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Odyssey Institute Launches Youth Expeditions in Indonesia
Last modified: 2010-11-17 04:14:22

Stay tuned in fall 2010 as Odyssey Institute launches its' inaugural youth expedition program in Bali, Indonesia, promising to deliver bright minds of the future a cultural experience of a lifetime.

Spearheaded by Ben Tamblyn, Odyssey Institute offers unique learning adventures geared toward young adults age 15-18. Four Odysseys are available for 2010-2011; prices start at $599 and up.

Odyssey Bali incorporates arts and cultural studies with community service projects. Students will live in a rural homestays in northern Bali, providing opportunities for authentic cultural experiences whilst remaining safe, comfortable and easily accessible for large school groups.

Kicking off next spring, Odyssey Wakatobi is a spring break reef ecology eco-camp facilitated in conjunction with the Green School. Base of operations will be on Hoga Island, Wakatobi. The site contains cabins, a canteen, lecture theatre, IT suite, library, staff offices and a medical facility, as well as an assortment of boats and dive equipment (including the Bintang Sedang liveaboard). This site will be used to deliver a number of marine-based learning adventures and ecology activities.

Also coming soon in 2011 is Odyssey Morawali, an accredited ethnographic documentary film course and rainforest expedition. After an orientation workshop at Jungle Productions in Bali, participants fly to central Sulawesi to trek into the Morawali Forest Reserve, staying with the Wana people, an indigenous forest-dwelling ethnic group of hunter-gatherers and subsistence farmers. The program ends with an editing workshop back at Jungle Productions in Bali.

Finally, another expedition that will be available is Odyssey Buton, a rainforest conservation and trekking expedition. Odyssey Buton is an opportunity to take part in conservation science in a rainforest. Students will trek, take part in "jungle survival training", climb giant 50m trees with specialist canopy access teams and help collect bio-data on the myriad of species of flora and fauna in the forests of North Buton, South Sulawesi.

Odyssey Institute was incorporated in 2010 in Indonesia to facilitate experiences for youth to discover new cultures and the diverse ecological wonders of Indonesia. With over a decade of experience in youth program development in SE and Central Asia, our expeditions deliver hands-on learning through conservation research, travel adventure and genuine cultural immersion. Being that we like to learn in some of the most pristine and diverse ecological regions in the world, the scenery isn't so bad either.

Odyssey Institute Press Release: November 2010

Keywords: Ben Tamblyn, Odyssey Institute, youth expedition program, Bali, Indonesia, arts, cultural, study, community service, projects
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