Odyssey Bali 2018. Bio-Rock and Baby Turtles

During ‘Week without Walls’ in February 2018 a group of our secondary students made the long journey across the Indian Ocean to the island of Bali on a trip of a lifetime.  This adventure, which was designed and led by Mr. Brooker, was developed to truly engage in what it means to be a Global Citizen.  During their week-long stay they immersed themselves in the indigenous culture of this Indonesian paradise renowned for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, pristine beaches and coral reefs.

However – make no mistake – this was not a relaxing holiday but an epic journey where they truly became Global Citizens in the spirit of the IB Curriculum.  In pursuit of a common goal of greater good they engaged in sustainable service, took action to preserve the environment, and developed cultural awareness and a sensitivity to the challenges that indigenous inhabitants face.

In the second of a series of articles we continue following their many adventures  . . .

Today’s blog post has been written by Nadine Moussa and Shahad Badr, 9A

Every day that we spent in Bali, Indonesia, was incredible, but there was one day in which we partook in such enjoyable activities that it definitely stood out to us as one of our favourite days in the entire trip.

Although we visited many beautiful places and had many amazing experiences, a trip to Turtle Hatchery in North Bali called the Reef Seen Divers Resort was undoubtedly one of our favourites.  Firstly we learned about the history of the Hatchery and how and why it was created.  the owner of Reef Seen explained that he created it because sea turtles were being threatened by the human surroundings, so the owner taught the local population why it was important to protect these sea turtles.  He has now been working for a number of years with the local village to rehabilitate the turtles and provide a place for any turtle eggs found to be hatched.

After learning the fascinating story behind the amazing foundation we each got to name and release turtle hatch-lings into the ocean!  It was amazing to be able to carry sea turtle hatch-lings, place them on the shore, then watch them make their way into the wild.

In addition to the unique experience of the turtle release we had the opportunity to expand our knowledge on the environmental issues that Bali is facing and the actions the communities are taking to resolve them.  The organisation we had visited had an additional goal of preserving the corals of Bali that have been damaged over time and to educate local communities.  the organisation uses advanced technology known as Electrolyte Mineral Accersion that has no negative effect on the environment; corals that grow on this are exceptionally bright in colour and grow fast.  To prove this we had taken an inside look ourselves and snorkelled to witness the magnificent and vibrant coral reefs and fish.  Not only had this been a highly captivating and fascinating experience filled with happiness and fun, it had allowed us to be part of a new culture.

Ultimately, this has been a life-changing experience as not only had we made memories we had developed bonds within the group that will last a lifetime.  Finally, it had been a joyful and educational experience that has influenced us as individuals and it has taught is to care for our planet whilst enjoying its natural beauty without harming it.

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