Trip Details

The Turtle Conservation project is located on the charmed island of Nusa Penida, which is a 45 minute speed boat ride from mainland Bali. Dependant on the time of the year (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 day, volunteers 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! Volunteers 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)!

Indonesia is ranked as the second largest region of the world when it comes to biodiversity, and this makes the nation a scientific and environmental hotspot. With risks to the climate increasing and with Indonesia becoming more and more industrialized, there are many endangered species and damaged habitats that require conservation efforts.

Because this program is based on a small island, you will not be involved with your typical adventuring experiences and you will be heavily involved with this important work. You will acquire significant experience when it comes to wildlife conservation and you will walk away with a treasure chest full of important knowledge that can assist you with any conservation programs at home. This is an excellent program for biologists, college students, environmentalists, and advocates for eco-awareness.

Trip Itinerary

Welcome the new arrivals.You will have your lunch and receive a short introduction on the beach to get familiarized yourself to this new exciting setting. After that you will get to know more about Nusa Penida, particularly, about the supermarket, ATM etc.

After having breakfast, you will see a presentation about the Turtle Conservation project and also receive a project briefing which will help you to understand the do’s and don’ts at the project. After that you will start engage in the typical activities you are supposed to do throughout the week such as feeding the turtles, cleaning the tanks, catching live food for turtles and also cleaning the beach. In the evening, you will then see a documentary about Turtles which will help you to widen your knowledge about these amazing creatures.

After having breakfast on Tuesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed and live food for turtles. In addition, you will also create turtle toys, clean the beach and provide medicine for injured turtles if present.

After having breakfast on Wednesday, you will start cleaning the tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed and live food for turtles. In addition, you will also create turtle toys and provide medicine for injured turtles if present.

In the evening, you will then engage in some sports activities at the beach where you will play either volleyball, badminton or football.

On Thursday, you will have your breakfast and start cleaning tanks, feeding the turtles and collecting seaweed. you will also create turtle toys and provide medicine for injured turtles if present.

In either, Tuesday/ Wednesday/ or Thursday you will visit an amazing location called the Crystal Bay which has a breathtaking view. Your local coordinators will decide the day in which you visit this exotic location.

Thursday night will be a special one for you to enjoy the welcome and farewell dinner by a Bonfire at the beach. This would be a great opportunity to get to know the newcomers and say goodbye for those who are leaving.

On Friday, after having breakfast, you will feed the turtles and get an amazing opportunity to release turtles to the sea. But please do understand that this opportunity is only if you are leaving the program this week. If you continue another week at the project, you will engage in the regular activities at the turtle conservation centre. For those who are leaving the program, there would also be a feedback session regarding the program. After having lunch, you all can engage in activities such as feeding the turtles, cleaning tanks and measuring the turtles growth.

Other activities you would engage are as below:

  • 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.

Although there aren’t many shops or activities available on Nusa Penida, you will nearly always be close to a beach that lets you soak up the rays of the sun or go swimming during your free time.

Evenings: Volunteers are free to sightsee around the local area.

Weekends – Weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation with other volunteers or you can use this time to travel and explore Indonesia with your new friends.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.


Trip Accommodation

Nusa Penida is an island with an approximate area of 247 square kilometers and is located South East to Bali. The island by nature is hilly and is drier than Bali. Nusa Penida is popular as a bird sanctuary along with other neighboring islands namely, Lembongan and Ceningan. This island is also considered as ideal for diving as it includes many diving locations such as Penida Bay, Batu Lumbung, Batu Meling, Toya Pakeh, etc.

During your visit to Nusa Penida, some of the activities you may engage would be trekking and mountain biking, birdwatching, diving, and spending plenty of time in nature.

Accommodation & Food

You can expect to share a room (dormitory style) on single gender basis.

Food Arrangements
Indonesian food is tasty and diverse and you can expect to experience a myriad of flavors and meals during their 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 of western dish Breakfasts are varied and include pancakes, fresh fruit, toast etc.

ATM’s: There are many ATM’s close to the accommodation.
Internet use: We have Wi-Fi at the house.
Personal Sim card for your mobile: You can buy one at the local shop.

Sights & Surroundings
You can visit beaches, go diving, surfing, trekking, visit historical temples, and handicraft villages.

Trip Country Info


Capital: Jakarta
Language: Indonesian (official)
Currency: Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
Time zone: UTC +8

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s is known for its beaches, volcanoes and jungles sheltering elephants, tigers and Komodo dragons. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.For learning culture and gaining experiences you’ve never thought of, there is Indonesia, one of the most interesting countries in the world. With around 300 ethnic groups, each with cultural identities developed over centuries and influenced by Indian, Arabic, Chinese and European sources, Indonesia has many cultural experiences ready to be discovered.

Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of the more than 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Due to its location off the coast from the mainland and unique culture and religion from the rest of the country, Bali is often treated as a destination of its own, “if you’ve only been to Bali, you’ve never been to Indonesia”.

With its pristine beaches, its unspoilt waters ideal for surfing and diving, its lush mountains, its never-ending rice terrace and volcanic hillsides, its spiritually-infused culture and more, Bali has quickly become a must-visit and it often makes its way on everyone’s bucket list.

Flores is located the East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It has adventure, eco-tours, and mountain climbing interspersed with visits to prehistoric heritage sites, traditional villages and cultural events. It has some of the world’s most exotic marine life. And if you want to see the famous Komodo Dragons alive, this is the only place in the whole world which gives you the experience. You can visit the Komodo dragons in their natural habitats in the Komodo National Park islands. Here you will witness the natural treasures still trying to survive in its purest forms.

Flores is a multi-religious and multi-cultural island where 60% of the people are Christian, 20% Islamic and 20% Hindus and Buddhists. The holidays for Flores are similar to the general Indonesian calendar.

Flores, though one of the main islands in Indonesia, is still trying to keep up with the rest of the country. Evidently, its exceptional natural treasures need more care and its warm hearted people need more support.

Temperatures are pleasant, varying from 20-33 degrees celsius year-round. The monsoon season strikes in November and makes its way until March, bringing in humidity and a significant amount of rain. However, this usually does not stop people from visiting, as the rain usually begins in the late afternoons and evenings, meaning the daytime remains sun-filled. From June to September, the weather is dry and there is not too much humidity in the air.

Indonesia is a haven for customs and this can be seen in every corner of the islands. Not to mention the fact the these islands themselves have their own traditions and customs which are different from one another.

A good example of this can be experienced in Bali, where small offerings containing flowers, rice and even cigarettes (sesajen) are found in every house, restaurants, stalls and even at the check-in desks at airports. The offerings are set with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water three times a day before every meal.

There are roughly 20,000 temples spread around the Bali island and, because the Balinese are masters of sculpture, the temples are guarded with statues of gods and goddesses.

Keep, in mind, however, that the Hinduism you will see in Bali is often different than the one seen in India.

Take a look at our latest gap year volunteer projects in Indonesia below or get in touch with any questions you have about volunteering in Indonesia.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18, Parental Consent is Required
Travel Insurance

Additional Requirements

Team Player

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa