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Bali Sea Turtle Rescue

Nusa Penida, Indonesia

Agency | GoEco

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. 

Orientation Week

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.

Our Volunteers

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. 

We aim that this project will

  • support local communities to save the turtles
  • support the communities to learn how to work as a team work.
  • help you to be able to work as in team and be co-operative with local coordinator or other volunteers.

Typical day

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:

  • Feeding the turtles and monitoring their health
  • Cleaning the turtles tanks
  • Cleaning and collecting corals for the sanctuary
  • Light construction work
  • Attending educational awareness classes
  • Looking after sick or injured turtles
  • Patrolling the beach for turtle eggs and nurturing new hatchlings for survival
  • Creating protected turtle beach areas
  • Collecting data to send to world marine conservation organisations
Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

Free-time activities

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.

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s). Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Genuine interest in turtles and conservation education
Good level of physical fitness
Flexible and open-minded
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for


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Included: hostel accommodation, food (3 meals a day), comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage, local in-country team and 24hr emergency support, transportation from the airport on arrival day, and transportation from the orientation to the project site.

Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport

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.

Food & Beverages

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.

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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Nusa Penida/Indonesia between 2 weeks and 9 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Indonesia.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Asia South-Eastern Asia Indonesia Nusa Penida, Nusa Penida Island

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