We urgently need support from volunteers from around the world to help restore and protect the coral reef in picturesque Tianyar. What once was a highly bio-diverse and healthy 3-kilometre reef, it is now in a poor condition due to many years of unsustainable fishing practices and from pollution.
Untouched by tourism, Tianyar is a small coastal fishing town located in the North East of Bali. With beautiful beaches and far reaching views over lush green rice fields to the volcanic mountains, we cannot think of anywhere better to spend your days volunteering!
With the aim of restoring and conserving the coral reef, our project was started not only to protect its amazing and fragile ecosystems, but to also provide an alternative sustainable future and livelihood of the local residents.
Volunteers will help with constructing artificial reef structures, provide education about marine conservation and to organise and run regular beach and reef cleans.
You will have the opportunity to learn the basics of diving during our introduction diving course for free. You can also become fully qualified (at an additional cost of $300) with a PADI open water certificate that will allow you to continue your dives throughout the volunteering programme and also during your free time and further travels.
With fishing being the main source of income in the local area, discarded fishing equipment, damage from fishing hooks and also anchoring of the boats has severely damaged the coral reef.
Not only this, but there is a huge problem with pollution, especially plastic. The amount of plastic and other non-biodegradable waste in the area is shockingly high and is down to the lack of education about the environment.
Special focus is given on setting up a Marine Protection Area along the reef so that no fishing can take place. Without the stress caused by constant disruption, the coral and ecosystems around it can restore back to a healthy sustainable level.
With instruction and guidance from The Indonesian Nature Foundation, we are constructing an on-going artificial reef where the natural reef has been destroyed. So far we have built and developed over 20 calcium artificial reef structures, two large Roti Buaya that have an uneven surface and fish domes.
We have several alternative livelihood programmes running that have been designed for fisherman so that they don’t rely only on extracting resources from the sea. These include training them to becoming diving instructors, teaching them English to become tour guides and other income generating activities. We also regularly employ members of the local fishermen team to help us construct and deploy structures in the sea.
Education is provided in two local schools, whereby time is spent teaching the 350 children that attend, villagers and fisherman about sustainability, the importance of marine life and conservation and how damaging discarded plastic and other pollution is on the environment.
Alongside our marine conservation education, we also organise weekly beach cleans along the local beach with students from the local school and volunteers. The amount of plastic that we pick up on a regular basis is scarily high, but we can already start to see how our education programme is starting to reduce this.
Not only will you spend your days on the beach and within the crystal clear seas, but our volunteer accommodation is located just a 10 second walk away! This means you can experience the breath-taking coastlines all day, everyday!
You will have long weekends to go and explore what this beautiful island has to offer. You can put your newfound diving skills to good use with many famous dive sites nearby, including Tulamben, Amed and Lovina. You can relax for a few days and visit ancient temples, large waterfalls and trek through the dense jungles where you may come across the unique Monkey Forest.
Throughout the day you will be involved with many activities and with so much to do, no two days will be the same! You will be volunteering from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm with a long lunch break in between – to relax during the hottest part of the day! Some of the activities you may get involved with are:
- Building artificial reef structures
- Educating the local community about the importance of environmental awareness
- Beach and reef cleans
- Regular dives to monitor the health of the coral reef, marine life and to deploy additional structures
- Become fully qualified with an open water dive certificate (additional cost)
If you are interested in marine conservation, diving or are just wanting to learn something new in beautiful surroundings on the beach, then this is the perfect programme for you.
During your time in Bali, you will be staying in our volunteer accommodation in the traditional fishing village of Tianyar. With the beautiful coastline just a 20 second walk, you will spend most of your time taking in the beautiful sights, relaxing on the beach and swimming in the clear blue sea!
You will have the chance to learn how to dive (additional cost) to then take advantage of the amazing coral reefs that surround you! With the famous dive site village of Tulamben only 20 minutes away and also Amed and Lovina a short drive, there is so much to see and do – underwater!
If you would prefer to stay on land, you can explore the ancient temples, see amazing waterfalls, climb mountains, go fishing, watch a traditional Balinese dance show and so much more! There are several restaurants and bars in the nearby town, just a short 20-minute drive away.
You will be sharing your spacious bedroom with up to 2 other volunteers, with single beds and a shared western style bathroom. You will be able to escape the heat with ceiling fans and also take advantage of the free Wi-Fi that is provided – although it can be intermittent.
