Turtle Conservation Assistance

founded in 1989
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Coordinator | Lauren
Coordinator | Lauren
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Clean, feed and look after various turtle species
Assist with beach cleaning, collecting crabs and tidying the turtle centre
Learn valuable knowledge on how to care for turtles and the best way to ensure these animals are looked after
Educate locals on the importance of environmental issues
Help protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia. Contribute to the collecting of turtle population data, collecting eggs, cleaning tanks, and monitoring nests. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Volunteers are needed to help protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia. You’ll be wisked away by boat to an island 45 minutes from mainland bali. Depending on the time of year, you’ll be collecting turtle population statistics, identifying turtle species, collecting eggs, monitoring nests or releases hatch lings into the sea.

Life on the island is authentic with the beach literally on your doorstep however volunteers must be prepared for a more basic standard of living with much less entertainment and attractions than on the main land.

Volunteers will also assist the local neighborhood schools with English teaching, environmental education and sports. There are few native English speaking locals so having the opportunity to practice English speaking is very helpful to the community.

Volunteers will stay on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida. Think bright blue waters, private caves, lush jungle, waterfalls, incredible marine life and a laid back vibe. The island is full of adventurous things to do, such as trekking to stunning viewpionts, diving, snorkelling and island hopping. Volunteers stay in a dedicated volunteer house located in the village and only 5 mintues from the harbour.

Typical day

Monday – Welcome new arrivals, briefing and introduction, feeding, cleaning tanks, collecting seaweed, catching live food for turtles, beach cleaning
Tuesday – Cleaning, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed, provide medicine for injured turtles
Wednesday – Cleaning, feeding the turtles, preparing lessons, creating toys for the turtles
Thursday – Cleaning, feeding, preparing lessons, visit to Cystal Bay (beautiful view here!), bonfire on the beach
Friday – Turtle release (depending on time of year), cleaning up the beach, farewell dinner (for those staying on, you can meet any new volunteers that may have arrived!)
Saturday – Program finishes after breakfast

Other activities you may take part in:
  • Cleaning the beach
  • Making garbage bins for the local area
  • Creating a Turtles/Environment campaign for the local area
  • Releasing injured turtles after treatment and cleaning private beaches
  • Light construction work: such as building turtle tanks, walls, painting the area
  • Collecting turtle information such as length of carapace, size of flippers, weight 
Basic Schedule:
7-8AM: Breakfast at the homestay, and depart for your project.
11AM: Lunch
2PM: Volunteering ends and you can relax at the house or explore the local sights 
4-5PM: Work ends. Back to house or to explore the sights!
6:30-8:30PM: Dinner at the homestay.

Free-time activities

Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. There is plenty of hiking on the island, with many beautiful beaches and viewpionts to reach.  Be sure to check out the main land of Bali too- Ubud, Mount Agung, the beaches of Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur or cycling and trekking tours on Mount Batur, visits to local temples and rice terraces.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Accommodation  (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
Arrival Airport transfer to Canggu
Return transfers from from Canggu to Seraya
In-country qualified healthcare practitioner coordinator
‘Love our earth’ Bali survival kit (what’s in it?   It’s a surprise!)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion
Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport
Denpasar International Airport (DPS)
Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 06:00 to 13:00

Bintang Supermarket, Ubud
Sunday 13:00

Sanur Harbour
Sunday 14:00

Volunteers stay in a dedicated volunteer house located in the village where you will get to experience the local way of living. Located only 5 minutes from the harbour, you’ll get to interact with local people as well as enjoy the company of other like minded volunteers.

Bedrooms are shared (single gender) with hot showers and western toilets. Wifi is included however the speed is not very fast. You can biuy a local Sim card for very cheap on the island at various local shops.
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
3 traditional Balinese meals are provided on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (breakfast and dinner). Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect dishes included nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans).

Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee will be available at the volunteer house. Purified water is available in the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water. If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large numbers of restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. There is also a western café in the village for fresh fruit juices, fresh coconuts and sweet treats. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so we can make arrangements for you.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 20 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
12 weeks
20 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$451 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Turtle Conservation Assistance

Help protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia. Contribute to the collecting of turtle population data, collecting eggs, cleaning tanks, and monitoring nests.


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