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.

The project is in its early stages and you'll contribute to collecting vital baseline data on the turtle population on Nusa Penida. The Turtle Conservation project is on an island a 45 minute speed boat ride from mainland Bali.


Hi, I'm Katie, Project Coordinator for Bali, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
or email: info@travellers
Price: £995 (approx. US$1,270) for 2 weeks
£350 (approx. US$445) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Projects start on Mondays throughout the year. You need to arrive on the Sunday before.
Requirements: Minimum age 16 (younger if accompanied by parent or guardian).
No qualifications necessary but you should be an enthusiastic person who loves conservation.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
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.
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
FAMILIES with children from 5 years old upwards
GROUPS (read more ...)
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in animal care, marine conservation
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Open to all nationalities.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and 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.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

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caring for a turtle during turtle conservation
Volunteer moving a large turtle from one place to another.
Baby turtle care and conservation
Volunteer working with baby turtles.


The Sea Turtle is a charismatic megafauns and 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. 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)

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!


Sunday – Day 1: Arrive at the airport, where you’ll be collected by our local team and transferred to Nusa Penida island to settle into your accommodation and surroundings.

Monday – Day 2: After breakfast, you will receive an introduction to the placement and all you need to know. Your volunteering journey begins here.

Days 3, 4, 5, 6: Volunteer work at the turtle sanctuary includes activities such as feeding the Turtles, cleaning tanks, cleaning the beach, collecting live food and releasing Turtles on certain days of the week. Volunteers will usually be split into groups and rotate activities.

Throughout the week you will get to see movies and presentations about the importance of Turtle conservation and also enjoy dinner and bonfires at the beach.

You can also expect rewarding and worthwhile side activities that will immerse you in the community and project, such as:

  • 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.


Available all year round with start dates every week.


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Volunteer teaching some children about turtle conservation
Volunteer teaching some children about turtle conservation.
Volunteer caring for a large turtle
Volunteer caring for a large turtle.
Lots of small turtles
Lots of small turtles.
One of the beaches on the island where you'll be volunteering.


Programmes begin every Monday throughout the year and are for a minimum of two weeks. Spaces go quickly, so please enquire early!

There is currently availability in all slots, starting on Mondays, except for the following:

  • Start dates during September - Limited Space!

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Bali is full of the most beautiful beaches. That in itself is a major reason to visit the country.
A group of volunteers on an organised tour of Bali.
Some of the amazing colourful masks that can be found all over the country.
Volunteers and children messing about on the beach!


Your accommodation will be at volunteer houses in the Banjar Nyuh village, located on the island and takes about 5 minutes from the harbour. Village life is quintessentially local and you will get a good chance to see typical Balinese life, where you will get the chance to interact with local people and practice your new-found language skills.

We provide comfortable but basic facilities at the volunteer house and it includes shared bathrooms with a hot water shower and western toilets. Rooms are shared with 2-6 people.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-Fi on site, but the signal strength varies and it's not very fast.


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.


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Volunteering abroad in Bali
Volunteers eating Balinese style!
Balinese market stall, a must-see when Volunteering abroad in Bali
A Balinese market stall. The food items are delicious and beautifully laid out and displayed. Irresistable!


This project was started in 2013 specifically to target a need. They had 4 objectives:

  1. To increase the number of turtles since they are declared Endangered by the IUCN. They aimed to do this by protecting the eggs and raising the hatchlings to a survivable age before release.
  2. To rescue injured turtles from the sea and directly from fishermen. To get them treated by a Vet and to release them them back into the ocean when they are healthy again.
  3. To raise awareness in the local community (and especially children) about the importance of sea turtles in the ocean.
  4. They felt that this was not enough and that it was important to get the local community involved in saving the turtles. At that time, local people on the island were not aware about the dangers of dumping garbage, collecting turtle eggs and using turtle meat. Thus it was important to have a Center for raising awareness and caring for the endangered species.

And what a change they've made in the short time since the start of this ambitious programme!

