Eco-volunteering in Indonesia

All year long, we offer eco-volunteer missions

into the fabulous karsts of Konawe on Sulawesi island, in Indonesia.

If you share our values and feel concerned about the causes we fight for, come and join us in the field ! Not only will you contribute to the preservation of this magnificent region and improve the lives of isolated populations, but you will also live a moment out of time, make unforgettable encounters, observe wonderful animals and explore one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Our ecovolunteer missions are made for you!

All our 2020 missions are canceled!
Following the promising momentum of 2019, there was beautiful developments in our ecovolunteer missions. But Indonesia has for the moment suspended the entry of international tourists until further notice, which led to our suspending our missions until the end of the year. You can nevertheless consult the information on our missions below. Do not hesitate to pre-register to be notified as a priority as soon as we resume the missions.

Why come with us ?

  • To participate in the protection of one of the 36 biodiversity hotspots on the planet, an island considered the last refuge of a unique fauna and flora, and in particular, to work towards the restoration of a beautiful coastal environment imperilled by plastic waste pollution,
  • To share extraordinary adventures and make lifelong friends ; in short, for an intense and unforgettable experience,
  • To “log off” and experience a rare and enriching regeneration , to the rhythm of nature, the sea, and the songs of forest birds…
  • For the chance to plunge into ecosystems – those of Wallacea – that are among the world’s richest in biodiversity, but also the least accessible and facing the greatest threat,

Or because you’re fed up with living outside the law ;-) Indeed, the charter of the environment in the French Constitution declares that the environment is the common heritage of humankind and that "everyone has a duty to take part in preserving and improving [it]".

“A wonderful and rich experience during these 15 days to discover the bay of Matarape. The mission allows you to discover a warm population and to understand the fragility of this ecosystem and the multiple challenges of waste management. I highly recommend! "
Ecovolunteer testimony, February 2020.

Mission ecovolunteer in Matarape Bay Indonesia

One of the many islands in the bay sublime Matarape (nicknamed "Little Raja Ampat"), in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Where do we work?

Since 2012, Naturevolution has explored the isolated karsts of Konawe on the south-eastern branch of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, one of the last "Lost Worlds" on the planet. A biogeographical zone as inaccessible as it is extraordinary , it includes a mountainous aspect (the Matarombeo massif) and a wild archipelago of paradise-like islets (the bay of Matarape).

L’île de Sulawesi, à travers sa mosaïque d’habitats, présente des taux d’endémisme extraordinaires – près de 80 % des amphibiens, un tiers des oiseaux et 98 % des mammifères terrestres sont endémiques de l’île. Ses massifs karstiques en particulier abritent par exemple la plus grande concentration de papillons au monde ainsi que les plus anciennes peintures rupestres tandis que ses fonds coralliens sont parmi les plus riches de la planète.

Why do we work here?

The answer is simple: parce que l’île de Sulawesi abrite un patrimoine naturel et archéologique parmi les plus riches de la planète et que cette fabuleuse région subit de manière systématique et massive des dégradations irréversibles et inadmissibles notamment du fait du développement fulgurant des mines de nickel, des plantations de palmiers à huile et de la pollution par les déchets plastiques…

  • Les plantations commerciales de palmiers à huile ou de canne à sucre ne cessent de se développer et réduisent rapidement le couvert forestier. Aujourd’hui, rares sont les endroits où l’on peut se déplacer sans entendre une tronçonneuse ou voir des versants entiers de forêts en feu.
  • Nickel mines develop at a rapid pace, especially on the coast. And beyond systematically raze forests, they also have a terrifying impact on coral reefs. The land laid bare generate an uncontrolled release of lateritic mud during heavy rains so frequent in this region, sludge which smothers corals.
  • PlasticsThey are widely used even though there is not the slightest recovery system, treatment and even less recycling of waste on site. Astronomical amounts of plastics are thus thrown directly into rivers or the sea. These plastics end drift in the stomachs of marine animals or beaches.

