Volunteering in Bali with Sea Turtle and Teaching English
Do you dream of visiting a tropical paradise while also doing valuable work that makes a difference? Do you want to save a species from extinction and also provide valuable education to disadvantaged children?
Bali is a beautiful place that unsurprisingly receives many visitors each year. People come from all over the world to experience the serene beaches, beautiful nature, friendly people and exotic wildlife.
Sadly, both the people and wildlife of the island face incredible challenges.
As more than 150,000 Balinese live in poverty, access to a proper English education is woefully inadequate, and many children from poor backgrounds are left without this skill that is critical to their success later in life, as English is a crucial skill to have in the job market.
The wildlife, especially sea turtles, also face hardship. Only 0,1% of sea turtles ever reach adulthood, due to rampant poaching and hunting of hatchlings before they reach the ocean.
Thus, volunteers are badly needed in both these areas to address and alleviate these challenges. Through this program you will get to improve the lives of both local children by playing a crucial role in their education, and the endangered sea turtles by protecting them at their most vulnerable and ensuring they do not go extinct.If you’re looking for a trip that allows you to make a difference both for animals and poor children, then contact IFRE about this great volunteer project in Bali today!
Skills and Qualifications:
To be part of this volunteer abroad program teaching English in Bali and turtle conservation project, there are no specific skills or qualifications required. What you need is love and compassion as well as a passion for helping others and making a difference in the world.
Responsibilities & Impact:
As an English volunteer teacher in Bali, you will teach in a local elementary school, working with students in the 1st to 6th grade (6 to 12 years of age). Aside from teaching in the classroom, you will also be able to work creatively to create teaching materials, as well as organize fun and creative extracurricular activities.
This work will provide the kids with crucial English skills, as well as inspire them and give them hope for a brighter future. Your love and attention will change their outlook on life and enable them to reach their full potential.
Meanwhile, during your time as a volunteer in the turtle conservation center, you will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks. This includes working in the hatcheries, collecting baby turtles, as well as caring for and feeding babies and injured turtles. You will also aid research by collecting data and raise awareness by running educational programs for visitors.
Through these efforts you will be protecting these amazing animals from suffering, death and extinction. When you finally see your first batch of baby turtles be released into the wild, you are sure to feel a swell of emotion as you see the wonder on the faces of other people watching, and the eagerness of the turtles to return to their home.
As a volunteer working with both turtle conservation and English teaching in Bali, your days will be busy and full of fun and exciting tasks. You will be warmly welcomed by the people, and during your stay you will have the chance to learn and immerse yourself in the local culture.
On your first day, you will be taken to your placements and introduced to the staff and facilities and given the day to learn your tasks and responsibilities going forward.
Your volunteer work starts in earnest on the second day, and while no day will be exactly the same, a typical schedule looks like this:
- 7.00 AM:Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation and set out to your placement school.
- 7:30 AM:Arrive at the school and take part in the morning gathering.
- 8.00 AM – 9:30 AM::During this time you’ll teach your first two classes of the day, each lasting for 45 minutes.
- 9.30 AM – 9:45 AM:15 minutes break to rest and prepare for the next class.
- 9:45 AM- 11:15 AM:Your next two 45-minute classes take place now.
- 11:15 AM- 11:30 AM:Once again you get a 15 minute break to relax before your final classes.
- 11:30 am- 1 PM: At this time you teach your final two classes for the day.
- 1 PM:Around this time school ends for the day, and you have two hours to freshen up and relax before heading to the turtle conservation centre
- 3 PM:You head to the conservation center for your volunteer work there protecting these creatures from extinction, which lasts until 6pm.
Volunteering in Bali with Sea Turtle and Teaching English : Program Dates
IFRE programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.
Volunteering in Bali with Sea Turtle and Teaching English Program is not available from 14th to 26th September, 2020.
Our FeesOur Fees
Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly fee is paid in the host country directly to your host family and project (via country coordinator), and includes housing, food, and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.
Program Fees Cover:
- Accommodation (host family)
- Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
- Airport Pick up/Transfer
- Program Orientation
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program Fees Exclude:
- Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
Accommodation and Meal
As a volunteer working as a teacher and with turtles, you will stay in safe and comfortable accommodations in an economy hotel in central Kuta, close to the famous beach of the same name. The room comes with air conditioning, comfortable beds and a television, as well as plenty of options for food or drinks nearby.
Free Time and Weekends
As this is a combined program working on two different volunteering projects, you will be busy. However, you’ll still have plenty of time in the evenings to enjoy the famous Bali nightlife, as well as the whole weekend to relax and explore the Bali and the neighboring islands.
Safety and in Country Support
IFRE ensures that all our volunteers are safe and comfortable throughout their volunteering experience. Our accommodation and projects are carefully vetted for your safety, and we support you from the moment you book with us until you finish your project. Additionally, your in-country coordinator is available to assist you should you feel the need.
Why Volunteer in Bali with sea turtles and Teaching English?
