Volunteering in Sri Lanka will reward you in a million and one ways if you are prepared to get fully involved with everything on offer.
Our visit to Sri Lanka on the Sea Turtle volunteering program, was nothing but incredible (other than a little hot and sweaty). Our three weeks in Sri Lanka was amazing from day one, with a massive warm welcome from Mia, Simon, Chris, the current volunteers and most importantly Charith and his amazing family.
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. 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 of a postcard.
"It was amazing being 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."
A thing I was wary of before coming out was poachers on the beach when we were also there (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.
I'd never thought of volunteering on the teaching side whilst there, but after the first visit to the school, we were absolutely hooked.
The food was always awesome but quite similar every week if you want a change it’s only a 15-minute 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.
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.
It was amazing being 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.