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!

Les dates et les activités de nos missions 2020 sont en ligne !
Premier départ le 22 décembre 2019 pour une mission sur les vacances de Noël. Retrouvez toutes les infos ci-dessous, et pour recevoir prochainement des actualités de nos projets, n’hésitez pas à vous inscrire à notre lettre d’informations. À très vite !

Why come with us ?

  • Pour participer à la protection de l’un des 36 hotspots de la biodiversité sur la planète, 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]".

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?

Depuis 2012, Naturevolution explore les karsts isolés du Konawe sur la branche Sud-Est de l’île de Sulawesi en Indonésie, un des derniers « Mondes Perdus » de la planète. 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 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 incontrolé de boues latéritiques lors des fortes pluies si fréquentes dans cette région, des boues qui étouffent les coraux.
  • Plastics, ils sont très largement utilisés alors même qu’il y a pas le moindre système de récupération, de traitement et encore moins de recyclage des déchets sur place. Des quantités astronomiques de plastiques sont ainsi jetées directement dans les rivières ou la mer. Ces plastiques dérivants finissent dans les estomacs des animaux marins ou sur les plages.

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?

Face aux multiples crimes contre l’environnement dans cette région, nous avons choisi de concentrer dans un premier temps nos efforts de conservation sur la partie côtière de cette région : la splendide baie de Matarape, aussi nommée la « petite Raja Ampat ».

We aim to work on waste management via plusieurs activités concrètes :

  • La sensibilisation des populations appuyée par les autorités locales sous forme de réunions avec les villageois, la création de panneaux d’information et la formation de personnes-ressources locales.
  • L’organisation de grandes actions de ramassage des déchets (dans les villages, sur les plages et les récifs frangeants) avec les habitants de la région.
  • La récupération, le tri et l’évacuation des déchets plastiques collectés vers un atelier de recyclage partenaire, dont nous soutenons par ailleurs le développement.
Ramassage communautaire des déchets sur l'île de Sulawesi en Indonésie avec les écovolontaires

Tri des déchets par les écovolontaires et les villageois après une matinée passée à nettoyer ensemble le village de Labengki.

Nous associons également à nos activités de sensibilisation du temps de détente et d’échange dans les villages, un moyen de passer un bon moment et de nouer des liens avec les villageois, ce qui permet également à notre message de sensibilisation d’être bien reçu.

Nous prévoyons également des premières activités de reforestation de mangroves sur la côte.

Enfin, nous profiterons de votre présence pour effectuer des observations des espèces marines (poissons, invertébrés et coraux) via des plongées régulières en snorkeling, et pour améliorer notre connaissance de la zone, notamment en allant observer îles, villages et récifs situés plus au large.

As an ecovolunteer, you could participate in some or all of these activities. Environ deux tiers de votre temps seront consacrés à ces missions. Le reste sera dédié à la découverte de cet environnement spectaculaire.

Coraux de la baie de Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonésie

Coraux de la baie de Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonésie.

Avec qui travaillons-nous ?

Toli Toli Giant Clam ConservationNos missions sont réalisées sur le terrain avec notre partenaire local, l’association Toli Toli Giant Clam Conservation, impliquée dans la protection de l’environnement marin de la baie de Matarape depuis une dizaine d’années. Un membre de Naturevolution au minimum accompagne la mission pour faciliter la communication et les activités, et ainsi contribuer à la formation de notre partenaire.

Nous collaborons également avec les autorités locales, notamment via les bureaux du tourisme des districts concernés (Nord Konawe et Morowali) et de la province de Southeast Sulawesi.

Notre partenaire local, Toli Toli

Habib, le fondateur de Toli Toli, et Imam, un plongeur de son équipe.

How do we live on the ground?

  • Nous progressons de plages en plages à bord d’un bateau local nous assurant une totale autonomie logistique,
  • 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,
  • Nous mangeons des produits ramenés de Kendari agrémentés de poissons issus de la pêche locale et de fruits et légumes locaux,
  • Everyone helps with the dishes,
  • We collect fresh water in wells and rivers, we're filtering or boiling,
  • Quelques repas sont pris dans les 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

Qui sont les écovolontaires ?

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 à l’aéroport de Kendari (code KDI) ou à l’hotel Agung au centre ville de Kendari que vous pourrez rejoindre facilement en taxi (7€ / 100.000rp maximum) si vous arrivez plus tôt. Nous partagerons un premier repas de bienvenue dans la ville de Kendari. La nuitée du dimanche sera prise en charge. Nous partirons sur le terrain dès le lundi matin pour atteindre l’après-midi même la magnifique baie de 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 et tarifs 2019-2020

To note that :

  • If you sign up for 2, rates are reduced by 8% and 12% from 3 people.
  • The departures of our missions are guaranteed from 4 participants.

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 : 66% for an individual, 75% if you are subject to ISF (French wealth tax), and 60% for businesses.
All tax exemption information can be found in the ‘other questions’ section below.

Coucher de soleil sur Labengki

Fin de journée paisible en face de la grande île de Labengki, vue du village éponyme. Baie de Matarape, Sulawesi, Indonésie.

Crowdfunding

Dreaming but broke? Consider crowdfunding!
We offer a dedicated crowdfunding platform and personalized coaching to help you raise the necessary funds from your friends and networks or through fundraising events (craft sales, screenings, etc.).
To find out more, visit: Crowdfunding

Observation des récifs coralliens de la baie de Matarape. Sulawesi, Indonésie.

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?
Nos missions comportent au maximum une dizaine d’écovolontaires mais avec un minimum de 4 personnes pour pouvoir valider un départ.

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?
Annulation par l’écovolontaire :

  • 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?
[The following information is only valid for people paying taxes in France. The situation is likely to be different in another country] Insofar as the management and logistics costs (70% of the total cost), as well as the airfare, are required to ensure a successful mission, which aims to protect the environment, these fees are considered a donation. The remaining 30% is purely a donation to our North Konawe karsts 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 ISF (capped at € 50,000) and 60% for companies (capped at 0.5% of turnover).
So, for example, if you are an individual departing on a 2-week mission and your flight costs 1000 €, your mission will cost you, after tax deduction, only (1350 € + 1000 €) - 66 % = 799€.
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.

One more question ?



GAËTAN DELTOUR
Secretary - Scientific Coordinator
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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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