Turtle Conservation Bali Volunteer
Are you looking for a chance to act on your love and passion for animals? Do you want a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on a tropical island while also helping to protect a critically endangered species from extinction?
The island of Kuta, a beautiful, quiet, white sandy island, is a particularly biodiverse place with many different maritime species and numerous types of birds. Many divers visit the island to submerge in one of the many dive spots, or to spot a turtle swimming by.
Hunting sea turtles is illegal in Bali. But sadly, corruption and unethical tourism trades attract poachers. Out of 1000 baby turtles, 999 will be killed and never make it back to the beach where they were born. Their meat will be sold to hotels and resold at exorbitant prices to unaware tourists, their shells and skins turned into souvenirs. Hundreds will be killed by propellers, caught in nets, trapped in human waste like plastic bags and bottles floating on our seas.
Through this turtle conservation volunteer project in Bali, you will be part of a team of volunteers led by dedicated professionals. Your efforts will contribute greatly to the survival and future of these critically important animals, and your love will be felt throughout the ecosystem.
Are you looking for a chance to utilize your love of animals for a greater cause while on an exciting adventure in a tropical paradise? Then contact IFRE now to learn more!
Skills and Qualifications:
To be part of this turtle conservation volunteer program in Bali, there are no specific skills or qualifications required. You only need to love sea turtles and really want to learn about marine conservation! As this program requires physical work and lots of enthusiasm, it is important to feel fit and to be an active person. Generally being open-minded, flexible, patient, and compassionate will help too.
Responsibilities & Impact:
Working in Bali Turtle conservation project is an incredible volunteer experience. There are variety of volunteer works that ranges from helping in hatcheries to answering the question of visitors who come to the turtle conservation center mostly to ask question about turtles and opportunities to release them.
Specific tasks include cleaning turtle tanks, placing eggs in the hatchery, collecting the baby turtles upon hatching, nurturing them and preparing them for release, taking care of sick and injured turtles, monitoring their health. Additionally, you will be scouting the beach for turtle eggs, collecting data, feeding the turtles and participate in educational awareness classes.
Through this work you will help ensure that thousands of turtles are allowed to lead full lives, rather than being hunted down as they emerge from their shells. You will also contribute greatly to spreading awareness of their suffering and critical condition, discouraging tourists and travelers from purchasing turtle meat or souvenirs, lowering demand and thus hopefully ending the threat for good.
While working on this turtle conservation project in Bali, every day will be fun and exciting and present you with new activities and challenges to tackle. You’ll also have plenty of free time to explore and discover, ensuring a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
On the first day of your project, you will be escorted to the placement by your coordinator and introduced to the staff, facilities and your responsibilities. The volunteering work proper starts on the second day after you’ve gotten a chance to familiarize yourself with the work.
Morning: Your mornings are completely free as there is not much work to be done at the conservation project during this time. This means you can go enjoy the beach, relax by the pool or partake in many other activities on the island during your morning hours.
2PM- 6 PM: Unlike most of our projects, there is no fixed schedule when volunteering at the turtle conservation center. Each day will be completely different and present you with a new and exciting activity or task. However, you will be working from 2pm to 6pm, after which your evening is free to enjoy everything the Bali nightlife has to offer.
Turtle Conservation Bali Volunteer: 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.
This project is available May to September every year.
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 p
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.
Accommodation and Meal
While volunteering in the turtle conservation center in Bali, you will be provided with comfortable and safe accommodation in an economy hotel located in central Kuta, near to the famous Kuta beach. The room is equipped with comfortable beds, air conditioning and a television, and there are plenty of food and drink options nearby.
Free Time and Weekends
Since work at the center starts at 2pm, you have lots of time in the morning to enjoy all the daytime activities Bali has to offer such as relaxing at the beach, snorkeling, surfing and much more. After 6pm you’re done working and can spend the evenings resting or partaking in the famous Bali nightlife. Finally, your weekends are also completely your own to go on longer treks and tours of Bali and the nearby islands.
Safety and in Country Support
IFRE guarantees the total safety of all its volunteers. Having supported more than 20,000 volunteers through their volunteering projects in complete safety and comfort, we know how to make sure you get the most out of your trip while never worrying about your security. We support you on every step of the journey, and your local in-country coordinator will be available to all times, day and night, to assist you.
Why it is so important to volunteer in this Bali Turtle Project
The turtle conservation project in Kuta, Bali is ideal for volunteers who want to help, protect and sustain the local sea turtle population. It is also an amazing project If you want to explore Bali, its culture, and natural wonders.
You will protect 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 turtle conservation volunteer project in Bali allows you to help prevent the species of sea turtles from going extinct.
A unique opportunity to travel to Bali and help save sea turtles
Sea turtles favor exotic destinations. This means that while you volunteer to help save the species, you’ll have the chance to bask on stunning beaches and soak up rays of sun. While sea turtle conservation definitely isn’t a holiday, there’s a plenty of opportunity to travel and explore Bali.
Offer a helping hand in the daily operations and maintenance of a turtle hatchery
As a volunteer in Bali sea turtle project, you will get to help turtle hatcheries in their daily operations by collaborating with the local staff to look after the newly hatched baby sea turtles. You may even have to take care of injured turtles rescued by the locals, and this work really helps the local conservation effort.
You will help to protect costal and marine ecosystems
Sea turtles greatly benefit coastal and marine ecosystems. Without sea turtles, these ecosystems will be gravely damaged resulting in the loss of countless marine species. So, sustaining the population of sea turtles by protecting the eggs is necessary as the entire ecosystem would topple without them, and your help will protect not just the turtles but the entire coastal and marine ecosystem.
Help preserve the natural environment of beaches
Volunteers get to preserve the natural environment of the beaches in Bali while volunteering abroad in Bali sea turtle conservation project. Human interruption of natural beaches greatly affects the ecosystems of lots of wildlife, especially sea turtles. If there are no beaches left for these turtles, then they will be unable to lay eggs and keep their species alive.
You will help in sea turtle research
Volunteering in this project normally requires tagging sea turtles, making sure they have access to the beach and monitoring hatchlings. You will also spend much of your time assisting experts in collecting data on sea turtles to help better understand the situation. This way you are helping the turtle population grow and survive through contributing to vital research on the species.
You will explore Indonesia and its people and culture
Rather than just visiting the tourist spots on a vacation, you’ll get to deeply immerse yourself in the people and culture of Indonesia and explore all the best sights as well as plenty of hidden gems.
You will enrich your life as a volunteer
Not only will you save the lives of countless sea turtles, you will also change your own life as well. Through exciting challenges and activities as well as adventure and meeting like-minded travelers and volunteers, this will be a lifechanging adventure that you will never forget.
Turtle Conservation Bali Volunteer: 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. Work at the conservation center runs from 2pm to 6pm, meaning you’ll have plenty of time in the morning and evenings to enjoy Bali, as well as during the weekend.
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
Turtle Conservation programs in other countries
IFRE also offers turtle conservation and other wildlife conservation programs in a large number of countries all across the world. Below is a list of some of our most popular turtle or wildlife projects to date: