Protect Sea Turtles and Teach English in Borneo
The main objective of our project in Indonesia is to help make the local protection of sea turtles more efficient and reduce the illegal sale of turtle products. These include eggs intended for human consumption and tortoiseshell, from which mainly jewelry is produced. We aim to increase the awareness among local people and tourists.
Unfortunately most local people lack the knowledge of English and cannot explain to the tourists why they should not buy products from the tortoiseshell, nor provide them sufficient information. We are looking for volunteers who would like to help with teaching English to the local rangers, a group of about six people, adults and beginners.
Cost includes; Accommodation, Food, Airport transfers, Transfer to project, Training in conservation tasks and English teaching
No special qualifications and experience are necessary except that all volunteers should have high motivation and must be willing to work hard in warm and humid conditions. You also need to be friendly and communicative, be able to work in a group with local Indonesian rangers and live on the islands with only a few people mainly locals. English is the only accepted language.
You need to be friendly and communicative, be able to work in a group with local Indonesian rangers and live on the islands with only a few people mainly locals. English is the only accepted language.
Physical fitness requirements
In a typical day
Volunteers will have the opportunity to undertake different activities:
On the islands, your duties will include monitoring nesting beaches either during the night or early in the morning. In the afternoon, other activities such as collecting waste on the beach, collecting data on the beach, helping rangers with making turtle souvenirs or Ranger’s house maintenance etc. will be carried out.
General duties for program participants will include:
Beach patrols for nesting turtles – patrols are undertaken each night at varying hours and in the early morning. The patrols serve several functions and may last between 4 – 6 hours:
• Search for nesting activity and nesting turtles;
• Search for any evidence of nests hatching;
• Collect data on nesting turtles and nesting events;
• Check nests already laid;
• Search for any turtle stranding, whether sick or dead;
• Look out for illegal poachers on the beach and report them to the rangers;
• Occasionally turtles lay their eggs in unsuitable places. In such cases, the nest is
relocated to a new site and the eggs are carefully moved and re-buried. After the nest has hatched we do a survey of the hatching success rate, which involves nest excavation of the nest and analysis of the shells left.
In the village of Balikukup, Lenggo and Tanjung Redeb, your duties will focus on local population mainly education activities for local kids, playing with them, teaching English the local rangers – a group of about six people, adults and beginners, collecting waste on beaches with local people. Important is also focus on tourist awareness in Berau airport and in touristic places.
• Providing information to individual tourists (mainly Berau airport)
• Help in designing school and community education activities (e.g. using drama, art, song and games) in subject matter concerning marine environment and turtle conservation; Participating and helping with school – teaching English.
• Participate in marine conservation awareness events and assist in carrying out educational workshops and activities;