Volunteer Program of Sea Turtle Conservation in Belambangan Island, East Borneo

Berau regency, East Borneo, has long been famous for its sea turtles. The offshore islands are visited by sea turtles to nest, all year. PROFAUNA Indonesia has been working with a local group, Yayasan Penyu Indonesia (YPI), to run sea turtle conservation program in Belambangan islands in Berau. It is estimated that in one year there are 2,500 - 3,000 female green turtles nesting in the island producing at least 1,500 nests or equivalent to 150,000 turtle eggs.

You can contribute to the conservation by joining our hands-on project as a volunteer. WE DO NOT RAISE SEA TURTLES. We believe that it is best to release sea turtle hatchlings (babies) immediately to the sea as they hatch, to maintain their survival ability. More information about sea turtle conservation in Belambangan Island as follows: About sea turtle project in Belambangan Island


  • 18 years old and above
  • Speak English
  • Submit the registration form and agree to the Terms & Conditions
  • Stay for a minimum of 10 days on the islands
  • Pay the volunteering fee (500 USD/2 weeks), no later than 2 weeks before the program starts
  • Hold a valid visa during your stay


We are open for volunteers all year! The peak season for sea turtle nesting is July-December

What are the facilities?

  • Lodging (at our station, shared with rangers)
  • 3 meals/day
  • 1 PROFAUNA t-shirt
  • Transport from YPIs office in Tanjung Redeb, Berau to Belambangan island and return

Volunteer Activities:

  • Beach cleaning
  • Collecting data of the nests, eggs, and hatchlings
  • Beach patrol
  • Sea turtle monitoring
  • Emergency aid for nesting sea turtles
  • Hatchling release

Please note, a volunteer program is not a tourism program, it has field activities to assist PROFAUNA's works. If you are not ready for hands-on or physical works and only aim to do leisure travelling, please DO NOT sign up for the volunteer programme. To perform the field activities, you MUST bring your own equipment as follows:

  • A sleeping bag
  • Trakking shoes
  • Outdoor flashlight
  • A rain coat

Please contact us at: volunteer@profauna.net, please Copy Carbon (CC) info@profauna.net and butet.sitohang@gmail.com

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