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This project is based on a beautiful island just off Bali called Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is a quiet and relaxed island where divers and bird lovers alike can enjoy a day on 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.
Daily tasks will include cleaning the tanks, scrubbing turtles, preparing food and feeding the turtles, collecting crabs, cleaning the beach and village area, making conservation awareness signs, making turtle toys and monitoring the progress of the turtles currently in the center.
Nesting season (May-October)
Besides the regular tasks, volunteers will collect turtle eggs brought to the center from anglers who have rescued them from being eaten or taken as pets illegally.
Hatching Season (45-75 days after nesting)
Besides the regular tasks, volunteers will feed and treat the hatchlings until they are strong (8-12 months). Releases are scheduled for those hatchings each Friday.
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 with the community. By 5:00 PM, you are back at the project to check on the turtles before dinner.
You must be back at your accommodations before 10:30 PM Monday to Friday.
Volunteer activities and schedules can change 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, do not take place during school holidays. For specific dates, please consult with our placement coordinators.
Internet: Wi-Fi is available throughout the accommodations.
Laundry: There are laundry facilities on the island.
Accommodations: You will share a single-gender room at the volunteer house with bunk beds. Each dorm will house up to eight volunteers and includes electricity, a kitchen and western style toilet facilities. From your accommodations, a five-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. 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 (soybeans), we also provide some western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast, etc. We do not recommend that you drink the tap water. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the volunteer house.
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 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 exploring the lush rice terraces and volcanic hillsides. Bali has something to offer every visitor. Divers can also visit Sanur, an east coast town, where you can dine in amazing restaurants and biking through the lovely scenery.
Culture Week (Highly Recommended):
This week-long introduction is a perfect opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and surround yourself with the local Bali community! Before you begin your volunteer project on Nusa Penida, you will enjoy an exciting orientation in Penestanan Kaja village (just five 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, taking part in painting and flower classes, and visiting famous temples. The orientation runs from Monday through Friday, giving you the weekend to relax or explore the area on your own before you start work on your project.
Consider joining one or more of these special programs to add another dimension to your experience in Bali:
Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs. See additional options below.