It goes without saying that taking action on this is urgent!

Concluding a plastic waste clean-up operation on the beach

What are we doing on the ground?

Faced with multiple crimes against the environment in this region, we have chosen to focus initially our conservation efforts on the coastal part of the region: the splendid bay of Matarape, also called "Little Raja Ampat".

We aim to work on waste management via several concrete activities:

  • Public awareness supported by the local authorities in the form of meetings with the villagers, the creation of information and training panels of local contacts.
  • The organization of large waste collection actions (In villages, beaches and fringing reefs) with the locals.
  • Recovery, sorting and removal Plastic waste collected to a partner recycling workshop, which we support further development.
Ramassage communautaire des déchets sur l'île de Sulawesi en Indonésie avec les écovolontaires

Waste separation by the eco-volunteers and villagers after a morning cleaning all village Labengki.

We also partner with our outreach time to relax and exchange in villages, A way to have a good time and build relationships with villagers, which also allows our awareness message to be received.

We also expect the first mangrove reforestation activities on the coast.

Finally, we will take advantage of your presence to make observations of marine species (Fish, invertebrates and corals) through regular dives snorkeling, and to improve our knowledge of the area, particularly from observing islands, villages and reefs further offshore.

As an ecovolunteer, you could participate in some or all of these activities. About two-thirds of your time will be spent on these tasks. The rest will be dedicated to the discovery of this spectacular environment.

Corals Bay Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Corals Bay Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Who do we work with?

Toli Toli Giant Clam ConservationOur missions are carried out in the field with our local partner, l’association Toli Toli Giant Clam Conservation, Involved in the protection of the marine environment of the Bay of Matarape last ten years. A minimum Naturevolution member accompanied the mission to facilitate communication and activities, and contribute to the formation of our partner.

We also collaborate with local authoritiesIncluding through the offices of tourism districts (North Konawe and Morowali) and the province of Southeast Sulawesi.

Our local partner, Toli Toli

Habib, founder of Toli Toli, and Imam, a dip of his team.

How do we live on the ground?

  • We beaches beaches in progress on a local boat ensuring complete logistical autonomy,
  • Our various base camps (in personal tent) are each installed on a beach. We sleep under the stars and the gentle sound of waves,
  • We spend most days in the middle of nature, at the edge of the water or even in it. We also visit some coastal villages,
  • We eat products brought Kendari decorated with fish from the local fishing and local fruits and vegetables,
  • Everyone helps with the dishes,
  • We collect fresh water in wells and rivers, we're filtering or boiling,
  • Some meals are taken in the villages.

"This life in the midst of nature is fairly comfortable and more importantly, a wellspring of friendships with a healthy dose of fun"

Campement écovolontaire sur l'île de Labengki, Sulawesi, Indonésie

Ecovolunteer basecamp on Labengki island, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Who are the ecovolunteers?

All applications, of all ages (from 18 years, or less if parental consent) as you are agile on land and under water, all skills and all nationalities are welcome, without any discrimination.

"Enthusiasm and motivation are all that matter."

No particular scientific background or specific degree is required.

The only requirements are that you are:

  • checked by a doctor before departure to ensure a very good shape
  • able to speak French, English or Spanish
  • souriant(e), agréable à vivre et avec de l’énergie à revendre !
Ecovolontaires sur nos missions en Indonésie

Nos sympathiques écovolontaires, toujours souriants et motivés, même fatigués 😉

How long are the missions?

Our missions last 2 weeks
mais pour plus de plaisir on peut les doubler et rester 4 semaines 😃

How is your arrival organized?

We will meet you on Sunday evening at the airport in Kendari (KDI code) or in the hotel Agung in Kendari city center which can be reached easily by taxi (7 € / 100.000rp maximum) if you arrive earlier. We will share a first welcome meal in the town of Kendari. Sunday night will be supported. We leave on the ground on Monday morning to reach the same afternoon the beautiful bay of Matarape.

