Sea Turtle Conservation & Monitoring Programme
Yayasan Pulau Banyak accepts international volunteers to assist in the beach monitoring programme on the island of Bangkaru. Duties consist of nightly beach patrols to collect data on the nesting population, morning patrols and environmental education. When time allows, volunteers could be assigned their own research project to collect information on certain aspects of the nesting population. It is also possible to fulfill your practical placement from your school or university with Yayasan Pulau Banyak. Previous agro-forestry and wildlife management students have already successfully completed their practical placement with the sea turtle conservation programme.
The opportunity also exists to conduct studies on bird or reptile diversity on the island by making inventory lists. No previous experience is needed as all training will be provided on arrival, but a background in wildlife conservation is preferred.
Community Engagement & English Teaching Programme
We are in urgent need of volunteers who would like to dedicate their time teaching English to all ages in Pulau Banyak. For the successful development of eco-tourism in the region, the ability to converse in English is an important factor. Previous volunteers have lived within the community for months and enjoyed learning about new cultures.
Teaching material is already available as well as enthusiastic pupils such as schoolchildren, adults and staff members.
What we offer?
- Pre-departure information pack
- Full training and briefing material upon arrival
- Basic but comfortable accommodation and staple food
- Arrangement of visa and transport to and from the site and between islands
- Working together with local community; cultural exchange and learning Indonesian
- Obtaining experience in sea turtle conservation; wildlife biology and fieldwork
- An idyllic location with abundant marine and terrestrial wildlife
- Enough spare time to snorkel or enjoy the uninhabited island of Pulau Bangkaru
- Physically fit and in good health
- Confident swimmer (landings and departures at the beach can be tricky)
- A background in wildlife conservation or eco-tourism is preferred
- Previous experience in other sea turtle conservation projects is an advantage
- Up to date vaccinations and Malaria prophylaxis preventive medication recommended
- Being able to work in remote areas under basic conditions
- Able to converse in Indonesian (advantage but not requirement)
- Able to converse in English
- Minimum age of 18
- Travel insurance
- Available for a minimum of 2 weeks
- Volunteers are able to join throughout any time of the year!
- An administration fee of EUR 100.00 is required for assisting in arranging visa/ permits and a monthly fee of EUR 700.00 for food, transportation and project contribution (the same amount is charged when staying for less then one month but for a minimum of 2 weeks).
Please contact our volunteer coordinator for more information and an application form.
Volunteer opportunities exist to assist in the development of environmental education programmes and/or eco-tourism programmes. Please contact our volunteer coordinator for more information and an application form.
There are also opportunities to volunteer as conservation programme assistant, which is an Australian based position on the Gold Coast. Training will be provided and volunteers can assist in aspects of volunteer management, fund raising, sea turtle data analysis and general administration. We welcome placement students from University, TAFE or other education bodies. Volunteering for this position has no participation fee attached. Please contact the Programme Manager for more information for this newly opened position.