Internship Programs in Bali

Volunteers Interview: From Japan, Indonesia, UK & Netherlands

Beyond Volunteering: Cultivating Passionate Advocates for Our Oceans

From Japan to the UK, volunteers unite at Bali's Turtle Sanctuary! Learn how their cultural exchange and dedicated efforts contribute to the survival of endangered sea turtles, highlighting the power of individual action and global collaboration.

In the heart of Bali, at the Turtle Conservation program of Bali Internships, a group of four passionate individuals from different corners of the world converged to take part on a unique journey of volunteering for sea turtle conservation. Each student brought their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and motivations to contribute to the vital mission of protecting these magnificent creatures. Here are their wonderful stories

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Embracing Cultural Exchange through Turtle Conservation

Karin, a 20-year-old student from Kainan University in Japan, is studying tourism and has a deep love for water activities, particularly swimming in the sea. Her curiosity for different cultures led her to study abroad in the Philippines and Hawaii, and a year-long stay in Taiwan with her family. Karin's motivation to volunteer at the turtle program stems from her desire to learn more about sea turtles and make a positive impact. She sees volunteering as an opportunity to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, practice her English, and experience Bali's unique atmosphere herself.

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Balancing Studies and Passion for Environmental Impact

Firda, a 20-year-old communication student from BINUS University in Indonesia, brings a strong academic background and a passion for exploring new things. Despite her busy university schedule, Firda recognizes the importance of gaining real-world experience. Volunteering at the turtle conservation program aligns with her interest in landscape and environmental projects, providing her with an opportunity to challenge herself, learn about marine wildlife, and make a meaningful impact within a different cultural context.

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A Holistic Approach to Volunteerism

Marleen, a 38-year-old small business and retail management student from the Netherlands, embodies a holistic approach to volunteerism. Her background in economics, love for sports, and experience in volunteering at a vegetable garden in Holland showcase her multifaceted personality. Recovering from Covid, Marleen is eager to contribute up to four hours a day to support the turtle program, combining her enthusiasm for animals with her open-minded and sociable nature.

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From Mechanical Engineering to Marine Conservation Advocate

Louis, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering student from Exeter University in the UK, combines his academic prowess with a love for outdoor activities, including surfing and rugby. His summer job at a seafood restaurant in Cornwall and volunteer work in an environmental foundation in the UK reflect his commitment to giving back and preserving wildlife. For Louis, TCEC offers a chance to contribute to marine conservation, learn about sea turtle biology, and connect with people from diverse backgrounds.

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A Sanctuary for Sea Turtles and Global Conservation Efforts

The turtle conservation center Bali serves as a sanctuary for sea turtles, aiming to protect them from illegal trade and tourism. Established in 2006, the conservation site focuses on conservation, rehabilitation, and education, fostering awareness through projects with the local community, national government, and international volunteers. The internship and voluntary work program at the turtle conservation center not only provides a platform for hands-on conservation work but also facilitates cultural exchange, personal growth, and a shared commitment to the global effort of preserving marine life.

During their time supporting the site, the four volunteers collaborated with the local community, engaged in conservation projects, and played a crucial role in raising awareness about the importance of sea turtle preservation. The successful completion of the internship program by Karin, Firda, Louis, and Marleen highlights the positive impact that individuals from diverse backgrounds can have when united by a common goal.

As the students return to their respective countries, their experiences at the turtle program will undoubtedly continue to influence their perspectives and contribute to ongoing efforts in marine conservation. The success of this program not only enriches the lives of the volunteers but also contributes significantly to the broader mission of protecting and preserving the marine ecosystem for future generations.

By Billy Bagus

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