SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 – Want to do something hands-on to ensure Indonesia’s endangered wildlife has a future, and at the same time live on a beautiful Balinese island? We have just the thing for you.
Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is looking for a long term volunteer coordinator to help run our successful volunteering program on Nusa Penida island, just off the coast of mainland Bali.
This is an unpaid position open to applicants, with the right skills and experience, from anywhere in the world or from within Indonesia. We are able to provide the successful candidate with simple basic accommodation at Nusa Penida center – in the tiny village of Ped – and if they are from overseas we can help arrange a long term visa.
“We need someone with experience mobilizing and motivating people, and importantly someone willing to train our local Nusa Penida staff to eventually take over the volunteer coordinating role themselves,” says FNPF’s CEO and Founder Dr Bayu Wirayudha.
“Nusa Penida is a special place, with a rich culture and history. But it is very different from mainland Bali, it’s mostly untouched by tourism, with few Western facilities – there’s just one ATM, which is often not working, and there are no fancy restaurants or shops. It’s what Bali was once like.”
FNPF has seven Indonesian staff currently working on Nusa Penida, but our head office is in Ubud on the mainland. So the successful candidate will need to be self-directed and able to work independently with limited resources and support. The practical tasks of the position include greeting volunteers, providing them with an induction to our center, and ensuring there are daily volunteering tasks suited to their skills.
“This is a more than fulltime position – we need someone willing to work at least six hours a day, six or seven days a week. We’re willing to consider candidates who would like to job share the position,” says Dr Wirayudha. “This is a vital position in our organization and we need someone who can make a commitment to stay with us for at least six months.”
Each year between 300 and 400 people from all over the world and across Indonesia volunteer with us at our Nusa Penida conservation center. Some volunteers come for a few days, some for a few weeks and some even stay with us for months.
Volunteers work in our nursery, our organic garden, plant trees, teach English, art and sustainable farming. Check out the TripAdvisor reviews about volunteering with us. You can read more about the volunteering program and the island here.
“This coordinator position is an awesome opportunity for the right person – someone keen to live a simple life in a somewhat remote location. For the right person it could be an experience of a lifetime.”
If you are interested and think you might have the right skills for this position please send us an email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to volunteer with us. Please make sure you include the words volunteer coordinator position in the email subject line. We reiterate this is an unpaid position.
Applications open on July 16, 2014 until position filled.