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Indonesia - Bali Sea Turtle Rescue

Volunteer near Bali, a beautiful region surrounded by marine life and amazing scenery. Work with injured and rescued sea turtles to rehabilitate them and educate others about the importance of ensuring this species survival.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectBali, Indonesia
Project LengthMin 2 weeks - Max 12 weeks
Arrival AirportNgurah Rai International Airport
Volunteer WorkSea Turtle conservation and environmental education
Number of ParticipantsUp to 30 International volunteers
Age18 - 50
Family Option This project accepts families with children as young as 5 years old.

What's Included

AccommodationShared room in a hostel
Food3 meals a day
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr emergency support
Airport TransfersIncluded on arrival day
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details are sent following registration
Orientation A week-long introduction to Bali
Insurance Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Transportation Transport from orientation location to project site

What's Not Included

Flights, personal expenses, visa (if required). Please note that anyone who is traveling in Indonesia for longer than 8 weeks should get a 60 days per-departure tourist visa.


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. 


About the Project

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.  


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.


Volunteer Work and Contribution

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, working at the turtle sanctuary and teaching children in local schools about turtle rehabilitation.  Some of your responsibilities 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 organizations

A typical day: After a light breakfast you will head out to work on a specific project at the 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.  

*Please be advised that you must be back at your accommodations before 10:30pm Monday to Friday. 

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.

Holidays: While the project remains open throughout the year, activities and volunteer schedules may vary on the holidays. The educational awareness classes, where volunteers conduct outreach to local schools, does not take place during school holidays. For specific dates, please consult with our placement coordinators.


Program Add-Ons

Consider joining one or more of these special programs to add another dimension to your experience in Bali:

Yoga and Mind Week: Learn about yoga and meditation practices to improve your health and well-being.

Beach Week: Relax and unwind on Sanur beach and enjoy the tranquil and idyllic setting as well as fun snorkeling and cycling day trips.

Bali Adventure: Enjoy an adventure filled week of trekking up volcanoes, cycling through town, and enjoying a relaxing massage at the end of the week.

Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs.


Living Arrangements

Accommodations: 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.

Food: 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. 

Indonesian 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: WIFI is available throughout the accommodations.

Laundry: There are laundry facilities on the island.


Travel Highlights 

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.  


Minimum Requirements 

  • Good level of English
  • Criminal background check (you will not be allow to work at our placement without it)
  • Genuine interest in turtles and conservation education
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Flexible and open-minded 

Here's an excerpt of Paola's experience:


"The greatest aspects of the project are two. First of all, you really feel useful as local coordinators need our help to take care of all turtles as they are not enough to do the job alone. Second, compared to Ubud, there are less volunteers (around 25, even if they told us that during the high season it can go up to 70). As you are not a lot, no small groups are done; we are all part of a big group, or even better a big family. You really get close to volunteers and to coordinators and cookers."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Ho Ying's experience:


"Orientation week was conducted in Ubud. I stayed in a homestay with cottages, family temples and yards. The yards were the playgrounds for the children, the places for making handicrafts as well as the farmhouses for the chickens and dogs. I felt like I was living on a farm! With the cocks crowing nonstop, I got up by 6am every day! What a countryside living style!"

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Remi's experience:


"Volunteering through GoEco in Bali is one of the best decisions I have ever made. This summer I traveled to Ubud and Nusa Penida, participating in a sea turtle conservation project that soon became the most rewarding experience of my life. Over the course of two weeks I was introduced to incredible coordinators, awesome traditional food, and friends that I will have for a lifetime. I would highly recommend this trip to any and everyone."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Louise's experience:


"I couldn’t wait to witness the lucky little fella be released at the end of the week. It was so exciting, knowing that one of the turtles that had been in our care was soon going to start his life in the "big blue." I couldn’t hide my anticipation, regardless of the fact that we release a turtle (or two), every week."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Delia's experience:


"A few other places in the world, I felt such at ease and in peace. Such impression was reinforced the following week in the island of Nusa Penida, where while helping to conserve the sea turtles and keep the magnificent beaches clean, you also have the chance to explore spots of untapped natural beauty and engage in happy if humorous conversations with the locals, genuinely curious about your home as much as your life story."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Amanda's experience:


"I learnt some basic Bahasa (the language spoken in Indonesia) skills, created my own batik painting, strolled in the rice fields, made an offering to the Hindu Gods, attended a cooking class where I learnt the art of Indonesian cuisine, and visited a holy water temple. Yet this discovering of Ubud could unfortunately not last forever and a week later I packed my bags again to move on to the remote island of Nusa Penida for the real volunteering."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!

Here's an excerpt of Kira's experience:


"I was greeted by a young Indian boy in a shirt donned in peace signs and blue waves, we took my luggage to the car and off we went! The drive was only 45 minutes but oh did I wish it went for longer. Driving along to the familiar sounds of Bob Marley and all the new pop queens, I was glued to the window bounded by tall, sky scrapping coconut trees, big blue water, floating casino cruises and fresh fruit markets sprawled along the side of the road. Boy was I happy to call this place home for next two weeks."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!



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