Bali Wildlife Rescue Volunteers
Indonesia is home to hundreds of animal species, many of which have been dispersed by deforestation and have fallen prey to poachers and traffickers. As a Bali Wildlife Rescue Volunteer, you will volunteer at the Bali Wildlife Rescue Center, one of seven centers in the whole country that rehabilitates and releases endangered animals into their native habitat in the wild. PMGY has created a program that allows you to work directly with endangered animals, giving them daily support to enrich their lives.
While on the project you will work alongside a PMGY Bali coordinator and center staff who have years of experience interacting with animals. The primates and birds you will look after have been rescued from markets, private homes and businesses where they were kept as pets or for entertainment purposes. There are currently over 40 endangered primates and birds including Javan Lutung, Southern Pig-tailed Macague, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Southern Cassowary, Palm Cockatoo and more.
With an early start at 8:00 am, volunteers can expect to assist with enclosure feeding, enrichment, enclosure cleaning and maintenance for 3-5 hours daily. Occasionally you will have the chance to assist the veterinarian participating in treatment or medical procedures.
All that is required of volunteers is that you are 17 years of age and older, fit enough to work in tropical climates, able to handle animals, and willing to interact with the center’s staff.
The Volunteer House, your home away from home, is located in Tabanan and is just a 5 minute walk from the center of town, where you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. The accommodations are basic but comfortable, and wifi is free. Each room is furnished with bunk beds (bedlinen is provided) and sleeps up to 8 people per same-sex room. Bathrooms are shared and have a shower and western-style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem, considering Bali is hot and humid all year round! Fans and your own mosquito net are also provided.
The Volunteer House is located next to the home of our local team, which is also the site of our afternoon community program. Although volunteers have their own private space, you’ll never feel isolated, living next to our host family who can assist you if need be. This also gives you the chance to learn more about Balinese culture and to practise your new-found language skills!
We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or to store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items in need of refrigeration.
Some but not all of our projects are within walking distance of the Volunteer House. PMGY will take you to and from those projects beyond walking distance via Bemo or private car; the cost of this service is included in your Program Fee.
During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.
The activities you will get involved in during your time on the project include:
FEEDING – These animals are fed based on the species and time of year. Animals, like the crocodiles, are fed chicken or duck two times a week, while monkeys are fed fruits daily. You will be able to cut and prepare meals based on the species you are working with and learn about the types of food that are best.
ENRICHMENT – Many of these animals are endangered and have come from losing their native habitat or from poor treatment in the black market. Their displacement often leaves these animals irritable and at times depressed causing for them to have poor eating habits or behaviour. Your time interacting with them and coaching them on things such as eating or interacting with other animals is imperative! Over time these animals may just learn to trust you and, in turn, you could find one of those pretty parakeets on your forearm.
ENCLOSURE CLEANING – These enclosures are made for each animal based on the feedback of the veterinarian during the first assessment. You may find the enclosures to be small, but some animals, when irritable, find it more comfortable to be in smaller spaces; over time the enclosures will be expanded and they will eventually be released back into the wild. The crocodiles tend to need the brush cleared back to keep them from being confined to one area; cutting back the brush back, while the staff keep the crocodile occupied, is an example of volunteer upkeep in this area. In the bird enclosures, the branches and chains may need to be replaced and cleaned as they begin to rot. If you are comfortable doing so, they will let you clean and make repairs in the enclosure while these beauties are flying all around you!
MAINTENANCE – The center is a great place, but with limited funding it could do with some tender loving care! Volunteers will be asked to help with creating a better atmosphere for the animals by clearing up the grounds. While you are doing a bit of upkeep this will include fixing the hinges on enclosure doors, relining the fencing, adding new gating on the enclosure, repairing the habit and or cleaning the grounds of rubbish and weeds.
The cost listed below includes a registration fee of $193.00. The remainder or Program Fee is due 60 days prior to the start of your program.
- Accommodation (Volunteer House)
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
- Airport Pick Up (24 Hours)
- In-country Orientation
- 24 Hour In-country Support
- 24 Hour Uk-based Support
- Comprehensive Volunteer Handbook
- Live Pre-departure Webinars
- 100% Financial Protection
- Regular Program Inspection
- Certificate Of Completion
What’s Not Included
- Flights To Denpasar ($675-$1050)
- Travel Insurance ($22.50 Per Week)
- Return Airport Transfer ($30)
- Visa ($0-$300)
- Criminal Background Check (Varies)
Schedules Project Start Dates
For the majority of our programs you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability in the program – particularly if you’re looking to travel between June and August, as spaces can fill up very quickly during this period. Some of our programs have a limited capacity and spaces get filled very quickly. However, you should always make sure you’re 100% committed to the program before applying.
You should arrive into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (airport code DPS) on the selected Sunday start date. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.
The program ends on the Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.
Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact on the world.
Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in our host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with us. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure our set up is safe and that our volunteers are making a positive impact.
There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way. Plus you’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel the country with your newfound travel buddies – it’s all part of the PMGY experience!
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