Wifi – Yes
People per room – Up to 3
Single sex rooms – Yes
Nearest shops – 5 minute walk
Airport Transfers – 2.5 hours
All meals are provided at the volunteer house and are included within the programme fee. Meals are aimed to be as varied as possible across the week and you can expect some of the following meals:
Breakfast – Pancakes, omelettes, toast, eggs, fresh fruits
Lunch – Fried rice, soup, noodles
Dinner – Rice, chicken, fish
What are the requirements to join?
We welcome all volunteers from any background, religion and nationality, as long as you have no criminal convictions and are able to supply a clean criminal background check. In order to join the programme you need to be at least 16 years old on the programme start date.
Individuals need to have a good level / understanding of English but it dose not need to be your first language. As some programmes can be quite strenuous, we recommend that you should be physically fit.
What date should I arrive and leave?
You should arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS) on your selected start date, being the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Please ensure your flight lands between 6am and 10pm. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign and will take you to our accommodation in Ubud for the weekend. On Monday morning, you will then make your way to the volunteer accommodation.
The programme ends on a Saturday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.
Are there any age restrictions for solo travellers?
The only age restriction in place is that you have to be at least 16 years old before your programme start date. Anyone over this age is welcome. Generally the average age range for our programmes is 18 – 25, although this is by no means definitive and we regularly have volunteers of all ages.
What is the minimum age for travelling with my family?
If you are travelling with family and at least one member is aged 18 years old or over, then we welcome anyone from 5 years and up.
When should I apply for the programme?
You can apply for this programme at anytime, however we advise that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing your placement on your selected dates. Some of our programmes have limited capacity and spaces can get filled up quickly.
If you are wanting to volunteer within the next few weeks, then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
It is possible to change your start dates once you have been accepted, however this is subject to availability and can attract a small administration fee.
What duration would you recommend?
On gaining feedback from previous volunteers, we believe 4 – 6 weeks is the ideal time to get settled in and really involved with the programme. This also allows you to make the most of your free time, to explore this beautiful country and to participate in any activities.
We regularly have volunteers come for 1 to 2 weeks that tell us that they did not believe they had enough time and wish they had stayed for longer.
What will my itinerary be?
You should arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS) on Saturday between 6am and 10pm.
Days 1-2 (Saturday) – Arrival & Ubud
A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign. You will be taken to our accommodation in Ubud where you will be spending the weekend. On the Sunday you will be free to explore the area that boasts many sights and activities.
Day 3 (Monday) – Travel & Orientation
On Monday morning you will receive a basic orientation by our local co-ordinator and you will then make the 3-hour journey by private car to our volunteer accommodation in Tianyar. You will have the opportunity to settle in and then receive a more detailed orientation, including lots of information about the local area.
Day 4-6 (Tuesday – Thursday) – Volunteering
Your volunteering begins! Our marine conservation programme runs from 8am to 5pm and a member of our local team will accompany you to the project site. After introductions, you will be told what is expected of you and shown the ropes. Volunteering times will generally be the same each day and as time goes on you will become more confident and independent and given more tasks to do.
Day 7-9 (Friday – Sunday) – Weekend
Being next to the beach and with so many great sights and activities to do nearby, weekends are never boring! Whatever you plan on doing, our local team can advise and help organise any trips.
The following weeks
The following weeks will follow the same kind of pattern, with volunteering between Monday and Thursday and exploring Bali and the surrounding islands at the weekends. You will find that time will really start to fly by, so it’s important to make the most of your time! Don’t forget, our local team are there to support you and to answer any questions you may have.
Last day (Saturday)
Time has flown by and it is already time to leave. If you are heading home then our local team can arrange your return airport transfer (not included within the programme fee) or recommend plans for your onwards journey.
How will I get to the project?
All of our programmes in Bali are within a 5 minute walk of the volunteer accommodation. A member of our local team will accompany you.
Is there Internet and phone signal?
There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation although this can be intermittent. If you are wanting to call home or use the internet while out and about, we recommend that you bring an unlocked phone and purchase a local sim card – our local team can assist. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap phone while in Bali for under £15.
What is Tianyar like?
Tianyar is a small traditional fishing village, located on the North East coast of Bali. Being so close to the beach (just a stones throw away!), you will spend most of your time enjoying the coastline. The North of Bali is currently untouched by tourism, so this is your chance to see and get involved in real communities within Bali.
The Mighty Roar Local Team in Bali
Our programmes in Bali are run by our dedicated local team, who are committed to ensuring you have the best time ever. Ketut and other team members provide the structure for your stay, including the accommodation, meals, airport pickup, in-country orientation and of course support.
They are sure to become your good friends and you will not meet nicer people that are willing to do everything in their power to make your stay the most memorable.
Will I get an in-country orientation?
