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Mt. Agung- Disruption & The Long Wait

Posted by on October 6, 2017

Want to help the folks in the Agung Relief Camps?

Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how YOU can get involved!

It’s been two weeks since we left our home of the past four years in the middle of the night to escape the potential eruption of Mt. Agung in Bali.

I can’t deny it’s been stressful.

It’s especially stressful moving house on the spur of the moment to a new place leaving our friends, familiar surroundings and daily routines behind.

Stressful wondering if schools will cancel their Education Outside The Classroom Expeditions with me. Trips we’ve been prepping and planning for well over a year now.

Stressful wondering if I’ll have work in the future.


But it is all relative and we definitely always keep that in mind.

There are folks that are much more rooted to the land with their livestock, farms, homes and livelihoods pinned to the slopes of a mountain lying in the shadow of a volcano.

They can’t just uproot themselves and leave. They are tied to their villages and homes. Their livelihoods are there.  Their entire lives and all of their memories are there. They don’t have the options or choices we have. The mountain is their life.

The waiting and not knowing.  The uncertainty is the hardest part.

It dominates all of our conversations with people we know and with strangers we meet.

What will happen?  When will it erupt?  Will it erupt at all?  How much damage will it cause if it erupts?

The truth is no one knows.

No one can predict if or when an eruption will occur.

This could go on for weeks, months or even a year or more.

Not knowing is now our daily business.

So we do what we can do and we wait for an eruption to occur.

So here’s what we’ve done so far:

Since September 22nd, we’ve managed to organize a team of 70+ volunteers with members of the Bali Chapter of the Association Experiential Learning Indonesia (AELI) and devise a long term strategy for providing assistance to those living in the Relief Camps.

See the video below of an AELI volunteer playing games in one of the relief camps!


With the advice and information from many chats and conversations with people living in the camps and government officials in charge of the camps we’re providing requested supplies and education and entertainment for kids (an adults!) in the camps.



After chatting with Dr. Janine Krippner and learning more about the health hazards of ash fall we’ve embarked on a plan to educate locals on the proper use of masks as well as sourcing and supplying masks to folks in the camps.




To achieve those goals we’ve raised approximately US$1200 to buy much needed supplies and masks and started an online fundraising campaign with a partner based in the UK.

(click the link above to help out!)

And we’ll keep going.

If I have learned anything from this it is that in the end we are all the same. We all have the same worries, the same fears and celebrate the same successes.

I’ve seen folks I don’t know reach out to me and offer help and assistance. People that I have no idea who they are or even where they are at the moment reach out and donate their time, energy and good will.

Indonesian, Dutch, German, British, American, Canadian, African, South African, Thai, Singaporean and Malaysian are just a few of nationalities of the folks that contacted me.

At the core of it is knowing that all of the differences between us are just a cracker thin veneer hiding the iceberg of similarities percolating just below the surface.

And the potential eruption of Mt. Agung cracked that veneer and exposed us all!

Please contact me if you want to get involved and help out…

How you can help:

  1. Donate to the cause !
  2. Make a poster to help us educate locals about the health hazards if ash fall from an eruption (especially needed in Indonesian & Balinese languages!)- see examples below needed in less technical & more kid-friendly format!
  3. