presence.
  3. Collect vital research data about nesting turtles and our hatchery's success rate to provide to the government to then look at imposing stricter legislations regarding poaching and turtle sanctuaries.
  4. Create a tour permit system whereby former poachers and sanctuary staff take tourists onto nesting beaches in a safe and ethical way - therefore reducing the need for income from traditional sanctuaries. 

With five of the seven sea turtle species (Hawksbill, Green, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and Leatherback) being regularly found along the coast of Sri Lanka, there is no better place to volunteer to ensure these amazing animals have the best chance of survival. Although the nesting season is at its peak from November to May, there are turtles coming ashore regularly all year round!

Working alongside fellow volunteers, our dedicated local team and at times, research biologists, you will get to learn so much about the local environment and sea turtles. All of the research data we gather will be collated and published every year to not only help us improve but we also hope that we can change the current situation in Sri Lanka and in the sanctuaries.

Where will I be volunteering?

You will spend the majority of your days and nights on the nearby beaches working with wild turtles! The first and most important location is Akruala beach. This 2 kilometre stretch of golden sandy beach is a hot spot for sea turtles coming ashore to nest, with over 15,000 eggs collected every year - and it's just a 10 second walk away!

We have identified a further 2 beaches close by that we regularly work on and we hope one day they will be safe havens so the nests can remain on the beach as nature intended. In an ideal world there would be no need for hatcheries and we hope from the work we do and the data we gather, we can eventually make this a reality.

The rest of your time will be spent at our purpose built hatchery, just a 20 second walk from the volunteer accommodation or at the accommodation itself, collecting and correlating any required research data.

What is my role?

You will play an important role and be fully involved in our efforts of trying to save sea turtles in Sri Lanka. You will get hands-on experience with this once in a lifetime opportunity to work so closely with these beautiful creatures. You will leave feeling rewarded after having made such a positive impact on the future survival of sea turtles. Get ready for some unforgettable memories and amazing experiences in this truly beautiful country. Just some of the activities you could be involved with are:

Night beach patrols - One of the main tasks will be to patrol one of three nearby beaches in search of sea turtles coming up to nest. Walking along the pristine sandy beaches listening to the waves crash down is not a bad way to spend your evenings / nights! Seeing a turtle slowly make it’s way out of the sea and up to nest is an amazing experience! You will be responsible for transporting any eggs you come across back to the safety of our hatchery where they will have the best chance of survival. Each shift will generally last 1 to 2 hours and cover a distance of between 1 and 4km.

Hatchery guarding - Looking after the hatchery on a shift like basis, you will be guarding all of the nests from any potential predators. During this period you will be in charge of weighing, measuring and releasing all new hatchlings into the sea. 

Releasing baby turtles - By far the most popular and best activity, you will get the chance to release newly hatched babies into the sea. This rewarding activity is of course why we are all here and there is no better experience than knowing you have contributed to the wild sea turtle populations. For the best chance of survival, the babies are released as soon as they hatch at differing locations.

Sea turtle rescue - Our local team and volunteers are always on call in case a sea turtle is in need of rescue. We regularly get calls from local fishermen who have accidentally caught turtles in their fishing nets as well as from locals who have come across a sea turtle who is stuck or in distress. Volunteers will play a vital role in helping these turtles to rehabilitate and then release them back into the sea once they are fit and healthy.

Tank cleaning and refilling - We need to ensure that our two tanks are always clean to make sure any seas turtles currently in our care are happy. Even if we do not currently have any turtles present, we always need to be prepared and ready in case that call comes. Although a relatively simple task, without any kind of pumping equipment and in the tropical heat - it can be quite gruelling!

Beach cleans - Not the most exciting job, but ensuring that the coastline along the project site is clean and tidy will result in more females coming up to lay their eggs – crucial for securing their futures! 

On top of the above, you could also find yourself conducting morning census, maintaining the hatchery and any associated equipment and raising awareness within the local community. 

What will a typical day look like?

The majority of sea turtle activity actually happens during the late evening / night and in the early mornings. For this reason, most activities generally occur during this time, leaving you with plenty of free time during the day to relax or assist with other programmes.

No two days will ever be the same and at the blink of an eye you could be off to rescue a turtle! Depending on what your group has been scheduled to do for the day, you could be up helping from as early as 6am or on a late night beach patrol until 2am! A typical day may look like this -

6:30am - 7:30am - Morning census
8:00am - Breakfast
9:00am - 10/11:00am - Carrying out any scheduled tasks such as beach cleans, tank cleaning / refilling and feeding any sea turtles in our care. You can also assist on our teaching and childcare programmes if wanted.
11:00am - 1:00pm - Free time
1:00pm - Lunch
2:00pm - Assist with the community teaching class or free time.
7:00pm - Dinner
7:30pm - 12:00am - night beach patrols, hatchery guarding and releasing any newly hatched turtles

Where will I be staying?

We cannot think of anywhere better to stay when volunteering in Sri Lanka! Our volunteer accommodation is just a stones throw away (10 second walk) from a quiet golden sand beach that is lined with palm trees – paradise! It’s the perfect place to come and relax each evening and witness some incredible sunsets. Not only this, but you can snorkel in the crystal clear waters that have an abundance of colourful fish swimming around the coral reef and you may even see a sea turtle swim by!

The touristy backpacker town of Hikkaduwa is just a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride away where you can visit many restaurants and bars that back right onto the beach. A favourite town amongst most volunteers, there are many supermarkets, quirky shops and water activities on offer – including surfing. The fishermen town of Ambalangoda is just another 10 minute tuk-tuk ride away in the other direction and offers a more local and traditional way of life. You can visit markets, devil mask museums and also see the largest laying down Buddha statue.

The accommodation is also conveniently located close to the historic town of Galle and well known beaches including Mirissa and Unawatuna.

Other things to consider

Nesting Season - Sri Lanka is quite unique in the fact that the country has sea turtles nesting all year round - hence the programme having start dates throughout the year. However, the peak sea turtle nesting season starts from the end of November until the end of March, with the peak hatching season running from the start of February until the end of May. Although you will more than likely see sea turtles and hatchlings outside of the peak months, it is not guaranteed and will be less frequent. 

Top destination - Sri Lanka is widely considered by our volunteers to be our best volunteer destination. The majority of our feedback suggests that this is due to the superior local support offered by Charith and our local team, the volunteer programmes making a real difference, value for money and accommodation location. With this in mind, we believe that Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for first-time travellers, under 18's and families with younger children.

Helping on multiple projects - Whilst in Sri Lanka and as a sea turtle volunteer, you will also have the opportunity to get involved with all of our other programmes. This unique experience will allow you to assist with sea turtle conservation, but also assist where wanted on our childcare, teaching and dog sanctuary programmes for no additional charge.

Weekends and free time - You will have every weekend off from volunteering and this is the perfect time to explore everything this beautiful island has to offer. You are more than welcome to simply relax around the accommodation and enjoy the nearby beaches, but most volunteers will use this time to travel and see the country. Further down this page you will come across many suggestions and ideas on where you could go. Alternatively, if you are looking to see as much of the country as possible during this time, travel with other volunteers and be accompanied by one of our local team members, then you may be interested in one or more of the organised weekend trips we run.

Experience Of A Lifetime

We have just returned from three weeks on the turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka. We did this as a family, with children aged 12 and 10. The experience as a whole was incredible, and I would recommend it to anyone.

We felt completely looked after by the TMR team in Akurala. Ayomi was quick to respond to queries on the group chat, while Chutti and Mammu were always on hand to show us what to do and help when needed.

In terms of accommodation and comfort, the rooms are basic (though all have air conditioning except during the scheduled power cuts), but we only really needed them for sleep and short breaks from the heat. The sense of community within the establishment was amazing. Our kids made friends quickly with kids of the two other families who were there at the same time, and we felt perfectly safe to let them play in and around the restaurant area and the wider complex. The food provided was great. We were given many different vegetables we had never sampled before, cooked in interesting ways, along with chicken and tuna, rice and noodles which were also very good. The kids appreciated the copious amounts of ice-cream provided after each meal!

Days and evenings were never dull. Most of the turtle duties are later on, with night walks along the beach to check for signs of eggs being laid (always accompanied by a staff member), and checking the hatchery for baby turtles. When not volunteering we made frequent tuktuk visits to Hikkaduwa (turtle beach!) and local restaurants/bars, and as well as the weekend trips on offer, we also frequently had the opportunity to do additional things such as a raft ride to see bats on the river and visits to local Buddhist temples. There is sometimes a small extra charge for these things, but well worth it.

More than any other trip I've been on, I really felt part of the community and feel like I learned so much about the place and people. For example after helping with the teaching one day, two of the boys insisted I should see their houses in the village, and I was made to feel incredibly welcome, being shown the house by their families and given coconut to drink. It was little experiences like this that elevated the adventure beyond anything I've done before.

Many thanks to the TMR team!

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Paul PearsonSeptember 2022

Great Experience

Great experience. TMR are a great company, everything went smoothly and communication was always good. The experience we had in Sri Lanka was well organised and valuable. It was all as it had been promised. Accommodation was very basic as you would expect in a developing country. Overall, I can't fault the experience or the company. The local Sri Lankan team were lovely. Totally recommend 😁

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Becky PearsonSeptember 2022

Great Experience For The Family

Was a great experience for the family - staff there were amazing with kids.

Neal MyerscoughSeptember 2022

TMR - Highly Recommend!

Just heading to the airport after and incredible 5 weeks withTMR. I travelled with my kids (age 7, 10 and 12) and we have had the most amazing experience. We will deffo be back! We’ve done turtles, kindergarten, teaching, dogs and all the weekend travel experiences. I’d struggle to say what I loved best. Was all amazing. Thank you TMR team! ♥️♥️

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Sarah MyerscoughAugust 2022

Amazing Experience

I had a great time in Sri Lanka, the people are lovely and the country itself is amazing! Chuti, Ayomi, Hector, Mamu and sudha were also brilliant, very kind and helpful and I always felt safe in the accommodation, they really made the experience! The weekend trips were amazing i happened to go on the Maldives trip and the cultural triangle trip and both I would recommend!

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Beatrice PoultneyAugust 2022

Experience of a Lifetime

Spent a brilliant 4 weeks in Sri Lanka with The Mighty Roar on the Sea Turtle programme. This programme was probably the most structured and I was fortunate to see several green turtles laying at night and release many hatchlings into the sea. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The only constructive criticism I would leave is that a minority of volunteers seem to lack responsibility in their daily tasks with little recourse for their lack of input.

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Carole DarkinJune 2022

A Great Experience

Had such a good, varied, wild time in Sri Lanka.

The staff look after you well and offer extra activities that we weren’t expecting.

The food is good, luckily i like that cuisine, it is quite samey samey but you can go elsewhere for other meals and cuisines.

The accommodation was fine, nothing fancy but good a/c and a hot shower.

The turtle project was great, we luckily got to see a fee turtles nesting and hatchlings being born, and burying some eggs ourselves. I think it needs a little more organisation though as some people clearly hadnt bothered to keep up with their duties/paperwork etc.

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Hannah ByrnesMay 2022

The Most Incredible Experience

I stayed in Sri Lanka for 2 weeks doing the sea turtle programme, and I wish I could have stayed for longer ! leading up to the trip Chris answered any questions/concerns I had, and always within 24 hours !!

The country is beautiful and everyone looked after us so well 😊 I loved staying with Charith’s family, it was like having a home away from home. everyone I met I got along with, and I’ve made lifetime long friends 💞 For my first time travelling abroad and all on my own, I couldn’t have chosen a better company to volunteer with!

The sea turtle programme is 100% ethical and everything they are doing is so beneficial to helping the future of the turtles 🐢

Thank you the mighty roar 🦁 I will definitely want travel again with you in the future :)

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Alisha GrundyApril 2022

4 Weeks at TMR Sri Lanka

I spent 4 weeks at TMR Sri Lanka. Those 4 weeks were 4 of my most enjoyable weeks ever. For my first 2, I did the Turtle conservation program which I really loved. It has a really well organised timetable which gives you the best opportunity to see baby turtles being released and turtles laying eggs on the beach on as many occasions as possible. For my second 2 weeks volunteering I participation in the childcare (kindergarden) project. This, for me, was better than I could ever had imagined, as it was always such a wholesome experience. Whether it was helping the kids colour in, or outside playing with them, they love every minute of you being there and spent the whole time with a massive smile on their faces.

Another reason why I enjoyed TMR so much was because of the amazing people I met. We had some great times in Simple, playing cards after dinner, or taking a trip into Hikkaduwa on an afternoon. I can confidently say that I know I have met people that I will stay in contact with and for sure see again when we get home to England.

As for the local team; Chutti, Mammo and Hector made the experience even more fun and enjoyable. You’d never go a day without them making you laugh, especially Chutti (pineapple, ice cream). I am so grateful for all the hard work that they put in, whilst we are there and behind the scenes.

The manager in Sri Lanka, Mini, is really easy to talk to whether you have any problems, queries, or would just like a chat. Mini really is a massive part of TMR and with her desire to make every day better than the last for the volunteers, and her genuinely being one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve met, she really makes it a better place.

So a massive thank you especially to Mini and the local team for making this an experience that I will never forget :)

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Freddie PryceApril 2022

10/10 For Everything

10/10 for everything an unforgettable experience and even more unforgettable peoples special shout out to all the local staff especially Mini

Shannon MacPheeMarch 2022

TMR Sri Lanka

I had an overall amazing experience at tmr in Sri Lanka. I spent my time participating in the sea turtle project where you have to look after varying species of turtles. This is not the only project at tmr they also support childcare and teaching projects for instance. If you disclose that you want to switch around your project this is also relatively flexible. Projects is not everything at tmr in Sri Lanka. It’s a good mix of working time and time that you can explore this beautiful country, or just lay on the beach for a bit.

The part I will probably miss the most is the people I met there. Everyone there has to some extent the same intentions as you, so chances are you will get along with mostly everyone. I’ am not only talking about the volunteers the local staff (hector, mammu, and chutti) were always there for you to make you laugh or if you needed something. Saying goodbye to them for me was one of the harder parts.

The organization on the ground is run by Mini. Genuinely one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Had an absolutely amazing time thanks to her and the staff.

Tnx Mini xx

Altogether had an amazing time. It’s a real experience and I would recommend it to everyone with an adventurous mindset.

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Pop FrenkenMarch 2022

My New Home

My new home ! I love this program with my whole heart ! Not only were they passionate about doing good and genuinely helping the wildlife and surrounding community, they also care so much about every single volunteer ! 

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with so much to offer and the TMR group will tell you all the local tips and tricks to see the nicest places at the best times, the organised weekend trips are a great way to see so much in so little time, there would be no way I could have done so much without the help from the local team. 

The Accomodation is a 10 second walk from the beach and the food is amazing, there are communal areas and also quiet places for you to have downtime, rooms are clean and perfectly located as well has having 24/7 support. I felt so welcomed into their family and every single person there would go so far out of their way to help you ! 

Chris and Mini will help you throughout the whole process and answer every stupid question you have before during and after. The whole group are the most welcoming family you’ll ever meet and if you’re lucky you might even get a quick cooking lesson from Renu (mum). Hector is the kindest soul who cares for every living creature and will teach you so much about his religion and take you on his exciting daily dog feeds (he will get excited about the chickens and cats too). Mammuh will tell you all the fun facts and stories whilst on your nightly beach patrols and can protect you against anything (great to have on speed dial). Chuttji is the funniest man alive, doubles as a (questionable) doctor and is a great dancer, he will help you in every way possible but don’t trust him because he’s the biggest cheat when playing uno or blackjack. Karu and Suda are the best tour guides in town! Auntie and uncle are the sweetest people going and uncle will never turn down an opportunity to show u all his cats. Charith has done an amazing job with TMR and I would recommend it to literally anyone, I can’t wait to go back I really miss my second family !

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Billie WilsonMarch 2022

The Best Experience Of My Life So Far

Would I recommend The Mighty Roar? Oh my GOD yes!

I did the Turtle Volunteer programme for 2 weeks in Sri Lanka and had the most amazing experience that I will never forget.

We stayed with such a gorgeous family who really took care of us and were looked after by the most wonderful team (Mini, Mammu, Chutti & Hector) and I miss them all already.

Chris, the owner of TMR, was so helpful and it was an added bonus that he was out in Sri Lanka whilst I was there so that I could personally apologise for all of my annoying emails!

I made so many new friends and future travel buddies which is an absolute bonus.

I also felt that volunteering truly made a difference in this country and the team really try hard to educate the locals on sustainability too, which is so important.

I'm looking at booking the next project now and have been recommending this to everyone 💕

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Hannah McGarrickFebruary 2022

Home Away From Home

Home away from home, you really are treated as part of the family & I cannot rate the English & Sri Lankan team enough, nothing is too much trouble for them.

All the projects make you feel like you are truly making a difference. Especially the sea turtle program, where you go on regular beach cleans and night patrols.

You would not regret embarking on this life changing experience.

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Paige GoulderJanuary 2022

Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

I had the most amazing time in Sri Lanka! The staff was just wonderful, super friendly, warm, giving people! I would do it all over again, a million times, without any doubt.

Unfortunately I only stayed for 1 week and there were no wild turtles around, but nevertheless it was an amazing experience and we ended up having some contact with turtles in a sanctuary.

Would definitely, a million times recommend!

And thank you all you lovely people that took care of me and all the other volunteers during our stay!

You are truly amazing!! ❤

Hoping that one day I'll come back for a little while longer.

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Daniela BrançasJanuary 2022

Found My Happy Place

I had the most wonderful time with Charith and his family. Mammu, Karu, Renu, Hector, Mini, Devika and Keerthi are just the most warm and welcoming family ever. Watching the turtle dig the nest and burying the eggs is an experience I will never forget. The facilities are super convenient and the hosts always go out of their way to make the volunteers comfortable. Would highly recommend this experience, I know I have made some fond memories here!

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Vaidehi MurthyJanuary 2022

Amazing Experience!

We had such an amazing time at the Mighty Roar in Sri Lanka. Before we even arrived in Sri Lanka we were supported virtually by Chris and Charith in helping us to organize what we needed to ensure that we could get to Sri Lanka safely. We felt the process was very professional and Chris certainly helped with all our concerns surrounding the local UK restrictions around travelling abroad. 

When we arrived in Charith was a fantastic host and friend, messaging us to ensure that before we arrived for the volunteering that if we needed any help with anything he was just at the end of a phone. 

 When we arrived for the week of the volunteering we couldn't have felt more welcomed by Charith's and his family. They made sure that we felt part of the family and had everything we needed whilst we stayed with them. They made sure that we were well feed (with amazingly tasty home cooked food) and we immediately felt at ease. 

The volunteering was absolutely fantastic, varied being able to cross over with other projects and we were able to support the local community. We could see the direct impact that COVID-19 has had on the community and the Mighty Roar so understood the importance of our volunteering work the future of all the volunteers to come. We were lucky to be able to go to the local school and nursery to spend time assisting them with hands on tasks and helping to teach English. We were greeted by the school principal and teachers with excitement to be able to work with them for the week. It was such a lovely and unique experience that we will never forget. 

In the day time we were able to help beach cleaning and restoring the turtle hatchery which included clearing groundwork, painting and setting up equipment for the nests. During the evenings we were able to experience seeing female turtles coming in from the sea to nest, which was absolutely amazing and we will never forget it. 

 I would highly recommend the Mighty Roar and wish them all the best for the future. If you would like to volunteer I would highly recommend the Sri Lankan program with Charith as you will have so much fun, experience the real life of Sri Lankan, feel safe and at home.

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Samantha ParryMay 2021

Great Time In Sri Lanka

I had a great time in Sri Lanka, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it at all as it was my first long haul flight and with no one I knew but the family are extremely welcoming and the volunteers you meet are all 99% in the same boat as you so everyone gets on perfectly.

Depending on what course you do you may find that you have a fair few hours of downtime during the early afternoon or late afternoon so don’t panic that you’ll spend your WHOLE time working there is definitely ample opportunity to visit the local nearby towns for gift shopping or surfing.

Throw yourselves into it have fun and make friends, the more effort you put in the more you’ll get out of it without a doubt.

Cheers everyone at the house and Chris for setting this all up, special love for Mammu

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Sam GrayFebruary 2020

Family Volunteering in Sri Lanka

My three teenage children and I spent two weeks over Christmas with TMR in Sri Lanka. It was the most amazing experience that has enriched our lives in so many ways. Charith, his family and his team welcomed us into their home and taught us so much about their work with sea turtles and their beautiful country. We felt so well looked after, especially by Mamu who completely took us under his wing and would even help us cross the road! The whole team were kind, patient and generous with their time and would help us organise anything we wanted to do. The other volunteers became good friends and there was a lovely, cohesive atmosphere amongst the volunteers and the team. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough, whether going in a group or on your own. Sri Lanka is the most beautiful country, the people are so welcoming and have shown such resilience in the face of adversity. We were shown a slice of it by a wonderful group of people who I feel lucky to now call friends. Thank you Chris, Charith, Mamu and your team for facilitating this incredible experience for us. We will be back!

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Emma MitchellJanuary 2020

TMR Sea Turtle Conservation

Thank you to everyone in Sri Lanka for making the sea turtle conservation trip such an amazing experience. So many highlights and special moments, but the opportunity to live with Charith's family will stay with me for ever as will all the staff who were always there to answer questions, suggest things to do and help us in every which way. You have such a beautiful country, both along the coast and inland, with kind friendly people. I can't wait to return with my daughters in tow.

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Zoe PhillipsJanuary 2020

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with lovely friendly people. We really enjoyed our time volunteering on the turtle programme. Charith and the two main helpers were so helpful and good fun to work with.

We loved the orientation day with the jungle walk and the visit to a temple. A river safari was also organised which we all loved: the countryside was beautiful and we saw a lot of animals.

On our project we hand feed the rescue turtles, cleaned out their tank, cleared the beach and best of all took part in the night beach patrols watching for the female turtles coming inland to lay. We were only there for a very short week but were lucky to see one turtle come up lay.

In our free time we shopped and fed the turtles at Hikkaduwa, sunbathed, spend the day in Galle, took part in a quiz the volunteers organised and helped paint graffiti on a local wall (!) We made some great new friends, especially our roommate!

A week isn't very long and most of the volunteers were there for 4-8 weeks but it was still long enough to see the lovely country and appreciate the work that The Mighty Roar does. 

I highly recommend them, and say that our project is best suited to those under 40 as there is some quite physical work involved

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Sally MayDecember 2019

Sri Lanka Turtles

I arrived from Sri Lanka a couple of days ago after three weeks Volunteering with the turtles. I cannot explain into words how amazing this experience is from watching turtles lay eggs on the beach and protecting them from local poachers, to feeding and cleaning out the large tanks and also completing beach cleans and chatting with the locals whilst doing this. The caring, kind, informative and support from the team there is fabulous. From the food (which I loved) to local information and learning about Sri Lankan and Buddhist cultures and lifestyle. I would go back in a shot. Mammo, tutti, hector, charith, renu and Karu are just such genuinely lovely people of touched my heart and made my experience even more special. I have wonderful memories and can’t say thank you enough.

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Sammy JadeDecember 2019

Just Fabulous, these guys are gems

Just fabulous - recommend without reservations for any age.

We had an amazing time staying at TMR. Charith and his family couldn't have been more welcoming and accommodating. As an older than average couple at around the half century we opted for a private room, which gave us plenty of space, air con and a private bathroom. The food was wonderful, authentic and plentiful. We learnt a lot about marine conservation generally and turtle specifically from Mia, the resident expert, and really enjoyed getting an understanding of real Sri Lankan life from Karu and the gang. We had plenty of time to explore on our own but were able to contribute enough to feel satisfied we'd earnt our keep :-) We actually booked some onward travel in Sri Lanka before we left - definitely wouldn't bother next time as the family can get it all sorted for you at much better rates.

