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Wildcrafted Volunteering

Sri Lanka

Student Volunteer Coral Gardening

Absorb into local life and help save a local reef. Then let the surf take you for a ride on the pristine beach breaks.
From: £950
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Key Activities Include:
  • Volunteer coral gardening on the reef

  • Snorkeling

  • Surfing

  • Temple excursion

  • Homestay experience

We are extremely excited to launch this new volunteering program alongside our local partners in Sri Lanka. We will have testimonials soon after January 2018
Founder, Kirsty Barnby June 1, 2017
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Where we will take you

Route Map

Landmarks Visited On This Trip
Brief Itinerary
  • Week One: Reef based volunteering helping to save a reef by planting coral
  • Week Two: Reef based volunteering helping to save a reef by planting coral
  • Week Three: Reef based volunteering helping to save a reef by planting coral
  • Week Four: Enjoy a well earned break in paradise! Indulge in island based relaxation; beach time, surfing, snorkelling, hiking
Taste Of The Island

Sri Lanka is a food lovers haven. You will taste some of the freshest dishes and colourful cuisine on the planet! This will include:

- Fresh Sri Lankan vegetarian and seafood based curries
- Dhal curry (lentil curry) is the most basic and common of Sri Lankan curries, this staple dish consists primarily of lentils, tomato paste, cumin, and other spices.

- Locally made traditional "rotties" (similar to pancakes with different ingredients inside)
- Also "Hoppers" - Sri Lanka’s bowl-shaped answer to the pancake, made from a coconut milk batter and filled with whatever your heart desires!

- Sri Lankan smoothies, known as "lassies"
- Eggplant moju (eggplant pickle)
- Kale mallung (kale and coconut salad)
- Kottu, also known as Kothu is a Sri Lankan dish made from rotti and vegetables, egg and/or meat, and spices.
- Samosas
- Fresh seafood

You will also eat some western dishes on your trip. All food is generally not spicy and portions are big!

Prices And Availability
  • Start Date
  • 12/01/2018
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  • One surf lesson
  • Daily board hire
  • One yoga lesson
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Authentic Sri Lankan homestay
  • Three hearty meals per day
  • Seven days at the end of the trip to unwind and discover the beauty of Sri Lanka
  • 24 hour dedicated guide on each project
  • All project equipment
  • Orientation and briefing at each project location
  • Management of your £200 donation
  • Airport collection
  • Domestic travel
  • All tuition and guides on the volunteering project
  • 24 hour on island support from the Director, Kirsty
  • General liability insurance
  • International airfare - between £380-600
  • Snacks
  • Vaccinations
  • If not arriving on the arrival or departure date, airport transfers
  • Visas (circa £30)
  • Whale watching
  • National Park day trips
  • Additional Yoga lessons
  • Additional Surf lessons
  • Day trip to historical Galle
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.

  • Snorkeling in shallow reef as part of your volunteering and rustic escape afterwards
  • One surf lesson with Ama and his team on Welligama beach, suitable for all levels, a super fun day in the warm Sri Lankan waves.
  • Daily surf board hire is available. If you have time and want to practise surfing, board hire is included.
  • One yoga lesson with talented local teacher in his newly built Yoga Shala on a hill overlooking Mirissa
  • Kayaking - Half a day spent exploring a calm Sri Lankan lagoon. Be at one with nature!
  • Cycling - Guided by local resident, you will live like a local and cycle along the peaceful country lanes around Weligama
Detailed Itinerary

Week 1, 2, 3 – 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 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: