East Bali Immersion

Explore. Learn. Immerse.

    Company Description

    Located in the heart of Karangasem regency, where families make less than US $2 a day, East Bali Immersion connects you to untouched Bali. We develop trailblazing service-learning, adventure and cultural programs with high social impact for schools, universities, corporate groups and adventurous travelers.

    What makes us special

    East Bali Immersion is located in one of the poorest regions of Bali: Karangasem. All the profits made from our programs are donated to educational initiatives for the local community. While the profits we generate support meaningful causes, we also aim to inspire, educate and empower a new generation of global citizens to contribute to their local community.

    Tour Program

    Day 1: Arrival day at EBI • We welcome you to our Eco-Camp with a traditional, flavorful lunch. Settle in and get familiar with the friendly staff and rustic surrounds that will be your basecamp for the coming week. • Engage in exciting team-building activities and challenges that will call for creative problem-solving, group collaboration and exploration of the local region. • Start the evening watching the sun set over the western mountain ridge, and end it watching the moon rise above the Eastern sea.

    Day 2: Cashew Processing Day • Become a true cashew expert by learning about the characteristics of the cashew tree, how cashews are processed at our factory, and having a go at peeling cashews yourself while sitting beside our friendly factory employees. • By delving into the case study of award-winning social enterprise, East Bali Cashews, learn all about how a company can have a sustainable positive impact on the community. • The evening will involve an introduction for the service project by members of the local community.

    Day 3: Road Re-construction and Balinese Cooking • The first morning of road reconstruction begins with an early start. Get to know the team of locals you will be working with, and the tools and techniques you will be using in the coming days. • After a hard morning of service work, replenish with a nutritious lunch and take some time to cool down and unwind. • Spend the afternoon learning about the typical dishes of Balinese cuisine and challenging yourself at making the traditional cuisine in groups.

    Day 4: Road Re-construction and Traditional Crafts • This morning you will be continuing work on the road reconstruction, at which you’ll be an expert by this point! • The afternoon is spent learning traditional Balinese crafts at the Eco-Camp from the enthusiastic local staff. • Wind down from the day of activities relaxing in our swings and indulging in a delicious dinner.

    Day 5: Road Reconstruction round-up and Balinese Arts • After rounding off the road reconstruction in the morning, you’ll get the chance to learn traditional Balinese dance and traditional Balinese gamelan music in the afternoon. • Spend the late afternoon relaxing in our hammocks, finding peace and quiet on our swings, or joining the local staff for a game of volleyball.

    Day 6: Preschool Service and Waterfall Adventure • Getting to know the preschoolers that benefit directly from the educational initiatives funded by EBI is a great way to feel the impact you make by staying here. Engaging them in fun games, planning a short lesson, and getting to know them through various activities will be the focus of the morning. • The afternoon will take you on a replenishing trip to a nearby waterfall where you can sit in fresh water pools to cool off from the hot day. • The last night will be spent with special bonfire treats and preparing for the sunrise hike the next day.

    Day 7: Departure Day • Head up one of the highest peaks in the village to catch a breathtaking sunrise view of Mount Rinjani, Mount Agung and the vast Eastern coastline. • We fill the morning with engaging reflection time about the EBI experience that’s coming to an end. • One last delicious Eco-Camp meal before saying final goodbyes and departing from Eco-Camp!

    Starting price per person in €

    40

    Additional Info

    Because all our programs are custom designed, the prices may vary between programs. The price is per night including accommodation, three meals a day, and all the activities. Please contact us for a price estimation for your group visit, specifying the group size and visiting date. Our Eco-Camp can accommodate up to 54 people per group, although please note that with group sizes of 8 or smaller, group exclusivity at the Eco-Camp cannot be guaranteed.

    Whether you’re a student or corporate group, East Bali Immersion can create a custom program that can be tailored to a variety of topics including social entrepreneurship, community service, environmental studies, food systems and community health and well-being.

    Community Programs

    COMMUNITY CONNECTION
    Far away from the mainstream tourism of the south, East Bali still battles poverty, chronic unemployment and obstacles to education. We believe the key to sustainably empowering communities lies in linking social programs to constant sources of revenue. All of the profits from our programs are directly donated to the Cashew Families Foundation, supporting 360 Degrees of Education to break the cycle of generational poverty.

    360 DEGREES OF EDUCATION
    Early Childhood Education
    Empowerment through education begins with our children. East Bali Cashews founded the Anakardia Kids Preschool which caters to the physical, emotional and educational needs of community children ages 2 to 6. Over 40 children from our community currently benefit from this education, setting them up to achieve better and brighter futures.

    Professional Development
    We bridge the gap between school and work with direct employment & professional development for our staff . We focus on gender equality by providing jobs for women and encouraging emerging leaders with training and opportunity.

    Farmers Education
    Sharing the most optimal farming practices through training, education and access to tools and methods for farmers is an important part of increasing family incomes. We have a strong commitment to help farmers in the region gain access to the resources and knowledge that will improve the landscape and the quality of life in Desa Ban.

    Environmental Programs

    REGIONALLY & ORGANICALLY SOURCED FOOD PRODUCTS
    We try to be as self-sufficient as possible. Our property of 12 hectares functions as a breeding ground for a large share of the food that we use in our kitchen. We have our own cassava, tumeric, banana, coconut, papaya, turmeric, sorghum plants and trees as well as our own pig and chicken farm that provide us with meat and dairy. This farm is run by Bali Highlands Organik, which produces free-range, antiobiotic-free pork and chicken. They work with local farmers, providing the feed, pigs, and vets. The farmers provide the land and the time to care for the pigs. We run this project to support the local community, because pig farming provides a great alternative source of income for farmers that does not rely on weather conditions like plant harvest does. Nevertheless, at our ecocamp, we eat vegetarian most of the time, taking the impact of livestock on the environment into account.

    ACTIVE WASTE REDUCTION STRATEGIES
    At our ecolodge, we imply active waste reduction strategies by recycling all our natural waste and using it as a fertilizer for our plants. This ties into our 0 Waste Project: reusing and benefiting from all organic waste created as byproducts, such as banana peels, lime skins, cashew peel, and shell charcoal, which we use for compost, feed to the animals, or use as mulch. Additionally, we avoid using plastic material, but use reusable products instead. We also encourage our guests to do the same.

    SUSTAINABLE BUILDING PRACTICES
    All our tipis, huts, and shower facilities are made of natural materials. Old wood, metal and glass materials are recycled into something useful and beautiful!

    USE OF ECOLOGICAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
    We use ecological cleaning products and provide our guests with natural soap and shampoo!

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