On January 15th, 2019 Fifty four students participated in Think Global Act Local at ROLE Foundation as part of their university outgoing program in gaining international experience in social and behavioral science and cultural diversity. This visit to ROLE was also part of their academic visit to study Non-profit Organizations.
After they arrived at Zero Waste to Oceans – Community Environment & Skills Center they had a session with Mike O’Leary, the founder of ROLE Foundation, about the story and its vision of ROLE for the environment and empowering coastal communities in Bali. The students were then divided into 5 groups to go through each station in the center.
All of the students learnt about: waste separation and waste management in Indonesia, making solid compost using the lasagna method, upcycling soap, making seedling and seed balls, companion planting and had a small quiz on herbs names, observing snail farming, tasting the traditional herbal drink of Indonesia (jamu), traditional weaving and finally, natural dyes, where they made their own bandanas using Sappan wood for a red color.
After visiting all stations the students, who mostly came from College of Health and Human Services, were learning the Balinese dance Puspanjali with Bali WISE students as part of a cultural exchange. Furthermore they also had a sharing session with the Bali WISE students about their life, hobbies, and dreams. It was both inspiring and educational for both parties.