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Sea Turtle Conservation in Bali

One of IVHQ’s most popular projects, this is an amazing chance to volunteer and help to protect endangered sea turtles around Bali. You’ll be based on the small island of Nusa Penida, using both proactive and reactive means to conserve the environment and help to increase the local turtle population.

If you’re someone who has an interest in wildlife, conservation efforts and likes being outdoors, this project is for you!

Turtle Conservation volunteer in Bali with IVHQ

As a Turtle Conservation volunteer in Bali, you’ll have a hands-on role in caring for the turtles housed at a local conservation center. When volunteering with turtles, you’ll help with feeding and cleaning them, as well as cleaning equipment at the center. You’ll also assist with proactive conservation efforts on beach clean ups and helping to improve waste management.

Volunteers need to be prepared for a basic standard of meals and accommodation on the island. Nusa Penida is not a tourist island and there are fewer shops and attractions available - although the beach is practically at your doorstep!

Turtle Conservation volunteers must participate on the project for at least 2 weeks.

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Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $650 for 2 weeks
  • Volunteer with endangered sea turtles on the island of Nusa Penida

  • Help with cleaning and feeding, as well as proactive conservation tasks including beach cleans

  • Living away from other tourists with basic but comfortable living conditions

  • All meals provided

  • Minimum duration of 2 weeks

  • Volunteering for up to 5 hours per day

Destination Highlights
Bali at a glance
  • Projects based in and around the popular tourist town of Ubud and Turtle Conservation volunteers are based on the island of Nusa Penida

  • Affordable program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

  • Accommodation in volunteer houses

  • Between 40 and 80 volunteers start in Bali each month

The popular IVHQ Bali program is based in Bali’s cultural center of Ubud, with volunteer placements located predominately in the villages of Pejeng and Penestanan. The Turtle Conservation volunteer project is located on the island of Nusa Penida, which is a 45-minute boat trip from Sanur.

If you want to volunteer in Indonesia near the beach, IVHQ also offers a separate volunteer program on the northern coast of Bali in Lovina. If you are interested in volunteering in Lovina, you can explore the full range of volunteer opportunities in Bali here.

Volunteers begin the IVHQ Bali - Ubud volunteer program every Monday and can choose to volunteer for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.

For travelers looking to make an impact while volunteering in Indonesia, IVHQ offers programs in two Bali locations. Both volunteer programs aim to strengthen the local community through volunteer work focused on education, childcare, environmental protection and healthcare. Our Bali volunteer programs have a particular focus on English language education and this is because having a basic understanding of English is a big advantage for the future job prospects of young people in Bali. Bali has always been a popular destination for IVHQ volunteers and our focus for both program locations has been on ensuring they provide a consistent experience to volunteers and deliver against their promise of helping local projects to be successful and thrive long-term. In the last 12 months volunteers on the Bali program spent around 22,000 hours supporting wildlife and environmental conservation initiatives, around 55,000 hours working on projects that aim to improve education outcomes, and over 9,500 hours undertaking hands-on projects that improve local facilities and infrastructure.

Latest impacts achieved:

  • Supported at least 17 kindergartens’ access to native English speakers each day and provided a valuable source of additional labor for daily activities
  • Delivered basic English language education to around 1,400 young people, including more than 100 children in early childhood schools as part of the kindergarten project
  • Actively supported 20 schools with volunteers who undertake a range of teacher-support tasks
  • Delivered stationery and other equipment to underprivileged children at a large number of schools and education centers
  • Provided labor that could otherwise have not been afforded to help build or renovate four kindergartens, and several schools
  • Enabled the Turtle Conservation project to significantly expand it’s impact and reach through delivering more than 17,000 hours of volunteer time

The Bali volunteer program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Bali on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation. If you are traveling in Bali prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Ubud or Denpasar on the day before your program orientation.

There are two options for orientation for the Bali - Ubud Program:

  • 1-day Orientation
  • 5-day Cultural Immersion Week

1-day Orientaion The 1-day orientation that starts on your selected start date and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program. You will have an introduction to the IVHQ Bali - Ubud program and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules, expectations, and safety. This will be followed by a project-specific meeting with the project preparation you’ll need to complete for the following day.

Volunteers on the Turtle Conservation project choosing this option will need to arrive into Denpasar International Airport (DPS) on the Sunday before 1pm. As you will be transferred straight to Nusa Penida for your 1-day orientation the following day.

5-day Cultural Immersion Week The popular Cultural Immersion Week is hosted by our local team in Ubud. This begins on the morning of your chosen start date and runs for the first 5 days of your stay. Please note that if you choose this option it will add an extra week to your time on the program and costs US$358. It is an awesome way to kickstart your volunteer abroad experience and it covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Bali, plus you’ll learn more about the culture and get to tick off a must-do Bali experiences! The Cultural Orientation Week will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

The Cultural Immersion Week schedule is as follows:

Monday Introduction to the IVHQ Bali - Ubud program and the local staff, Indonesian customs, rules and expectations, safety and a Ubud walking tour (2 - 3 hours). This will be followed by a welcome dinner and Balinese dance show
Tuesday Bahasa Language lesson and a Batik painting class
Wednesday Indonesian cooking class and Bahasa Language lesson
Thursday Local village walk through the countryside and nearby rice fields, Garba Cave and an Indonesian flower making class (flower offerings are a daily ritual in Bali)
Friday An introduction to your project which will help you prepare for your placement on Monday. Followed by a Temple visit to “Pura Tirta Empul”, the Holy Water Temple where you can enjoy a swim in the Holy Water

Please note, this schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on the needs of the program, local weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Once the Cultural Immersion Week is complete, Turtle Conservation volunteers will travel to Nusa Penida to start their project. Volunteers in Ubud will prepare for the start of their projects the following week.

