It’s a wrap! Our first Summer School in 2018 has come to an end. Most of our 11 participants already flew back to their home countries after an incredible 4 weeks in Bali, which were full of learning, exciting adventure and most of all, amazing friends!
“Awakening, exciting and funny.”
With these 3 words Cecily, from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania USA, sums up her past 4 weeks in Indonesia. And indeed, this Sustainable Tourism Summer School in Bali was different from what we could have ever imagined. From these 4 weeks 9 days were spent in class at the Jimbaran campus of Udayana University. The classes offered an insight into a variety of topics, all centered around sustainable ways of living in Bali. A main focus was set on the Balinese philosophy “Tri Hita Karana”, which is reflected in everyday life and Eco Tourism concepts in Bali.
“Learning about the ‘Tri Hita Karana’ and talking to the locals” was one of the best experiences for Professor Lady, who will go back to her university in Guayaquil, Ecuador to spread the idea of the Balinese philosophy. “It’s really nice to learn about sustainability from a different point of view. And also, Tri Hita Karana is very important, not only for sustainability or just for tourism. If we apply Tri Hita Karana to [different aspects] of our life we would have a better planet to live on.”
Our participants also had the chance to learn more about sustainable aquaculture, the coral watch approach or about the mangroves in Bali. A bit off topic, but great fun, were the Bahasa Indonesia classes held by Pak Tika. We are proud to say that all of our summer school students are now able to have small talks in the local language of Indonesia. They have learnt how important it is to know at least a fraction of the language to get into touch with the local community.