FNPF the Nusa Penida Bird Sanctuary

FNPF the Nusa Penida Bird Sanctuary

What is: FNPF the Nusa Penida Bird Sanctuary

Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is an Indonesian nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of environmental protection, community development and wildlife rehabilitation. Our unique three-pronged approach ensures that our conservation work is holistic and sustainable, while also ensuring that it benefits local communities. We run projects across three islands: Bali, Nusa Penida and Kalimantan. These projects include wildlife rehabilitation, the breeding and release of critically endangered birds, habitat protection, reforestation, and agroforestry – agriculture integrated with cultivation and conservation of trees. Our community development work includes environmental education, teaching sustainable ways to make a living such as ecotourism and organic farming, and reducing reliance on illegal and palm oil plantations as major factors of deforestation. Since 2004, our focus on Nusa Penida, an island off the southeastern coast of Bali, has been on holistic conservation and community development programming. We manage a growing portfolio of projects dedicated to the critical environmental and socio-economic needs of local communities, including but not limited to habitat restoration, wildlife protection, alternative sustainable economic livelihoods and education opportunities. Historically, the Balinese Hindu communities living on Nusa Penida, in both coastal and remote, inland villages have lived simple lives which depended on subsistence agriculture, fishing and seaweed farming. More recently, this economic portfolio has expanded to include ecotourism, which FNPF has worked to promote. Our approach focuses on creating new protected areas by empowering traditional regulations for wildlife protection area and community-protected bird sanctuary. We have many groups and individuals volunteering to work with us on habitat conservation and in our community development program.




💵 From 82 USD/week

Staying time

⏳ From 1 week to -

Language spoken

🇬🇧 English

Accommodation provided

🏡  Yes

Food provided

🥗 No


🇮🇩  Indonesia


🌏 Asia

Type of habitat

🏖 Costal


Typical day at the center

In general, we would like volunteers to work with our staff during the mornings and then use their free time to enjoy the island. We encourage you to visit the many villages on the island, because this is an important way of showing the local population that FNPF is bringing tourists to Nusa Penida.


- Assist in the nursery (fill polybags with soil, plant seeds and seedlings, weeding) - Plant saplings along roadways to create corridors of trees across the island - Work in our demonstration organic gardens - GPS mapping of various locations on the island - Teach spoken English at local schools to children (dependent on local school schedules) - Teach spoken English at our Centre to local adults who want to increase their employment opportunities in tourism - Participate in conservation & sustainable farming methods to local farmers - Provide art and English classes to local children at our centre - General maintenance at the FNPF Centre - Monitor the various species of endangered birds that FNPF has rehabilitated and released - Monitor other wildlife (turtles, butterflies, bats) - The design and creation of marketing / education brochures and posters describing FNPFs work, for display at the Nusa Penida Centre and the office in Ubud. - Writing grant proposals to raise funds.

The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 1 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 5-6 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

We will provide breakfast cooked by our local staff. Volunteers must cover all personal travel costs to and from Nusa Penida, and their own daily food costs. We do not provide lunch or and dinner because we prefer visitors to support the local warungs (local restaurants) and shops on the island. There are several very good warungs close to FNPF’s Centre, where the average cost of a meal is approx Rp 10,000 – 20,000 (approx USD$1 – $2). You can also purchase fresh fish from the local fishermen and have a barbecue at the Centre. Clean bottled drinking water is available for free at the FNPF Centre.


The animals they take care of in this center are:

Birds, Dolphins, Cockatoos, Crabs, Manta, Starling


Qualification required

- You must be 18 years of age or above (unless accompanied by a parent or supervisory adults) - You must be in reasonable physical condition, and prepared for hands-on manual work in a hot equatorial environment - You are responsible for your own vaccinations and should optionally bring antimalarial prophylactics and medications, as well as creams/lotion for protection from mosquitoes and sun - You must bring a copy of your passport - We are open to all the skills. Please be ready to work hard and get dirty!

How to apply?

Email us with your preferred dates and any questions you might have. Please send email to info@fnpf.org. We will then review your request and confirm whether we have availability. To secure your placement, you will then be asked to pay a deposit of 50%. Please note that we cannot secure a place without a deposit (we receive many requests to volunteer from people who change their plans). Please note that we are not a commercial operation. All proceeds from guests are “donations” and 100% of the money is used to fund FNPF’s project work. By staying with us, you get to stay in a unique environment, participate in conservation and community development work, and provide funds that help FNPF to continue its work. For more information, visit www.fnpf.org

Practical information

Internet access

Wifi access

Cost details

A daily donation is needed to cover your costs and to contribute to running the FNPF facilities and projects. The volunteer program will bring you an enjoyable and unique experience, and provides FNPF with a small contribution to fund our projects. 1 person in dormitory room = 82 USD/week 1 person in single room = 158 USD/week 2 people sharing in twin room = 237 USD/week Note that FNPF can provide discounted accommodation for volunteers wishing to do scientific research or group volunteer. let us know if you want to do so.

How to get there?

How do I get from Bali to FNPF’s centre on Nusa Penida? - Local public speedboats leave from Sanur and Padangbai about 7am. You must be there by 6.30am to buy a ticket. - Speedboats from Sanur, run by CASPLA, MARUTI or SEMAYA ONE, depart at various times from 8.30am. - A car and motorbike ferry from Padangbai, which usually departs at 11am and 1pm. These times change often, so you should contact ASDP (River & Ocean Transportation Department) on +62 363 41849 to confirm the ferry schedule. We strongly recommend you book your ticket in advance through a local travel agent to secure a place. And you must be at the harbour at least 1 hour before the ferry departs. We can help you buy CASPLA, MARUTI, or SEMAYA ONE tickets at a reduced FNPF volunteer price. If you contact us in advance we will try to arrange for someone to meet you when you arrive at Nusa Penida. If not, just catch a taxi (car or motorbike) and ask for “Yayasan Burung di Banjar Bodong”. From Nusa Penida harbour to FNPF: -By car Rp.100.000 per car that enough for 8 person -By motorbike taxi Rp 50.000 per motorbike for one person only

Is there a minimum age?

To volunteer in this center you will have to be at least 18 years old

When can volunteers join?

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