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Wildcrafted Volunteering

Sri Lanka

Marine Volunteering

Join our collective of passionate, hosts, teachers and coordinators to dive, plant mangroves, attend workshops and camp under the stars in one of Sri Lanka's best kept secret locations.
From: £1190
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Key Activities Include:
  • Be the first to book a group of four to receive at 10% discount!

  • PADI Open water certificate (or dives of equivalent value)

  • Lots of workshops: mangrove planting, permaculture, beach cleans, upcycling, jewellery making.

This laid back and completely eco-conscious, rustic lodge thinks and breathes evironment, culture and health. It represents all things good in the world of responsible travel.
Kirsty Barnby June 18, 2020
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Where we will take you

Route Map

Airport
Landmarks Visited On This Trip
Brief Itinerary
  • 5 days for your PADI Open water certificate (or dives of equivalent value).
  • 4 days of diving for debris. Clearing fishing nets and helping with general ocean clean-ups.
  • 3 days of school projects.
  • 2 full days of relaxation.
Taste Of The Island

Everyone eats in a communal cabana in the centre of the lodge. It’s really sociable and a great way to be introduced to a wide variety of Sri Lankan dishes.

Prices And Availability
  • Start Date
    Price
    Availability
  • 14/12/2020
    £1190
    Available
  • 07/09/2020
    £1190
    Available
  • 19/10/2020
    £1190
    Available
  • 23/11/2020
    £1190
    Available
  • 04/01/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 08/02/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 08/03/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 05/04/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 10/05/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 05/04/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 19/04/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 10/05/2021
    £1190
    Available
  • 24/05/2021
    £1190
    Available
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Included/Excluded
Included:
  • PADI Open water certificate (or dives of equivalent value)
  • Mangrove planting and workshops
  • Use of bicycles
  • Beach clean-up sessions with local children
  • A personalised reference on departure
  • Reef and coastal, applied volunteering throughout including: Planting mangroves; 3 ‘dive for debris’ programs; 2 school workshops on marine awareness;
  • Camping under the stars
  • All meals
  • Transfers and island transportation
  • Pre-departure support and information
  • 24 hour in-country support
Excluded:
  • Snacks and water
  • Return journey
  • Optional extras
  • Optional kitesurfing lessons and dolphin watching.
  • Tourist visa
Accommodation Details

Camping in an eco-resort based in the North West of Sri Lanka in a remote, beach-side location.

Activities
  • Five days of to complete your PADI Open water certificate (or dives of equivalent value)
  • Three mangrove planting sessions
  • Three volunteer diving for debris programs
  • Jewellery making, permaculture sessions, weaving, temple visit, fishing trips, cooking classes
  • One beach clean up with the local children
  • Two school marine awareness sessions
Detailed Itinerary

A co-ordinated volunteering trip to study elements of the island ecosystem and rich culture. Gain credits, boost your CV with applied international development, environmental and cultural experience.

Join our new, two week, ocean discovery trip to Sri Lanka between February and May, 2021. Get you PADI Open Water certificate, volunteer on a mangrove project and camp under the stars.

5 days PADI Open Water Certificate (or dives of equivalent value)

14 days wildcrafted, island living with authentic activities such as:

Jewellery making, permaculture sessions, weaving, temple visit, fishing trips, cooking classes.

7 nights camping under the palms in a locally run eco lodge.camp.

Reef and coastal, applied volunteering throughout including:

Planting mangroves; 3 ‘dive for debris’ programs; 2 school workshops on marine awareness;

and beach clean-up sessions with local children.

Optional kitesurfing lessons and dolphin watching.

Helpful Information

Diving in Kalpitiya

About thirty minutes by boat from Kalpitiya is the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka. Here you can observe an exceptional biodiversity, such as sea turtles, octopus and many colourful tropical fish. In addition to snorkeling, you have the possibility to go scuba diving and even pass your PADI. 

REMEMBER 10% OF PROCEEDS GO BACK TO COMMUNITY PROJECTS OF YOUR CHOICE.

We advise arriving a day before to acclimatise.

We work with local communities by taking you to them, this helps then improve their income generation options and boost eco-tourism in Sri Lanka which is still a minority sector. All activities use local hosts and guides and ensure the environment and culture are top priority when making all decisions.

Please bring your own reusable water bottle to help reduce waste on the island. Purification tablets are also good if you don’t want to drink boiled water.

Why Island Spirit?

We are fully insured and everything once you arrive in Sri Lanka is included: visas, meals, accommodation, activities, and transfers. We are the first company in the world to be a member of the World Fairtrade Organisation and specialise in responsible travel, so you know your money isn’t going to a middle man but straight to the people you meet on the islands.

We’ve been working in Sri Lanka for over four years so we know the locals you’re working with personally. We are a small, social enterprise which allows you to talk directly with Kirsty, the Founder, you are not one of the masses, this is more personal and you are much more connected with both the local people and environment.

Just by travelling with Island Spirit you are already helping generate fair income for these tiny outer island villages. For example, depending on the group size, each homestay host will receive between USD$17 per person, per night with three home-cooked meals

Details of your resort/lodge names and full itinerary will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed with 20% deposit.

We can tailor this trip by changing one of the activities according to your preferences, just contact us for more information.

You’ll be welcomed and remembered with open arms by our partner villages, guides, taxi drivers, cooks, fishermen, shop owners and even complete strangers. Sri Lanka is just like that!

Thank You for Going Green in Sri Lanka – you will leave knowing that you not only gave 10% of your trip cost back to local projects but also provided direct income to local women who are continuing their traditional skills. 

Why Island Spirit?

We are fully insured and everything once you arrive in Fiji is included: volunteering visas, meals, accom, activities, and transfers. We are the first company in the world to be a member of the World Fairtrade Organisation and specialise in Responsible travel so you know your money isn’t going to a middle man but straight to the people you meet on the islands.

We’ve been in Fiji for over nine years so we know the locals you’re working with personally. We are a small, social enterprise which allows you to talk directly with Kirsty, the Director, you are not one of the masses, this is more personal and you are much more connected with both the local people and environment you are in.

By just travelling with Island Spirit you are already helping generate fair income for these tiny outer island villages. For example, depending on the group size, each homestay host will receive between FJD$30 (£12) each per person, per night with three home-cooked meals. Other similar organisations pay as little at $15 per person. A small example of how the smaller details go a long way.

Deal

If you get 5 friends to book together (with yourself as 6) then you go for 30% off!