Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation in Indonesia

Nusa Penida, Indonesia

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15 people
7 days
Code: 126
Volunteering Abroad
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The Turtle Conservation project is located on the charming island of Nusa Penida, which is 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 conserve the turtles by working at our turtle conservation center. 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 seeing hatchlings get safely to sea.

During the afternoon, you will also help in executing side activities in the local neighborhood. For example, environmental education, or teaching basic 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!

You must be prepared for a more basic standard of living on the island, with fewer shops and attractions available (bearing in mind the beach is practically at your doorstep)!

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

This program starts every week.

During 2018

This program starts every week.

Aims & Objectives

Protecting and promoting the conservation of marine turtles.


On Monday, after having breakfast, you will start feeding the turtles, cleaning their tanks and collecting seaweed. Then, time will be allocated to welcome new arrivals. After that, you will have your lunch and receive a briefing and a short introduction on the beach in order to familiarize you to this new exciting setting. This will be followed by a short introduction about Nusa Penida, particularly, about the supermarket, ATM facilities and the Nusa Penida Center. In the evening, you will be able to feed the turtles which would be an amazing experience for those who haven’t done it before.

Tuesday to Wednesday

After having breakfast on Tuesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed. Then you will be given some time to prepare for lessons as you will be teaching at a local school on this day. After lunch, you will depart to the local school where you will get the opportunity to interact with local students. Finally, you would call it a day by feeding the turtles after you come back from teaching the school children.


On Thursday, you will have your breakfast and start cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed as usual.

09:00 Cleaning, feeding and collecting seaweed

11:00 Time to prepare lessons

Then you will have lunch and visit an amazing location called the Crystal Bay which has a breathtaking view. Finally you will be feeding turtles and enjoy a dinner by a Bonfire at the beach.


On Friday, after having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles to the sea. Then, there would be a feedback session for you regarding the program. After having lunch, you can start cleaning up the beach in order to make sure that the beach area is safe from pollution. The final activity for the day would be feeding the turtles in the evening.

Side activities are as below:

  • Teaching turtles education at local school
  • Cleaning the beach
  • Making garbage bins for local area
  • Making Turtles/Environment campaign for local area
  • Releasing injured turtles after treatment and clean private beach
  • Turtles site construction work: such as extra turtle tank or wall, painting the walls etc.
  • Collecting turtle information such as length of carapace, size of flippers, checking its weight etc.
  • Creating Turtle Education/Material/Lesson and Activities for local students at school/project site

Participants for the Turtle Conservation project must participate in the project for a minimum of two weeks and during school breaks participants will work on the conservation site instead of teaching English.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment necessary. However, you are more than welcome to bring materials for activities such as games, color pencils, coloring books, etc.for teaching at the schools.

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

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