We offer all year round eco-volunteer missions on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia around the fabulous karsts of Konawe.
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,, or live a moment out of time, make unforgettable encounters, observe wonderful animals and exercise yourself by exploring one of the most beautiful places on the planet, these ecovolunteer missions are made for you!
Why come with us ?
- To participate in the protection of one of the biodiversity hotspots on the planet, an island considered the last refuge of unique flora and fauna, and in particular to work to restore a magnificent coastal environment endangered by pollution linked to plastic waste,
- To share extraordinary adventures and forging friendships very strong ... in short, to live an intense and unforgettable experience,
- To experience a rare and beneficial disconnection and renewal , to the rhythm of nature, the sea, and the songs of forest birds…
- To have the chance to sink into ecosystems - those of Wallacea - among the richer in biodiversity but also the most inaccessible and threatened there are.
- Our field missions can be part of a stage if you are a student (see more details in the FAQ).
Or because you are tired of living illegally! 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]".
“Great and rich experience discovering 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.
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 area as inaccessible as it is exceptional, made up in particular of a mountainous part (the Matarombeo massif) and a wild archipelago of paradisiacal islets (the bay of Matarape). Faced with the multiple crimes against the environment in this region, we have chosen to initially focus our conservation efforts on the coastal part of this territory.
The island of Sulawesi, through its mosaic of habitats, exhibits extraordinary rates of endemism - nearly 80% of amphibians, a third of birds and 98% of land mammals are endemic to the island. Its karst massifs in particular are home to, for example, the largest concentration of butterflies in the world as well as the oldest rock paintings, while its coral reefs are among the richest on the planet.
Why do we work here?
The answer is simple: because the island of Sulawesi is home to one of the richest natural and archaeological heritage on the planet and that this fabulous region undergoes in a systematic and massive irreversible and inadmissible damage especially due to the rapid development of nickel mines, oil palm plantations and pollution by plastic waste ...
- Commercial oil palm or sugar cane plantations are constantly expanding and rapidly reducing forest cover. Today, there are few places where you can walk without hearing a chainsaw or seeing entire slopes of burning forests.
- Les mines de nickel se développent à un rythme effréné, en particulier sur le littoral. Et au-delà de raser systématiquement les forêts, elles ont également un impact terrifiant sur les récifs coralliens. Les terres mises à nu engendrent un déversement incontrôlé de boues latéritiques lors des fortes pluies si fréquentes dans cette région, des boues qui étouffent les coraux.
- Plastics, they are very widely used even though there is not the slightest system of recovery, treatment and even less recycling of waste on site. Astronomical quantities of plastics are thus thrown directly into rivers or the sea. These drifting plastics end up in the stomachs of marine animals or on beaches.
It goes without saying that taking action on this is urgent!
What are we doing on the ground?
We are working on waste 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.
We also participate in mangrove reforestation and coral transplantation activities.
In addition, we conduct observations of marine species (fish, invertebrates and corals), via regular snorkeling dives, to improve our knowledge of the area.
As an ecovolunteer, you could participate in some or all of these activities. About two-thirds of your time will be spent on these activities. You will also have the opportunity tointeract with the villagers and discover a spectacular environment.
Because a few images are more than a long speech ...
Who do we work with?
Our 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 for ten years. At least one Naturevolution member accompanies the mission to facilitate communication and activities, and thus contribute to the training 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.
How do we live on the ground?
- We beaches beaches in progress on a local boat ensuring complete logistical autonomy,
- Our different base camps (under personal tents) are set up on a beach each time. We sleep under the stars rocked by the gentle sound of the waves,
- We spend the majority of the days surrounded by nature by the water or even in the water. We also go to some coastal villages,
- We eat products bought in Kendari with fish from the local fishery 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 nature is rather comfortable and above all a source of friendships and good laughs! "
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 !
How long are the missions?
We favor 3-week missions
but also offer some rare shorter missions (2 weeks). And for more fun, it is possible to stay for up to 6 weeks!
How is your arrival organized?
We meet you on Sunday evening at Kendari airport (code KDI) or at the Agung hotel which is located in the city center of Kendari and which you can easily reach by taxi (7 € / 100,000rp maximum) if you arrive earlier. We share a first welcome meal in the town of Kendari. Sunday night is taken care of. We leave for the field on Monday morning to reach the magnificent bay of Matarape itself that afternoon.
En fin de mission, nous vous ramenons à Kendari le vendredi soir où la nuit d’hôtel est également prise en charge, et vous pouvez prendre votre vol retour dès le Saturday morning.
