Indonesia Turtle Conservation
  • Turtle conservation on an offshore island
  • Destination airport: Bali, Indonesia (DPS)
  • Variety of outdoor & indoor activities & skills developed, such as:
    • Turtle feeding
    • Cleaning turtle enclosures
    • Collecting seaweed
    • Beach cleanups
    • Creating turtle enrichment devices
    • Collecting information on the condition of the turtles
    • Caring for sick turtles
    • Releasing turtles to the sea at the end of the week
    • Optional side project: Helping with educational activities at local school
  • Tropical climate
  • No experience necessary - training provided
  • Volunteer for 2 - 12 weeks, year round
  • Accommodation and meals included (Shared volunteer housing facilities)
  • From US $385 per week

More information…

What will I be doing?

You will be helping in the conservation of local marine turtles. You will be involved in many aspects of the running of the turtle conservation centre. The activities may vary from week to week, and typically include:

  • Turtle identification
  • Egg collection
  • Nest monitoring
  • Feeding
  • Supervising hatchlings as they get to sea
  • Education activities at local schools
  • Beach cleanups
  • Facility development and cleaning
  • Seaweed collection

Specific activities are seasonal (for example, turtles do not nest all year round) and also depend on public / school holidays.

What is a typical weekly schedule?

After breakfast, feed the turtles, clean the tanks, and collect fresh seaweed. Welcome and meet new arrivals, followed by lunch and orientation on the beach. You will learn about the aims of the project and about the local area and town facilities. Feeding turtles again in the evening.
Tuesday & Wednesday:
After breakfast, feed the turtles, clean the tanks, and collect fresh seaweed. You will then prepare lessons for the local school children where you will go later in the day. After lunch, you will head to the local school and have the opportunity to interact with the students. After returning from the school, you will again feed the turtles before dinner.
After breakfast, feed the turtles, clean the tanks, and collect fresh seaweed. Prepare further lessons. After lunch, there is a group excursion to a local scenic beach. You will then return to feed the turtles before a group bonfire on the beach.
After breakfast, feed the turtles. You will then be involved in releasing turtles to the sea. Afterwards, there will a feedback session to allow you to have input into the project and your experience so far. After lunch, there will be a beach cleanup activity to remove any hazards for the turtles, such as litter. The final activity will be feeding the turtles.
Saturday & Sunday:
Free time to explore the area or relax on the beach.

Where is the project located?

You will be volunteeering on an offshore island off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. The speedboat ride from Bali takes around 45 minutes. You will be based at the turtle conservation centre on the island with the beach almost on your doorstep.

How long can I volunteer for?

You can volunteer for 2 weeks or more. There is a minimum commitment of 2 weeks to allow for your training and for you to experience a wide range of project activities.

When can I volunteer / available dates?

The project accepts volunteers all year round. A minimum commitment of 2 weeks is required, and volunteer placements start each week on Monday.

Accommodation facilities

You will be living in shared accommodation. There are 4-6 volunteers per room in a dormitory style setup (male/female rooms). Meals are provided (3 meals a day during the weekdays, and 2 meals a day during the weekend), as well as water, tea, and coffee. The bathrooms are shared with western toilets available. The rooms have fixed cooling fans. Linen is provided. WiFi and hot showers are available. Laundry facilities are available for a fee.

The meals are Indonesian style, and you can expect a myriad of flavours! Some example dishes are mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). Some western-style breakfast food is also available on a rotating basis (pancakes, fresh fruit, toast).
Indonesian meals catering to vegetarians/vegans are available using tofu and tempeh.

Nearby local facilities include small stores and ATMs to withdraw cash in the local currency. It is possible to purchase a local SIM card for your phone which may be cheaper than roaming rates from your service provider. Please be aware that due to the location, items you expect to find in your home country may not be available or vary in price considerably.

What can I do in my free time?

During your free time (Saturday and Sunday), you are able to arrange your own leisure activities (these are not scheduled as part of the program). Typical leisure activities to choose from include visiting local beaches, trekking/hiking, surfing, mountain biking, bird watching, diving, visiting historic temples, and visiting local craft markets.

