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Friends of the National Parks Foundation Volunteer & Conservation Center in Bali

Banjar Bodong Ped Village, Nusa Penida, 811111 Indonesia
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FNPF (Friends of the National Parks Foundation) is a not-for-profit conservation and community development organisation. We offer simple accommodation for singles, couples or larger groups on our property, located directly opposite a beach with amazing coral, and amongst our tree nursery, endangered bird release facility, and community library. You will see the rare Bali Starling and other endangered birds that we have released flying free in the trees at our centre and other locations on the island. Volunteers can help in our nursery and organic vegetable demonstration plots, teach English to local children, plant saplings on our reforestation site, and monitor the released birds.
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Great place with extremely friendly staff! Stayed one month volunteering at the foundation, and they are doing an excellent job with the animals. Everyday we work from 8 am, until 16 pm, with a 3 hours break for lunch and rest. If you want to explore Bali just let they know and you can take some days off, tabanan is not far from Ubud, Tanah Lot and Canggu, you can easily do a day trip. I really want to back here, and I will try to keep helping them from Brazil!!
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Response from Bayu W, General Manager at Friends of the National Parks Foundation Volunteer & Conservation Center in Bali
Responded 3 days ago
Dear 179luizac Thank you very much for your support, We are very pleased to know that you have a good time to work with our team. Please share your experience to your friends and encourage them to help us as well. With very best wishes, Bayu
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I came to the centre to check it out to volunteer next year. Dr. RINI showed more around and the staff animal keeper Agus showed me more of the centre and the volunteer area. I found the staff very friendly and ended up having lunch with Agus and the 2 volunteers who are currently working at the centre. They were all very friendly and helpful, so I plan to return next year to stay and volunteer for a week or two
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Response from Bayu W, General Manager at Friends of the National Parks Foundation Volunteer & Conservation Center in Bali
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Jeanettetraveller12 Thank you very much for your support. We are very pleased to know that you had a good time and very welcome to have your next visit. With very best wishes, Bayu
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The local staff do the best they can with what they have. They went out of their way to solve any problems encountered. There were very few volunteers at the time we were there so we did not have to share the toilet and shower facilities (not that it would have mattered). We were not offered a key to lock our room. I think they just expected people to be honest and principled. I guess I could have insisted on having a key. I thought I read somewhere that we had to supply passport photos and copies of our passport for registration purposes. Nobody asked for anything. Similar to what another reviewer wrote, the amount of volunteering was disappointing: 1 hour in the morning and another hour or so in the afternoon. I do not recall reading this information in their handbook or on their website. (I should have checked here on Trip Advisor!) With the locals human resources and the unknown volunteers who come, it would be hard to have something more structured. There are certain activities that are repeated like the bird monitoring or the teaching but I felt a briefing the night before might have made things appear more organized. I had expected that it we had to go to another location, FNPF would have provided the transportation. Apparently, the van was broken down, so we got on the back of other volunteers' scooters. In hindsight, we should NEVER had. The roads are bad and we had no helmets. What if there had been an accident? We did go by van that had no seat belts to teach English. Normally, there are two groups - kids and adults. I was given the adult group to teach. So I prepared a lesson on gathering their personal data, their learning styles etc before teaching them about fruit and verbs to go with cooking. Only when we got to the "school" which was actually someone's house, was I told that the adults would not be coming because they were preparing for a ceremony. Could the people not have informed FNPF or could FNPF checked? I spent an hour preparing for a lesson (writing it up, preparing cards and downloading videos) that will never be used and an hour I can't get back! The actual experiences we got to do were bird monitoring (three times), planting seeds in the nursery (2 times), fixing the fence (once), teaching children (once), beach clean-up (once), repaired the netting above the nursery (once). There was the option to help paint a mural. I understand FNPF doesn't know what to expect of volunteers' abilities or interests. But could they ask and try to get a best fit for FNPF and the volunteers? We were told that FNPF was not hotel so would not be providing any such services. No problem. But they might consider just cleaning off the beds from the debris that falls on ceiling. Okay, it wasn't all bad. Our room had a private balcony from which we could watch the Bali Stirling eat the papaya right off the tree. There is wifi. You can walk thru the forest/gully/ravine down to the Mini-Markt in 10 minutes. There are a few 'warungs' on the road as well as 2 places to do laundry. So there is not a whole lot to do when not volunteering. Most people end up renting a scooter so they can get out and about to visit or to collect money from the Western Union. One of the cooks took me to the market and let me watch her cook.
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Response from Bayu W, General Manager at Friends of the National Parks Foundation Volunteer & Conservation Center in Bali
Responded 3 days ago
Dear KidKodak 88 Thank you for you feedback. We will pass it onto our team. Unfortunately not all volunteers who attend our program are suited to the flexibility and adaptation that is required for volunteering on Nusa Penida and/or within its community. However most of our guests embrace the unique experiences offered in both conservation and culture. Some of our volunteers return to experience even more of what our program offers. We wish you all the very best.” Bayu
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The time I spend there is something I won’t forget. I learned a lot about the animals of the island, and got to see and be part of efforts to monitor and conserve a species of bird called the Bali starling. The island itself is just incredible, and there are so many incredible places to see in Nusa Penida. The staff at the centre are incredibly kind and I felt so happy and at home around them, they looked out for me (a solo intern from Australia) and I always felt safe. I loved my time at the centre and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in volunteering and being part of something valuable in a truely incredible place!
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Response from Bayu W, General Manager at Friends of the National Parks Foundation Volunteer & Conservation Center in Bali
Responded Jun 18, 2019
Dear hbudgie Thank you very much for your support. We are very pleased to know that you had a good time. With very best wishes, Bayu
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This trip will always have a place in my heart. The staff as FNPF were amazing and they were passionate about their work. They taught us about the bird called "Bali Starling” and how they are trying to save the endangered bird. During this trip, it was an eye opening experience as I learnt so much about Bali culture and their animal rescued and conservation efforts. I helped to clean cages and feed rescued animals at a conservation centre. There, I interacted with different types of birds, monkeys, crocodiles and a baby bear. The baby bears was one of highlights of this trip. It truly inspired me to continue helping rescued animals. It was the best community volunteer experience. I would highly recommend others to FNPF and I have future plans on coming back.
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Response from Bayu W, General Manager at Friends of the National Parks Foundation Volunteer & Conservation Center in Bali
Responded Jan 23, 2019
Dear Tasha Thank you very much for your support. Best wishes,
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