Sri Lanka : Environment Conservation Project

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity today. The need to conserve, protect and sustain our natural environment has never been greater. This environmental conservation program in southern Sri Lanka offers a great opportunity to be a part of the solution by contributing positively to a range of impactful initiatives designed to build a greener, healthier, and more sustainable world around us.
All year round (Starts every Friday, Min. 7 Days)
Full Day

About the Program

program overview Overview

We live in a time where the Earth is at its most vulnerable. Natural ecosystems have declined substantially resulting in loss of biodiversity, man-made pollution has reached unimaginable levels and climate change has become humanity’s greatest challenge. It is clear we need to change the way we interact with nature and change fast. In order to preserve the earth for future generations, we not only need to reduce the amount of harm that human activities have on the environment but also support the natural world as much as we can. Just like the rest of the planet, in Sri Lanka, the beautiful natural environment needs to be protected and preserved for future generations, as well as for the vast natural flora and fauna that have been native to the country and it’s people for centuries. Environmental conservation is a vast topic that covers multiple areas in different parts of the world. For this project, a range of activities are conducted which will have a lasting impact in addressing the key environmental issues that affect the natural ecosystems of this beloved island.

program details Description
Curriculum

1) Reforestation – Mangrove Restoration
2) Recycling – Recycling Education ; Building Eco-Bricks
3) Organic Farming
4) Marine Conservation – Coral Reef Restoration
5) Restoration – Beach Cleaning ; River Cleaning

This is a broad program run throughout the year which involves a wide range of activities and initiatives as detailed below. It is important to note that the frequency of the activities during any given week or month will depend on the local conditions on the ground, as well as the needs/priorities of the various initiatives at the time.

Course Schedule
During the
7 Days
Volunteers will play a key role in assisting with the mangrove habitat restoration process in the area by helping plant new seeds in our nursery, nurture and monitor the growth of baby mangrove plants and assist in planting them in and around the islands on the lagoon when they are ready. Volunteers will also work closely with the local conservation team in doing a range of other tasks that are required to preserve and maintain the lagoon’s ecosystem.
As part of the project on educating people about recycling, volunteers will conduct educational presentation sessions to local communities, schools and businesses highlighting the environmental issues plaguing the region, particularly plastic pollution, and the importance of recycling as a way of life to combat these challenges. These sessions will be aided by AASHA's local staff that will help with preparation of presentation materials and language translations with the local community.
Volunteers will spend part of their project time building Eco Bricks which will be used to build the boundary walls in AASHA's organic garden and also outdoor furniture. Large amounts of the Eco Bricks made will be donated to the neighboring communities so they can derive similar benefits as well.
Typical tasks that volunteers will do at the organic gardens will include planting new seeds, maintaining the nursery, making organic compost, monitoring crop growth, building organic fences and other maintenance tasks as necessary.
Volunteers spend part of their project time doing beach clean-ups in groups carefully segregating plastic, glass and organic waste, which are then given to the local authorities for disposal or for recycling purposes. This project rotates around different beaches in and around the Galle and Unawatuna areas, thereby increasing the reach and scope of this initiative.
Keeping the river clean benefits local neighboring communities, the surrounding flora and fauna, and ultimately the ocean. This part of the project involves volunteers riding in canoes (2 per canoe) and cleaning smaller tributaries of the river of plastic and other waste products that threaten the immediate ecosystem. Life jackets, canoes, oars, scooping nets and waste collecting bags are provided. It requires teamwork and a sense of adventure, all done in a beautiful rural natural setting surrounded by paddy fields.
Logistics

On arrival, a detailed orientation and training program is provided, including health and safety training, culture training and an area orientation tour around Galle. The project coordinator provides project- specific training and guides volunteers on all project-related activities each day. Local transportation to and from the project is included every day. Every single activity, be it project-related or operational, is managed, guided and supported by AASHA’s experienced local team.

Accommodation

Participants will stay in a 4 storey, 11 bedroom tropical villa located on a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean less than 100 metres from the popular Unawatuna beach. It includes an outdoor swimming pool, organic garden, lush surrounding greenery, sweeping balconies with ocean views, solar heating panels, all equipped with strong safety and security features. Rooms are generally shared but participants have the option to upgrade to private single, double and air-conditioned rooms should they choose.

Location of Projects

Multiple locations in and around Galle District (e.g., Koggala Lagoon, Unawatuna, Baddegama, Dewata, Gin Ganga River, etc.)

 

Inclusions
  1.  Accommodation
  2.  Full Board Meals
  3.  Transport to the Project location
  4.  Program Director
  5.  Travel Insurance – AIG (Click here to view details)
  6.  MISVI Sri Lanka – People’s Insurance (Click here to view details)
  7.  Activities and Workshops
  8.  Mandatory Gratuities Applicable Taxes
  9.  Quarantine for 1-2 days in approved hotel including 1 PCR test and Covid insurance (Click here to view approved hotel)
  10.  Airport Transfer
Exclusions
  1.  Flights and Visa Service (Available on request)
  2.  Meals outside of itinerary
  3.  Room service
  4.  Service Tips
  5.  Laundry and Personal Expenses
Covid-19 Regulations

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student takeways Student Takeaways

Certificate of Completion

Letter of Recommendation

Soft skills and Global Awareness

About Our Partner

AASHA, is a Sri Lanka-based social enterprise and responsible travel company that offers a range of sustainable volunteering programs across education, healthcare and animal welfare. Founder, Amit Sondhi, created AASHA with a vision of marrying his passions of travel, discovery, cultural exchange, sustainable development, environment preservation and helping communities in need.

 

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