Volunteer requirements

To participate in this program, volunteers must:

  • Understand spoken and written English
  • Have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • Have no major medical conditions that would affect participation in the project
  • Be passionate about helping the natural environment
  • Be willing to participate whatever the weather, rain or shine
  • Be able and willing to live and work together as part of a team
  • Be 18 years of age or older (Applicants under 18 can apply as long as they are 18 on the volunteer start date)
  • Have no criminal record (a criminal background check report is required from all volunteers)

Country information

Quick facts:
The Republic of Indonesia has a population of around 250 million. The capital is Jakarta. The official language is Indonesian. The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).

Indonesia is a Southeast Asian nation made up of around 17,000 islands. It has a wide range of landscapes, such as coastal beaches, volcanoes and jungle.

Temperatures are pleasant all year round, varying from around 20-33 Celsius (68-91 Fahrenheit). The dry season is from around June to September, with little rain and lower humidity. The wet season is from around November to March, with higher humidity and rain – however, this doesn’t prevent people from visiting since the rain usually starts in the late afternoon/evening, meaning the daytime is typically fine.

Indonesia has diverse and rich cultures. Bali is mostly Hindu, but varies from the Hinduism you will find in India. An example of this culture you will see are the small offerings left in many places 3 times a day before meals. They are typically set in small woven baskets and contain burning incense sticks, flowers, rice and other items, and sprinkled with holy water.  Watch out for them and avoid stepping on them if you see them on the ground.

What do I need to bring?

When you register, you will receive access to the Volunteer Portal which contains a program guide and information on what to bring. You can expect to take your typical items (clothing suitable for the climate, toiletries, etc) as well as some specific items such as an adapter for your power plugs. A full packing list will be provided to you in the program guide when you register. You are not required to bring any specific items for the project activities, but you are welcome to bring items which may be of help with the school component of the project (games, colour pencils, colouring books, etc).

What travel visa do I need?

To enter Indonesia and participate on the project, you will need to obtain an Indonesian B-211 visa from the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country before you travel. After you have applied and registered for the project, we will provide instructions on how to do this. We will also provide you with a letter of sponsorship which you will need to include in your application. The Indonesian embassy or consulate will charge a fee for the visa which is typically around US $50 (depending on the country you are applying at, it may vary a little). You will also need to pay for an extension if staying on the project for longer than the visa issue period (typically 60 days). Please note that the Indonesian B-211 visa must be obtained before you travel to Indonesia, and cannot be obtained after your arrival. Without a valid B-211 visa, you will be unable to participate on the project. In order to apply for the visa, you will need to provide the sponsorship letter (provided by INV), show a confirmed return flight ticket to Indonesia, and pay the prescribed fee.

What are the fees and costs?

Program fee
The Program fee covers accommodation, meals while volunteering, orientation, supervision and training, local support, and local project administration costs. A portion of your program fee also goes into the INV Grant Fund, which supports the project with financial aid for equipment, special projects, or operating costs. Program fees are due to be paid 1 month before the placement start date. Program fees for this project are shown below:

2 weeks (minimum)  = US $770
3 weeks = US $1155
4 weeks = US $1540
5 weeks = US $1925
6 weeks = US $2310
7 weeks = US $2695
8 weeks = US $3080
9 weeks = US $3465
10 weeks = US $3850
11 weeks = US $4235
12 weeks = US $4620
For each additional week beyond 12 weeks, the extra fee is US $385 per week.

Registration fee
All placements are subject to a registration fee of US $140 in addition to the program fee (see the FAQs for more information).

Other costs
Other additional costs that you will need to cover include: Return flights to Bali – Indonesia, travel documents (e.g. passport and travel visa), criminal background check (police) report, comprehensive travel insurance (mandatory), personal spending money, possibly one night of accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Bali before your collection depending on your flight arrival time, transport to the airport after your volunteer placement ends.

How do I apply?

Complete the INV application form on the applications page. We will respond to your application within 24 hours.
To allow time to prepare your travel documents and visa for Indonesia, we recommend applying and registering at least 8 weeks before your preferred start date.

“I want my children and my grandchildren to live in a world with clean air, pure drinking water, and an abundance of wildlife, so I’ve chosen to dedicate my life to wildlife conservation so I can make the world just a little bit better.”

— Bindi Irwin

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