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Bali Sea Turtle Conservation

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Bali Sea Turtle Conservation

Grab this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the beauty of Bali from a local perspective and make a positive contribution to the community and to marine turtle conservation efforts!

Prices from US$1,195

The small island of Bali is renowned for its beautiful and varied landscapes, from towering volcanic mountains, vibrant green rice fields, contrasting black and white sand beaches to amazing coral reefs. Bali is also home to plenty of diverse and sophisticated cultural attractions and art forms such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, music and dance. 

    

This valuable conservation project will see you making a positive practical contribution to the protection of beautiful and charming yet sadly threatened sea turtle species in the tropical Indian Ocean. You will help contribute to the work of a local conservation NGO implementing sustainable solutions to ensure the longevity of sea turtle populations in this picturesque part of the world. You will also be welcomed into the island community where you will get the chance to interact with local villagers and help teach English at a local school. This trip is a once in a life time opportunity to experience the real Bali and make a positive contribution to sustainable international tourism efforts. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Help save endangered sea turtles
  • Live and work in beautiful surroundings
  • Make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories!

FAST FACTS

Location Bali, Indonesia
Activities Rehabilitate, care and release juvenile sea turtles
Study sea turtle behaviour
Study the impact of external factors on sea turtle populations
Monitor and record progress of turtle rehabilitation
Relax on white sand beaches in your free time
Transport Pickup on Sunday
Accommodation Backpacker-style accommodation 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Accommodation
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The beaches of Bali and its surrounding environment are under huge pressure from Indonesia’s growing tourism industry. The dramatic effects of this growth are resulting in the gradual infringement of the sea turtle’s fragile marine environment and this loss of habitat is causing a steady decline in turtle numbers. The slow adaptation rate of turtles to changing environmental conditions only works to exacerbate the disastrous decline in their numbers. Many baby turtles are also eaten by predators in their first few months, snarled up by nets or choked by litter and pollution. The situation for the sea turtle has become so dire that the IUCN has classified some species as ‘endangered’ and others as ‘critically endangered’. 

The Frontier-Bali Sea Turtle Conservation project offers you the opportunity not only to learn about the intriguing culture of Bali but also to get hands on experience in the conservation of its majestic and enchanting sea turtles. Through working to reduce their vulnerability to external threats and maintaining population numbers through juvenile protection and re release you will be making a positive and valuable contribution to their survival. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

After your initial introduction week, you will undertake a number of different tasks supporting the work of the amazing local staff, such as collecting vital baseline data on turtle populations and depending on the time of year you join the project you may find yourself identifying turtle species, collecting eggs, monitoring nests or making sure hatchlings safely reach the sea. You will also work to rehabilitate the weaker juvenile sea turtles in a natural enclosure until they are ready for release. Daily tasks may involve feeding, enclosure maintenance and monitoring juvenile growth and activity. You will become part of a dedicated and hardworking team committed to protecting these beautiful creatures. 
 
During the day you will also have the opportunity to teach English at one of the local schools. This is a fantastic chance to get to know the local community and culture and to provide educational support, particularly in English language fluency, which will have a lasting impact. Few native English speakers have taught English here before, so your experience is guaranteed to be an authentic one!
 
Please note that individual work programmes will depend on the time of year and the focus of the project at the time or your visit.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, on the Sunday, you will be met by a staff member from our local partner organisation and transported to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest, staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Please be sure to arrive between 6am and 8pm to qualify for a pickup. Pickup is available at an extra cost if you need to arrive outside these times.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

For the duration of your project you will stay at a volunteer house located right next to the beach. Rooms will be simple but comfortable and you will have access to all the basic facilities that you’ll require during your stay. The room that you’ll share with your fellow volunteers will come with its own electric fan, bedding and mosquito nets. There is a mix of both Western and Asian style toilets as well as indoor and outdoor showers in case you really fancy getting back to nature. 

You will awaken each morning to cries from the resident cockerel and maybe even dodge around spotted pigs and cows on your way to breakfast. In the afternoon try and spot the highly endangered Bali starlings settling in the nearby trees.  

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals per day with the food being of traditional Balinese fair, an exciting fusion of Indonesian and Chinese styles. Some of the most popular dishes are nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice with a fried egg on top) and mie goreng (fried noodles with egg). Another Indonesian favourite is Satay (spicy marinated thin slices of meat, threaded onto a skewer, barbecued, and served with a spicy peanut sauce). 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Bali has a huge range of additional adventure and cultural activities to offer outside your project time. Why not take a visit to some remote villages and mingle with the locals, take a rainforest canopy tour and if you’re feeling more adventurous there is even the opportunity to go white water rafting. Alternatively you could use your time off to go island hopping, volcano trekking or take a wildlife safari in one of the national parks. As you will be situated near a pristine beach, make sure you take the opportunity to dive or snorkel in the aquamarine waters to experience the fantastic marine life which lies beneath. 

After all that you will undoubtedly want to relax in one of Bali’s many spa resorts or on one of its pristine beaches. All of these activities can easily be arranged with one of the many local providers, having the effect that your contribution to the local economy is even more significant.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,195

Extra week US$595

DEPARTURE DATES

Please arrive on either the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month. The project begins on the Monday.

Bali Holidays - there will be no project activities on these days:

28th and 29th March - Nyepi and Balinese New Year #

Monday 3rd-Friday 7th April- Hindu Holiday Galungan

Monday 10th-Friday 14th April- Hindu Holiday Kuningan

Wednesday 29th June - Pagerwesi 

Monday 3rd-Friday 7th April- Hindu Holiday Galungan

Monday 10th-Friday 14th April- Hindu Holiday Kuningan

Wednesday 17th August - Indonesia Independence Day 

Wednesday 23rd August - Hindu Holiday

Friday 2nd December - Pagerwesi 

DURATION

3 weeks +

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food 
  • Local orientation and training 
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Denpasar Bali (DPS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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