Wildlife Rescue & Species Management

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High­lights

Volunteer and help fighting against deforestation in Indonesia
Support and rescue endangered animals
Clean and maintain the enclosures
Get the chance to feed the animals
Discover Indonesia in your free time
Plan My Gap Year provides great insight and opportunity for volunteers to join in on the care of these animals at the Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
Singles
Couples

Indonesia is home to 100’s of different species of animals, many of which find themselves dispersed by deforestation while the country expands it’s exporting of goods like palm oil and rubber. There are seven centres in the whole of the country that rehabilitate and release endangered animals into their native habitat in the wild. Plan My Gap Year provides great insight and opportunity for volunteers to join in on the care of these animals at the Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre.

 

Within the centre you will find a range of animals that were victims to poachers and traffickers. The primates and birds looked after have been rescued from markets, private homes and businesses where they were kept as pets or for entertainment purposes. There are currently over 40 endangered primates and birds including Javan Lutung, Southern Pig-tailed Macague, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Southern Cassowary, Palm Cockatoo and more.

 

PMGY has created a programme that allows you to work to give endangered animals daily support and enrich their lives. The Programme Fee involved helps provide upkeep and care for these beautiful creatures!

 

Please note that the European summer period is our peak time in Bali (June-August). As a consequence, volunteers may be allocated to alternative placements during their time on the programme.

 

Typical day

While on the project you will work alongside the animal keeper and other staff members who have years of experience interacting with animals. The activities you will get involved in during your time on the project include:

FEEDING – These animals are fed based on the species and time of year. Animals like the crocodiles are fed two times a week with things such as chicken or duck while monkeys are fed daily with fruits. You will be able to cut and prepare meals based on the species you are working with and learn about the types of food that are best.

ENRICHMENT – Many of these animals are endangered and have come from the loss of their native habitat or poor treatment in the black market. Their displacement often leaves these animals irritable and at times depressed causing for them to have poor eating habits or behaviour. Your time interacting with them and coaching them on things such as eating or interacting with other animals is imperative! Over time these animals may just learn to trust you and in turn you could find one of those pretty Parakeets on your forearm.

ENCLOSURE CLEANING – These enclosures are made for each animal based on the feedback of the veterinarian during the first assessment. You may find the enclosures to be small, but some animals being irritable find it more comfortable to be in smaller spaces and over time the enclosures will be expanded and eventually they will be released back into the wild. The crocodiles tend to need the brush cleared back to keep them from being confined to one area so an example of this upkeep would be while the staff keep the crocodile occupied you are able to cut the brush back. In the bird enclosures the branches and chains may need to be replaced and cleaned as they begin to rot, if you are comfortable they will let you clean and make repairs in the enclosure with these beauties flying all around you!

MAINTENANCE – The centre is a great place, but with limited funding it could do with some tender loving care! Volunteers will be asked to help with creating a better atmosphere for the animals by clearing up the grounds. While you are doing a bit of upkeep this will include fixing the hinges on enclosure doors, relining the fencing, adding new gating on the enclosure, repairing the habit and or cleaning the grounds of rubbish and weeds.

All that is required of volunteers is to be fit enough to participate in tropical climates, ability to handle animals and interact with the centre’s staff.

In addition to our volunteers’ work at the Bali Wildlife Conservation Centre, our participants are likely to get involved in several of our other wildlife and conservation projects.

PROJECT EXAMPLE – TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT

Sea turtles are wonderful creatures that enrich marine life all over the world. Unfortunately, sea turtles are struggling more and more as numbers in our oceans are decline drastically – to a point where some species are even becoming close to extinction. The main challenges being faced by these majestic creatures include: egg poaching, getting caught in fisherman’s nets and facing damages caused by environmental choices that humans make every day. Some other factors that endanger their species are bycatch, overharvesting and climate change.

Our Turtle Conservation Project offers our volunteers the chance to help protect the sea turtles in multiple locations in Bali. This is a unique opportunity to help take care of the sea turtles of Bali, helping local staff with typical duties, such as:

– Cleaning and refilling the turtle tanks
– Preparing food and feeding the turtles
– Producing information boards for educational purposes
– Cleaning the project premises and the relevant beach area
– Providing care for disabled turtles
– Up-keep of the nesting area
– Cleaning the turtles’ shells

PROJECT EXAMPLE – BEACH CLEANS

Did you know a plastic straw takes one minute to manufacture, will be used for ten, before being disregarded and taking hundreds of years to decompose? Millions of plastic straws are found on the beaches of Bali every year and they are just one of the many items that are littered and washed ashore on this island every single day.

Plastic pollution is becoming a big problem in Bali and PMGY Bali wants to do her part to fight the battle against plastic pollution. Our team promotes this by hosting regular beach cleans with our volunteers and the local community. Every day, our volunteers visit local beaches to collect disregarded items, before correctly disposing and recycling these. We also work with the local community to create an even bigger impact by educating them about environmental conservation and recycling.

Free-time activities

PMGY’s programmes are based in the centre of Tabanan, a picturesque and lively city in central Bali. The Tabanan region itself has a population of over 350,000 and 10,000 of this is concentrated to the city centre. From 4pm to midnight runs an exciting night market where local cuisines can be tasted and traditional clothing and jewellery bought.
Tabanan is referred to as the ‘rice bowl of Bali’ for its infamous rice fields and agriculture industry that underpins much of Bali’s rice production. The Subak Museum is dedicated to the famed subak system of unmechanised irrigation which has been in use in Bali since AD 600.
Other areas to explore in and around Tabanan include the Bali Butterfly Park, the Batukaru temple, the Mengwi water temple and the Sangeh Monkey Forest. 30 minutes outside of Tabanan is the Tanah Lot temple which is a great place to experience a truly picturesque evening sunset.
Water Sports
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Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
required
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 from 07:30 - 15:30

What's Included

Services by Plan My Gap Year
  • ACCOMMODATION (HOMESTAY)

  • MEALS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)

  • AIRPORT PICK UP (24 HOURS)

  • IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATION

  • 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORT

    • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT 

    • DEDICATED PMGY TRAVEL MENTOR

    • EMAIL & TELEPHONE SUPPORT 

    • VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK 

    • LIVE PRE-DEPARTURE WEBINARS

    • 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTION

    • REGULAR PROGRAMME INSPECTION

    • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport

24 hours airport pick-up

Accommodation

During your time with PMGY you will live in our Volunteer House which is just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Tabanan. Here you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

 

The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with air conditioning in the room and their own mosquito net and bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Bali is hot and humid all year-round!

 

We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables within the lockers provided within the volunteer accommodation There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

 

The Volunteer House is located right next to where our local team live. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our host family who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Balinese culture and practise your new-found language skills!

 

Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from the projects, not within walking distance, each day via Bemo or private car and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

 

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are traditional Indonesian dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Balinese cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available.

 

There is a large choice of restaurants and local warungs (authentic, local food stalls) in Tabanan. The food on offer is traditional Balinese cuisine – typically amazing and mainly vegetarian! There may also be a western option served once or twice every week and there are restaurants serving western food available around a 20 minute walk from the Volunteer House.

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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Every 1st & 3rd sunday of the month

This program is paused due to COVID-19 and reopens December 2020. Apply Now!

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$519
2 weeks
$729
3 weeks
$954
4 weeks
$1,179
6 weeks
$1,539
8 weeks
$1,974
16 weeks (max. stay)
$3,489
Average fees
$369 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Plan My Gap Year will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Wildlife Rescue & Species Management

Plan My Gap Year provides great insight and opportunity for volunteers to join in on the care of these animals at the Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre.

$369/week

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