The aim of this program is to save the iconic bird from the very real threat of extinction.
About the Program
The Bali Starling became the official mascot of Bali province in 1991. Local and overseas demand led to a drastic decrease in its numbers. At one point, there were thought to be only 16 birds left living in the wild. Established in 1999, this Bali Starling Conservation Project held the aim to save this precious bird from the very real threat of extinction.
This Ubud based conservation center, brings together nature enthusiasts from different spheres of human endeavour under the umbrella of increasing the awareness of starlings conservation. This project aims to educate the importance of starling birds to the conservation of nature while ensuring the systematic collation of bird information through periodic birding trips and other activities that promote bird conservation.
Social culture visa information
To work as a volunteer in Indonesia, you will need a social culture visa. This visa is issued to applicants who are going to Indonesia for a social/cultural visit, for example, visiting relatives or friends who live in Indonesia; visiting social organizations with the same type of activities; for exchange visits between educational institutions, carrying out research, and attending training program in Indonesia. Social-culture visa holders are not allowed to receive any salary from the visit they do. You have to apply before your arrival in Bali at the Indonesian embassy in your home country, to be able to volunteer or do an internship legally; you do need the Social-Culture Visa. Any other visa type is not sufficient.
This guideline helps you through the visa application. However, we highly suggest you to re-check the information and visit the Indonesian Embassy’s website of your capital or call them directly.
Average Living expenses in Bali
Indonesia is considered to be really cheap to live in. This is something you will find out quickly after your arrival in Bali. Here you will see with which additional costs you have to plan during your time in Bali.
Food: The amount of money you will spend on food depends on your eating habits. If you eat at a local warung you will spend around 2€/2.20US$ for a proper meal with drink. But if you prefer to eat western food you will spend a lot more (at least 5€/5.35US$ but probably even more).
Laundry: In our accommodation you won’t have laundry facilities. So you have to bring your laundry to a laundry service somewhere around your living area. Average laundry costs are around 0.50-1€/$ for one kilogram of laundry.
Phone Credit: In all our accommodations you will find wifi. Therefore 2GB mobile data plus some credit for calling your friends should be enough per month. This will cost you around 5€/5.25$.
Scooter Rental + Petrol: Renting a scooter will cost around 42€/45$ per month. Petrol is quite cheap in Indonesia and 1 litre will be around 0.50€/$. In practice this means, that you won't need more than 4 €/$ per week for petrol unless you intend to to a bike trip around the island.
Trips: How much money you want to spend for trips to explore Bali is eventually up to you. You can minimize expenses if you spend a bit more time organizing as much as you can by yourself instead of using a travel agent or trip packages.
Daily duties (Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm):
Volunteers are requested to arrive Wednesday. Once arrived at Bali Airport you will get picked up and our driver will bring you to your accommodation. Arrivals on any other days will be charged extra. After completing the volunteer work volunteers are requested to leave the accommodation the following Saturday at the latest.
Start and Duration
Volunteers can begin their project each Monday after the introduction day. The minimum duration for this volunteer program is 4 weeks. A volunteer can take part in a program for up to 6 months.
Every Friday is introduction day. We will come and visit you and give you a short introduction about Bali, customs, rules and expectations, safety and the project. Afterwards we will accompany you to your project and introduce you to the volunteer project. On the first weekend you will have time to settle down, get to know your environment and to prepare yourself for the first day in the project.
Bali offers you many activities and cultural sights, which will spice up your time in Bali. Get to know Bali's various and numerous facets. We have listed our favorites you to make the most of your paradise life.
Surfing in Bali
Bali is a world mekka for surf adventures. Beginners, advanced and professionals will find what they are looking for for an ultimate surf experience. Many surf guides and surf schools have established in the southern part of Bali and provide various offers to learn surfing or improve your skills.
Besides surfing, scuba diving is among the top 5 activities in Bali. A breath-taking underwater world with intact reefs and unique animals awaits you. Many dive centers offer courses for non-divers or snorkelers as well. They usually suggest different itineraries for everyone's needs. Let yourself be enchanted by Bali's underwater world.
If you don't have a PADI license, you can simply go snorkeling at reefs close to Bali's shore. You may find manta rays, colorful and intact coral reefs or even small ship wrecks. Usually, you only need to pay 1 or 2 Euros to rent snorkeling equipment and off you go.
Rafting is also a very popular water sport activity, where you can explore Bali's stunning landscapes on rivers. Many rafting companies offer different tours for beginners as well as for advanced.
Hiking Mount Agung & Batur
Gunung Agung and Gunung Batur are both active volcanoes in Bali. Local guides offer you hikes, where you start your hike early morning or even at night to arrive in time at the top of the mountain to enjoy the most breath-taking sunrise you have ever seen.
We will arrange and provide your airport pick up. Please send us a copy of your flight ticket, prior your departure from your country. You will be picked up by our team member Sam. Please go straight to the information counter, our driver is expecting you there with your name card.
Volunteer can choose to live in a Eco Hotel or in a homestay of a Balinese family.
Living with a Balinese family:
This small and cozy volunteer house is located within a Balinese family housing complex. You will experience every day life in a small local village in Ubud area and have the unique chance to immerse yourself into a new culture.
Living in the Eco Hotel:
The hotel is located in the famous Ayung River valley of Ubud. It is a part of a high school complex and is used as a hotel management training center. Thus, high school students have the opportunity to gain practical working experience along with their theoretical education.
This center opened in order to give the turtles a last chance in being protected from the illegal trade, poaching, tourism and sea pollution.
You will be assisting the English classes at a local public school in a village near Ubud center.
Assist the local teacher in English and Mathematics classes in a primary school and NGO pre-school in Kerobokan.
Encourage local community awareness concerning bird conservation during several school visits.
Become a part of the family and support the mom and helper of the home in all their efforts to provide love and care for their 10 children.
Assist the local teacher in this NGO school during their English class in the playgroup, Kindergarten and Primary School.