If you would like to join the Cultural Immersion Week, just make a note in your application or contact your IVHQ Program Manager after you register.

First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays: A typical volunteer day is as follows:

8.00 AM Breakfast at the volunteer house.

9.00 AM Volunteers spend 1 to 2 hours planning for their projects and head to their placements at 1pm. Work and hours is dependent on the project and placements that the volunteer is working at.

12.00 PM Lunch

5.00 PM Work at the project usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to their homestays, go sight seeing, or do some shopping.

7.00PM - 8.00 PM Dinner at the volunteer house.

Please note, this schedule can vary depending on the project that the volunteer is participating on.

Volunteers are accommodated in volunteer houses, located approximately 15 minutes drive outside of central Ubud. Village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life – roosters crowing and all! Living conditions are comfortable and all volunteer houses have fans in the bedrooms. Volunteers can expect to share a dormitory style room with three to seven other volunteers. The bathroom is shared with a hot water shower and western toilets. WiFi is available at the volunteer accommodation and there are great internet cafes in the Ubud center if you would like to access a higher speed connection.

Accommodation Upgrades

For couples or volunteers wanting more privacy, private rooms with an ensuite are available for an additional US$169 per week. There is also an option for an extra bed to be added to the room to accommodate up to 3 volunteers for an additional US$85 per week. Both of these options are subject to availability and can be booked directly with your IVHQ Program Manager once you have secured your spot on the program by registering.

Families volunteering with children 12 years and under will need to pay an extra US$200 per week to cover private accommodation and extra care during the program.

Turtle Conservation Accommodation

Volunteers on the Turtle Conservation project are transported to Nusa Penida on the Sunday before their start date (if they are taking part in the 1-day Orientation) or after the Cultural Immersion Week on the Sunday. Living conditions on the island are basic yet comfortable and volunteers can expect to share a room with one to seven other volunteers of the same gender. There is WiFi available at the volunteer accommodation, however the connection is unreliable so we recommend purchasing a local SIM card with data for an unlocked mobile phone during your program orientation in Ubud. Please note there are no accommodation upgrade options available on the Turtle Conservation project in Nusa Penida.

Volunteers are served mainly Balinese style dishes and should expect light vegetarian meals. Rice is a staple in the Indonesian cuisine, and eaten daily, typically teamed with fresh vegetables and occasionally tempeh/tofu. Volunteers can expect typical dishes such as nasi goreng (fried rice and vegetables - often considered as the national dish), mie goreng (fried noodles and vegetables) or gado gado (mixed vegetables with a satay sauce). Western meals may be served during the week. Breakfast can include fresh fruit, toast, and eggs. Tea, coffee, and toast will be available throughout the day. Purified drinking water is also available in the volunteer house; we do not recommend that you drink the tap water. Three meals per day are provided on weekdays, and breakfast and dinner only during the weekends. If volunteers wish to eat out in Ubud, there are a large numbers of restaurants and local warungs (restaurants) to suit all tastes and budgets. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us when you apply so that we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, and as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible.

“My experience with IVHQ in Bali was so rewarding and such an amazing eye-opener! It was tough to begin with, but by the end the children I was working with were like family, I didn’t want to leave! The staff were so friendly and the people I met, and the girls I stayed with were fantastic!” - Ruth Albertson-Kill (Kindergarten Volunteer in Bali)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Bali here

Bali - Ubud

Duration Program Fee $USD
1 week $325
2 weeks $490
3 weeks $655
4 weeks $805
5 weeks $950
6 weeks $1,090
8 weeks $1,360
10 weeks $1,630
12 weeks $1,900
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • The Construction and Renovation project has an extra cost of US$50 per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. Please note that if you choose the 1-week Introduction, the surcharge will only start from your second week. You can find the schedule outlined on the program page.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Bali - Ubud generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses

Bali - Ubud: Turtle Conservation Project

Duration Program Fee $USD
2 weeks $650
3 weeks $950
4 weeks $1,250
5 weeks $1,510
6 weeks $1,770
8 weeks $2,230
10 weeks $2,690
12 weeks $3,150
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$299) on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Bali - Ubud generally find US$50 to be sufficient for weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Expert support from a program specialist
  • Full MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive preparation tools
  • IVHQ alumni rewards
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time to relax or take the opportunity to explore Ubud, or other parts of Bali. Popular destinations and activities include the beaches of Sanur, Seminyak or Kuta, cycling or trekking tours on Mount Batur, and visits to rice terraces and temples.

See our Bali Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Bali!

Capital Denpasar
Population 4.22 million
Languages Bahasa Indonesia
Currency Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)
Time zone UTC+08:00

Weather and climate: Bali has a tropical climate with year round warm weather and an average temperature of 30°C. High humidity can be expected during the wet season, October - April. The dry season is between the months of May - September and has the lowest humidity.

Volunteers who are under 18 years old will be required to provide IVHQ with parental consent and two character reference letters in order to participate on the program, and may be asked to provide additional documentation to the local team. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ’s local team on arrival in Bali. Additional requirements apply for Teaching and Healthcare volunteers, please read the project descriptions above.

Speaking Bahasa Indonesia is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Bali - Ubud volunteer program, however on certain projects, the volunteer work will be restricted with limited language ability. Past volunteers feel that taking lessons can help you immensely with your day to day volunteer work and communicating with local people. Volunteers interested in taking classes can arrange these directly with the local staff once in Bali.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
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Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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