Yes. Your orientation will be on Monday and will go through everything you need to know for your time in Bali. You will be shown around Tianyar, where the shops, ATM and taxi rank will all be pointed out to you.
Our local coordinator will go through all of the important health and safety information that you should follow during your time in Bali. You’ll learn about the Sri Lankan way of life and the cultural differences.
What is the weather like in Bali?
Bali is located very near to the equator; therefore it has a warm and tropical climate. Average year round temperates stand at around 30c, with a humidity level of 85%.
Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?
Yes of course. We welcome volunteers from around the world, no matter how far away from the programmes you are. The majority of volunteers that we host, come from the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Can I go with my friend / partner?
We have many volunteers that travel with their friends, family members or with their partner. If required, we can ensure that you are based on the same project and stay within the same accommodation. On request, we can normally organise a private room to.
Is it safe to travel to Bali?
We regularly visit and participate in each and every one of the programmes we offer in Bali to rigorously check all aspects of the project and accommodation are safe and that all procedures are being followed. These include but are not limited to checking the living conditions within the volunteer accommodations, checking the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, tasting the food you’ll be eating and going on any weekend trips recommended by us or our local team.
We monitor the stability of all of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis and have constant contact with our overseas teams to ensure that our volunteers are safe.
All volunteers will receive a comprehensive volunteer handbook when you choose to join us on one of our programmes. This detailed document addresses a large range of issues such as health, safety, visas, as well as going into details about local cultures and traditions.
When you arrive in-country, you will be given a safety briefing during your orientation that will cover things like emergency procedures, how to use local transport and any cultural differences.
Our in-country team are on hand to help with any issues or to answer any questions and please do not forget that our UK office is available 24/7 in case of any rare emergencies.
While we can never guarantee your volunteer experience will be 100% trouble free, we have taken all of the necessary precautions to minimise all risks and to ensure the programme is as safe as possible.
Before You Depart
When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?
To confirm and guarantee your placement on one of our programmes, you need to pay the registration fee of £129 within 7 days of receiving confirmation that your application was successful. The remaining balance is then due to less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.
Payments can be done all at once or be spread out over several months and can be paid via BACS (bank transfer). We do accept additional payments methods, such as debit and credit cards, although there may be additional fees.
Do I need any vaccinations and / or malaria tablets?
As we are not trained medical experts we cannot tell you exactly what vaccinations or other medication you may need for your trip. You will need to consult with your local doctors or travel clinic.
You can also find additional information on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights?
All flights need to be booked by you, although we can point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find the best prices.
Before booking any flights, we strongly recommend that you wait to have confirmation that your application has been successful.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of your volunteering trip, that’s why we have teamed up with Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy. It is suitable for all of the programmes we offer and can be taken out at any time. You can read more about our insurance here.
If you decide to purchase your travel insurance from an alternative provider, please ensure it covers you for everything you will be doing. Adequate travel insurance must be in place no less than 60 days before your programme start date. Without proof of this insurance, we will not be able to accept you onto the programme.
When will I receive my volunteer handbook?
You will receive a welcome email from us as soon as you have paid the registration fee and your placement has been confirmed. The welcome email will include the volunteer handbook that provides a wealth of information that will help you better understand all aspects of your upcoming trip as well as details about our insurance policy.
Please note, that all material is sent via email and hard copies cannot be sent.
On Your Trip
Can I arrange a private room?
The majority of our accommodation only offers shared rooms that are usually same-sex. However, if you would prefer a private room please let us know and we will at least try for you.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try are best to cater for any dietary requirements. When you submit your application please include any required details within the dietary section and we will liaise with our local coordinators.
Are there any public holidays that would effect the project?
Although we try to be as clear as possible of all holidays that effect project availability, due to the nature of some countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change.
If such a holiday falls when you are on your placement, this is generally a good time to experience unique festivities where you can join in with the locals.
What is the dress code at the projects?
We ask that all volunteers take the approach of a smart and responsible image during your time in the communities and on projects. It is best to also take some older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Generally, it is best to avoid tight and very short clothing and anything that may have offensive slogans on it. Its recommended that you take some nicer clothes for weekends or any free time you may have.
We do not wish to impose strict regulations, however we do ask that you respect the local culture and do your best to adhere to the clothing guidelines within the volunteer handbook.
How much spending money will I need?
For general expenses and some travelling, you should find that £50 – £100 per week is sufficient. However, this can vary greatly depending on the amount of activities or trips you do and if you are eating out during the week..
Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?
There should be plenty of time to travel while on your placement and we actively encourage that you do! The local coordinators will be able to give you lots of travel tips and provide any help needed for your independent adventure.
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