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BALI - INDONESIA

TURTLE REHABILITATION AND CULTURAL ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

Start your action-packed programme with a week of adventure activities that will immerse you in the Indonesian culture and give you an in-depth insight into Bali and all that it offers. Then follow this with some much-needed Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation on Nusa Penida Island.

The Bali Adventure week is the perfect way to experience the adventurous side of this beautiful little island. You'll visit an active volcano, take a cycle tour through spice plantations and rice fields and soak up the sun on the island's many beautiful beaches. You'll hike up Mount Batur and raft down the Rriver Ayung, finishing up with a Balinese massage.

Your second week will focus on assisting at a Turtle Conservation and Rehabilitation Project located on an island which is a 45 minute speed-boat ride from mainland Bali. The project is in its early stages and you'll contribute to collecting vital baseline data on the turtle population on Nusa Penida. You might identify turtle species, collect eggs, monitor nests or see hatchlings get safely to sea.

During the day, you'll also teach 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!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

  • Price: £1,190 per person for 2 weeks. £350 for each additional week. Excludes flights.
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  • Duration: 2 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
  • Start Dates: Projects start every Monday throughout the year - you choose your start and finish dates.
  • Requirements: Minimum age 17, unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
  • What's included:
    Arranging your Programme
    Full pre-departure support and assistance
    Payment Protection insurance
    Meeting you at the nearest Airport
    Accommodation
    Food
    Transfer to the placement site
    Local in-country team support and backup
    24-hr emergency support
    Certificate of Completion
  • What's Not Included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
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ADVENTURE WEEK ACTIVITIES:

The Bali Adventure week is the perfect way to experience the adventurous side of this beautiful little island. You'll visit an active volcano, take a cycle tour that will take you across spice plantations and rice fields while offering you picturesque views of mountains and landscapes. This week will also have you visiting different beaches and the Turtle Conservation Village, hiking up Mount Batur, rafting down river Ayung and finish with a Balinese massage at the end to refresh and rejuvenate you, getting you ready for the next adventure you have planned.

This action-packed week begins by visiting the site of an active volcano – Kintamani. The first activity of the week involves a bicycle tour offering you a magnificent view of Mt. Batur and the surrounding landscape and takes you through spice plantations and rice fields.

The next day of the adventure has you spending the day at a southern Bali beach and visiting the Turtle Conservation Village.

Days 3 and 4 involve rafting down the beautiful Ayung river and a hike at sunrise up Mt. Batur.

The last planned activity for the week is a relaxing Balinese massage which will relieve you of any aches and pains from the active week so the only thing you take back with you are wonderful memories.

You'll have the weekend free to yourself to do as you wish and visit other parts of Bali that are not included in the adventure week.

TURTLE CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES:

The Sea Turtle is a charismatic megafauns and known for its appearance in the movie Finding Nemo, though 6 out of the 7 turtle species are still either critically endangered or on the IUCN Red list of 2013. The Turtle conservation project is based on the famous Island of Nusa Penida just off the coast of Bali. Your project starts with a 45 minute speed boat ride from Mainland Bali onto the beautiful unspoilt Island of Nusa Penida. This untouched paradise is one of the last remaining Islands that Sea Turtles can access for breeding.

The project is still in the early stages of development, which makes your involvement highly beneficial in growing the awareness of this highly endangered species, which is estimated to have existed since the time of dinosaurs some 110 million years ago.

Most of conservation work with the turtles of Nusa Penida will be done in the late afternoons and evenings. Your duties will vary depending on the time of year as turtles do not nest all year round, so flexibility is essential. During your placement your daily activities could 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
  • 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 and have the opportunity to teach whole classes of your own, too. The main focus is to improve the students' English through fun and interactive methods like: Sports, singing, art, games and general knowledge quizzes. This helps developed confidence and thus an eagerness to attend school on a regular basis.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to the stunning Island of Bali and make an impact in both conservation and teaching!

