Aside from it being an idyllic place to kick back, there’s another reason to visit Bali: Green School. If you (or your kids!) are not brimming with excitement about the school part, we think you should reconsider. Picture children ranging from pre-kindergarten to 10th grade happily immersed in holistic practices that become status quo. Whether reaping the tasty and intellectual benefits from growing their own organic garden to simply avoiding wasteful plastic bottles, these are kids that truly care about the impact they are making on the environment. Green School redefines learning with a refreshing and effective approach that strives to foster a generation of responsible global citizens through compelling projects and a powerhouse staff.
Honorable, indeed, and Absolute Travel has the inside scoop. Head of Admissions is Ben Macrory, a longtime and much-adored Absolute Travel legend (and three-time Jeopardy champ!) whose position came with the titanic perk of exposing his daughter, Maggie, to a life of eco-conscious living, in paradise no less! After giving our kudos to Ben after his New York Times interview, we couldn’t resist picking his brain about working at the most respectable pioneer in education:
Thousands of visitors from all over the world, including notable names from Sir Richard Branson to Donna Karan to Thomas Friedman, have been impressed and inspired by former jewelry magnate John Hardy’s new project, Green School. Located in lush jungle near Bali’s cultural capital, Ubud, this international school that serves a mix of expatriates and locals is a marvel of sustainable practices in action. Innovative and spectacular open air structures built largely from bamboo have garnered acclaim from the international architecture and design community, and the campus is dotted with organic gardens and experiments in renewable energy projects. Green School has a great website (www.greenschool.org), but one really has to go there for oneself to appreciate the true magic of the place!
We agree! Absolute Travel loves incorporating a visit to the Green School into Bali journeys, particularly family journeys with young children. Another part of the allure for families with children is Green Camp – an out-of-the-classroom adventure providing kids an exciting way to get their hands dirty with the natural world around them.
You can expect your kids to engage with a melting pot of children from all corners of the planet, partaking in activities like raft building and exploring for bugs in the jungle. Absolute Travel’s General Manager Leslie Overton, who was just recognized as Conde Nast’s Top Travel Specialist for Family Travel for the fourth year reinforces “Green School is an amazing opportunity for kids to experience what life abroad might be like, without actually moving there! Part camp, part school, part travel experience, it’s not a place to park your kids, it’s a place for your kids to grow.“
Let us know if this sounds up your alley and we will make sure school is in session!