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Wildcrafted Volunteering

Sri Lanka

Student Adventure Volunteering

Volunteer in paradise to help save a Coral Reef in Sri Lanka and trek the Sinharaja Forest Reserve
From: £1295
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Key Activities Include:
  • Coral gardening volunteering project

  • Whale watching

  • Mangrove planting

  • Walking to Adams Peak

  • Sinharaja rainforest

I had truly amazing time just because of your organisational skills, I literally didn't need to worry about anything. All the cool food spots you showed me added so much excitement to the trip and last but not least, your environment friendly mindset
Greta Lucnikovaite February 1, 2017
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Where we will take you

Route Map

Landmarks Visited On This Trip
Brief Itinerary
  • 14 days coral gardening
  • 4 days Sinharaja rainforest
  • 2 days Horton Plains
  • 2 days Adams Peak
  • 1 day manta ray diving
  • 1 day mangrove planting
  • 1 day whale watching
  • 6 days relaxing beach holiday
Taste Of The Island

If you like fresh, medium spicy dishes with bountiful flavour and diversity, then you'll agree that Sri Lanka is home to some of the best recipes in the world.

During this trip you will dine at local eateries, with your host family and at well know, popular restaurants to get a feel for all that is on offer.

Fresh fish and a huge variety of fruits and vegetables along with an abundance of different curries will keep your taste buds happy!

Prices And Availability
  • Start Date
  • 12/01/2018
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  • One surf lesson
  • One yoga lesson
  • Cycling
  • Kayaking
  • Three meals a day
  • Homestay accomodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Minibus transport
  • Pre departure support
  • Coral gardening training
  • Tourist visa (circa $40)
  • Snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare - between £380-600
  • Vaccinations
  • If not arriving on the arrival or departure date, airport transfers
Accommodation Details

All our homestays are hand chose by the founder of Island Spirit. Most rooms are comfortable, private doubles unless you request otherwise.

We have chosen a colourful mix of different accommodation to give you a feel for what Sri Lanka is all about. Briefly you will stay in authentic homestays and locally sourced lodges.

  • Coral gardening is a proven method of regenerating reefs while snorkelling.
  • Hiking Sinharaja Rainforest trip for photographic and reserach purposes.
  • Dive or snorkel with manta rays.
  • Surf with our local friends and guides,
  • Yoga with a local yogi.
  • Hiking Horton Plains for photographic and reserach purposes.
  • Plant mangroves in a nature reserve.
  • Climb 5500 steps to Sri Lanka's third largest but most holy mountains. Leave at 3am for a sunrise of a life time.
Detailed Itinerary

The detailed itinerary is yet to be finalised. If you are interested please email us requesting updates.

Week 1, 2, – Coral Gardening on the local Sri Lankan reefs, this involves working alongside a local expert marine biologist. You will be snorkeling (not diving). All levels welcome. Briefing and training included in the eco experience. You will average 2-3 hours in the water every day.

Week 3 – A combination of all the other activities including mangrove planting, hiking Adams Peak, research in the Sinharaja rainforest and Horton Plains, swimming with manta rays and beach clean ups.

Week 4 – Relaxing holiday! Take part in a surf lesson with local surf experts, enjoy a yoga lesson in Mirissa, snorkel the warm Sri Lankan waters, kayak in a lagoon and spend your well-earnt time sunbathing on paradise beaches.

Helpful Information

Sri Lanka volunteering


Return flights have been found at £393 (€456) via KLM, £456 (€530) pays for a direct route from London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airways.


£200 | €250 – we will help you along the way to donate much needed funds which go towards the project equipment, logistics and a training program.

Fair Trade

By just travelling with Island Spirit you are already helping generate fair income for these tiny outer island villages. For example, each homestay host will receive a fair-trade price for their accommodation with three home-cooked meals. Other similar organisations don’t have to pay a fair wage.An example of how the smaller details go a long way.

Suggested Subjects

Students studying subjects such as tourism, photography, geography, business, entrepreneurship, biology, marine biology, anthropology, international development

More about Coral Gardening volunteering:

You will help produce a special snorkeling area to view the “super corals” that give us hope that coral reefs can survive into the future.

This unique volunteering trip is one of the first of its kind in Sri Lanka to specialise in coral gardening.

Coral Gardening Links:

Rekawa Project Summary – Under development 15.10.17

Economic Valuation of a Mangrove Ecosystem Threatened by Shrimp Aquaculture in Sri Lanka

A review of the floral composition and distribution of mangroves in Sri Lanka

Transitions in Ancient Inland Freshwater Resource Management in Sri Lanka Affect Biota and Human Populations in and around Coastal Lagoons

A partnership between Island Spirit and the Department of Environment and Rekawa Nature Reserve. Island Spirit as a World Fair Trade Organisation is offering one of the first climate change adaptation project of its type in Sri Lanka.

A chance to be part of a pioneering team going local, fair trade and focused marine conservation.

We are studying the impact of local tourism developments on the lagoon fish life.

The Ministry of Environment will collate the findings and use them for environmental impact assessments which in turn we hope will reduce the influx of development which is happening so fast at present.

The lagoon in surrounded by mangrove plantation which we will add to by planting every day.