70% of Bali’s farmers are over 60 years of age, as younger generations are flocking to tourism-related jobs. This is a serious risk for the island's economic, cultural and environmental resilience.
It’s time to create compelling motivations for the younger generation to return to their grandparents’ fields and be stewards of their land and the ancient traditions that define Bali’s culture and way of life.
For this reason, we offer scholarships to Indonesian youth wanting to get involved with our projects and learn in our courses alongside international participants.
The Astungkara Way also recruits small groups of 10-15 youth from the villages in the vicinity of our farming projects to work and learn with us through a programme called ‘Sekolah Subak’. We use donations to our "Sekolah Subak' fund to pay wages to local youth who manage our field projects as part-time jobs. This way we can create meaningful employment in the villages that promotes a healthy local economy, builds community connections, and revives ecosystems and ancestral knowledge.
Please contact us if you would like to support our Sekolah Subak fund or if you would like to apply for a scholarship.