Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Duration: Minimum 1 month, maximum 6 months commitment
Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability
Cost: £600 / $750 for the 1st month + £200 / $250 Project Fee for each additional month - see 'Costs' tab for further details
- Work closely with experienced staff creating and implementing sustainable initiatives in Bali.
- Hands-on experience in Permaculture, Mobile Rice Mills and other innovative technologies and techniques
- Opportunities for environmental scientists, innovators and enthusiasts
- Keywords: permaculture, environmental science, green technologies
The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali provides an ideal setting to gain experience in innovative environmental work and help ensure that local farmers steer a course of sustainable development.
As a participant on the Environmental Internship programme, you will be working with a local NGO and Balinese farming communities to improve environmental practices and standards. Many of the farmers you'll meet have already been working to counter the negative environmental impact of the so-called 'Green Revolution,' a set of initiatives sponsored by the Indonesian government in the 1950's and 60's to increase crop yields using harmful pesticides. Yet many farmers continue to use unsustainable amounts of fertilisers, and despite living in one of the most beautiful regions of the world, there is little awareness of the impact of non-biodegradable waste upon the environment.
This NGO works to design and implement various environmental strategies to reduce man's impact upon the Balinese landscape. They have initiated a Permaculture centre and wormery run by farmers to produce compost for their fields, with excess being sold to nearby farms. Mobile rice mills and organic rice intensification training are creating new awareness whilst doubling yields in a sustainable manner. New initiatives to trap mosquitoes have been founded, biogas plants built, and a new micro-hydro electric generator is being built in a nearby village with plans for more in the near future.
This is a proactive organisation with plenty of new ideas still in the pipeline and your contribution to these on-going activities and your new ideas will be more than welcomed.
This is a very flexible placement and your daily life will depend on which project or projects you choose to get involved with.
In the Permaculture centre daily work will involve compost making, tending to the wormery, weeding and helping with other chores. You will get to take part in Permaculture training workshops every Friday to learn new methods and strategies. If you have any expertise in the subject, you will be very welcome to add to the discussion.
You may also be asked to create documentation for all the different methodologies, strategies and activities, help create instructional videos and other administrative tasks.
Mobile Rice Mill
The main activity in this project is, as the name suggests, milling rice! You will assist local staff in visiting the different villages in the area and meeting local farmers, helping them to operate the machinery, record outputs, or resolve technical issues. This is a great way to visit the local areas and get to know the locals in depth.
Micro-Infrastructure Construction and Maintenance
Get involved in the construction of various micro-infrastructure projects, including; Biogas, hydro-electric plants, wormeries, Permaculture centres etc. You will learn first-hand how to plan, design, and then build these modern, sustainable marvels.
Travel & Accom.
You will be met at Denpasar International Airport and taken directly to the project HQ.
Accommodation with the project coordinator is available and included in the monthly fee. However many interns decide to rent their own room nearby, as there are many inexpensive options nearby, with swimming pools, breakfast included etc. for around £10 - 15 per night. There are also many restaurants to choose from, with local dishes starting at just 50p. You can rent a motorbike for around £1 per day.
- Min age 18
- Minimum 1 month commitment - 15-20 hours a week
- Enthusiasm and interest to work in farming and environmental projects
- Basic English or Bahasa Indonesia
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Necessary vaccinations
- Necessary flights & visas (we will provide the necessary sponsor letter for your visa)
|£ GBP*||$ USD|
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* Currency conversions are approximate.
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
*** Place is confirmed with the first month deposit
Project Fee includes all accommodation, in-country support and all related project activities.
What's not included:
Food, flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full support will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
Placement Support Package
For your trip, we will help you organise and plan everything you will need from start to finish. Our coordinators know each project & country like the back of their hand, and will be able to offer personalised advice to ensure your trip is well-planned & executed to perfection.
This includes one-to-one assistance planning and booking;
- Pre-departure Support - Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Essential Items and anything else you will need before you set off.
- Ongoing In-country Support - whilst you are on the project you can Contact us at any time with any questions or concerns and we will do whatever we can to help.
- 24/7 Emergency Support - a phone number that you or your family can ring at any time, night or day in case of emergency.
Our Placement Support Package costs £249 / $349 / €295 per person, and can be purchased once you are ready to confirm your place.