Friends of the National Parks Foundation
Volunteer with Friends of the National Parks Foundation on Bali
To protect wildlife and empower local communites at the same time
Conserve Indonesian wildlife and at the same time help the local people to find alternative income source so that human and wildlife can live side by side.
We are doing wildlife conservation with a holistic approach. This means we integrate wildlife conservation with habitat conservation and various community development program to achieve our goal.
Founded in 1997 by Bayu Wirayudha, a grass roots front-line, conservation organisation. Our founders and key staff members are Indonesian, primarily veterinarians and qualified environmental scientists. Coming from the region, we understand the local culture, situation and challenges.
We started our organization when we were running the orangutan rehab and rescue center for the Indonesian Government in Tanjung Puting National Park, in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo (see other project here).
Thinking back, we didn’t imagine that we would still be running the organization 14 years later, even with multiple projects, some of which are outside of national parks. So for this reason, and because it more appropriately describes our holistic approach of combining wildlife, habitat and community programs we are also known as “Friends of Nature and its People Foundation“.
- Reforesting more than 600 ha land by planting more than 1.200.000 trees
- Opening two community support wildlife sanctuaries (225 km2) which make the best home for wildlife aside from the national park.
- Running conservation education in more than 20 schools
- organizing monthly beach clean-ups
Successfully rehabilitated and released:
- 20 orangutans
- more than 200 birds with various different species
- 30 snakes and more
- more than 50 porcupines
- 5 pangolins
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Money, we receive is used for
The biggest need for fund at the moment is to build our financial security for our organization. At the same time we want to establish a demonstration plot for sustainable living to show the local people. Mostly, the money is needed to build a permaculture demonstration plot (arboretum) access to our field learning center etc.
Our current project
Building access to our field learning center in central Borneo where local people and other can learn about reforestation, permaculture, ecotourism, livestock etc. It will cost about IDR 200 Million or USD 14.600. Our learning center is about 100 ha, that still have about 30% well forested, the rest we almost finish planning. All in all, we plot 10 ha for arboretum, 30 ha for permaculture and ecotourism, the rest is for the forest. Besides human applications, we also focus on planting more food for wildlife on the degraded land. The volunteer tourism on this site can host up to 30 people at the same time and so far, can contribute about IDR 60 – 100 Million annually which is about 20 – 30 % of our admin cost annually at that area.
Volunteer on Bali with FNPF
What we need
Our operation is spread quite wide but we have very slim admin team who are also doing field work. Depending on where the candidate wants to help we need various back grounds:
- Head office Pejeng Bali: Someone with PR and Marketing related background to help us to work on our social media, website, and do fundraising.
- Wildlife Sanctuary at Besikalung: We need people who can train our staff to run volunteer tourism, permaculture, teach English (teaching background needed), biodiversity monitoring etc.
How this will help
PR and Marketing:
This will allow us to reach our financial independence and to run the organization through ecotourism and mainly volunteer tourism. We can raise our salary standard to make our staff work for us for long time not just to gain experience then get a job with better payment. If we have financial independence we will also not include the salary as a part of our grant proposal. We believe this will give us a better chance to win the competition.
Our staff can interact with our foreign volunteers better in order to make them feel more comfortable and fun to join the program. We want to show the local community our commitment to give back for their support for FNPF’s conservation initiative. As well as helping them to improve their English so that they have a better chance to get the opportunity to work either in tourism industry or another.
Agriculture / permaculture:
One of our biggest ambitions is that we want to show the locals, how to create food security as well as showing them that being a modern farmer can make an appropriate income not so much different to other professions that local people mostly have (fisherman, labor, traditional farmer).
The length of stay depends on what kind of work you do and how much impact you want to have with Friends of the National Parks (FNPF) on Bali.
- PR and Marketing at least 3 months
- Teaching English (staff) at least 2 weeks
- Agriculture permaculture at least 1 month
Required skills from the volunteer
Our staff only can speak one foreign language which is English
Other skills please see above (what we need)
When do you take volunteers?
You can volunteer with Friends of the National Parks all year round.
How much does it cost?
- Bali Wildlife Rescue Cente: One week 150 $, two weeks 250$, three weeks 330$
- Pejeng head office: from 158 $ per week (private), 237 $ for two in twin room, dormitory 82 $ (more weeks = cheaper per week)
What is included?
- Bali Wildlife Rescue Center: bed only
- Pejeng Wildlife Sanctuary / head office Bali: bed only
Note: On each site we have a kitchen where you can cook your own meals
Do you have accommodation for the volunteers?
Yes we have accommodation. Private room and dorm is available.
Who visited the project personally?
Kathrin, the founder of give & grow visited the project on Bali in August 2019 personally and talked to the founder. She had a long conversation which you an also listen to in the podcast below. The evaluation took place afterwards.
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