When the mission concludes, we will take you back to Kendari on the Friday evening, where the hotel night is also taken care of, and you can fly out from Saturday morning.

Bateau indonésien utilisé sur l'une de nos missions écovolontaires

For almost the entirety of the mission, we keep the same boat that we use every day to get us on the grounds of our actions.

Dates and prices 2020-2021

Our missions are on hold for the moment until further notice, but please feel free to pre-register below to be notified as soon as we reopen new dates. We will need you!

To note that :

  • The departures of our missions are guaranteed from 4 participants.
  • If you sign up for 2, rates are reduced by 8% and 12% from 3 persons (except for already reduced prices).
  • The dates of subsequent missions will be proposed in early 2021.

Inspired? Get in touch! !

Matarape bay, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Island hopping by sea kayak in Matarape Bay - Sulawesi Island, Indonesia

Distribution of the trip cost

Logistics costs include
  • * The transport, meals, accommodation at hotel
  • On-site mission training team
  • Equipment needed to carry out the mission
  • Preliminary preparations ensuring your stay is the best it can be

* Please note that transportation is our main cost item because :

  • the route boat engine to achieve Matarape bay are relatively expensive;
  • for safety reasons in particular, we have to keep the boat with us throughout the trek, which prolongs all the rental period and therefore the cost;
  • the canoe trips on the river Lalindu are also very expensive.

Management fees include
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the results and impact of the missions
  • Mission promotion
  • Administrative processing of volunteer registrations
  • Repatriation insurance and civil liability
  • Membership of Naturevolution

Your donation to the conservation program will contribute, among other things, to
  • Salaries of project staff in the field throughout the year
  • Research and development of strategies and means of implementation that will ultimately safeguard all the region’s ecosystems
  • Travel expenses of teams essential to the development of the project
  • Daily management and financial activities in France necessary to the success of the conservation programs
  • Purchases and investments to the development and smooth running of projects

Mission price does not include
  • International flight + airport taxes
  • Personal equipment (tent, clothes, shoes, sleeping bags, water bottle, backpack, headlamps, ...)
  • Antimalarial drugs and vaccines
  • Le visa
  • Extra drinks, snacks and souvenirs
  • Accommodation at the hotel and any other expenses outside the official dates of the mission
  • Cancellation insurance for your airline tickets.

Tax exemption

Note that the full cost of your mission, airfare included, is tax-free up to 66% for an individual of 75% if you are subject to the IFI and 60% for companies.
All tax exemption information can be found in the ‘other questions’ section below.

Sunset on Labengki

End of peaceful day in front of the large island of Labengki view of the eponymous village. Bay Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonesia.


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Observation of coral reefs Bay Matarape. Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Other questions

How much cash do I need?
On site, there will be very few opportunities to spend money and cost in Sulawesi is never too high, we think you will very well go out with a fifty per mission.

Do I need insurance?
Repatriation and civil liability insurance for the duration of the mission will be automatically contracted on your behalf with our insurer MAIF upon payment. You may take out additional insurance if you wish.

Do I need a visa?
Nos missions écovolontaires s’apparentent, au regard de la loi indonésienne, à un séjour touristique organisé par notre partenaire local. Néanmoins, du à sa proximité avec du volontariat de courte durée, il est préférable de demander un visa à votre arrivée (VOA) à l’aéroport de Jakarta pour un coût de 35 US$ ou 550.000 IDR. Des distributeurs de billets prenant les cartes internationales permettent de retirer des roupies indonésiennes si vous n’avez pas de dollars en arrivant. Si vous comptez rester dans le pays plus de 30 jours, ce visa pourra également être prolongé (max. 60 jours) sans ressortir du pays, moyennant des formalités prenant quelques jours. Pour plus d’informations, consultez this page.