Dates and prices
Our missions are suspended for the moment due to measures related to the Covid19 epidemic. We will keep you informed of the situation on a regular basis. However, you will find all the dates for the year 2021 below. You can use the filters available to refine your search (for example, look for "August").
Dates des prochaines missions
|DÉPART DE KENDARI||RETOUR À KENDARI||DURATION||PRICE|
|January 2, 2022||January 21, 2022||3 weeks||2 250 €|
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).
Are you up for it? So Get in touch! !
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 :
- les trajets en bateau à moteur pour atteindre la baie de Matarape sont relativement coûteux ;
- for safety reasons in particular, we are obliged to keep the boats with us throughout the trek, which lengthens the rental period and therefore the cost;
- canoe trips on the Lalindu river are also very expensive.
The 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
The donation to the conservation program will partially finance:
- 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 fundraising actions in France, essential to the success of the conservation program
- Purchases and investments to the development and smooth running of projects
The cost of the missions does not include:
- International flight + airport taxes
- Personal equipment (tent, clothes, shoes, sleeping bags, water bottle, backpack, headlamps, ...)
- Antimalarial drugs and vaccines
- Extra drinks and snacks, as well as souvenirs
- Accommodation at the hotel and any other expenses outside the official dates of the mission
- L & rsquo; insurance of your d & rsquo tickets, plane
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.
Dreaming about it but broke? Think about crowdfunding!
We can assist you in your efforts to help you raise the necessary funds from those around you, your networks or organize fundraising events (craft sales, screenings, etc.).
To find out more, visit: Crowdfunding
How much cash should I budget?
There will be very little opportunity to spend money there, and the costs in Sulawesi are never too great, so we think you will do very well with around 50 euros per mission.
Do i need insurance?
Repatriation and civil liability insurance for the entire duration of the mission will be automatically taken out for you with our insurer, MAIF, when you pay. But you can 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, 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 sometimes but by the sea the weather is generally fine. The temperatures will be summery, between 25 ° and 35 ° during the day but with a humidity level of around 100%. Fortunately, we will be able to bathe every day in water at more 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 countless islands, in general it is a safe country to travel: as long as you follow a few rules of good conduct and common sense like 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 during the mission?
Due to the remoteness of our field sites, traditional telephone calls are - most often - not possible, so do not expect to be able to call your loved ones during the mission. However, the start and end of your stay will still be covered by the mobile network. On the security side, a satellite phone will always be present and we will use it in emergencies only.
What vaccinations are required to visit Sulawesi?
Antimalarial treatment, such as malarone, may be recommended.
As for vaccines, only those against hepatitis A and B as well as typhoid fever are recommended. However, to check: the essential update of the DTP vaccine (diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis).
These tips are for information only and do not replace the advice of a doctor.
What is the cancellation policy ?
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 the event of non-payment of the participation fee one month before the mission, the ecovolunteer reservation will be canceled and the deposit of € 600 will be retained,
- The sums paid will be fully reimbursed by Naturevolution in the event of cancellation of the mission for logistical reasons or if there are less than 4 participants, or in the event of other unforeseeable events.
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?
Insofar as the management and logistical costs (35% of the total cost), as well as the plane ticket make it possible to ensure the successful completion of your mission and that it aims to protect the environment, these fees are considered a donation. The remaining 65% is purely a donation to our Konawe Karst Conservation Program.
The entire cost of the mission (including the flight) is therefore tax-deductible up to 66% for an individual (capped at 20% of income), 75% if you are subject to the IFI (capped at € 50,000) and 60% for businesses (capped at € 10,000 or 0 , 5% of turnover excluding tax if this figure is higher).
So, for example, if you are an individual who leaves for a 2-week mission and if you find a plane ticket for 1000 €, your mission will cost you, after tax deduction, only (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.
Student, can I do an internship?
We welcome you as part of an internship by signing an agreement with your training organization. You then agree to provide fieldwork that is clearly beneficial to the actions of the association, finalized by a mission report. In this case, we apply a special rate which will have to be established as soon as you have informed us of your dates and we can agree on the objective of your internship. From experience, we have noticed that the field internships have a real effectiveness from 6 weeks on site. This is the reason why we only validate files that meet this requirement.
Are you interested in going on an ecovolunteer mission with us?
If you wish to participate in one of our ecovolunteer missions, or if you have any questions before deciding, please complete the pre-registration form below. We will then get back to you as soon as possible to explain the usual progress of our missions, give you the procedure to follow before leaving, present you the details concerning the actions we are carrying out in the field, and answer your questions.
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