Indonesia volunteering with traditional Balinese culture

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2018: 1 Sep, 1 Oct, 1 Nov, 1 Dec
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Responsible tourism: Indonesia volunteering with traditional Balinese culture

Environment

BUILDINGS
Our complex used to be the family home of the community’s founders, and our refurbishments have stayed true to the Balinese traditional architecture. Our culture strongly emphasizes the importance of taking care of our surrounding nature and environment, and in maintaining that value, we do our best to use bio-degradable materials from local suppliers and try to minimize the construction waste by recycling its waste for future reuse (if possible) or utilizing it for arts and crafts.

TRANSPORT
Our community sits in the heart of Ubud, which boasts art galleries, traditional markets, and modern boutiques under the shade of lush trees. The sacred monkey forest is a mere stone’s throw away from our learning center. We strongly encourage our volunteers to commute by bicycle or on foot, as the view are remarkable.

We try to minimize our carbon footprints by avoiding the use of cars unless absolutely necessary. The Ubud streets are rather small and cars are simply impractical, given our lack of parking space and that the town square our community usually performs is within walking distance.

Community

FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS
Bali is internationally known for its tourism, and many of our friends, neighbors, and family work in that field. However, due to the increase of chain businesses, those who run their own establishments are struggling to get by. Therefore, we actively support and work with local businesses in our community.

We promote local transportation and excursion services on a booth in front of our library hut, or other businesses in our message board. We are more than happy to assist you for an unforgettable experience in this island!

Our classes and workshops employ local teachers who have great skills and passion in their field to share with others. This platform allows them to keep creating and pursuing their arts for a living. Moreover, the local students of these classes are also occasionally hired to perform in various events, providing them with an additional source of income.

LOCAL CRAFTS AND CULTURE
Our community sits in the cultural hub of the island, and we are fortunate to have many opportunities to promote our culture to domestic and international tourists alike. Our regular participants in the traditional music and dance classes regularly perform in the local town square and are often invited to local schools and cultural events.

The library and learning center now features a healthy food café, which is run by local cooks. This café, which serves local cuisine without preservatives as well as refreshing local fruit-based beverages, combines the traditional culinary with the modern taste.

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