What's the weather like in Sulawesi?
It will rain from time to time but the weather by the sea is generally pleasant. Temperatures will be summery, between 25° and 35° during the day, but with humidity close to 100%. Luckily we will be able to swim every day in water warmer than 25°.

How large will our group be?
Our missions have maximum ten ecovolunteers but with a minimum of 4 people to validate a start.

Is it dangerous to travel to Sulawesi?
Indonesia is a vast country made up of innumerable islands, but generally speaking it is safe for travellers provided general rules of common sense and good behaviour are upheld, as in any other country.

Can I arrive and/or depart outside the indicated dates?
Unfortunately, it is difficult to join or exit our missions once they have begun due to challenging transport logistics in this very remote region.
However, outside of mission dates, you are welcome to stay on and travel independently in Indonesia.

How can I be contacted?
Due to the remoteness of our field sites, the traditional telephone communications are - usually - not possible, so do not expect to be able to call your family during the mission. However, the beginning and end of your stay will still be covered by the mobile network. As for safety, a satellite phone will always be present and we will use it for emergencies only.

What vaccinations are required to visit Sulawesi?
Antimalarial treatment, Malarone type can be recommended.
Vaccine side, only those against hepatitis A and B as well as typhoid fever are advised. A check, however: the essential upgrade of the DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-polio).
These tips are for information only and do not replace the advice of a doctor.

What are the cancellation conditions?
Cancellation by ecovolunteer:

  • if the cancellation takes place more than 2 months before departure, it will be free of charge and the volunteer will be refunded in full,
  • if the cancellation takes place between 2 months and 1 month before departure, a "deposit" will be retained (600€),
  • if the cancellation takes place within one month of the departure, the volunteer will be ineligible for a refund and the totality of the payment will be retained, except in case of force majeure or proven medical reason.

Cancellation by Naturevolution:

  • In case of non-payment of participation fees one month before the mission, the ecovolunteer’s reservation will be cancelled and the deposit of 600€ will be retained,
  • The fees will be reimbursed in full by Naturevolution in case of cancellation of the mission for logistical reasons, if there are fewer than 4 participants, or in case of other unforeseen circumstances.

In fact, given the difficulty of access on site, Naturevolution reserves the right to cancel the mission, in particular in the case of force majeure, damage, or meteorological imperative, at any time prior to departure, without further obligation to reimburse fees paid to Naturevolution.
Such cancellation does not entitle you to compensation. As such, Naturevolution asks the volunteer to take necessary precautions (cancellation insurance, flexible air tickets) when booking flights to Kendari on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, and assumes no responsibility for additional costs related to the modification or cancellation of fares for any reason whatsoever.

It is recommended to take out cancellation insurance.

Is my trip tax-deductible?
To the extent that management fees and logistics (35% of total cost), and the plane ticket, help ensure the successful completion of your mission and that it aims to protect the environment, these costs are considered a gift. The remaining 65% are themselves purely a donation to our conservation program karsts Konawe.
The entire cost of the mission (including the flight) is therefore tax-deductible up to 66% for an individual (capped at 20% of revenues), 75% if you are subject to the IFI (capped at 50,000 €) and 60% for companies (capped at € 10,000 or 0 5% of net sales whichever is higher).
For example, if you are an individual leaving on a mission of 2 weeks and if you find an airline ticket to 1000 €, your mission will cost after tax deduction, as (1500 € + 1000 €) - 66 % = 850€.
If you are not paying taxes this year or if your payment exceeds the limits mentioned, tax deductibility can be carried forward up to 5 years after the donation.

Snorkeling observation of the marine biodiversity of bordering reefs

How do I register?

If you would like to participate in one of our ecovoluntary missions, please fill in the pre-registration form below. We will be in touch as soon as possible to explain the mission processes, to give you the procedure to follow prior to departure, the list of equipment to bring, and all the details of the work we carry out in the field.

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Le village de Labengki, passage régulier de nos missions écovolontaires.

Le village de Labengki, passage régulier de nos missions écovolontaires.

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