I've only just come across this review request, so my experiences are 9 months old, but I can't imagine that the Mighty Roar will have done anything except get better!

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Tamsin BrownbridgeDecember 2019

The most amazing time in Sri Lanka

I’ve had the most amazing Sri Lankan experience, which was all thanks to the down to earth, kind hearted people who take care of the Akurula sea turtle project and accommodation. I was very nervous about travelling alone for the first time but Charith and his family made me feel so welcome! They go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and happy. I’ve already started to make plans for next year as this was the best adventure I have ever been on.

Thank you Mighty Roar

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Alexandra-Rose HikinsDecember 2019

2 weeks in Sri Lanka

Just finished my 2 weeks volunteering at TMR with turtles. Back at home now and missing Sri Lanka, the weather(!!?), the experience and the wonderful people I met and worked with on my journey. It really was the best experience I have had. If there’s one piece of advise I can give, that’s just do it. You will never regret it. It’s something that will open your eyes, make you laugh and smile, maybe make you cry, yet it will inspire you and stay with you for ever. I hope to come back next year and continue all the awesome work that has been done so far by all volunteers.

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Jason CowsillDecember 2019

Turtle conservation in Sri Lanka

I had the best time in Sri Lanka on the turtle conservation project. From the moment I was met at the airport I felt safe and welcome. The accommodation is lovely it is basic but beds comfortable and bathroom nice you really dont need anything more and the location is great just opposite the beach which was lovely for having a swim and a sunbathe. The food was lovely and there was a mixture of rice, noodles and pasta along with different types of curry. There are 2 towns either side of the accommodation each about 10 minutes in a tuk tuk, Hikkaduwa is good for restaurants and gift shops along with good beaches, I only really went to ambalangoda for the supermarket. The turtle project itself was fantastic and releasing the hatchlings into the sea was a truly amazing experience. The beach patrols on a night time were also great and Mamu and Tuti were very knowledgeable about the turtles. Beach cleans were also good to do and was really nice to be thanked by the Sri Lankans on the beach for doing them. I also took the weekend trip to the Maldives which was simply out of this world, the local island we stayed on was beautiful and the hotel we stopped in was great. We took trips to snorkel and swim with sharks, dolphins, turtles and mantas which is something I will never forget. Charith and his family were so kind and helpful and it really felt like a home from home, I met so many great people there and can't thank the Mighty Roar enough for an amazing experience I will definitely be going back!

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Lydia RackhamSeptember 2019

Amazing experience in Sri Lanka

Really enjoyed my time in Sri Lanka. The food was delicious and the accommodation was in a really convenient place. Made some amazing friends and tried things of which I'd never tried before. Definitely would recommend, and would love to do a another project with the mighty roar again!

Edward GumSeptember 2019

Turtles in Sri Lanka

Had a week on the turtle experience in Sri Lanka and was just gutted it wasn’t more. They are doing such good things for the good and doing things correctly. Very welcoming and always on hand to help and the people you meet are just amazing and all like minded. Will be 100% going back at some stage and also spent an extra few weeks travelling Sri Lanka which is now my favourite travelled country.

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Danny BoysSeptember 2019

Sea Turtle Conservation

The sea turtle conservation program was honestly one of the best experiences of my life! Charith and his family were so friendly and welcoming, it made the place have an amazing feel to it. The accommodation is basic but very clean and the air conditioning was life saving. Even though I was only there for a week I managed to go on two additional trips with the mighty roar which were really cheap comparing to other places offering the same trips. I would definitely recommend going if you are thinking about it!

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Joesph HitchesSeptember 2019

Sri Lanka turtle project

In October 2018 me and my boyfriend completed 1 week at the turtle project in Sri Lanka but we wished we had stayed longer!! Charith and his family were very welcoming and friendly. Even though we were only there for a week we went on trips to Ella and Galle which were amazing. Our accommodation was basic but clean and comfortable. I really enjoyed the food because it allowed me to try local cuisine that wasn’t too spicy. Would definitely recommend it was an amazing experience!

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Katie BodenSeptember 2019

Turtle project volunteer

I went on the turtle project and had a great time, even though it was off season I saw over 100 hatchlings and helped save a few full grown turtles. There was a lot more free time than I expected so didn’t plan much but I made many friends and we went out to Hikkaduwa, Galle and Marissa on a few different days so the time wasn’t wasted. Karu set up many trips during the week which you could choose to go on and it was great fun. I also did the hill country and safari weekend trip which was a lot of fun and a good experience but we weren’t told how cold/rainy it would be! Also the safari was a bit disappointing as we didn’t see many animals but was still worth it. The accommodation at the mighty roar site was basic but comfortable, the beds were nice, room was clean and showers were fine - the air con was a god send! Overall I would definitely do this again and highly recommend any other volunteers to take part.

