We provide an amazing opportunity to work in environment conservation in Besikalung Sanctuary, and also to help and connect with the local community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for: singles, couples, families, groups, 50+
Our Besikalung Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for endangered birds and animals within the forest, on the slopes of Mt. Batukaru in central Bali.
All over Indonesia birds and animals are under threat from poachers and illegal wildlife traders – the country has the world’s second-highest number of threatened birds.
Our sanctuary, which is home to Leaf monkeys, macaques, and birds, takes in part of Bali’s largest remaining forest, and spans an area covering 5km in radius from the island’s famous Besikalung Temple.
Teaming up with the local community
We established the sanctuary in early 2011, after a request from local community groups who had heard about our work to save the Bali starling, one of world’s most endangered birds, and our Bali Bird Sanctuary on Nusa Penida.
Five nearby villages and nine cooperative farmers’ groups have joined the project, and introduced traditional regulations ensuring the safety of wildlife within this protected zone. It is first wildlife sanctuary in Bali instigated by private enterprise.
We have released dozens of birds into the sanctuary including white vented mynahs and Peaceful doves, we have planted trees, and are monitoring the condition of the forest – which borders UNESCO World Heritage protected rice terraces.
A sanctuary for the future
We are working with UNESCO on a project to protect the subak – the 1,000 year old traditional farming and irrigation system, which is the engine room behind these picture-postcard rice terraces.
Meanwhile, we also currently run programs teaching the local community about conservation issues, organize visits to the sanctuary for school students, and are setting up an information centre for the public.
We hope community support for the sanctuary, which is relatively new, will grow and we can expand its boundaries to cover a larger area. Eventually we hope the entire province of Bali can be declared a sanctuary for Indonesia’s birds and animals.
What will you get out of this opportunity?
You will get an opportunity to learn about livestock and Balinese lifestyle. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is ready to engage with the local community and cares about the environment.
8:00 - 10:00 working on the farm and learn about the agriculture way of living in the village.
10:00 - 16:00 free time you can have lunch, take a nap, or touring around village. There is a lot of recreational area such as beautiful rice terrace, waterfall, and hot springs that you can visit during your free time. You can explore the village and learn their tradionali life.
16:00 - 18:00 Teaching english to the local kids and farmers. This should be just a conversation type to build their confidence in sepaking with foreigners.
If the village has a temple ceremonies or another activity, you will be invited to join and learn about Balinese culture and heritage.
Details on Arrival
The volunteers can joing the program throughout the year. There is no specific days/ times to come.
You can visit recreational places during your free time. We suggest you to do trekking to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terrace (UNESCO heritage) which is a very popular palce with a breathaking view. Yo can visit the waterfall and Besikalung Temple which is one of the oldest temple in Bali. If there is ceremony in the village, you will be invited to join and to learn Balinese Culture.