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Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

INDONESIA - BALI

TURTLE CONSERVATION AND REHABILITATION ON THE ISLAND OF NUSA PENIDA IN BALI
Volunteering, Gap Year or Career Break in Indonesia

Assist a Turtle Conservation project located on an island which is a 45 minute speed boat ride from mainland Bali.

The project is in its early stages and you'll contribute to collecting vital baseline data on the turtle population on Nusa Penida. Depending on the time of the year (turtles do not nest all year round), you may identify turtle species, collect eggs, monitor nests or see hatchlings get safely to sea.

During the day, you'll also teach English at one of the local schools on the island. Few native English speakers have taught English here before, so your experience is guaranteed to be an authentic one!

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Price Please see Full Price List / Other Currencies
Duration From 1 week up to 12 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates Projects start on certain Monday throughout the year. You need to arrive on the Sunday before. Please see the start dates under ‘Work Description’ for details
Requirements Minimum age 17.
No qualifications necessary but you should be an enthusiastic person who loves conservation.
What's included Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest airport/station
Accommodation
Food
Transfer to the placement site
In-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion.
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visa, Return transfer to the airport
Who can do this Project?

All our projects are open to all nationalities.
Unless otherwise stated, you need to be aged between 17 and 70+
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in caring for children, teaching or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break in South-East Asia.


WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the colourful Balinese culture!

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping turtle conservation efforts in Indonesia and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

WORK CONTENT:

The Sea Turtle is a charismatic megafauns and 6 out of the 7 turtle species are still either critically endangered or on the IUCN Red list of 2013. The Turtle conservation project is based on the famous Island of Nusa Penida just off the coast of Bali. This untouched paradise is one of the last remaining Islands that Sea Turtles can access for breeding.

The project is still in the early stages of development, which makes your involvement highly beneficial in growing the awareness of this highly endangered species, which is estimated to have existed since the time of dinosaurs some 110 million years ago.

Most of conservation work with the turtles of Nusa Penida will be done in the late afternoons and evenings.

Your duties will vary depending on the time of year as turtles do not nest all year round, so flexibility is essential. During your placement your daily activities could include:

  • Collecting data on the turtle population of Nusa Penida

  •  Identifying different turtle species – there are 7 different types.

  • Collecting eggs for research and monitoring nests

  • Overseeing the safety of the hatchlings as they migrate to sea. (Hatchlings must pass through an obstacle course of predators in order to get safely to sea)

During the day you'll volunteer at one of the local schools in Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali. Children in Bali thirst for education though few have ever been taught by a native English speaker. This makes the experience highly authentic and rewarding for both you and the children.

You'll work as an assistant teacher and have the opportunity to teach whole classes of your own, too.

The main focus is to improve the students' English through fun and interactive methods like: Sports, singing, art, games and general knowledge quizzes. This helps developed confidence and thus an eagerness to attend school on a regular basis.

SIDE ACTIVITIES:
• Releasing injured turtles after treatment.
• Helping to Cleaning and maintain the local beaches
• Build garbage bins for local area
• Supporting local campaigns to help turtles and the environment
• Help with construction work for example building: extra turtle tanks or painting walls etc.
• Collecting turtle data such as the length of their carapace, size of their flippers, its weight, etc.
• Creating education material and lesson activities to teach local students about turtles.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to the stunning Island of Bali and make an impact in both conservation and teaching!

START DATES:

2016:
Oct 2nd and 16th
Nov 6th and 20th
Dec 4th and 18th

2017:
Jan 1st and 15th
Feb 5th and 19th
Mar 5th and 19th
April 2nd, 16th and 30th
May 14th
June 4th and 18th
July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
Aug 6th and 20th
Sep 3rd and 17th
Oct 1st and 15th
Nov 5th and 19th
Dec 3rd and 17th

