Sydney recently returned from volunteering in Bali, Indonesia with a company called Green Lion, which hosts people from around the world to complete projects in different countries to help communities! Read below to learn more about her experience!
How did you spend your time in Bali?
My first week on the main island was orientation week. We visited the monkey forest, the ubud market, and famous temples! I also took a traditional Balinese cooking class, culture classes, and language classes.
What was your project?
I spent two weeks on an island off the coast of Bali called Nusa Penida where I worked on a turtle conservation project. On the island, they take baby sea turtles and raise them in the sanctuary until they're old enough to be released in the wild. The survival rate of baby sea turtles is extremely low, so they actively search for nests to avoid other people looking for them to raise to eat. Specifically, we work with hawksbills and the green sea turtle and release many every week. I also helped with beach cleanups, tracking turtle movements along the coast, cleaning tanks/turtles, and catching food.
What was your favorite part of your experience?
Working with different personalities and people of different stages of life was exciting. Every morning, I was able to walk on the beach with my friends to help the clean the trash that would wash up over night from currents. It was also truly exciting to see such amazing animals. I got to work with green sea turtles every day by either cleaning, feeding, or giving medicine to the turtles in need of our help! We did a turtle release at the end of the trip and I got to carry on of the turtles to the beach where it was rescued from.
What was your biggest takeaway from your three weeks in Bali?
I learned how essential it is for people to regulate the amount of waste they produce and the importance of being as green as possible in order for beautiful destinations like Bali to not be negatively impacted. In the U.S., the streets are continuously cleaned, so we never really see the negative impact waste has on our planet. However in exotic locations like Bali, the locals have to work all day just to provide for their families, which leaves them no time to clean the enormous amounts of trash. The trash ends up in their reefs, beaches, and forests from the strong ocean currents.