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Katie HaynesAugust 2019

Most amazing experience of my life

This was the most amazing experience of my life! Being 18 and travelling alone was the scariest thing but the whole experience was made so comfortable by Chris and Charith! Charith and his family were so welcoming and having the chance to stay in a safe place with some really good food was perfect. I’m even wanting to go back again, I did the sea turtles project but got the chance to help teach English to the children too which is very rewarding. You get lots of time to do your activities but also lots of time to travel to local places and explore and relax on the stunning beach

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Tegan WinterAugust 2019

Fantastic time in Sri Lanka

My teenage daughter and I travelled 5 -19th July 2019 to the Sea Turtle project in Sri Lanka. We had a fantastic time! Charith and his family were so welcoming, informative and a lot of fun. I was really impressed as to how "hands on" the project was and how much responsibility volunteers were allowed to take on. We were lucky to see hatchlings released and a turtle lay eggs on the beach on two separate nights. The Full Moon celebrations were fantastic to be a part of, serving in the local community.

Food at the volunteer accommodation was lovely and there was always lots of it! Fresh bottled water was constantly available. Beds and rooms were comfortable. It was great to go on a trip over a weekend. This was a great way to see more of Sri Lanka and some of the famous sights such as The Nine Arch Bridge at Ella and Worlds End at Horton Plains, so breathtaking. 

These are experiences we will remember for ever! Thanks so much to everyone that made our trip amazing. UK Office Team, Charith & family, Mammu and the local team and of course our fellow travellers who quickly all became friends.

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Lisa SweetingAugust 2019

Sea turtle conservation in Sri Lanka

This project allowed children and my youngest daughter Lucy was 15 at the time, as well as offering a one week programme – we only had time for the Maldives trip and a week’s volunteering so it was perfect for us. The whole set up was so professional, from start to finish. 

We would 100% recommend The Mighty Roar; we have even looked at doing another project in the next year. It is a great way of meeting new people and visiting somewhere new at a reasonable cost. I would also say do the additional activities and weekends that are on offer. You get to see new places in a safe way too. We would both absolutely recommend the Maldives trip too – possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

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Jennie BaylissJune 2019

Just returned from turtle conservation

Just returned from turtle conservation in Sri Lanka - we were really looked after before trip and during. We learnt so much and experienced so much. I still watch videos on Facebook and will the baby turtles to make it into the sea! We arrived at the airport at the crack of dawn, The Mighty Roar made pick up so easy - really helpful when travelling with children (or on your own!). Accommodation is basic (you're in Sri Lanka and not a 5 star hotel!),beds were really comfortable, food was mainly Sri Lankan (you could go to local town for more choice). We are hoping to return!!!!

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Alison ThurleyJune 2019

The Mighty Roar Sri Lanka was insane

The Mighty Roar Sri Lanka was insane! The family, locals and volunteers were amazing. It was 6 weeks of great memories, cool experiences and so many new friends! Can't wait to go back!

Imogen BendallJune 2019

Amazing place!

I had the best 2 weeks staying with Charith and his family, everyone was so welcoming and friendly (including the cats Pudding and Sphinx). My days were very varied, some days I would have early beach patrol (checking the beach for tracks that may have been missed during the night), painting posters/boards for teaching in the afternoon, burying turtle eggs, making nets to go over where we buried the turtle eggs, beach night patrols (seeing turtles laying the eggs on the beach) and hatchery shifts (checking if any eggs have hatched and then setting the hatchlings free).

I absolutely loved teaching the children everyday, as exhausted as I was, I just couldn’t not go and see them everyday. I have never taught before so it was a challenge for me at first, but was definitely a great experience.

I haven’t volunteered anywhere else apart from Sri Lanka, but I would definitely recommend this company to anyone considering it, everything runs so smoothly, there’s always someone there for you to talk to if needed and all the staff are so nice.

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Karen GreenMay 2019

What an amazing trip!

Our visit to Sri Lanka on the Sea Turtle volunteering program, was nothing but incredible (other than a little hot and sweaty) The team were welcoming and helpful from the start, and made sure we were able to make the most of our trip from the get go, helping us to book any extra trips out. I'd never though of volunteering on the teaching side whilst there, but after the first visit to the school, we were absolutely hooked. This is definitely a program, that if you're willing to dive head first into, and get totally stuck into, will reward you in a million and one ways. The coordinators, family, children, other volunteers, and of course turtles, made this a holiday of a lifetime, and I cannot thank The Mighty Roar enough for allowing us to have this opportunity.

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Catherine MillsMay 2019

3 weeks in Sri Lanka

I had 3 weeks in Sri Lanka and it was incredible from day one a massive warm Welcome from Mia, Simon, Chris, the current volunteers and most importantly Charith and his Amazing Family. On the first full day we had a tour of the local area which was so so nice!!! The beach across the road is like something off a post code A thing I was wary of before coming out was poachers on the beach when we where also on their (we always had a family member or friend with us so we were never on our own at night) , we came across them many times on our visit, no weapons or aggression just friendly locals trying to make a bit of money.

