Internship Programs in Bali

Volunteer Report: Noa's Tales of Bali Turtle Rescue

"Reflecting on my experience, I am grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to such a meaningful cause. Each day brought with it new challenges and triumphs" Noa, Switzerland

Driven by a passion for travel and a profound love for animals, Noa Talabardon left his home country Swiss for a transformative journey as a volunteer at the Turtle Conservation Program in Bali. From the moment he arrived, Noa found himself captivated by the tireless efforts of the team and the incredible stories of rescue and rehabilitation that he has experienced.  

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A Passion Came True

As a Swiss native with a passion for travel and a deep-seated love for animals, my recent internship experience in Bali was nothing short of transformative. Joining the team at the Turtle Conservation Program, nestled in the serene coastal town of Sanur, opened my eyes to the intricate world of sea turtle conservation and provided me with an unforgettable opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of these majestic creatures.

Upon my arrival in Bali, I was greeted warmly by the dedicated team of Bali Internships, who wasted no time in acquainting me with the ins and outs of the team at turtle center. Despite the initial challenge of adjusting to a new environment after a long flight, I was eager to dive headfirst into the work ahead. Bali Internships played a crucial role in ensuring my transition into the program was seamless, offering assistance from the moment of my arrival in Bali. Not only facilitating my introductions to the program and the conservation team, but arranging the entire accommodation during my stay as well. 

Throughout my time at Turtle Conservation, I was filled with a wealth of fresh knowledge about sea turtles – their various species, their habits, and the threats they face in the wild. From learning about the different weights and types of turtles to witnessing firsthand the incredible journey of rescue and rehabilitation, each day brought me a new lesson and a deeper appreciation for these resilient creatures.

One of the most memorable moments of my voluntary work program was the experience of releasing a baby turtle back into the ocean. As I watched the tiny hatchling make its way to the vast expanse of the sea, I felt a profound sense of joy and fulfillment knowing that I had played a small part in ensuring its survival.

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Challenge and Deep Reflections

However, my experience volunteering on the site was not without its challenges. Despite my growing familiarity with the tasks at hand, communication barriers occasionally arose, particularly when some volunteers conversed in their native language. Yet, through patience and understanding, we were able to overcome these obstacles and work together towards our shared goal of sea turtle conservation. Reflecting on my experience, I am grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to such a meaningful cause. Each day brought with it new challenges and triumphs, from cleaning the water of the turtles to educating tourists about the importance of conservation. And while there were moments of repetition and uncertainty, the sense of purpose and happiness within the team never wavered.

Beyond Volunteering: Island Exploration

Beyond my time at the rescue center, my time in Bali was also enriched by the vibrant culture and natural beauty of the island. From exploring the stunning beaches of Uluwatu to indulging in delicious local cuisine, every moment was a testament to the richness and diversity of this captivating destination. Bali Internships served as a bridge to the vibrant culture of Bali as well, offering insights into local customs, traditions, and attractions beyond the scope of my work at the conservation site. Through organized cultural excursions and events, I had the opportunity to enjoy the timeless natural beauty and cultural diversity which enhanced my overall experience and understanding of the island.

As I bid farewell to Bali and the incredible team at Bali Internships and Turtle Conservation center, I carry with me not only cherished memories but also a renewed commitment to environmental conservation. My brief internship moment may have come to an end, but the lessons learned and the friendships forged will continue to inspire me in my future endeavors. And as I prepare for the next chapter of my journey, I do so with a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to have made a difference, one turtle at a time.

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By Billy Bagus

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