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE: Your First Week at the Turtle Conservation & Rehabilitation Centre
Monday - Short Introduction about Nusa Penida
8 Breakfast
9.00 -11.00 Leaving from Ubud to Sanur. Boat to Nusa Penida and check-in at House Centre
12 Lunch, followed by a Beach walk
14.3 Short Introduction about Nusa Penida
17 Feeding turtles
18 Dinner
18.3 Slide Presentation: "Introduction to Sea Turtles"

Tuesday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities (see Side Activities List below)
16.3 Trip to Crystal Bay (New volunteers)
17 Working at the project site:
Group 2: Feeding turtles
Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
18 Dinner
18.3 Movie: "Turtle - An incredible journey"

Wednesday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities
17 Working at the project site:
Group 2: Feeding turtles
Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
18 Dinner
18.3 Slide presentation - "Threats to turtles and how we can help"

Thursday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities
Release of turtles (every alternate week) or working at Information Centre.
17 Working at the project site:
Group 2: Feeding turtles
Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
18 Dinner
18.3 Farewell Dinner and Bonfire at the beach

Friday
8 Breakfast
9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
12 Lunch
14.00-16.00 Side activities
Release of turtles (every alternate week) or working at Information Centre.
17 Working at the project site:
Group 2: Feeding turtles
Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
17.3 Meeting and feedback from this week
18 Dinner
18.3 Farewell Dinner and Bonfire at the beach

Saturday-Sunday
8 Breakfast
12 Program ends on Saturday (if it is your last week on the project)

SIDE ACTIVITIES:

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

WEEK TWO ONWARDS: Schedule normal daily programme.

Monday to Wednesday
800 Breakfast
900 Group 2: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1200 Lunch
1400 Side activities
1700 Group 1: Feeding turtles
Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1800 Dinner

Thursday 800 Breakfast
900 Group 2: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1200 Lunch
1400 Side activities
1630 Turtles release at Gamat bay (alternative week)
1700 Group 1: Feeding turtles
Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1830 Farewell Dinner and Bonfire at the beach

Friday 800 Breakfast
900 Group 2: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1200 Lunch
1400 Side activities
1630 Turtles release at Gamat bay (alternative week)
1700 Group 1: Feeding turtles
Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
1730 Meeting and feedback from this week 1800 Dinner

ADVENTURE WEEK ITINERARY

  • Monday
    07:50-15:00 Cycling Tour: visit Kintamani (Vocano Area ) and enjoy the beautiful Batur mountain landscapes and spice plantations, Rice field by Bike (Includes Breakfast and Lunch)
    17.30 Dinner
    Tuesday
    08:00 Breakfast
    09:30-16:00 Southern Bali tour (Jimbaran Beach)/Turtle conservation site (Serangan Island Bali) (Includes Lunch)
    17:30 Dinner
    Wednesday
    08:00 Breakfast
    09:30-13:30 Enjoy Ayung River rafting (Bali beautiful River) (Includes Lunch)
    17:30 Dinner
    Thursday
    02:30-10:00 Trekking up the vocano to see sunrise (Mount Batur) (includes Breakfast)
    12:00 Lunch and relax after early morning trip.
    17:30 Dinner
    Friday
    08:00 Breakfast
    10:00 Enjoy Balinese Massage
    12:00 Lunch then relax or independent exploration.
    17:30 Dinner
  • Note: The schedule can be change depend on the weather and local conditions.

TURTLE WEEK SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • WEEK ONE: Your First Week at the Turtle Conservation & Rehabilitation Centre
    Monday - Short Introduction about Nusa Penida
    8 Breakfast
    9.00 -11.00 Leaving from Ubud to Sanur. Boat to Nusa Penida and check-in at House Centre
    12 Lunch, followed by a Beach walk
    14.3 Short Introduction about Nusa Penida
    17 Feeding turtles
    18 Dinner
    18.3 Slide Presentation: "Introduction to Sea Turtles"

    Tuesday
    8 Breakfast
    9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
    Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
    Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    12 Lunch
    14.00-16.00 Side activities (see Side Activities List below)
    16.3 Trip to Crystal Bay (New volunteers)
    17 Working at the project site:
    Group 2: Feeding turtles
    Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    18 Dinner
    18.3 Movie: "Turtle - An incredible journey"

    Wednesday
    8 Breakfast
    9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
    Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
    Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    12 Lunch
    14.00-16.00 Side activities
    17 Working at the project site:
    Group 2: Feeding turtles
    Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    18 Dinner
    18.3 Slide presentation - "Threats to turtles and how we can help"

