What's it like
A typical day on this gap year project
Volunteers scrub turtles, clean the tanks, prepare and feed the sea turtles and assist with releases when possible. Other weekly tasks include creating marine conservation awareness signs and keeping the beaches plastic-free.
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). You will be picked up by the local team and transferred to Nusa Penida Island. Following lunch, volunteers will receive an introduction to the area.
Day 2, Monday: Following breakfast, volunteers will receive an introduction to the program and begin to volunteer at the turtle sanctuary. Volunteers will watch a documentary on sea turtles in the evening.
Day 3, Tuesday: Rewarding volunteer work at the turtle sanctuary.
Day 4, Wednesday: Rewarding volunteer work at the turtle sanctuary in the morning. The evening will bring beach sports.
Day 5, Thursday: Following volunteer work, volunteers will enjoy a farewell dinner and bonfire at the beach. On either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, volunteers will visit the beautiful Crystal Bay on a relaxing excursion.
Day 6, Friday: Rewarding volunteer work at the turtle sanctuary. Releases are scheduled for hatchings each Friday.
Weeks 2-12: Volunteers will have weekends free and will work at their volunteer program Monday-Friday. (Check out "Travel Highlights" below for suggestions!) Departure is on a Saturday.
Program Accomplishments: In 2019 alone, 600 turtles hatched at the hatchery and more than 700 were released!