Volunteer with Endangered Animals in Bali, Indonesia

Tabanan , Bali, Indonesia Wildlife & Environmental Conservation

Program

Description

Indonesia was once "home" to hundreds of animal species, but an alarming number 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.

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.

Impact

You can feel good knowing your program fee helps provide upkeep and care for these beautiful creatures!

Field conditions

The activities you will get involved in during your time on the project include: feeding, enclosure cleaning, performing general maintenance, and spending time socializing with animals to help them overcome their mistrust of people and of each other.

Every day is an adventure at the rescue center: you may find yourself clearing brush in the crocodile enclosure, replacing branches and chains in the bird aviary, assisting with upkeep and care for endangered animals, and enriching their lives—and your own—in the process. Maintenance tasks range from fixing the hinges on doors, to repairing fences, to repairing habitats and clearing the grounds of rubbish and weeds. All tasks help to create a better habitat for the animals.

Arrival and orientation

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.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

The Volunteer House, your home away from home, is located in Tabanan and is just a 5 minute walk from the centre 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 (bed linen 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 practice 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.

Location

Each room is furnished with bunk beds and sleeps up to 8 people per same-sex room

Cost

from $519 USDper week

from $519 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • 24 hour uk-based support

  • 24 hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Airport pick up (24 hours)

  • Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

  • Accommodation (volunteer house)

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check (varies)

  • Visa ($0-$300)

  • Return airport transfer ($30)

  • Travel insurance ($22.50 per week)

  • Flights to denpasar ($675-$1050)

Start dates

Projects start the first and third Sunday every month.

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 in 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 your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of 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.

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