The story of East Bali Immersion unfolds in Karangasem, one of the most dry and impoverished regions in all of Bali. All forms of life struggle here in the extensive dry seasons. All but one: the cashew tree loves sandy, volcanic soils and thrives in the arid conditions of the area. This is why almost all farmers in the area grow cashews in their backyard.
When our founder, Aaron Fishman, first came to this area in 2012, he discovered that farmers sold raw cashews to traders who shipped them overseas for processing. The entrepreneur in Aaron saw an opportunity for a powerful social venture that would bring livelihood & educational opportunities to the community.
Over the years this cashew factory, known as East Bali Cashews, has grown to become an award-winning social enterprise, employing & empowering over 350 people from our village Desa Ban, the majority of which are women.
From this stemmed the idea to create another alternative source of livelihood and revenue for the community: an eco-camp where guests can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, take part in cultural adventures, engage with the work of East Bali Cashews, and immerse in the Balinese way of life.
And that’s how East Bali Immersion Camp was born.
This beautiful place nestled in the foothills of the eastern shores allows you to see another side of Bali.
We create trailblazing community-service adventures to inspire a new generation of global citizens. We immerse you in a new world, and use your skills and knowledge to solve our community’s most pressing problems.
Because success motivates. Because service rewards. And because self-confidence opens unparalleled opportunities.
Welcome to East Bali Immersion.
We aim to inspire our guests to contribute sustainably to their local community, while at the same time wielding impact by channeling all our profits straight into educational and professional development projects for the inhabitants of Desa Ban.
Nyoman Ayu Trisiwi
Gede Arya Jelantik
Nengah Aming Susanto
Ketut Suastika Jaya
Ketut Ariana Yasa
Komang Yuli Batan
Assistant Operations Manager
We work with schools, universities, and agents supporting educational travel
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"EBI camp is one of the best social enterprises I’ve seen! It offers amazing opportunities to gain deep insights into life in East Bali, while also helping to empower local people through education and employment."
-Meg, University of Newcastle, Australia
This beautiful place nestled in the foothills of the eastern shores allows you to see another side of Bali. Fresh meals from our gardens, impossibly beautiful sunrises and dazzling nights under the stars await.
We are not a four star hotel and we don't try to be. Instead, arriving at our Eco-camp is really like coming home to a family. We aim for a two way cultural exchange between our guests and staff, because we have so much to learn from one another. We welcome you to converse and connect with our staff and join our community!
We have plenty of common space at our Eco-camp lodge to sit back and relax. There are many nearby spots to go on hikes, play games in fields or go for a swim!
Check out our Survival Guide for more info about Eco-camp to prepare for your stay at EBI!
SAFETY & SECURITY
The health and safety of our guests is our highest priority. Safety is our highest priority. While we believe in the transformative power of stepping outside comfort zones, we remain invested in managing the risks of doing so. We created and heavily enforce our Safety System, a set of rigorous standards, to ensure students' safety and health, and parents' peace of mind.
Each activity has been risk-assessed against the possible dangers and hazards and there are protocols in place prioritising the health and safety of all guests.
There will be at least two full time coordinators with the group at all times, and aside from that, we have a supportive team of local staff as well. All staff are trained in First Aid and there is 24-hour onsite security supervision guaranteed. We have four security guards on site at night, and one during the day.
Healthy meals & fresh water
Healthy meals are cooked at Eco-Camp with the freshest ingredients. We aim to cook with seasonal, tree-ripe produce that comes straight from our gardens and trees on the property. We keep a good balance between Indonesian cuisine and Western dishes, with a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, proteins and wholesome fibers. Dietary requirements are met at all times. Guests also have access to unlimited safe drinking water, which we regularly encourage them to drink during activities!
Even though it can get quite hot in the summer, we curate all programs in a way that activities during the peak hot hours of the day, the guests are either indoors or in the shade. We've hosted many groups from countries with different conditions, who have had to adapt to the extreme climate, for example Norway, the States, and Canada. We take extra precautions, for example, by including cooling off activities (a trip to refreshing waterfalls, snorkeling), and by providing enough water and extra shade hats.