Indonesia: Science, Sustainability & Spirituality in Bali
March 4-16, 2020
Imagine living in a bamboo yurt in the Balinese jungle. You wake up to the sound of birds and step out into the warm air to survey the gardens around you. For your first week in Bali, you will stay at Green Camp, part of the famed Green School and learn about permaculture, complete design challenges with bamboo, climb a coconut tree and make offerings in preparation for the holiest day in Bali: Nyepi.
Driving across the island to the coast, you will board a ferry to travel to Nusa Penida where you will take on the role of a marine ecologist. From snorkeling to mangrove habitat restoration, you will get to experience incredible marine life.
Returning from island adventures, you will travel to the cultural center of Bali: Ubud. While in Ubud you will learn about Balinese Hinduism, which can be defined as a combination of two beliefs, the Shiva sect of Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism. Balinese Hinduism centers around a personal spiritual experience and individual's journey in finding meaning in life. Through a mix of touring temples, learning about Gamelan (Balinese music) and viewing the Kecek fire dance, you will immerse yourself in a spiritual experience. Our time in Bali will be in the month prior to Nyepi, the Balinese New Year and day of silence so we will be able to see the Island getting ready for the holiest day of the year.
Students need to be effective English communicators and willing to speak with adults, both those representing Lawrenceville and Green Camp.
Level of fitness: While there are no endurance challenges for this trip (like the Grand Canyon), there is daily physical activity and the weather is warm and humid. There is no air conditioning at Green Camp.
Skills needed: Students must be able to swim 150 yards unaided and tread water for five minutes.
Students should be able to ride a bicycle and feel comfortable going both uphill and downhill.
Other concerns: There will be time spent on boats, both a large ferry and smaller watercraft (snorkeling boat and kayaks). Students with a history of motion sickness should be advised that at times the water can be choppy. The roads in Bali are small and twisty, although traffic is heavy, so vehicles do not typically move quickly, so motion sickness in a car should be less of an issue.
Includes all ground transportation, flights, meals, accommodations, visas and all required non-routine vaccines. Families will receive a list of all MANDATORY vaccines that are required. All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines. Families will be charged for any trip related routine vaccines administered on campus. If the participant has received any of the mandatory vaccines, documentation must be provided to the Health & Wellness Center no later than December 14.
Current cost is based on the posted price of flights available at the time of trip planning. There is the potential for this to change. Participants will be alerted to any changes at time of trip sign-ups.
Know Before You Go
Shinae Park, Science Master
Matthew Campbell, Performing Arts Master Jessica Magnuson, English Master
All passports must be current seven months past the return date of any School-sponsored trip. Please check and plan accordingly. A photocopy of the passport information page is required for sign-up when the first payment is due.
All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines. Families will be charged for any trip related routine vaccines administered on campus.
Families will receive a list of all MANDATORY non-routine vaccines required for this program. If the participant has received any of the mandatory vaccines, documentation must be provided to the Health and Wellness Center no later than December 13.
This trip is available to Third through Fifth formers.
Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student surveys, Housemaster/Advisor recommendations, medical fitness for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing. Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.
Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:
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