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bali turtle conservation

The Turtle Conservation project is located on the charming island of Nusa Penida, a 45 minute speedboat ride from mainland Bali. The project is in its early stages and you will work alongside a local team and help protect the endangered sea turtles of Indonesia.

You will contribute to turtle conservation by working at our turtle conservation centre.

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 helping hatchlings get safely out to sea.

Your Bali experience starts with 5 days of exciting adventures and activities where we explore Ubud and its beautiful surrounding areas, before heading to the turtles from week 2 onwards. The culture and tradition of Ubud complements perfectly your beach time and role as a wildlife warrior.

itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday)

Arrive at Denpasar airport between 6am and 8pm and after clearing customs and immigration, you’ll be met by our local team and taken straight to your accommodation in Ubud, a journey of under an hour, depending on traffic.

Days 2 - 6 (Monday to Friday)

Your first week is packed full of exciting adventures and activities where we explore Ubud and its beautiful surrounding areas, getting acquainted with Balinese culture. It includes Balinese language lessons, visits to temples, a walking tour of Ubud and its famous Monkey Street.

You’ll challenge your artistic and creative side through local Batik art and Balinese cooking classes, experience a traditional dance show and make a traditional flower offering at one of the most impressive Balinese temples: The Holy Tirta Empul Temple. At this temple you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Holy Water and pray for good luck.


Days 7 (Saturday)

Spend your free day as you please. There are lots of daytrips available to book locally, such as cycling tours, a sunrise volcano climb, jungle exploration and many more – or just kick back and relax.

Days 8 (Sunday)

This morning we travel from Ubud, across to the outlying island of Nusa Penida. We arrive in time for lunch, followed by a short introduction on the beach to get familiarised to this new exciting setting. Take it easy this afternoon and enjoy the beach!

Days 9 - 13 (Monday to Friday)

After breakfast on Monday, there will be a presentation about the Turtle Conservation project and a briefing to understand better what we’ll be doing in the week/s ahead. Then we get straight into it - the typical activities you’ll be doing here will involve feeding the turtles, cleaning the tanks, collecting seaweed and catching live food for the turtles and also cleaning the beach to ensure a positive environment. Often the team will need to weigh and measure the turtles to record their growth, and also provide treatment for sick and injured turtles if present. Depending the timing, you may be involved in the release of injured turtles after treatment, site maintenance and construction work such as the creation of new tanks, painting the walls, etc. Other ongoing project work includes the creation of educational materials and school visits to give lessons for local students.

In the evenings there will be opportunities for volleyball or beach soccer or to watch documentaries about turtles which will help you to widen your knowledge about these amazing creatures. Thursday nights we have a bonfire and dinner at the beach.

During your stay here, we’ll take a break from working one day for a trip to Crystal Bay, a beautiful beach and a great spot for snorkelling.

Friday

On Friday, after having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles to the sea. For those who are leaving the program, we’ll head back to Ubud for one last night in the cultural capital of Bali. Your program then ends after breakfast on Saturday. The team will be happy to help with a taxi to the airport or hotel, just save some rupiah for the fare.

your digs

For week 1, volunteers will be accommodated in our volunteer house in a village on the outskirts of Ubud. Here you’ll experience the real Bali and mingle with the locals. In Nusa Penida, the accommodation is similar in that volunteers share a bunk-style room with four to eight others, and the shared bathroom has hot water and western-style toilets.

meals

3 delicious meals are served on weekdays and brunch & dinner at weekends. Indonesian food is tasty and diverse, typical dishes include mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice 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 and purified water will be available at the volunteer house.

facilities & the area

Ubud is in the mountains (well actually on the side of a volcano!) and has a unique microclimate where you can expect cloudy skies and showers throughout the year. Sometimes you may even need a light sweatshirt after the sun sets! You can expect pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius year-round. From December to March, the West monsoon can bring heavy showers and high humidity, but usually days are sunny and the rains start during the night and pass quickly.

trekking, rafting & cycling?

Add an extra week to your program and explore the island gem that is Bali. Adventure Week is £519, which includes 7 nights’ accommodation, all your meals and activities. This action-packed week begins on two wheels with a cycling tour to the volcanic area of Kintamani where we will enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of active Mt Batur, spice plantations and rice fields. On Tuesday we explore Southern Bali with visits to Jimbaran beach and a turtle conservation project in Sanur. Wednesday we go rafting down the beautiful Ayung River and Thursday early morning we trek up Mt. Batur to see the sunrise from the lofty slopes of this iconic volcano. On Friday, you will enjoy a Balinese massage after breakfast with the rest of the day free to relax or go shopping in Ubud’s market.

snapshot

start date

Sunday's year round

duration

2 weeks or more

minimum age

Gotta be at least 16 for this.

important info

  • Fly In/Out : Denpasar (DPS) 
  • What’s included: Airport meet-and-greet, accommodation, all meals, briefings, local 24/7 support
  • What’s not included in cost: Flights, visa (approx. $70), return airport transfer
  • Accommodation: Multi-share bunk room
  • Food: 3 meals provided daily (B/D at weekends)
  • As part of our duty of care to the children, you will need to provide us with a Police Check / Working with Children Check prior to arrival in Bali.
  • *Prices start at £879pp for a 2 week programme. Prices will be confirmed in writing prior to booking. 

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