Eco-volunteering in Indonesia

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!

Due to the current health situation, we are forced to suspend our missions until the end of August 2021. Our projects need you all the more, so do not hesitate to discover the planning of our next missions and pre-register to participate.

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.

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 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.

Map of Konawe, on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia and around the world

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!

Concluding a plastic waste clean-up operation on the beach

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.
Community waste collection on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia with ecovolunteers
Waste separation by the eco-volunteers and villagers after a morning cleaning all village Labengki.

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.

Corals Bay Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Corals Bay Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Because a few images are more than a long speech ...

Who do we work with?

Toli Toli Giant Clam Conservation

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.

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 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! "

Ecovolunteer camp on the island of Labengki, Sulawesi, Indonesia
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?

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.

Indonesia boat used on one of our ecovolunteer missions
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

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").

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! !

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

Distribution of the trip cost

Breakdown of the price of ecovolunteer missions

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.


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

Observation of coral reefs Bay Matarape. Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Other questions

Snorkeling observation of the marine biodiversity of bordering reefs

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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Your interlocutor

Tojo Rabefaritra
Responsible for ecovolunteer missions

Labengki village, a regular stop on our ecovolunteer missions.
Labengki village, a regular stop on our ecovolunteer missions.
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