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Volunteering in Bali – My First Experience as a Volunteer


Volunteer in Indonesia – Bali Sea Turtle Rescue
Bali , Indonesia

After an exhausting 17-hour flight I finally arrived on the exotic island. With the recommendation to “pack limited,” I had brought the necessary camera, sleeping bag, and clothes I wouldn’t mind getting dirty. I was ready to get down on my hands and knees cleaning tanks and doing construction for a major part of my time volunteering in Bali. Thus, I was surprised to discover that the entire first week, the new volunteers would be taken sightseeing and exploring the culture in and around Ubud.

Volunteers from all around the world including the countries of Italy, France, China, New Zealand, Mexico, the U.S., , Norway and a GoEco volunteer walking on the exotic paths that go through the rice fields.
Volunteers from all around the world including the countries of Italy, France, China, New Zealand, Mexico, the U.S., and Norway walking on the exotic paths that go through the rice fields.

I learnt some basic Bahasa (the language spoken in Indonesia) skills, created my own batik painting, strolled in the rice fields, made an offering to the Hindu Gods, attended a cooking class where I learnt the art of Indonesian cuisine, and visited a holy water temple. Yet this discovering of Ubud could unfortunately not last forever and a week later I packed my bags again to move on to the remote island of Nusa Penida for the real volunteering.

A GoEco volunteer holding a turtle that quite readily wants to dive back into the water after having been fed its fish.
Holding a turtle that quite readily wants to dive back into the water after having been fed its fish.
A GoEco volunteer at the turtle sanctuary where all the turtles were kept in their tanks. she went here twice a day to feed the turtles and clean the tanks. she also did some construction involving painting the walls and getting to write our name and stamp our hand.
Here is the turtle sanctuary where all the turtles were kept in their tanks. We went here twice a day to feed the turtles and clean the tanks. We also did some construction involving painting the walls and getting to write our name and stamp our hand.
Her two room mates and a GoEco volunteer cleaning our soles in the holy water temple. Hindus come here, some as often as once a week, to clear themselves of their sins and connect with their gods.
My two room mates and I cleaning our soles in the holy water temple. Hindus come here, some as often as once a week, to clear themselves of their sins and connect with their gods.

I had a wonderful time volunteering in Nusa Penida and the locals were all very kind and welcoming, thus I felt safe at all times. The living conditions were simple and the rooms small, but the bathroom facilities were good and the living area kept clean.

A GoEco volunteer at a remote beach on Nusa Penida called Crystal Bay. The water was warm and calm with beautiful coral reefs you could see when you snorkeled. Here the volunteers were taken once a week and it is around a twenty minutes drive from the accommodations.
A remote beach on Nusa Penida called Crystal Bay. The water was warm and calm with beautiful coral reefs you could see when you snorkeled. Here the volunteers were taken once a week and it is around a twenty minutes drive from the accommodations.

The beach that was five minutes walking distance from where we stayed was breathtaking and the perfect place to relax between the morning and afternoon working hours at the turtle sanctuary. The work was neither too demanding nor time consuming and allowed for free time around lunch and in the evening when the volunteers could socialize.

A GoEco volunteer next to the baby turtles that placed in buckets so that she could scrub them with toothbrushes to clean their shells.
The baby turtles were placed in buckets so that we could scrub them with toothbrushes to clean their shells.

Despite the workload not being overwhelming, I saw that what we did was essential for the turtles as well as the community. I am proud to say that I have made a difference in the world by having volunteered to help against the extinction of turtles and thankful to the staff and other volunteers who have helped make this experience memorable for life. – Amanda

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