Work with rescued sea turtles to rehabilitate them in Bali, a region surrounded by beautiful scenery. Educate others on the importance of ensuring this species' survival.
About this program
This project centers around a conservation organization which aims to spread conservation-based knowledge while assisting and caring for turtles. The project receives injured turtles from local fisherman and the fully dedicated team cares for the turtles until they are ready to be released into the sea again. They also care for new hatchlings until they are big enough to survive on their own in the sea. The project has strong affiliations with a number of world marine conservation organizations where all the data about the turtles is then sent and tracked.
This project is based on a beautiful island called Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is a quiet and relaxed island where divers and bird lovers alike can enjoy a day at secluded white sand beaches along the north and northwest coasts. The surrounding limestone caves and high coastal cliffs make for scenic views in every direction. Hindu temples and cultural sites pepper the landscape and offer exciting views into the local history.
This week is a perfect opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers and surround yourself with the local Bali community! Before you begin your volunteer project in Nusa Penida, you will enjoy an exciting orientation in Penestanan Kaja village (just 5 minutes from Ubud center) that will provide an introduction of Bali culture, such as a walking tour of the local markets, attending a Balinese traditional dance show, taking Balinese language classes, participating in painting and flower classes, and visiting famous temples. The orientation program runs from Monday through Friday, giving you the weekend to relax or explore the area on your own before you start work at your project. Following orientation you will be sent to your volunteer project placement via private transportation.
As a volunteer, you will have a vital role in the rehabilitation of injured turtles, nurturing young hatching, looking after a hatchery and their release back to the ocean. Some other exciting opportunities you will be given as a volunteer are working on a seaweed farm, visiting the turtle conservation center and working at the turtle sanctuary.
Volunteers will not only play a vital role in rehabilitating injured sea turtles and nurturing young hatchlings, but may also be given opportunities to teach children in local schools about turtle rehabilitation as well as giving them lessons in English.
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After a light breakfast you will head out to work on a specific project at the turtle sanctuary. After a few hours you will have lunch and a bit of time to rest. The afternoon is will be spent in the community, generally teaching about the environment at a local school. By 5pm, you are back at the project to check on the turtles before dinner. Volunteer tasks may include:
Volunteer tasks may include:
There is plenty to do on Nusa Penida but there are also some great places to visit outside the island. Just 45 minutes on a speed boat ride will get you to the mainland of Bali where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and historical and archeological sites. You can also spend your time surfing, diving or on the lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides. Whether you want to backpack or spoil yourself through the super-rich accommodations, Bali has something to offer every visitor. Divers can also visit Sanur, an east coast town just south of Bali where you can find yourself dining in amazing restaurants and biking through the lovely scenery.
Optional program add-ons include and Yoga and Mind Week, a Sanur Beach Week, and a Bali Adventure Trek Week. Please note any additional fees for these activities are not included in the program fee.
Transportation from the Ngurahria International Airport is included.
In both orientation week and your time at the project, you will be sharing a room at the volunteer house with bunk beds. Each dorm will house about 2 to 8 volunteers and includes electricity, a kitchen and western style toilet facilities. From your accommodations, a 5 minute walk will take you to your project site.
Laundry: There are laundry facilities on the island.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided during the week, while on weekends, only breakfast and dinner will be provided. You also have the option to buy your own groceries and cook for yourself in the kitchen.
Food will be based in Indonesian cuisine, with vegetarian options available for those who don't eat meat. We also provide some western dishes.
Ionesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their stay. Typical dishes included miegoreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasigoreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gadogado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans), we also provide some western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water.