Where does volunteering take place?
The majority of volunteers work in our veterinary clinic in Lodtunduh – 3km south of Ubud. This is because the need is greatest there.
There are also other ways you can volunteer that are more indirect. This includes helping BAWA with our communications and awareness plans as well as fundraising. Occasionally, there are voluntary office roles – contact us if you have a particular area of expertise you think could help.
Do I need to be a Vet or Vet Nurse to volunteer with you?
No, we welcome people from all walks of life to volunteer with us. All we ask is you are enthusiastic and willing to help the animals of Bali. You will receive a full induction and basic training upon your arrival.
Veterinary Professionals are very welcome – but please note that the Indonesian Government has very strict regulations in place that prohibit International Veterinarians from practising surgery or from providing ‘hands on ‘ medical treatment to the animals. Volunteer Veterinarians are of the greatest value to us as consultants and advisors to our Team of Indonesian Veterinarians.
Do I need any experience with animals?
No, you just need to love animals. But you also need to know that volunteering in animal welfare in a developing country is challenging and emotionally demanding. You need to be in pretty good physical shape to withstand the nature of the work in a hot and humid environment, a strong stomach also helps. The work can take an emotional toll as well so you need to be prepared for this. If you love animals so much that you cannot bear to see them suffer, then being a BAWA volunteer may not be the right choice for you. But, if you love animals so much you want to help them through their suffering, then this is the right volunteer choice for you.
How long do I need to volunteer for?
We require people to commit to a minimum of one week. It takes several days to become accustomed to the routine, climate and conditions, the longer you stay the more rewarding your experience will be.
What will I be doing?
The daily routine involves feeding, ensuring water bowls are topped up, walking adult dogs, cleaning kennels, runs and cages, and holding animals whilst they have treatment. The most valuable role our volunteers play is socialising scared, sick and traumatized animals. The giving of love and a calm energy is an amazing healer and is vital to an animal’s recovery.
What are the main challenges I will face?
To be a BAWA volunteer you need to be able to use your own initiative to organise your work and locate resources or information. You should be open minded, patient and be prepared to just get stuck in and do what you see needs doing.
It is really important to remember that Bali is a developing country and we are a not-for-profit organization. As a small charity with limited resource and funding, we have to manage as best we can. Standards are below that of veterinary clinics in the ‘western world’.
Is there an age limit to volunteer?
Due to the direct nature of the work and what it involves, the minimum age for volunteering is 18 years old.
Do you provide Accommodation?
We do not have the facilities for volunteer accomodation. However, Ubud and the surrounding area is full of places to stay. We recommend pre-booking accomodation first, although often places to stay in Ubud can be found at short notice.
Do you provide transport?
We provide a daily shuttle car to and from our clinic for our volunteers.
We do not provide airport pickups but can arrange one for you if you need one.
Where and what can I eat?
Breakfast can usually be gained from local restaurants or included in the price of your accommodation. BAWA does not provide meals at the clinic; however, there is a warung (Indonesian restaurant) next to our clinic which provides cheap, fresh & good food. You may also want to consider bringing a packed lunch. Ubud is a food lovers delight – no matter what your taste or budget you will never go hungry in Ubud! The range of restaurants means all dietary requirements can be catered for.
What vaccines do I need?
Full rabies vaccination is mandatory – you will need to send us a copy of your vaccination certificate prior to being accepted as a volunteer. We recommend that your Tetanus shot is up to date as well. Please contact your GP for further advice.
Do you charge for volunteering?
No, there are no charges to volunteer with BAWA. Volunteering it 100% free.
How many volunteers do you have at any one time and where do they come from?
There can be between 2 and 10 volunteers at any one time. We have volunteers from various countries and from all backgrounds. Typically our volunteers are Australian, American, British or European.
What time of year can I volunteer?
Any time you like! Holidays are a great time to volunteer, but we are always in need of people to help throughout the year.
How many hours a day are volunteers expected to work?
A working day is usually 7.5 hours, from 9am until 4.30pm, but this can be flexible to your situation. We suggest 5 days a week, but this doesn’t have to be Monday to Friday.
For those people without transport we provide our volunteer shuttle which leaves the shop at 8.30am and returns at 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Our clinic is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so, if you have your own transport, you are welcome to volunteer at any time. We do request ‘out of hours’ volunteering is confirmed with BAWA so we can organise timetables.
Will I be working with local Balinese People?
All of our paid staff are Indonesian, either from Bali or from another island within Indonesia. Many speak English, and those that don’t are very used to Western Volunteers. We also have some Indonesian volunteers from time to time.
How do I apply?
Read all of the FAQ’s carefully before completing the application form.
We will contact you and let you know if there are vacancies on our schedule in the period that you plan your travel.
Once your dates are confirmed you will receive email confirmation. You will need to ensure that you have sent through your rabies vaccination certificate PRIOR to starting as a volunteer.
Our Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to assist you in any way that we can.
Please download the form HERE and email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have more questions….
If you have more questions that need answering before you decide if you would like to become a BAWA volunteer please don’t hesitate to email us at email@example.com