SAMPLE SCHEDULE, Weeks 1 and 2

Monday (Short Introduction about Nusa Penida) first week program.
8 Breakfast
9.00 -11.00 Leaving from Ubud to Sanur. Boat to Nusa Penida
11.30 Check-in at House Centre
12 Lunch
13 Beach walk
14.3 Short Introduction about Nusa Penida (supermarket/ATM and Nusa Penida Centre)
17 Feeding turtles
18 Dinner
18.3 Slide Presentation-Introduction to Sea turtles
Tuesday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
      Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities
16.3 Trip to Crystal Bay (New volunteers)
17 Working at the project site:
      Group 2: Feeding turtles
      Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
18 Dinner
18.3 Movie: Turtle - An incredible journey
Wednesday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
      Group 2: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities
17 Working at the project site:
      Group 1: Feeding turtles
      Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
18 Dinner
18.3 Slide presentation - Threats to turtles and how we can help
Thursday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
      Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities
16.3 Release of turtles (every alternate week) or working at Information Centre.
17 Working at the project site:
      Group 2: Feeding turtles
      Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
18.3 Farewell Dinner and Bonfire at the beach
Friday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
      Group 2: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities
17 Working at the project site:
      Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
17.3 Meeting and feedback from this week
18 Dinner

Saturday-Sunday
8 Breakfast
12 Program ends on Saturday (Last week of project)
* On Saturday we provide breakfast
** On Sunday we provide breakfast and dinner
**Side activities are as below:

Teaching turtles education at local school
Cleaning the beach
Make garbage bins for local area
Make Turtles/Environment campaign for local area
Release injured turtles after treatment and clean private beach
Turtles site construction work: such as extra turtle tank or wall, paintingthe wall etc.
Collect turtle information such as length of carapace, size of flippers, checking its weight etc
Create Turtle Education/Material/Lesson and Activities for local student at school/project site

Daily Schedule for the volunteers (Normal program from week 2 till last week)

Monday to Wednesday
800 Breakfast
900 Group 2: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1200 Lunch
1400 Side activities
1700 Group 1: Feeding turtles
        Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1800 Dinner
Thursday
800 Breakfast
900 Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1200 Lunch
1400 Side activities
1630 Turtles release at Gamat bay (alternative week)
1700 Group 2: Feeding turtles
        Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1830 Farewell Dinner and Bonfire at the beach
Friday
800 Breakfast
900 Group 2: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
      Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1200 Lunch
1400 Side activities
1700 Group 1: Feeding turtles
        Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1730 Meeting and feedback from this week
1800 Dinner
Your weekends and evenings are free leaving time for relaxing, travelling and sightseeing.

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

ACCOMMODATION:

Your accommodation will be at volunteer houses in the Banjar Nyuh village, located on the island and takes about 5 minutes from the harbour. Village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life, where you will get the chance to interact with local people and practice your new-found language skills.

We provide comfortable but basic facilities at the volunteer house and it includes shared bathrooms with a hot water shower and western toilets. Rooms are shared with 2-6 people.

Upgrades are available, please speak to your Project Coordinator. Upgrades are subject to availability and a surcharge.

FOOD:

During the week you will be provided with three meals a day, and over weekends 2 meals a day. These will consist of traditional Balinese dishes – comprising mainly rice, vegetables and meat.

 

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travellersworldwide.com

SOME INFORMATION ON SEA TURTLES
A charismatic megafaun (Large animal species with widespread popular appeal) and the earth’s most ancient creature dating back 110 million years with 7 different species recorded, it’s no wonder this “hippie of the sea” has its own international awareness day - 23rd May.

Indonesia is one of the main breeding sights for 6 of the 7 sea turtles species: Green turtle, Hawksbill, Olive ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead and Flatback. The largest of all is the Leatherback which can reach over six and a half feet long (over 1.8m) and weigh over 2,000 pounds (over 907 kg). Unlike other turtles, sea turtles are unable to retract into their shells and only live for up to an age of 80.

Why are Sea Turtles endangered?
With only 1 in 1,000 baby sea turtles surviving to adulthood, this remarkable species has a low population indicator and is a front runner for extinction. Sea Turtles copy the breeding patterns of Salmon, returning to the same nesting ground year round, It is believed that the sea turtle builds an affinity for its nesting beach, thus the continued loss of breeding grounds has a serious impact.

