Indonesia Living Oceans 2019-10-29T15:18:32+00:00

Indonesia Living Oceans

Dates to be confirmed in April 2020

In June 2020 we’re returning to Indonesia to build on the work we uncovered in 2018 and 2019, connecting with oceanic and marine protection organisations and exploring the impact of plastic waste in the Indonesian archipelago and what we can do about it. Our aim is to uncover local stories, seek action and examine the environmental and human aspects of one of the key environmental issues of our time. This year, we will also focus on disaster response and its relationship to community change around waste, as we explore and share sustainable recovery and community resilience on Lombok and the Gili islands after the August 2018 earthquakes. It will be an incredible journey of learning, sharing, exploring and building genuine friendships and connections with village people and local grassroots organisations.

Working with local communities, the trip will emphasise how protecting marine environments and reducing plastic waste can catalyse collective action locally and improve livelihoods. Whilst in Indonesia we will be joined by local members from our in-country partner organisations, to learn alongside us on this journey. We seek to empower local communities to bring about positive, local action to combat plastic pollution from the bottom up.

By joining this trip you will be taking part in a socio-environmental cross cultural exchange, empowering local communities and learning from the front line of one of our planets greatest environmental challenges of our time.

We would love to have you join us.

The trip will include:

  • Visits to local organisations and committed groups working towards campaigning, protecting, and respecting our oceans
  • Seeing firsthand the impact of plastic waste on our marine landscapes, learning about the main causes and complexities in finding political and community solutions to this global challenge
  • Connecting with our partner organisations and locals, building friendships with village communities, fisherman and grassroots social enterprises
  • Exploring sustainable earthquake resistant design principles and practices using bamboo and plastic materials
  • Skill-sharing sustainable design with Lombok communities rebuilding after the recent August 2018 earthquakes
  • Plenty of time for snorkelling and swimming
  • Visits to key waste management sites including innovative recycling plants
  • Collecting water samples for ocean micro-plastics researchers along the way
  • Exploring the gorgeous small islands around Lombok
  • And much more

Loose Itinerary (please note this will change and develop over the coming months leading up to next trip):


Commencing in Bali we will connect with key organisations innovating solutions to protect our oceans and reduce pollution. This will give us a background to the major issues of plastics pollution in Indonesian coastal areas and how it can be tackled. Whilst in Bali we spend time in Ubud, a hotspot for innovative solutions, to learn about sustainable design principles and practice, including bamboo design and upcycling plastic waste for building materials.

Gili Islands

We will stop briefly at the Gili Islands, to connect with inspiring grassroots organisation, the Gili Eco trust. We will learn of their mammoth task in combating the impact of tourism and waste on the islands. Here we will have the opportunity to join them on a paddle-board ocean plastics clean up safari (optional).


In Lombok we will be visiting our friends and partners and learn from locals, fishermen and small grassroots organisations about their relationship to the ocean and how the impact of pollution is affecting them. We will reconnect with our friends at the Sembalun Community Development Centre and work with them to develop a long term environmental strategy for recovery post the 2018 earthquakes. This includes plans for rebuilding the damaged office and community space. Here, we will share our newly acquired skills and knowledge on sustainable building and design, and put these principles into practice in a hands-on skillshare.

Pulau Sulat (optional)

Pulau Sulat is a small island off Lombok where we have been asked by the locals to come and talk with them about ecotourism possibilities in their community. We would like to invite a few members of their community to join us on the trip, so they can see for themselves the impacts of tourism and pollution on the beautiful environment of Indonesia.

We will spend a couple of nights on the island living with the locals and exploring the coastline.

Will be in a mix of modest but comfortable guest houses and home stays in twin share rooms with a participant of the same sex.

Single rooms can be arranged on request for an additional price.

To find out how you can sign up to the trip and for more information, please contact us:
Phone: (03) 9389 0183.

Why Travel with CERES Global

Our trips are not tours but rather journeys of exploration and learning that we share together.

They are real, lived experiences, where the people who travel with us immerse themselves in the culture and places we visit in a meaningful and mutually respectful way.

Our facilitators are not tour guides but facilitators or enablers.

They work with the group as a whole to achieve insight and understanding of the communities we visit. The facilitator’s role is to engage discussion within the group and with community members we are visiting to allow the sharing of ideas on social and environmental issues.

The people and places we visit are not tourist destinations or third party providers but rather real friends who we approach as true partner organisations.

All of our partners do exceptional work in the areas of sustainability, the environment, community development, social equity and education. We celebrate each other’s work through mutually beneficial exchange and two way learning.

The trips are open to people of any age or background wanting to travel with meaning and purpose, willing to open their hearts and minds to another culture and way of life.


It has impacted me in the greatest of ways! Feeling a greater sense of global awareness. I feel more hope that I can make positive change in the world.
The best thing about this trip was the chance to engage with NGO’s and other communities organisations/ members/ leaders in a professional way. The opportunity to liaise with these individuals was incredibly fortunate, I was able to learn a lot.  
Travelling with purpose is definitely the way I want to be travelling now! Feeling useful and part of the community beats the usual touristy/ consumption version. 🙂
This opportunity is not one to be missed. Learn and engage – walk at the front of the group, ask questions! The more you engage the more you will get out of it. (Rhi Indonesia Living Oceans Trip April 2018)

 It was incredible to meet the local communities and learn more from them about their culture, their understanding of the plastic waste situation and what waste management practices have been implemented.  (Emily, Indonesia Living Oceans Trip April 2018)

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Next trip:

Dates to be confirmed for June 2020

Cost for 10 days: 
$1800 students and concession card holders

Cost for 14 days:  $2500 for all participants

This includes all internal food, accommodation, transport, scheduled activities and engagements, facilitator support and expert tuition in marine plastics. It does not include flights to and from Indonesia, travel insurance, alcohol and items of a personal nature.

For further details contact us at

(03) 9389 0183

global-connecting-logo-10FEB15CERES Global travel to various communities, and in doing so identify partners and community groups with which we hope to develop a connection. Returning annually, sharing our stories and experiences, we are able to develop rapport and understanding, and build long term meaningful friendships. With these friendships and ongoing connection, we find we are able to have a greater impact, contributing to a more cohesive global community, and address social and environmental challenges from a position of equality.
global-projects-logo-10FEB15After a number of visits to a particular community, it is often the case that through community dialogue and engagement, an opportunity to work together on a project or activity is identified. CERES Global recognise that the activity must be community driven, seeking to work alongside the community, intending to overcome a social or environmental challenge. Based on the requirements of a particular project, CERES Global will recruit participants with a relevant skill set to the project, and in certain circumstances seek funding to meet the costs of undertaking the project. Often it is the CERES Global participants who will lead the way in establishing and playing an ongoing role in completing projects with the community.

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