  • There has been a considerable increase in number of Hawksbill turtles in Indonesia, also more and more locals are coming to hand over turtle eggs or informing Turtle Centre about the sightings of nests so that they can be rescued from harm.
  • Volunteers have helped to educate the local children about turtles, and now the children always join the volunteers when they have beach cleaning drives - and the children now understand why these drives are necessary.
  • Another result is that the beaches are now significantly cleaner than they used to be, thus greatly reducing the harmful plastics and other destructive items that harm the turtles. And the corals look much healthier!
  • And when injured adult turtles are found, vets are brought in to treat them. The turtles are then held for a short period to monitor them and are then released back into the ocean. Many of these would previously have died.
  • Sometimes new fishermen bring in eggs (that's amazing in itself and demonstrates an ever-increasing interaction between the local community and the project), but sometimes they carry them the wrong way, which can be harmful and lead to non-hatching. In those instances, the fishermen are always shown how to do it so that they know for next time.
  • Fishermen sometimes catch turtles unintentionally in their nets. If the turtle's carapace is bruised, or they are injured in any way, they hand them over to the Centre (because they now have somewhere they can hand them into!). Our vet will treat the turtles and we rehabilitate them and release them.
  • Please look at our photos - one shows a turtle that has just had a fishing hook removed from it's mouth. A photo like that is not pleasant, but in the past that turtle may well have spent a lot of time in pain and may well have died from starvation because of not being able to take in food.
  • Our aim is to release all turtles into the sea, where they belong. However, at times we have rare cases of blind or badly injured ones, they get to stay at the Center with the approval of Department of Fisheries.
  • The beaches and the nests are protected during nesting season, instead of being a free-for-all for collectors of eggs.

And the statistics? Rescued = 40 turtles, Released = Over 1,000 turtles!

These are some of the reasons why the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries recognised the Projects' efforts and presented them with a Certificate - a very proud moment for the Centre and for the volunteers!


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A rescued turtle has just had this mean looking hook removed
A rescued turtle has just had this mean looking fishing hook removed. After a short monitoring period to ensure that it is fit and healthy, it was released back into the ocean.
Volunteers meet and make new friends with other volunteers and with local Balinese residents
Volunteers meet and make new friends with other volunteers and with local Balinese residents.
The Certificate presentation to the Project by the Department of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. Everyone was hugely thrilled!


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.


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.

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.


Travel to the Island of the Gods - Bali - and step into a photograph of natural and social luxury. This perfect island getaway offers Idyllic beaches surrounded by luscious fields of green, endless colourful festivals and the best shopping in the world.


  • Relax on Padang Padang beach – Winner of the travelers choice 2013
  • Attend a Night tour of the Bali Zoo, home of the 3 legged Bengal Tiger.
  • Learn how to surf in Kuta and party all night long at the wild Potato head club.
  • Bathe in the famous holy waters of Pur Tirta Emoul
  • Taste the chocolate at Big Tree Farm bamboo chocolate factory

UBUD IS Bali’s centre of music, food, and arts and home to many Island designers and glitterati. It was made famous by the New York Times Best seller and movie: Eat, Pray, Love, which described Ubud as “Idyllic” and the final destination where Julia Roberts found true love.


  • Walk through the dense Jungle of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary like Indiana Jones
  • Visit Ubud's Royal Palace and stay for its nightly live performances
  • Go to the Bali Botanical Day Spa and visit the Botanical Gardens
  • Visit Petula at 6pm to watch thousands of Herons and egrets fly home. (A sign of Good luck in Bali)

Night Life in Ubud:
Jazz Café: Most popular nightspot in all of Ubud, Chillout lounge: Lonely planet’s top suggestion, Lebong Café: Your Reggae and rock nightlife hub, Bar Luna: The artists and writers lounge.


  • Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park: The scariest and most amazing volcanic views on planet earth.
  • Komodo National Park: Home of the Giant Prehistoric Komodo Dragon
  • Raja Ampat: The world’s best scuba diving destination, with 75 % of the world coral.
  • Lake Toba: The larges volcanic lake in the World.
  • Sumba: Home to the last megalithic cultures
  • Lorentz National Park: Has a permanent Glacier
  • Borodudur: One of the largest Buddist temples in the world

There are 167 active volcanoes through-out the archipelago of Indonesia?
The second largest tropical rain forest in the world can be found here?
Indonesia has a population of 240 million people, 300 ethnic groups and 500 languages and dialects.
She is home to the prehistoric Giant Komodo Lizard, Javan Rhinoceros and the Sumatran Tiger, alongside the world’s tallest flowers, the Titan Arum. – How amazing is that?

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 :-)


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Volunteers exploring Balinese forest
A group of volunteers exploring a forest in Bali. The trees are very tall and impressive.
This photo says it all - beautiful beach, beautiful sea, beautiful Bali! A definite bucket list destination!


Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.


We employ local staff in each destination where we have Programmes and where we work with local partners, again the staff employed are locals. We have long-standing relationships with local people, making this a sustainable, on-going project. Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect


We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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Turtle Conservation & Rehabilitation in Bali

What is the best thing about your placement so far? Being hands on with feeding the turtles, cleaning their tanks and the turtles themselves. We have also done a number of beach cleans and it's great to see a clean beach again, just think in the future they need to help the locals understand they can't throw litter into the ocean as its harmful to the environment, both plants & animals. Most staff speak English very well & are able to answer questions.

What experience do you feel you are gaining? Feeding the turtles and what their diet consists of. I haven't seen any injured animals arrive while being here so can't comment on the rehabilitation process that the center would take. However they did receive 43 turtle eggs that they have placed in the center and will watch them hatch over the next 3 months. The turtles who survive will then stay in the centre until they are big enough to be released and stand a chance of survival once in the open waters. There's also been a batch of new born turtles arrive & the centre has had to move turtles around to accommodate these turtle babies.

Who do you think this Project would suit? Someone who feels they want to make a small difference in helping the environment and being hands on with turtles and helping the centre with their work. It's not a busy volunteer project so there's a lot of free time to sunbathe or explore the island.

Was there anything that you weren’t told before your departure that you think future volunteers should know? To get on the boat from mainland Bali, there is no jetty, you have to walk over a pile of rocks and into the beach and onto the boat. Wear shorts & flip flops as you will get wet feet and legs. And a backpack rather than a suitcase is easier to take over the mountain of rocks.

Take cash to the island as ATM's charge double the normal rate & no one uses card on the island. The local cafe who provides wifi has food & drinks available at a good cost but she only takes cash.

Can you describe a typical day?
Breakfast is available 8-9, we then all head to feed the turtles as a team, clean the tanks, we then either collect crabs or seaweed & have free time again until 11-12 when food is served. Free time until the afternoon activities start around 2, either beach cleaning or going to Crystal Bay once a week.

4:30 we all regroup to quickly feed the turtles before more free time when rerun to the accommodation for evening food at 6.

Only went to the school once for a couple of hours and the kids speak some English, however they are quite shy.

Turtle Conservation & Rehabilitation in Bali

What is the best thing about your placement so far? The turtles!!, the food, sunsets, to see progress in the work I do.

What experience do you feel you are gaining? Living with less luxury than back home, a deeper understanding of Indonesian culture and religion, open-mindedness, living together with people from all around the world.

Would you recommend this placement to anyone else? YES, but only to those who are willing to adapt to a new culture and basic living standards. This placement would suit open-minded, friendly people who are willing to work hard in the sun

Can you describe a typical day? (e.g Start time, morning duties, lunch hours, afternoon duties, any other duties…. )
8am: breakfast,
9-11am: preparing food for the turtles, collecting crabs/seaweed, cleaning the tanks,
12am: lunch,
2pm: construction,
6pm: dinner,
8pm: drinks/reading/conversations.


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