The Reef Conservation Program
For those who love marine life and want to make a difference to the environment, this Marine Conservation program is guaranteed to placate the eco-warrior within you! Set in the picturesque traditional fishing village of Tianyar in north eastern Bali, this amazing program’s aim is to fundamentally change the unsustainable fishing practices currently employed there and establish a new model that both empowers local fishermen and protects the fragile marine environment. Far from Bali’s tourist hub and the tourist dollar, the people of Tianyar are dependent on fishing for survival, however change must be made if this economy and environment are to survive. Join Love Volunteers on this essential conservation program and do your bit to protect the environment and the local’s livelihood.
Goals of this Project:
- Help build an artificial reef to protect this fragile marine environment
- Provide clean beaches and reefs through clean-up projects
- Provide marine education projects to locals and visitors
- Expose volunteers and locals alike to different people and cultures
How You Can Help
Volunteers on this program will be working in a beautiful location on an important project that not only protects the environment but also empowers the local population, helping to establish future economic prosperity for the area. The project centers around the 3.5 km coast line of gorgeous Tianyar beach, building an artificial reef and providing paid work to local fishermen to help them support their families. Volunteers will work alongside locals building the reef, or work on clean up or education projects. Participants with scuba diving experience can work directly on the reef project. Volunteers can also choose to learn how to dive while on the project, with a free introduction dive course provided to those who volunteer for a minimum of four weeks. Full dive option details are noted in the 'Additional Info.' section. This project is a great way for international volunteers to learn more about the Balinese people and culture in a traditional fishing village far removed from Bali’s tourism mecca. It’s an ideal program for those who love the sea, have an interest in scuba diving and who want to help protect the environment for future generations.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Work on marine conservation projects directly – building reefs, clean up or education projects
- Improve the English language skills of local fishermen and locals
- Work to establish future programs in the area for turtle conservation and coral transplantation
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to give their time and energy to help protect the natural environment of Bali. This 'hands-on' project is best suited to those who are either pursuing a career in conservation/environmental studies, or who simply wish to explore an interest in this field. However, the project is open to all and does not require participants to have specific education, qualifications or experience, as you will be shown everything you need to know by your local project leader. Importantly though, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
Tianyar is a small, picturesque fishing village located in the northern part of Bali, far away from the typical tourist path and a paradise of tranquillity. Although this is a quiet corner of Bali, from here volunteers can use their free time to quickly and easily explore all tourist destinations by motorbike or by taxi, including the famous scuba-diving hubs of Tulamben and Amed. Our other project hub of Ubud is just 2 hours’ drive from this location.
Within walking distance of the village projects there are some wonderful things to see and do, including walking along the pristine beaches, swimming, snorkelling! This is a truly special place to be a Love Volunteer!
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Upon arrival into Denpasar you will be met by a representative from the local team. The first night's accommodation is provided at a volunteer Guesthouse in Ubud.
On Sunday an orientation session takes place which covers local and regional customs, transport, rules and recommendations and, of course, what to expect from your volunteering placement. Following the orientation you will be taken to your project location to meet with the local supervisor and enjoy a tour of the village.
- Arrival Day: SATURDAY
- Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (aka Denpasar International Airport), Kuta, Bali (CODE: DPS)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers on this awesome project are accommodated in a volunteer guest house, located at a learning centre run by our local team and just 100m from the beach!
Rooms in the Guesthouse accommodate 2 - 4 volunteers and are split by gender. Each room has a western style bathroom, ceiling fans and bed linen is provided. Volunteers should bring their own towel and toiletries.
Laundry services are available for a small fee and bicycles and motor bikes are available for hire. Wi-Fi is freely available in the Guesthouses so staying in touch with friends and family is easy.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided on volunteering days (Monday to Thursday). Meals are made from fresh and delicious local fare. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday volunteers are free to spend time exploring or relaxing and meals are self-catered.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.
An introductory PADI course is provided for volunteers who are able to commit to 4 weeks or more. Whilst this is not a dive certification it provides an introduction to diving and outlines the steps necessary to be PADI certified. Following this volunteers can opt to take the below course to be certified to dive.
PADI Open Water Dive Course Become fully certified to dive and use your new skills to contribute on the program. Cost USD$400 (approximately) to be paid directly in-country.
Qualified Divers can opt to take an Advanced Open Water Dive course to progress in underwater experiences. Cost US$300 (approximately) to be paid directly in-country.
Please bring your own snorkel and mask.