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Friends of National Park Foundation

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Friends of National Park Foundation (FNPF), manages conservation and community development projects on Nusa Penida ranging from a protection and breeding programme for the critically endangered Bali starling—one of the most threatened bird species in the world, to reforestation and education projects.





Up a steep hill above the village of Ped, the foundation (locally known as “Yayasan Burung” (Bird Foundation)) offers short– and long–term paid volunteer programmes. Volunteers can choose from a range of basic accommodation options from an seven-bed mixed dorm to bamboo twin bed huts with share bathrooms (one between two) or private ensuite family rooms that sleep four, set in a beautiful secluded bushland setting. Rooms are all fan-cooled and bathrooms offer cold-water only. Rates at the time of our visit in May 2018 were Dorm: 182,000 rupiah; Single person in Twin room: 325,000 rupiah; Two people in Twin room: 468,000 rupiah.

Knock knock anyone home? Photo taken in or around Friends of National Park Foundation, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Knock knock anyone home? Photo: Sally Arnold

For what it is, the accommodation is pricey although the per night prices reduce the longer you stay, but it is important to point out that by staying here you’re supporting the organisation. Breakfast is included and simple inexpensive meals can be purchased in the small on-sight restaurant or cooking facilities are available, alternatively volunteers can wander down the hill to a range of nearby restaurants and warungs.

Volunteers are expected to work around four hours per day with the rest of the time free to explore the island. Activities include monitoring Bali starling numbers, teaching English, planting trees and working in the plant nursery among other projects. As a bonus volunteers are offered discounted tickets on the fast boats to and from Nusa Penida. We stayed a night and joined the Bali starling monitoring programme.

About more than just the birds. Photo taken in or around Friends of National Park Foundation, Nusa Penida, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

About more than just the birds. Photo: Sally Arnold

The Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi, also known as Rothschild’s mynah, Bali mynah and Jalak Bali) is endemic to Bali, a pretty bird around 25 centimetres in length with pure white plumage, black-tipped tail and wing feathers, a distinctive bright blue mask around both eyes and a yellow bill. Males of the species sport a fluffy ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Friends of National Park Foundation
Ped, Nusa Penida
T: (0361) 4792 286, (0811) 398 052, (0813) 5322 9944 
info@fnpf.org
http://www.fnpf.org

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