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Explore the challenges of nature conservation in one of the world’s most biodiverse and heavily populated countries: Indonesia. From a base on the beautiful island of Bali, discover how resource-use patterns in Indonesia are threatening the future sustainability of Bali’s globally significant natural resources—above all, its rainforest and coral reef ecosystems—as well as the viability of its human communities. You will spend extensive time learning in the field: snorkeling, hiking in tropical forest reserves, and exploring human-dominated tropical ecosystems.
Examine multiple approaches to conservation but places particular emphasis on locally initiated conservation strategies. You can expect to experience and scrutinize the grassroots activities underway within Bali, for example, by assessing the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the Bali Myna Reintroduction Project.
The program base is in Kerambitan, located about 45 minutes outside of Denpasar, where you will have the initial program orientation, including introductory lectures, before a three-night homestay with a local family in the Kerambitan area. You will return to Kerambitan for several nights at the end of the program for final evaluation sessions, project presentations, and completion of all coursework.
The program is based in the town of Kerambitan, located in Tabanan regency about an hour’s drive from Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar. The program center is located on the grounds of one of the two ancient palace complexes of Kerambitan, in an area called the Puri Saren Kangin or “Palace of the Eastern Sleeping Quarters”.
Although you will spend most of the summer out in the field, the majority of the classroom-based activities will take place at the program center. Classroom-based activities are scheduled for shortly after arrival and then again at the close of the program. The program's library, office, and classroom facilities at the program center will be within walking distance from your host family’s home. You will return to Kerambitan for several nights at the end of the program for final evaluation sessions, project presentations, and completion of all coursework.
Tabanan is famous for its beautiful rice terraces, black sand beaches, and distinctive temples and art forms and has rightfully earned its reputation as “the rice-granary of Bali.” In 2010, UNESCO recognized the irrigation district and rice fields of Subak Jatiluwih, a sub-district of Tabanan, as a World Heritage site.
A subak is an irrigation organization unique to Bali, whose members share the water from a common feeder stream or river and cooperate in ensuring equal distribution of water and prosperity of the fields. The importance of irrigation in Tabanan district also comes out in the several “lakeshore temples” dedicated to Dewi Danu, the goddess of lakes. Natural water sources are considered sacred in Bali and are often the sites of important temples and centers of local pilgrimage.
Links to syllabi below are from current and forthcoming courses offered on this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.
The syllabi can be useful for students, faculty, and study abroad offices in assessing credit transfer. Read more about credit transfer.
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
Time on the program is divided between the island of Nusa Penida; Denpasar and Kerambitan (Bali); and central, north, and west Bali.
On the island of Nusa Penida, you will engage with the Friends of the National Parks Foundation Volunteer & Conservation Center in the town of Ped. You will also undertake day excursions and activities and participate in the maintenance of the center and its community-based conservation programs.
In the city of Denpasar, you will have introductory lectures and later give presentations to your peer group and local guests regarding your research and studies while on Nusa Penida. During the program period in Denpasar, you can expect to examine aspects of the wildlife trade and other biodiversity conservation issues, as seen from the perspective of Bali's largest city.
This approximately two-week excursion involves moving to various sites throughout Bali, including the highland rainforests of central Bali, coral reefs of the north coast, and the monsoon forest of West Bali National Park. You will examine conservation issues in several communities en route, including issues related to coral reef conservation, fisheries management, and conservation of species within agriculturally dominated landscapes. You will assess the application of conservation principles learned earlier in the program, in terms of their efficacy in managing West Bali National Park and conserving biodiversity within the park.
Since 1988, Dr. Jack Grant has been teaching in various study abroad programs, including SIT, where he also served as academic director of the Australia: Natural and Cultural Ecology program for five years. Jack is a zoologist, specializing in ornithology and wildlife ecology of tropical forests and conservation biology. He was a long-serving president of the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group, a community conservation organization on Australia’s Atherton Tablelands. Jack also works on a part-time basis as a team leader in environmental restoration with Conservation Volunteers Australia, a grassroots environmental action program that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.
Tony Cummings has served as academic director for the Australia: Natural and Cultural Ecology program since 2002. Tony has a BS in environmental studies and biology from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His main research interests involve rainforest succession, especially reforestation plantings. He is also involved in conservation organizations, including the Society for Conservation Biology, Trees for the Tablelands, and the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group.
You will have a short homestay (three to four days) in a Kerambitan village, near the program classroom, which will introduce you to a Balinese home and provide you with additional insight into the predominant Hindu culture. The homestay also gives you a good opportunity to practice your new Indonesian language skills.
Other accommodations on the program include hostels and small hotels.
Student applications to this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening date and the deadline.
Application Deadline: Apr 1, 2016
SIT Pell Grant Match Award. SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. View all SIT Study Abroad scholarships.
The tuition fee covers the following program components:
Cost of all lecturers who provide instruction to students in:
The room and board fee covers the following program components:
International Airfare to Program Launch Site
International airline pricing can vary greatly due to the volatility of airline industry pricing, flight availability, and specific flexibility/restrictions on the type of ticket purchased. Students may choose to take advantage of frequent flyer or other airline awards available to them, which could significantly lower their travel costs.
International Phone: Each student must have a phone in each country. Cost varies according to personal preferences, phone plans, data plans, etc.
Personal expenses during the program vary based on individual spending habits and budgets. While all meals and accommodations are covered in the room and board fee, incidentals and personal transportation costs differ depending on the non-program-related interests and pursuits of each student. To learn more about personal budgeting, we recommend speaking with alumni who participated in a program in your region. See a full list of our alumni contacts. Please note that free time to pursue non-program-related activities is limited.
Please Note: Fees and additional expenses are based on all known circumstances at the time of calculation. Due to the unique nature of our programs and the economics of host countries, SIT reserves the right to change its fees or additional expenses without notice.