Tourism & Conservation


Duration 10 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 14 - 18
Experience Spirituality
Waste management


Eat, Pay, Leave: Tourism & Conservation

Indonesia II

In the early 20th century, Bali drew European writers, artists, and scholars. The 1960s brought a tourism boom, making it a major destination. The island's economy heavily depends on tourism, affecting culture and the environment. This program explores these issues. Through community immersion, service projects, and discussions, students explore potential solutions for responsible and sustainable tourism that respects local ecosystems, economies, and livelihoods.

“In the embrace of lush landscapes and temple echoes, Bali whispers ancient tales, inviting travelers to join its harmonious dance with nature.“


“Rice terraces climb, sunrise illuminates a spiritual journey of harmony.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Upon landing, the group meets Envoys leaders at the airport and heads to Kuta. Starting here, a hub of tourism and development, sets the stage for studying the island's challenges. Students establish goals, creating a full-value contract. Dinner at the beach follows, with local seafood specialties.

Day 2

In the morning, we visit Bali Sea Turtle Society, dedicated to protecting sea turtles and raising awareness. Then, we organize a beach clean-up on Kuta Beach, engaging fellow tourists and conducting a citizen science activity. The day concludes with a surfing lesson and leisure time on the beach.

Day 3

In Denpasar, we meet Bye Bye Plastic Bags, champions of the plastic ban in Bali. At Bamboo Creative, we craft eco-bricks, then explore the Museum of Space Available, showcasing recycled art. In Sanur, we visit the night market.

Day 4

We clean Sanur's beaches, explore traditional fishing boats, and head to IDEP Foundation for a permaculture presentation. Afterward, we visit Green School, have lunch, tour, and engage in a student exchange. We then travel to Ubud, our base for the remainder of the program.

Day 5

We meet Chakra Widia from the Tri Hita Karana foundation, exploring sustainable practices. Then, we tour a farming project, transitioning from monoculture to traditional methods. Afternoon visit to Merah Putih Hijau for waste management. The day ends with a scavenger hunt and interviews in Ubud.

Day 6

Morning visit to Yayasan Emas Hitam for sustainable agriculture. Afternoon at a spectacular waterfall for fun and meditation. Stop at Bali Not for Sale, an art project highlighting agricultural development issues. Evening workshop with ARTCycle Bali creating jewelry from scrap rubber.

Day 7

In the morning, we explore a local market, learn Balinese cooking in a family compound, and savor free time. Later, we dive into Gamelan music lessons with the founder of Bali Jaladara. We wrap up the day by participating in a Balinese temple ceremony with the community.

Day 8

Students embark on an early morning hike up Mount Batur, an active volcano, witnessing a sacred sunrise. We reflect on program experiences and enjoy breakfast. Then, we relax in thermal pools before visiting the revered Besakih Temple. We conclude the day with dinner in Ubud and an early bedtime.

Day 9

Early visit to Pura Tirta Empul for a ritual bath, famous for its spring water founded in 962AD. Then, if time permits, we explore the funerary complex of Gunung Kawi and lunch in Tegallalang over terraced rice paddies. Afternoon in Ubud with Monkey Forest and free time for exploration and shopping.

Day 10

After a final breakfast, we conduct a closing ceremony, where students share their takeaways from the program, how they hope to enact on their learning back home, and what they appreciated most about one another. We then transfer to the airport to begin our journey home.

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Lenses of Inquiry


Bye Bye Plastic

Bali faced severe waste and pollution issues due to the proliferation of single-use plastics. In 2017, two sisters compelled the governor to ban single-use plastics by threatening a hunger strike. Our program examines its effectiveness, obstacles, and environmental strategies in our communities.


Ethical Tourism

Pre-pandemic, Bali hosted 6 million tourists annually; in 2021, it dropped to 45 due to airport closures. Tourism accounts for 60-70% of Bali's GDP, impacting the local economy. Our program explores efforts to diversify the economy by reconnecting with the land and promoting responsible tourism.



Balinese life centers around Tri Hita Karana—harmony with God, others, and nature. Our program explores how these spiritual traditions face challenges from external influences and examines efforts to preserve and pass down these values, integral to environmental conservation.


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