Tell us about your volunteer experience
Posted by Laura Stark on Dec 9th, 2016When i volunteered at Kosgoda 9 years ago... it was just starting to become something bigger. These days with all the press and videos i see i know that it is doing an excellent job in turtle conversation. I had so much fun working here and at the local community school. Teaching English to children and adults and then playing with turtles... your day doesn't get much better than that. Dudley and his family are so welcoming and friendly, every volunteer i met during my time had a great experience. I would highly recommend volunteering here for a totally different experience, beautiful sunsets, TURTLES and obviously the wonderful country and people. :) :) :)
Posted by Tim Watmuff on Mar 24th, 2017Just want to say a big thank you to all at KSTCP for the wonderful 2 weeks I had there in March 2017. All project staff were friendly, open and obviously committed to the project. The accommodation was as described, "basic", but clean and more than adequate.
In my 2 weeks I saw, and or did, the full cycle; eggs being laid by a large Green Turtle; eggs being re-buried in the hatchery; hatchlings being born and hatchlings being released. Conducting tours around the project explaining what visitors were seeing forced me to learn a lot about these incredible creatures. I would seriously recommend the project to other volunteers.
One last thank you ... to all the other volunteers who were there at the same time as me.. the experience would not have been as good without you all.
Posted by Sandra Churchill on Mar 30th, 2017I would like to thank everyone at KSTCP for a wonderful life changing experience. This was the first time abroad for me alone and the first time volunteering at a project. I was convinced I had chosen the right place from the minute I arrived.
I was made to feel so welcome as soon as I arrived and made to feel part of the team. I was lucky enough to take part in a turtle release on my first day of arrival. A memory that will stay with me forever. The next day I buried some turtle eggs and helped to move the turtles so that we could clean out all the tanks. Hot, hard work but great fun. The following evening I was lucky enough to watch a turtle come up onto the beach and lay her eggs. Another breathtaking moment. It wasn't long before I felt confident enough to start doing tours and educating visitors on all of our turtles and the dangers they face.
I also enjoyed going to teach English to the children. They were a little excitable but delightful.
I learned so much about these amazing creatures and the struggles they face in life.
I can't thank KSTCP enough for making my first volunteering experience such a positive life changing event. Thank you too for the amazing food.
I was fortunate enough also to work with a lovely group of volunteers who I hope to stay in contact with for many years to come.