    Thursday
    8 Breakfast
    9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
    Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
    Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    12 Lunch
    14.00-16.00 Side activities
    Release of turtles (every alternate week) or working at Information Centre.
    17 Working at the project site:
    Group 2: Feeding turtles
    Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    18 Dinner
    18.3 Farewell Dinner and Bonfire at the beach

    Friday
    8 Breakfast
    9.00-11.30 Working at the project site:
    Group 1: Cleaning tanks and feeding turtles
    Group 2: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    12 Lunch
    14.00-16.00 Side activities
    Release of turtles (every alternate week) or working at Information Centre.
    17 Working at the project site:
    Group 2: Feeding turtles
    Group 1: Cleaning the beach or collecting live food
    17.3 Meeting and feedback from this week
    18 Dinner
    18.3 Farewell Dinner and Bonfire at the beach

    Saturday-Sunday
    8 Breakfast
    12 Program ends on Saturday (if it is your last week on the project)

  • Note: The schedule can be change depend on the weather and local conditions.

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION DURING CULTURAL WEEK

You'll be accommodated in a volunteer house in the village of Penestanan Kaja. Located on the outskirts of Ubud, village life is quintessentially local and you'll see typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all! The Balinese place great importance on family and the volunteer houses are located amongst Balinese compounds, where you'll get the opportunity to interact with local families and practice your new-found language skills. There is a pool in a nearby guesthouse, which you can use for US$3.

You'll share a room (dormitory style) with four to eight other volunteers. The bathroom is shared, with a hot water shower and western toilets. For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodations available, please speak to your Travellers Project Coordinator for details and costs.

FOOD

We provide 3 meals during weekdays and 2 meals during weekends. Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during your stay. Typical dishes included mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables), nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). For those who do not eat meat, Indonesian cooking uses a lot of tofu and tempeh (soy beans), we also provide for some Western dishes. Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc. Tea, coffee and purified water is available at the volunteer house.

FACILITIES

  • ATM’s: There are many ATM's in Ubud center which is about a 10 minute walk from the house.
  • Internet use: There is Wi-Fi at the house. Internet cafés are also nearby. (10 minute walk)
  • International Phone calls can be made from a local shop which is walk 5 minute from the house.
  • Personal Sim card for your mobile can be bought at the local shop.

ACCOMMODATION DURING THE TURTLE CONSERVATION PROGRAMME

Your accommodation is a pleasant and cosy house, with other volunteers, all contributing to keeping the home neat and tidy. You will be asked to be environmentally responsible and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity.

Rooms are shared with 2-6 people. Upgrades are available, please speak to your Project Coordinator. Upgrades are subject to availability and a surcharge.

FOOD

During the week you will be provided with three meals a day, and over weekends 2 meals a day. These will consist of traditional Balinese dishes – comprising mainly rice, vegetables and meat.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten overseas volunteering holiday into Asia and the wonderful Balinese culture!
  • The enormous satisfaction of helping turtle conservation efforts in Indonesia and knowing that you made a difference to them.
  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you'll be welcomed by a member of the team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone.

CLIMATE, CULTURE AND COSTUME:
You can expect pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius or 68 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. From December to March, the West monsoon can bring heavy showers and high humidity, but usually days are sunny and the rains start during the night and pass quickly. From June to September the humidity is low, and it can be quite cool in the evenings. During this time of the year, you'll have hardly any rain in the coastal areas. That said, Ubud is in the mountains and has a unique microclimate where you can expect cloudy skies and showers throughout the year. Sometimes you’ll even need a sweater or light jacket after the sun sets!

Bali is a Hindu Island, Balinese Culture and Balinese Traditional are still charming and beautiful. Traditional Balinese clothing worn by women covers their shoulders and knees. Especially, when they go to the temple and when they have a Ceremony Day.

REQUIREMENTS AND NOTES:
Indonesia is still a developing country thus the living standard falls short of what we are used to in the West. The Balinese culture and heritage is totally different to Western cultures. However, the people are very friendly and will help you all they can, and, of course, you will be well looked after during your placement!

Our projects in Bali are worthwhile and lots of fun, and you're sure to have a wonderful time during your stay - your adventure has begun :-)