Bali, with its bustling streets and vibrant nightlife, has made its name as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. At its heart, abundant with tranquility and natural beauty, Bali is home to some of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. But these precious ecosystems are being thrown off balance. That’s where you and the honey bees come in. It is a little-known fact that honey bees are a vital keystone species in their environments. This means that bees have an outsized effect on their entire ecosystem, mostly due to their important role as pollinators. By working to increase healthy bee populations, you can help preserve the Balinese environment and learn conservation methods that can be used around the world.
The decline of the honey bee population not only threatens bee products, but also countless food products worldwide. To conserve the honey bee population, we work in partnership with a local organization and local farmers who ensure that the bees are thriving in their ideal natural environment. This program strives to empower farmers in the importance of their role as beekeepers, as well as facilitate them in processing the products to improve their businesses and welfare.
The effort to educate extends beyond the local community. It is also aimed towards the public in order to raise awareness about how important it is to take great care of little creatures in our planet, because they might just be the ones that matter the most.
Ultimately, the program aims to preserve the environment and educate the local communities in the ways that they can contribute towards sustainability. Join us and be the little guys’ hero; save the bees, save the world!
Highlights of the activities during the project:
- Help with the setup and the development of the West Bali Plan Bee Center
- Learn to draft a project plan with the organization
- Help to manage the crowd funding campaign
- Work with local communities to spread the word about the importance of the honey bees and connect the public to an overlooked, but critical global issue
- Help to develop training support tools for farmers
- Help with public and social media engagement
Project work generally runs Monday to Friday, with weekends providing time to relax and explore the local area!
Whether you have prior experience in environmental conservation or are simply keen on making a change for the better, we would be pleased to have you on board! On program, you will learn how to care for these remarkable creatures firsthand from experienced farmers and witness how traditional beehives are installed, managed, and harvested. In addition, your duties may include assisting with public and social media engagements, learning to do product advertising and packaging, and helping with administrative duties.
(Please note that due to the nature of this program, health and safety precautions need to be taken upon volunteers’ participation.)
Knowledge of project management, micro business, community empowerment, and social media marketing are an advantage. You are expected to speak in English. Ability to speak Bahasa Indonesia is a plus, though not required, as you will learn some basic Bahasa Indonesia once you arrive in Indonesia!
Where you’ll live
During this program, you will be living with a host family to immerse yourself in Balinese culture. All host families are carefully selected and trained in hosting students. Living with host families is part of the immersion experience, giving students the chance to learn what it’s like to be a local. If you’re like most AFSers, your host family will become like real family. Not only will you gain an intimate and authentic experience of Balinese and Indonesian cultures, you’ll gain close connections that can last a lifetime.
Meals (breakfast and dinner) will be provided by your host family. Lunch during weekdays will be provided at the project site. A typical Indonesian meal consists of steamed rice and one or two main dishes made of fish, meat, chicken or vegetables.