WHY we need you in Bali
HOW can you help?
WHAT can you do?
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: TURTLE CONSERVATION
LOCATION: NUSA PENIDA ISLAND
START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE
MIN DURATION: ONE WEEK
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
Volunteers are needed to help protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia. You’ll be wisked away by boat to an island 45 minutes from mainland bali. Depending on the time of year, you’ll be collecting turtle population statistics, identifying turtle species, collecting eggs, monitoring nests or releases hatch lings into the sea.
Life on the island is authentic with the beach literally on your doorstep however volunteers must be prepared for a more basic standard of living with much less entertainment and attractions than on the main land.
Volunteers will also assist the local neighborhood schools with English teaching, environmental education and sports. There are few native English speaking locals so having the opportunity to practice English speaking is very helpful to the community.
Volunteers will stay on the beautiful island of Nusa Penida. Think bright blue waters, private caves, lush jungle, waterfalls, incredible marine life and a laid back vibe. The island is full of adventurous things to do, such as trekking to stunning viewpionts, diving, snorkelling and island hopping. Volunteers stay in a dedicated volunteer house located in the village and only 5 mintues from the harbour.
- Educate locals on the importance of environmental issues
- Clean, feed and look after various turtle species
- Assist with beach cleaning, collecting crabs and tidying the turtle centre
- Learn valuable knowledge on how to care for turtles and the best way to ensure these animals are looked after
Food & Accommodation
Volunteers stay in a dedicated volunteer house located in the village where you will get to experience the local way of living. Located only 5 minutes from the harbour, you’ll get to interact with local people as well as enjoy the company of other like minded volunteers.
Bedrooms are shared (single gender) with hot showers and western toilets. Wifi is included however the speed is not very fast. You can biuy a local Sim card for very cheap on the island at various local shops.
3 traditional Balinese meals are provided on weekdays and 2 meals on weekends (breakfast and dinner). Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and volunteers can expect dishes included nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans).
Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee will be available at the volunteer house. Purified water is available in the volunteer house. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water. If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large numbers of restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. There is also a western café in the village for fresh fruit juices, fresh coconuts and sweet treats. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply so we can make arrangements for you.
- Airport Pickup
- Local Transportation
- 1 Day Orientation
- 24/7 In-Country Support
- Project Materials & Equipment
- Pre-departure Expert Advice
- Preperation Tools & Checklists
- Certificate of Completion
If you have a passion for the enviornment or would love to learn more about what we can be doing to save these precious animals, then this project is a great fit for you. For anyone who loves animals and being outdoors, close to the ocean, you will love this project!
- Accommodation (Home Stays – Sharing with other volunteers)
- 2 meals p/day (Breakfast & Dinner)
- Arrival Airport transfer to Canggu
- Return transfers from from Canggu to Seraya
- In-country qualified healthcare practitioner coordinator
- ‘Love our earth’ Bali survival kit (what’s in it? It’s a surprise!)
- Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea daily
- Full day orientation & training + cultural sightseeing
- In country 24/7 coordination & emergency assistance
- Fundraising support
- University course credits (where applicable)
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Included in the program fees is a half day orientation which starts on the Monday. This is important to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs & culture to help you get the most from your volunteering experience.
Typical Orientation Includes:
- Meet & greet with your new team and coordinators!
- Introduction meeting, general rules, setting expectations, advice on health and safety and handling of documents.
- Overview of the 2 week schedule and daily routine
- Overview of the common health issues in the area and options
- Demonstration of a health check and required guidelines and safety precautions
- Planning session with the team
An arrival airport pick-up from Denpassar is included in the cost of your placement. The ground coordinator picks up participants at the airport if you arrive during the weekend. Arrivals after the weekend need to make their way to Ubud on their own arrangements. Projects commence every Monday. You will share taxis for longer distance trips and walk for the short distance trips.
*Breakfast, lunch & dinner included daily weekdays (2 meals p/day on weekends)
Monday – Welcome new arrivals, briefing and introduction, feeding, cleaning tanks collecting seaweed
Tuesday – Cleaning, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed, teaching at the local school
Wednesday – Cleaning, feeding the turtles, preparing lessons, teaching at the local school
Thursday – Cleaning, feeding, preparing lessons, visit to Cystal Bay, Bonfire on the beach
Friday – Turtle release (depending on time of year), cleaning up the beach, farewell dinner
Saturday – Program finishes after breakfast
Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organize additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. There is plenty of hiking on the island, with many beautiful beaches and viewpionts to reach. Be sure to check out the main land of Bali too- Ubud, Mount Agung, the beaches of Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur or cycling and trekking tours on Mount Batur, visits to local temples and rice terraces.
*No special requirements needed for this program
Indonesia has to be one of the most interesting countries in the world for cultural learning for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handicrafts, and performing arts. Indonesia has around 330 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries, and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and European sources.
Millions of small farmers, farm workers and fishers are unable to tap into the opportunities offered by years of economic growth. They are often geographically isolated and lack access to basic infrastructure and support.
Bali is a Hindu Island, Balinese traditional cultures are still present, making the island charming and beautiful. Traditional Balinese clothing worn by women covers their shoulders and knees, especially, when they go to the temple and when they have a ceremony day.
IVI have a variety of programs designed to immerse volunteers into the local lifestyle in order to experience the unique culture, build life long relationships and benefit the people that need it the most.
Bali is situated just south of the equator. It has a hot and tropical climate year round.
The wet season is from November to March, and the dry season from April to October (although there may still be some showers) The rains usually only last for a few hours, so you will usually still get some sunshine during the day.
The rainy season brings about humidity and it is generally hot year round, from 20 to 33 degrees. Cooler temperatures can be found up North in the mountain regions.
Bali culture is incredible, rich in tradition and spirituality which focuses mainly on art and religion, with the two often expressed through each other. Many Balinese people are an artist of some kind and spend their leisure time working on hobbies and artwork that have been passed down through generations.
Many public areas, homes and paddy fields are decorated by detailed paintaings, intricate carvings, fine weaving, statues and various artworks. Life in Bali is very much communal and centered around local villages with the community institution or ‘Banjar’ responsible for many aspects of life. The Balinese have a word, “Niskala” which means that which cannot be sensed directly, but can only be felt within.
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