Eco-volunteering in Indonesia

Nous proposons toute l’année eco-volunteer missions sur l’île de Sulawesi en Indonésie autour des fabuleux karsts du 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,, ou encore vivre un moment hors du temps, faire des rencontres inoubliables, observer de merveilleux animaux et vous dépenser en explorant l’un des plus beaux endroits de la planète, ces ecovolunteer missions are made for you!

Despite thepositive development de nos missions en 2019, nous avons été contraints de suspendre ces dernières en 2020 en raison du coronavirus. Néanmoins, vous vous invitons à vous inscrire pour participer à nos missions 2021 à l’aide du planning ci-dessous. Nos projets ont besoin de vous !

Why come with us ?

  • Pour participer à la protection de l’un des hotspots de la biodiversité sur la planète, une île considérée comme le dernier refuge d’une faune et d’une flore uniques, et notamment pour œuvrer à la restauration d’un milieu côtier magnifique mis en péril par la pollution liée aux déchets plastiques,
  • Pour partager des aventures extraordinaires et créer des liens d’amitié très forts…bref, pour vivre une expérience intense et inoubliable,
  • To “log off” and experience a rare and enriching regeneration , to the rhythm of nature, the sea, and the songs of forest birds…
  • Pour avoir la chance de vous enfoncer dans des écosystèmes – ceux de la Wallacea – parmi les plus riches en biodiversité mais aussi les plus inaccessibles et menacés qui soient.

Ou parce que vous en avez marre de vivre dans l’illégalité ! En effet, la 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]".

« Expérience formidable et riche à la découverte de la baie de Matarape. La mission permet de découvrir une population chaleureuse et d’appréhender la fragilité de cet écosystème et les multiples enjeux de la gestion des déchets. Je recommande chaudement ! » – 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?

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 : une zone biogéographique aussi inaccessible qu’exceptionnelle, constituée notamment d’une partie montagneuse (le massif de Matarombeo) et d’un archipel sauvage d’îlots paradisiaques (la baie de Matarape). 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.

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 plantations oil palm or sugar cane trees continue to grow and rapidly reduce forest cover. Today, there are few places where you can move without hearing a chainsaw or seeing entire slopes of burning forests.
  • 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?

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.

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 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 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 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 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?

Nous privilégions des missions de 3 semaines
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.

At the end of the mission, we take you back to Kendari on Friday evening where the hotel night is also taken care of, and you can take your flight from 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 2020-2021

Nos missions sont suspendues pour le moment jusqu’à fin 2020, mais vous pouvez retrouver ci-dessous toutes les dates de l’année 2021. Vous pouvez utiliser les filtres à disposition pour affiner votre recherche (chercher par exemple ‘août’).

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.


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Observation of coral reefs Bay Matarape. Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Other questions

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
Ecovolunteer project manager
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Le village de Labengki, passage régulier de nos missions écovolontaires.
Le village de Labengki, passage régulier de nos missions écovolontaires.
English translation made possible thanks to the PerMondo project: Free translation of website and documents for non-profit organisations. A project managed by Mondo Agit. Translator: Cressida McDermott