Join the Turtle Conservation project and work alongside a local team to help protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia.
In this project you will contribute to collecting vital baseline data on the turtle population on Nusa Penida, but also take part in other activities in the local neighborhood, such as environmental education or teaching basic English.
Depending on the time of the year (turtles do not nest all year round), your tasks may include identifying turtle species, collecting eggs, monitoring nests or seeing hatchlings get safely to sea. The nesting season is from May until July, but we get turtle eggs from others island as well as baby turtles from other conservations centers in Bali so volunteers can work with turtles all year round. You will also participate in cleaning the turtle tanks and feeding the turtles as well as help taking care of injured turtles and releasing them after they have recovered.
In the afternoon volunteers can also teach English at one of the local schools on the island. Few native English speakers have taught English here before, so your experience is guaranteed to be an authentic one. In addition to English classes, you can help increase environmental awareness in the community by assisting the locals for example with waste management. Getting more involved with the local people will for sure add to your volunteering experience. Please note, however, that teaching is not a fixed part of the program, which means we arrange other side activities besides teaching whenever necessary.
Volunteers must be prepared for a more basic standard of living on the island, with fewer shops and attractions available - bearing in mind that the beach is practically at your doorstep.|
Weekly Schedule & Activities
On Monday, after having breakfast, you will start feeding the turtles, cleaning their tanks and collecting seaweed. Then, time will be allocated to welcome new arrivals. After that, you will have your lunch and receive a briefing and a short introduction on the beach in order to familiarize you to this new exciting setting. This will be followed by a short introduction about Nusa Penida, particularly, about the supermarket, ATM facilities and the Nusa Penida Center. In the evening, you will be able to feed the turtles which would be an amazing experience for those who haven’t done it before.
Tuesday to Wednesday
After having breakfast on Tuesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed. Then you will be given some time to prepare for lessons as you will be teaching at a local school on this day. After lunch, you will depart to the local school where you will get the opportunity to interact with local students. Finally, you would call it a day by feeding the turtles after you come back from teaching the school children.
On Thursday, you will have your breakfast and start cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed as usual.
09:00 Cleaning, feeding and collecting seaweed
11:00 Time to prepare lessons
Then you will have lunch and visit an amazing location called the Crystal Bay which has a breathtaking view. Finally you will be feeding turtles and enjoy a dinner by a Bonfire at the beach.
On Friday, after having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles to the sea. Then, there would be a feedback session for you regarding the program. After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.
The teaching plan at the local school will be confirmed every Friday. Volunteers work around 5 hours a day.
Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances. During school breaks participants will work on the conservation site instead of teaching English.
Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, and there are no program activities scheduled unless otherwise mentioned. Weekends are free.
- Teaching turtles education at local school
- Cleaning the beach
- Make garbage bins for local area
- Make turtle or environmental campaigns for the local area
- Release injured turtles after treatment and clean the private beach
- Turtles site construction work: such as an extra turtle tank or wall, painting the walls etc.
- Collect turtle information such as length of carapace, size of flippers, checking weight etc.
- Create turtle education materials, lessons and activities for the local students at the school or project site
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
- Social Visa B-211 (60 days)
- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance certificate
- Basic level of competency in English
- Travel & medical insurance
- Agree to house center rules and rules of conduct (sign on arrival)
- Copy of your passport and CV to send to the project
What Makes a Good Volunteer?
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
How Long Should I Volunteer?
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
You will stay at the volunteer houses in the Banjar Nyuh village, located on the island and about 5 minutes from the harbour. Village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life, where you will get the chance to interact with local people and practice your new-found language skills. You must be prepared for a more basic standard of living on the island, with fewer shops and attractions available (bearing in mind the beach is practically at your doorstep)!
We provide all basic facilities at the volunteer house which includes shared bathrooms with a cold water shower and western toilets. Rooms are divided on a single gender basis. All participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and tidy.
The project is on the island of Nusa Penida which is a 45 mins speedboat ride from mainland Bali
Important Arrival Information
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your stay in Indonesia for your own personal safety and for easier/cheaper communication with the staff/other participants/international calls. A SIM card is especially useful if you are traveling to the project on your own.
How to get to the meeting point at Denpasar International Airport
We only receive participants on the Sunday before a participant's program begins. The pick-up time from Denpasar Airport is between 06:00 and 20:00. After passing through customs, make sure you stay on the same floor and follow the way to the arrival gate. Our representative will be waiting for you in front of this gate with your name board and bring you to our center.
If you're traveling to Denpasar Bali overland, we can arrange a pick-up at the following meeting points:
- Bintang Supermarket in Ubud at 14:00 on Sundays
- Make your own way to Denpasar Airport at 14:00 on the Sunday before your program starts. Meeting point is at the international arrivals flight information center.
Early/Late Arrival Instructions
Volunteers who don't arrive on the Sunday before their program begins need to make their own way to the volunteer center. We do not encourage late arrivals as it may take longer for you to settle into your program. Any emergency early/late arrivals, or arrivals outside the set pick-up day/times need to be communicated to us by email ([email protected]) for us to arrange a pick-up at extra cost (approx. 50 EUR per person) which is paid on arrival.
If you're arriving early/late, you can also take a shuttle taxi from the airport that can bring you straight to the volunteer center within 1 hour. It should not cost you more than 250000 IDR, but it is important to confirm the price beforehand.
Important Leaving Information
Please be aware that you have to check out on the Saturday morning after the program. We do not offer airport drops on completion of the program due to the many different personal plans and return flight times and so participants need to make their own way to the airport. Our coordinator can help you with the different transportation options, but you will have to cover the cost.
Please make sure you are prepared to pay the country tax of 150000 IDR when leaving Indonesia. This departure tax applies to everyone leaving the country.
Getting to the Project
It takes 5 mins to walk to the project from your accommodation.
A variety of vegetarian food and fruit is served in 'food boxes' due to safety and health reasons (3 meals a day on weekdays, breakfast on Saturdays, and breakfast and dinner on Sundays).
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.
During certain public holidays the program varies as follows.
25 Jan: Hindu Holiday Pagerwesi (Project is closed.)
27-29 Mar: Balinese New Year (School cleaning on 27th and 29th. No activities/aiport close/no activies outside. Project is closed.)
03-07 Apr: Hindu Holiday Galungan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
10-14 Apr: Hindu Holiday Kuningan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
22 May-02 Jun: School exams (Normal activities)
21 Jun-07 Jul: School holiday (Normal activies for primary school).
17 Aug: Independence Day (No activities. Project closed.)
23 Aug: Hindu Holiday Pagerwesi (No activities. Project closed.)
30 Oct-03 Nov: Hindu Holiday Galungan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
06-10 Nov: Hindu Holiday Kuningan (Cleaning and renovation of local school during holiday. Project is closed.)
27 Nov-08 Dec: School exams (Normal activities)
02 Dec: Hindu Holiday Pagerwesi (No activities. Project closed.)
11-22 Dec: 2nd School Holiday (Normal activities for primary school).
Besides these public holidays, there are several Balinese religious culture events, known as “ceremonies”. Please respect both the Balinese people and your coordinators during these village events that can take place at any time and are always beyond the volunteer organization's control. There have been instances where volunteers have traveled to their program in the morning only to find out that the project is closed for the day due to a ceremony being held in that village. This is because everyone in the village is expected to attend, including the children at the teaching centers. We would greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation during these Balinese cultural events, and ask you to follow your coordinator's instructions in the event of one occurring on your program.
Summary of Ceremonies
a) Please note: The volunteer organization is not notified every time a ceremony is about to be held. Unfortunately there is no calendar for ceremonies we can refer to beforehand, also each village is slightly different.
b) The volunteer organization confirms that there are normal teaching activities prior to sending you to your project, but there have been cases where volunteers were still turned away at the last minute.
c) Your coordinators will redirect you to another program if there is a ceremony at your program venue.
d) Please avoid arguing, raising your voice or blaming the staff. Confrontation will not change the situation as they are not in control of these events. Your coordinator will do their best to place you in another program that is available.
There are many ATM's in the center of Nusa Penida which is 20 minutes by car from the house. The ATM accepts ONLY Master Card. It does NOT accept VISA.
We have Wi-Fi at the volunteer house (however, the signal strength varies and is not very fast).
Local SIM card:
It is possible to buy these at the local shop. They cost about 20,000 IDR.