Yes, it's hard work but someone's got to do it...
Conservation of the turtle nesting grounds is crucial to successful breeding of the species. That means keeping the beach clean, planting shelter plants, etc - as workplaces go, there have been worse!
There's nothing quite like a night patrol. Patrolling the beach not only deters poachers but you might just witness a beautiful female turtle coming up to nest. A once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.
Turtles come up onto the beaches to lay their eggs at night when they are particularly vulnerable. Once they lay their eggs, the nests themselves are vulnerable to predators and poachers - long tracks leading to the nesting site are very obvious!
And even if the turtles don't visit on the night, you can still enjoy a stroll along a warm beach, watching the stars to the sound of the Indian Ocean.
The project requires the help of volunteers and locals to keep running.
The project needs to be kept clean and tidy, visitors are shown around the site, the turtle tanks need to be well maintained and the turtles themselves need to be looked after and fed. But it's all in a day's work...
In recent times since the Tsunami, we have also been rebuilding and refurbishing the project facilities
Not only will you learn a lot about turtles yourself at the project but you will also have the chance to pass it on to others. Volunteers will have the chance to be involved in taking tours around the project and sharing a little of their gained knowledge with locals and tourists.
Awareness of and education about these fascinating creatures and the dangers faced by them is crucial to their conservation.
Eggs collected from nests on the beach (or even bought from poachers to avoid their sale in the markets) are reburied in the hatchery where they can hatch in safety.
Most are released as soon as possible at night (hatchlings should never been released during daytime) but some are kept back for a short period for 'headstarting' till they are stronger.
Since the Tsunami, volunteers have also been involved in local community work with rebuilding, play and even some teaching opportunities!
As important as the project is, it is part of a close community and only a community working in partnership can achieve the conservation goals of the project. Kosgoda is home to the most amazing and resilient people as well as turtles.