However that is only the tip of the iceberg; Oil spills, habitat loss, pollution, the fishing industry, climate change, poaching for trade (pets and food) and artificial lighting from cities which disrupt the natural reflection of the ocean which turtles use to find their way all have a negative impact on their behaviour and nesting success.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure!

Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country:

When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of the team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone.

REQUIREMENTS AND NOTES:

Indonesia is still a developing country thus the living standard falls short of what we are used to in the West. The Balinese culture and heritage is totally different to Anglo-Saxon or Western cultures. However, the people are very friendly and will help you all they can, and, of course, you will be well looked after during your placement!

Our projects in Bali are worthwhile and lots of fun, and you're sure to have a wonderful time during your stay - your adventure has begun :-)

  

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia


OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Coming soon!

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Thailand, Malaysia or South-East Asia - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Bali in Indonesia

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

Travel to the Island of the Gods - Bali - and step into a photograph of natural and social luxury. This perfect island getaway offers Idyllic beaches surrounded by luscious fields of green, endless colourful festivals and the best shopping in the world.

DO:

  • Relax on Padang Padang beach – Winner of the travelers choice 2013

  •  Attend a Night tour of the Bali Zoo, home of the 3 legged Bengal Tiger.

  • Learn how to surf in Kuta and party all night long at the wild Potato head club.

  • Bathe in the famous holy waters of Pur Tirta Emoul

  • Taste the chocolate at Big Tree Farm bamboo chocolate factory.

The Island of Nusa Penida is a beautiful untouched paradise that lies 20km off the coast of Bali. Part of a small cluster called the Penida islands that include Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.

DO:

  • Experience the best diving and snorkelling sight in the world

  • See one of the last White cockatoo’s at the Nusa Penida Bird Sanctuary

  • Lie in the sun on Scoobydoo Beach or Crystal Bay

  • Hike to Puncak Mundi the highest point on the Island at 521 Meters

UBUD
UBUD is Bali’s centre of music, food, and arts and home to many Island designers and glitterati. It was made famous by the New York Times Best seller and movie: Eat, Pray, Love, which described Ubud as “Idyllic” and the final destination where Julia Roberts found true love.

DO:

  • Walk through the dense Jungle of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary like Indian Jones

  • Visit Ubud's Royal Palace and stay for its nightly live performances

  • Go to the Bali Botanical Day Spa and visit the Botanical Gardens

  • Visit Petula at 6pm to watch thousands of Herons and egrets fly home. (A sign of Good luck in Bali)

Night Life in Ubud:
Jazz Café: Most popular nightspot in all of Ubud
Chillout lounge: Lonely planet’s top suggestion
Lebong Café: Your Reggae and rock nightlife hub
Bar Luna: The artists and writers lounge

ONLY FOUND IN INDONESIA - YOUR BUCKET LIST!

  • Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park: The scariest and most amazing volcanic views on planet earth.
  • Komodo National Park: Home of the Giant Prehistoric Komodo Dragon
  • Raja Ampat: The world’s best scuba diving destination, with 75 % of the world coral.
  • Lake Toba: The larges volcanic lake in the World.
  • Sumba: Home to the last megalithic cultures
  • Lorentz National Park: Has a permanent Glacier
  • Borodudur: One of the largest Buddist temples in the world

For more bucket lists for different regions in Bali please see the Bali Home Page.

DID YOU KNOW?

Indonesia:

  • Did you know? There are 167 active volcanoes through-out the archipelago of Indonesia?

  • Did you know? That the second largest tropical rain forest in the world can be found here?

  • Did you know? Indonesia has a population of 240 million people, 300 ethnic groups and 500 languages and dialects.

  • DDid you know: She is home to the prehistoric Giant Komodo Lizard, Javan Rhinoceros and the Sumatran Tiger, alongside the world’s tallest flowers, the Titan Arum. – How amazing is that?

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your programme, please click here

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