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 and 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 and 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.