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