I volunteered for a week in December 2019 at the Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF)’s Bali Wildlife Rescue Center in Tabanan. The accommodations were very comfortable and there were good places to eat within walking distance. As a volunteer, you help the animal keepers take care of the resident animals. The veterinarian Rinni, the animal keepers Samson, Agus, and Komang, the night watchman Gede, Pak Damai (driver and other) and the FNPF CEO, Drh. (Veterinary) I. Gede Nyoman Bayu Wirayudha were all very kind and welcoming. The folks here, especially the animal keepers, work extremely hard and are incredibly funny and nice. If you want an opportunity to learn about taking care of rescued endangered Indonesian wildlife, this is a good place to start. The week I was there, a female Javan Langur (referred to her as a leaf monkey) that was left for dead after stealing her baby was admitted. I hope she survived and could be released even though they had to amputate her tail. There are other critically endangered wildlife being cared for as well, including a young (4-5 year old) sun bear whose mother was probably killed to take her as a cub (hope she gets to live out her life in a sanctuary in Borneo some day soon), a bear cat, a few critically endangered Javan Slow Loris’, Bali Starlings and Black-Winged Myna birds. I highly recommend volunteering at this wildlife rescue center.…
After working in Borneo FNPF centre for a week our group came to Nusa Penida FNPF centre for 5 days. This is a great place, with warm and educated staff, clean facilities, wonderful views, delicious food, gorgeous nature and lots to learn and do! The program was very organised, busy (in a good way) and rewarding. In our time here we built nest boxes, nursery work, learnt about local birds and wildlife, visiting local schools for english lessons and more. If you want to take a day off to explore the beautiful coast line of Nusa Penida, there are plenty of options available. Overall wonderful experience and home to come back soon.
Great place with extremely friendly staff! Stayed one month volunteering at the foundation, and they are doing an excellent job with the animals. Everyday we work from 8 am, until 16 pm, with a 3 hours break for lunch and rest. If you want to explore Bali just let they know and you can take some days off, tabanan is not far from Ubud, Tanah Lot and Canggu, you can easily do a day trip. I really want to back here, and I will try to keep helping them from Brazil!!
I came to the centre to check it out to volunteer next year. Dr. RINI showed more around and the staff animal keeper Agus showed me more of the centre and the volunteer area. I found the staff very friendly and ended up having lunch with Agus and the 2 volunteers who are currently working at the centre. They were all very friendly and helpful, so I plan to return next year to stay and volunteer for a week or two
The local staff do the best they can with what they have. They went out of their way to solve any problems encountered. There were very few volunteers at the time we were there so we did not have to share the toilet and shower facilities (not that it would have mattered). We were not offered a key to lock our room. I think they just expected people to be honest and principled. I guess I could have insisted on having a key. I thought I read somewhere that we had to supply passport photos and copies of our passport for registration purposes. Nobody asked for anything. Similar to what another reviewer wrote, the amount of volunteering was disappointing: 1 hour in the morning and another hour or so in the afternoon. I do not recall reading this information in their handbook or on their website. (I should have checked here on Trip Advisor!) With the locals human resources and the unknown volunteers who come, it would be hard to have something more structured. There are certain activities that are repeated like the bird monitoring or the teaching but I felt a briefing the night before might have made things appear more organized. I had expected that it we had to go to another location, FNPF would have provided the transportation. Apparently, the van was broken down, so we got on the back of other volunteers' scooters. In hindsight, we should NEVER had. The roads are bad and we had no helmets. What if there had been an accident? We did go by van that had no seat belts to teach English. Normally, there are two groups - kids and adults. I was given the adult group to teach. So I prepared a lesson on gathering their personal data, their learning styles etc before teaching them about fruit and verbs to go with cooking. Only when we got to the "school" which was actually someone's house, was I told that the adults would not be coming because they were preparing for a ceremony. Could the people not have informed FNPF or could FNPF checked? I spent an hour preparing for a lesson (writing it up, preparing cards and downloading videos) that will never be used and an hour I can't get back! The actual experiences we got to do were bird monitoring (three times), planting seeds in the nursery (2 times), fixing the fence (once), teaching children (once), beach clean-up (once), repaired the netting above the nursery (once). There was the option to help paint a mural. I understand FNPF doesn't know what to expect of volunteers' abilities or interests. But could they ask and try to get a best fit for FNPF and the volunteers? We were told that FNPF was not hotel so would not be providing any such services. No problem. But they might consider just cleaning off the beds from the debris that falls on ceiling. Okay, it wasn't all bad. Our room had a private balcony from which we could watch the Bali Stirling eat the papaya right off the tree. There is wifi. You can walk thru the forest/gully/ravine down to the Mini-Markt in 10 minutes. There are a few 'warungs' on the road as well as 2 places to do laundry. So there is not a whole lot to do when not volunteering. Most people end up renting a scooter so they can get out and about to visit or to collect money from the Western Union. One of the cooks took me to the market and let me watch her cook.…
The time I spend there is something I won’t forget. I learned a lot about the animals of the island, and got to see and be part of efforts to monitor and conserve a species of bird called the Bali starling. The island itself is just incredible, and there are so many incredible places to see in Nusa Penida. The staff at the centre are incredibly kind and I felt so happy and at home around them, they looked out for me (a solo intern from Australia) and I always felt safe. I loved my time at the centre and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in volunteering and being part of something valuable in a truely incredible place!
This trip will always have a place in my heart. The staff as FNPF were amazing and they were passionate about their work. They taught us about the bird called "Bali Starling” and how they are trying to save the endangered bird. During this trip, it was an eye opening experience as I learnt so much about Bali culture and their animal rescued and conservation efforts. I helped to clean cages and feed rescued animals at a conservation centre. There, I interacted with different types of birds, monkeys, crocodiles and a baby bear. The baby bears was one of highlights of this trip. It truly inspired me to continue helping rescued animals. It was the best community volunteer experience. I would highly recommend others to FNPF and I have future plans on coming back.
When I volunteered for FNPF, I was able to get into close proximity to the highly endangered Bali Staling. This bird species is rapidly declining which is why FNPF Nusa Peninda was specially set-up. I was assigned to go bird watching in the mornings so as to record down the amount I saw. This ignited my passion for bird watching and made me especially happy as I was able to see a bird that may soon become extinct. After this we went back to the center and had the lunch provided. The lunch provided was extremely nutritious and even though I was not used to Balinese food and cuisine, the food was still delicious. The trip was topped off with the amazing staff that works in FNPF as they are all so kind and polite. They taught me about extra information about Balinese culture, behaviours of Bali Staling and even common Balinese greetings.…
The trip was very Educational and also eye-opening for me. I learned many things about the environment and also its inhabitants within this trip. The staff members here was more than committed to teach and guide volunteers through the wild and ways to understand nature in a whole new aspect and understanding. Being part of this Organisation has made me proud as I was alongside with people who have dedicated their lives to conserve the environment and nature as a whole. I Highly recommend FNPF to those who want to learn more about the environment and to disconnect from their daily lives to be with nature.
The staff members were wonderful and have taught me many things about the environment there as well as the flora and fauna. My favourite part of the volunteer work was quite unexpected as at first, I thought that it was just going to be tiring and tedious. The activity was cleaning and feeding the animals at the conservation center. Animals such as bears, crocodiles, and birds, a lot of birds can be found there. It was truly an eye-opening experience to see the animals play around as we washed their cages and fed them. It truly inspired me and made me feel the joy in doing community work. I highly recommend anyone to partake in this activity as I assure it will be as fantastic of an experience as I had in this trip!