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Sea Turtle Research & Rescue - Bali

Explore stunning Bali and make a difference with our conservation project to research and rescue endangered sea turtles. A wonderful experience you’ll remember for a lifetime!

At a glance:

Volunteering: Helping Sea Turtles in Bali

Accommodation: Shared volunteer houses

Meals: all meals included

Dates: Each Monday

Minimum stay: 2 weeks

 

​​What animals will I look after? 


Sea Turtles, also known as Green Turtles, are an endangered species and are currently being illegally trafficked and traded on the black market. At the rate that they are being slaughtered and sold, sadly there will one day be no more sea turtles left. 

There are a total of 7 sea turtle species, 6 of which can be found in Indonesian waters. Sea Turtles are facing extinction, and you can do something to stop it! 
  

About the Bali Sea Turtle Project

This project gives you the chance to experience this magical place as well do something good with your time there being involved with preserving the endangered sea turtles. 

Bali itself attracts over 3 million foreign tourists per year for it’s beautiful beaches, resorts, amazing food, culture and cheap shopping!



What will I be doing at The Bali Sea Turtle Project?

As a volunteer, you’ll work alongside a local team who are passionate about protecting the beautiful sea turtles from extinction!

You will be involved in research, feeding, and monitoring the sea turtles. 
Depending on the time of the year since turtles do not nest all year round, you may be identifying turtle species, collecting eggs, monitoring nests or seeing hatchlings get safely to sea.

Other volunteer activities include:
  • Collecting turtle information such as length of carapace, size of flippers, checking its weight etc.
  • Turtle site construction work e.g. building extra turtle tanks, walls, painting etc. 
  • Cleaning the beach
  • Teaching turtle education at a local school
  • Making garbage bins for the local area
  • Create Turtle Education/Material/Lessons and Activities for local students at school/project site
  • Become involved with Turtles/Environmental campaigns for the local area
  • Located on the charming island of Nusa Penida - a 45 minute speed boat ride from the mainland of Bali. 
The project operates all year round with a minimum stay of 2 weeks (the first week is the introduction week, you can extend your time at the project). During the school breaks you will work on the conservation site instead of being involved with activities at local schools. 

During nesting season (hatching season is from April-October) you’ll have the chance to identify turtle species, collect eggs, monitor nests or watch the hatchlings get safety to sea (one of the most incredible things you could ever witness). 

 Introduction Week - Week 1 

Sunday: Arrival day. You'll be picked up by our transfer coordinator at Denpasar International Airport & transferred to the volunteer base in Ubud. 

Monday: On Monday, you will have breakfast and then get an introduction about the Bali traditions and culture. Then you will go on a walking tour to the popular Monkey Forest Roadstreet and Ubud market. After the visit, you will have lunch and then join a class on introduction to Balinese culture. You will then have an early dinner and leave to witness the traditional Balinese dance show.

Tuesday:

  • 8.00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 Balinese Language Class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Village Walking tour (Visit rice terrace, art village and beauty hills by walking)
  • 17:30 Dinner

Wednesday:

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:30 Balinese Language Class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13.00 Batik painting class
  • 17:30 Dinner

Thursday:

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Cooking class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Balinese flower offering Class
  • 18:30 Welcome and Goodbye dinner

Friday:

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Spiritual Tour: we go to visit the famous temple " PuraTirtaEmpul " the holy water temple and you can enjoy shower with the Holy Water(Late Lunch at the house /Possible to get some snack or drink in the temple)
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 15.00 Project meeting
  • 17:30 Dinner

Saturday/Sunday:

  • Free time - Go exploring, hire a surfboard & have some fun!! 

Popular destinations include: 

  • The Gili Islands, where you will find small resorts and huts for tourists looking to get away from the bustle of Ubud. The islands are a popular destination for snorkelling and diving due to its abundant marine life.
  • Nusa Lembongan, an island paradise with one of the most clear waters that you will ever see and it is also a place where you can find peace and completely relax. Surfing, diving and snorkeling and amongst the most popular activities that visitors can enjoy.
  • Lovina, located between the Bedugul mountains and the sea, it is popular for dolphin watching, trekking, hot springs and its gorgeous coral reefs.
  • Sanur, a stretch of beach in Southeast Bali that contains villa resorts and Zen Villas. Historically, it was used as the landing site for the Dutch invasion troops during the Dutch invasion in 1906 as well as being the entry point into Bali for the Japanese during WWII.
  • Kuta, a beach known of its surfing opportunities and party atmosphere.
  • Uluwatu, a temple built at the edge of a 70 meter high cliff at the edge of the sea and inhabited by monkeys.  

Turtle Conservation & Rehabilitation Centre Schedule - Week 2 +

Sunday: 

  • You will have your lunch and receive a short introduction on the beach to get familiarised with this new exciting setting. 
  • After that you will get to know more about Nusa Penida and things nearby like , particularly, about the supermarket, ATM etc. 

Monday: 

  • After having breakfast, you will watch a presentation about the Turtle Conservation project and also receive a project briefing which will help you to understand the do’s and don’t’s at the project. 
  • After that you will start engage in the typical activities you will be involved inare supposed to do throughout the week, such as feeding the turtles, cleaning the tanks, catching live food for turtles and also cleaning the beach. 
  • In the evening, you will then see a documentary about Turtles which will help you to widen your knowledge about these amazing creatures.

Tuesday:

  • After having breakfast on Tuesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed and live food for turtles. 
  • In addition, you will also create turtle toys, clean the beach and provide medicine for injured turtles if present. 

Wednesday:

  • After having breakfast on Wednesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed and live food for turtles. In addition, you will also create turtle toys, and provide medicine for injured turtles if present. 
  • In the evening, you will then engage in some sports activities at the beach where you will play either volleyball, badminton or football. 

Thursday:

  • On Thursday, you will have your breakfast and start cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed. you will also create turtle toys, and provide medicine for injured turtles if present. 
  • On either Tuesday/ Wednesday/ or Thursday you will visit an amazing location called the Crystal Bay which has a breathtaking view. Your local coordinators will decide the day in which you visit this exotic location. 
  • Thursday night will be a special one because there will be a enjoy the welcome and farewell dinner by a Bonfire at the beach. This would be a great opportunity to get to know the newcomers and say goodbye to for those who are leaving.

Friday:

  • On Friday, after you’ve had having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles into the sea. But please do understand that this opportunity is only if you are leaving the program this week.
  • If you continue another week at the project, you will engage in the regular activities at the turtle conservation center. For those who are leaving the program, there would also be a feedback session regarding the program.
  • After having lunch, you all can engage in activities such as feeding the turtles, cleaning tanks and measuring the turtles growth. 

Accommodation

  • There are two accommodation locations in Pejeng village which is about 10 minutes by car from each house. You will be accommodated at one of these two sites. There is also a free taxi drop to Ubud twice a week.
  • Both sites have a common zone for relaxing, western bathrooms, bunk beds, wifi, and a dining room for volunteers.

What's Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transfers from airport and back
  • IWH Travel Agent Services
  • Staff Support and an English Speaking Coordinator. 

What's not included?

  • Flights, Insurance & Visa - but we can help you sort that easily!
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