We currently live in South of Bali (not in a tourist area) but feel very lucky to have lived in Kedisan for the first 5 years of our nearly 10 years living in Bali.
We learn't so much in our time in a traditional village that we chose a similar village in the South, we are again the only Westerners in our village and we live within and a big part of the community.
We don't live in a fancy villa, we know all our neighbours, we speak both Bahasa Indonesian and the local language Basa Bali (although the dialect is different in the South, so we are having learn Basa Bali all over again).
Our mission is to take small groups of tourists into the area so the locals in Kedisan village can once again gain trust from strangers (tourists were not welcomed for many years); and to make steps towards environmental quality and a sustainable future for the community. The primary school is our main focus where we work to build the capacity of the village children to one day take on our business and continue the fight for sustaining traditional Balinese culture and the beautiful lanscape they live in.
We wish to bring awareness of this beautiful area of Bali by bringing small groups of tourists to the area with as little environmental and cultural impact as possible.
Our goal is to help the community of Kedisan with environmental and non environmental issues, bringing employment opportunities through better sustainable tourism practices and education and improving the welfare of the community of Kedisan without impacting on their culture. We focus on building the capacity of the villages by providing better schooling and resources and listening to to their needs and learning from their Eastern values.