An eco-lover’s dream in a sea of bamboo ~ Green School, Bali
By Dian Hasan | August 27, 2009
Bali never seems to fail to mesmerize even the most frequent of visitors with offerings of new experiences, ones that touch the body, mind and soul. No, I’m not talking about Yoga, Pilates, the wonders of traditional Javanese Jamu herbal remedial concoctions, or the latest whimsical Spa & Wellnesss Treatments. I’d like to bring you down to earth, literally, and savor the beauty of the tropical earth and one of its best gifts to mankind – the humble BAMBOO! Considered by many as the best sustainable building material. And there’s a new way of appreciating the versatility of this Grass (no it’s not wood like many are lead to believe!), at a school in Ubud, Bali, which is constructed entirely of Bamboo. Welcome to the Green School, a most unlikely travel destination, that was never set out to become an attraction, but has become just that.
Tours of the school and its gorgeous 8-hectare green campus is available every Monday and Wednesday at 3 PM. The school welcomes a donation of Rp.100,000 (approximately US$10) that goes into Green School’s scholarship fund for Indonesian students. Visitors can get their names carved on a bamboo pole.
The tour is very rewarding for anyone who wishes to learn more about Bamboo, which until recently has been under-appreciated. Green School hopes that the experience of a learning environment in such a natural setting, surrounded by Bamboo, will impart better understanding of why Bamboo is today’s most sustainable building material. Without forgetting, of course, the school’s noble mission of educating children of all nations how to appreciate nature, leading into about sustainable stewardship. After all, it’s best to positively influence a child’s mind at a young age. An honorable philosophy indeed.
And Visitors can of course help in many other ways, including Fundraising, Volunteering for various activities that the school promotes regularly. And also the Green Camp, which is a great way for eco-inclined school and corporate gatherings. Please check their website.
Source:Unique Travel Destinations