This combined project is a truly unique opportunity that allows you to immerse yourself in Balinese life while making a difference in both the community and ecosystem.
Teach young Balinese children from poor backgrounds
Volunteers in this project get the opportunity to teach young children in local schools in Bali. Volunteers can take English, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish classes and prepare the children for a brighter and more successful future. You will positively change their lives in the most rewarding way possible.
Collect eggs of sea turtles and record important data
This volunteer with turtle conservation program in Bali offers a hands-on learning experience which requires international volunteers to get involved in collecting eggs, rescuing injured sea turtles and safely releasing newborn hatchlings. Doing so will greatly help make a difference in the future of the sea turtles in Bali and the ecosystem as a whole.
Get real world experience working in a classroom
As a volunteer English teacher in Bali, you will get the opportunity to teach English abroad and get real world experience teaching a class in a different environment with unfamiliar curriculums. You may encounter challenges, but the rewards will outweigh any difficulties.
Gain valuable work experience teaching internationally
Volunteering abroad in Bali benefits not only the children but the volunteers as well. It helps you gain valuable work experience of teaching in a foreign country which can greatly open up career opportunities within this field.
Work to prevent the endangered species of sea turtles from extinction
Only 1/1000 sea turtles survive to adulthood. The population of sea turtles has rapidly declined in the last 100 years due to human exploitation. So, joining our sea turtle conservation and primary school education volunteer project in Bali allows you to prevent this species of sea turtles from going extinct..
Raising awareness about the dangers that sea turtles face
Another key benefit of volunteering in this project is that it allows you to get involved in educating the local communities all over Bali about the dangers that sea turtles face. You can also inform them about various ways to conserve and save sea turtles before it is too late.
Volunteering in Bali with sea turtle and Teaching English: FAQs
What airport do I need to fly into?
You will generally need to fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali when volunteering in one of our projects. Occasionally we will recommend a different airport depending on the project location, but if this is the case you will be made aware of this prior to booking any flights.
Do I need a VISA?
You need a tourist visa for this volunteer project in Bali. You can get this by visiting the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country. Visas last for 30 days and can be extended for up to 90 days in total. Additionally, citizens of 140 countries may apply for visa exemption, so check online if this applies to you.
What vaccines do I need?
TThe CDC recommends vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria, measles, typhoid and hepatitis A when going to Bali. You should also consult with your medical doctor prior to taking any vaccinations and departing for your volunteer project.
What happens if I missed my flight or it was delayed?
If this occurs, please inform us as quickly as possible so that we can change the pick-up schedule.
Who will pick me up at the airport?
Our local coordinator will be waiting for you at the airport, holding a sign with your name on it. You will also have their phone number, and we recommend exchanging pictures beforehand to make the process even easier.
When should I arrive?
We recommend arriving at least one day prior to the start of your project to allow you some time to get settled and prepare. Once provided with your flight schedule our local coordinator will assist you in finding accommodation for this first night.
Where are the projects located?
When you join our volunteer programs in Bali, you will be working on the outskirts of the city and on its periphery.
Is there a minimum and maximum stay? Can I extend?
You can take part in our Bali volunteer work programs from a minimum of 1 week to a maximum of 12 weeks. You can extend your stay, or work at a different project in Bali, though this will involve extending your visa as well.
Will I have time to travel after work and during the weekend?
Yes, you will have plenty of time to travel and explore everything Bali has to offer. Your evenings will be free to enjoy the nightlife, and you’ll have the entire weekend to explore and discover.
Who will guide and support me during the project?
You will be supported by your in-country coordinator who will be available to assist you
Can I change to a different project if I don’t like this one?
Yes, this is possible. However, over 90% of our volunteers are extremely satisfied with their placement during their Bali volunteer program. Nonetheless, if you find that you’d like to switch, simply talk to your coordinator and he will arrange it depending on availability.
Can I work in more than one volunteer project?
No, you will generally be restricted to working on one project at a time while volunteering in Bali. However, you are free to book two separate projects, dividing your trip in two.
How old do I need to be?
You need to be 18 years of age to volunteer in this teaching project in Bali. Minors may be allowed with permission from parents or legal guardian in special circumstances, and minors can also volunteer alongside their parents and families.
Who manages these projects?
Our local staff and in-country coordinator manages the program and is responsible for the schedule, administrative work and the well-being of the participants.
Will I receive training prior to the start of the project?
Yes, you will receive training before your start your volunteer program in Bali. This will be provided by your in-country coordinator and give you a good idea of your responsibilities, the customs and your project placement.
Other Volunteer Opportunities Available in Bali
English Teaching and Turtle Conservation programs in other countries
IFRE also offers turtle conservation (as well as other wildlife conservation), and English Teaching programs in a host of different countries all across the globe. Take a look at the list below for some of our most popular wildlife or English teaching projects:
- Bali - Turtle Conservation
- Costa Rica - Carribean Coast Sea Turtle Conservation
- Costa Rica - Osa Sea turtle