Student Village has created a space for local Balinese employees and students from the neighboring villages to develop a cooperative where they will produce, learn, teach and share many of the products we are already serving to our kids in the boarding program.
The Koperasi was born as a community empowerment initiative, from the desire to increase the monthly wage of Student Village staff and local students’ families while sharing with others the sustainable lifestyle we have adopted here in the village. By making the eco products available for sale that we are already producing for the village community, we hope to inspire people to take action and change their habits towards a more natural approach to beauty, home care, and food.
At Student Village, enterprise and entrepreneurship are not subjects; they are ways of being and doing. We believe in learning with a purpose, educating for sustainability through community-integrated, entrepreneurial learning – developing the skills, habits, and attitudes for people to own their learning and have an impact on the world.
Teaching and learning at Student Village is embedded in the local environment, built around a mutual exchange of learning with the local community. Together we work better and in harmony, incorporating traditional knowledge and supporting each other in discovering new skills and possibilities. In addition, sustainability in this context means a long-term focus on empowering and integrating local change makers, who can build on our relationship a sustainable vision for their own future.