Keep Kalimantan Beautiful! The Environment and Creative Expression Combined

— By Bianca Rajan — Thanks to American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), ETAs placed on the island of Kalimantan were given the opportunity to assist their students in expressing their appreciation of Kalimantan’s environment through art. Take a look at the exhibits, tree-planting, and art produced by our students from Pontianak, Palangkaraya and Banjarmasin, (West, Central,…

Attack of the Palm Oil Plantation

Nearly 11% of the world’s remaining rainforests exist in Malaysia and Indonesia. However, Indonesia only holds about 2% of the world’s entire landmass. The result of this phenomenon is that Indonesia contains a mass amount of the world’s biodiversity within an exceptionally small amount of space. Yet, the forests of Southeast Asia have the highest relative…

Facing harsh environmental realities in East Kalimantan

Before I lived in East Kalimantan, I worked at High Trails, an outdoor science school in the mountains of southern California.  Each week, buses of 5th and 6th grade students drove up into the San Bernardino National Forest for a week of learning about science as it actually happens around them. To this day, I…