By Lauranne Schlüchter from Switzerland
As we were looking for somewhere to spend our holidays together, my best friend and I didn’t really know where to go. And so, we ended up discovering the turtle conservation project in Nusa Penida and chose to join it for three weeks during the summer. And we don’t regret it at all!
On the boat to Nusa Penida, we were so excited to see what was awaiting us. We had been warmly welcomed by the coordinators and after having left our luggage in our room, we walked the street to the Young Coconut Cafe where all the meals are served and deliciously cooked by the amazingly kind and smiling women of the Cafe.
The next day, we were presented the plan of the week, the various activities, as well as the Turtle Center of course. And this meeting with these adorable and fascinating animals leaves no one indifferent!
The coordinators are always there to show you how to take care of them properly and to respond to any question. Taking care of the turtles includes washing the tanks and corals, cutting the fish, feeding the turtles, cleaning them before putting them back into the cleaned tanks and indeed being slapped by those cute buddies. The various tasks are attributed to everyone on a board at
the beginning of the morning/afternoon activities, just after the much famous “TURTLE TIMEEEEE” is kindly shouted loud by the coordinators at the Coconut Cafe. But taking care of the turtles also implies an incredible amount of laughs with our coordinators, new nicknames on the board, water fights, some dead fish comedy show and sometimes waiting for the water to come. The Turtle Center is so much more than walls and tanks, it is a home filled with admiration for these wonderful creatures, filled with love, happiness and benevolence!
Every week, groups are formed and are attributed to the activities from Monday to Friday, Saturdays and Sundays being days off given in order to discover the treasures of the island, to go scuba diving, or just to hang up together with the volunteers at the pool or on the beach.