We went in the hope to see plenty of sea turtles and Hatchlings and we were fortunate enough to see loads of them more than I was expecting if I am honest it was incredible.  The food was always awesome but quite similar every week if you want a change it’s only a 15minute tuktuk ride from hikkaduwa which has really good

Unfortunately we where in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday when the events happened but I can’t stress enough how safe the family and even the locals made us feel for the rest of our stay so I can’t thank them enough. It was amazing been part of such a big project and exciting to see the visions on where it is heading, I can’t wait to get back out there hopefully I won’t have to wait too long

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Thomas WoodMay 2019

Such an amazing experience and so…TMR

Such an amazing experience and so rewarding. Not only are you part of a team but you become part of The Mighty Roar family. We travelled as a family for 2 weeks, on the turtle project which was lots of fun with everyone having the chance to get involved as much or as little as possible.

The food can be quite repetitive, but if you fancy something different you don’t need to go very far.

Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country I would recommend it to anyone, such friendly people. 

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Paul CollinsMay 2019

An insane 3 weeks in Sri Lanka

An insane 3 weeks in Sri Lanka , we were well looked after and treated as family. I would definitely recommend TMR to solo travellers who want to meet new people and have new experiences. 

Sophie WeeksApril 2019

4 weeks in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, it gets in your blood. So here we are three months on from my trip to Sri Lanka where I spent the best 4 weeks of my life. A real sense of achievement and I still get excited talking about it now. There is no better feeling in the world than watching a hundred or so baby turtle hatchlings scrambling along the shoreline to the sea, the determination and drive to reach the ocean, it never gets old. I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

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Martin MillerApril 2019

Turtles in Sri Lanka

That was my first volunteering experience abroad and on my own, and I really loved it. I would definitely recommend it and will certainly do it again. I wish I was there longer but I still got to enjoy Sri Lanka and was lucky enough to see turtles and hatching in a short period of time. Everybody was really nice and helpful. Thank you for everything. 

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Julie Bailly-MaîtreFebruary 2019

I had 3 weeks in Sri Lanka

We travelled to Sri Lanka as a family with my 8 year old son, never having volunteered before and not knowing what to expect. I can honestly say we had the best experience!

The Mighty Roar allowed my son to be actively involved in all the tasks from beach cleaning to releasing hatchlings which was an fantastic experience for all of us. Sri Lanka is an amazing country but the The Might Roar made it special for us.

If your looking for a feet up lounger holiday where you can take a selfie with a Turtle then this is NOT for you, however,if you’re looking for an adventure which involves some rewarding work with great people and an incredible host family this really is for you. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Turtle experience with The Mighty Roar to anyone just go with an open mind and get involved. 

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Loretta RidgwayJanuary 2019

Teaching in Sri Lanka

  • March 2022
Volunteering in Sri Lanka is a must do for everyone! I was a teacher there for 4 weeks, where I was able to plan and teach the sweetest kids from the local village, meet many other amazing volunteers and bond with the whole local team. If you're looking for an experience like no other, then head to Sri Lanka!

Malachy's story

Creating memories in Sri Lanka

  • January 2022
I spent 12 weeks in Sri Lanka with The Mighty Roar and I honestly enjoyed every second of it! My time in Sri Lanka was way more than just volunteering. I made some amazing friendships, travelled around the whole island and learnt so much.

Emma's story

Volunteering in Sri Lanka with my partner

  • April 2019
Our visit to Sri Lanka on the Sea Turtle program was nothing but incredible (other than a little hot and sweaty). Our 3 weeks was amazing from day one, with a massive warm welcome from everyone.

Catherine's story

Conserving sea turtles in Sri Lanka

  • April 2019
There is no better feeling in the world than watching a hundred or so baby turtle hatchlings scrambling along the shoreline to the sea, the determination and drive to reach the ocean, it never gets old.

Martin's story

Teaching and turtles in Sri Lanka

  • January 2019
I went to Sri Lanka in January 2019 to volunteer on the sea turtle program, but was also able to help teach English. I had a huge sense of fulfillment from both projects in completely different ways.

Esther's story

Volunteering with my family in Sri Lanka

  • August 2018
My family and I chose to volunteer in Sri Lanka last August for 3 weeks. We wanted to introduce the children to volunteering so that we could all help give something back to a local community.

Sue's story

Sea turtle conservation in Sri Lanka

  • July 2018
My daughter and I volunteered with sea turtles last August and we would 100% recommend The Mighty Roar; we have even looked at doing another project in the next year.

Jennie's story

A month helping turtles in Sri Lanka

  • July 2018
I have just come back from spending 4 weeks at The Mighty Roar in Sri Lanka and I can honestly say it was the best experience of my life.

Courtney's story

The real Sri Lanka Experience

  • June 2018
Seeing all of Sri Lanka and meeting the amazing people there could have not been any more perfect. An incredible 3 weeks that I will never forget.

Samantha's story