The programme begins with an Introduction Week which is packed full of exciting adventures, culture excursions and interactions! Then from Week Two onwards, you’ll do valuable hands-work to help rehabilitate and conserve the endangered turtles on the island of Nusa Penida. You might identify turtle species, collect eggs, monitor nests or see hatchlings get safely to sea.
Your impact on this project is diversified and aimed at saving turtles and helping the local community.
This project was started when it was realised that the community did not understand the danger their activities posed to the turtles on the island. There was also no means of protecting the babies or rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing injured adult turtles.
Six of the 7 turtle species are still either critically endangered or on the IUCN Red list. The Turtle conservation project is based on an untouched paradise, one of the last remaining Islands that Sea Turtles can access for breeding. Your involvement is highly beneficial in growing the awareness of this highly endangered species estimated to have existed since the time of dinosaurs some 110 million years ago.
Your efforts here will go towards helping to achieve the Project’s objectives, and 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
• Helping to take the hatchlings to a size where they can be released into the ocean with the greatest chance of survival
• 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)
• Teaching: 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, to improve the students’ English through fun and interactive methods like: Sports, singing, art, games and general knowledge quizzes.
• 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.
The programme begins with an Introduction Week which is packed full of exciting adventures and culture excursions! Then from Week Two onwards, you’ll do valuable hands-work to help rehabilitate and conserve the endangered turtles on the island.
What you’ll gain: Some of the Highlights of this Project:
• An exciting opportunity to travel, experience a foreign culture first-hand.
• New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
• The enormous satisfaction of knowing that your work is contributing to marine conservation.
• A valuable boost to your CV or Résumé.
• Make friends, form relationships and build life-time memories!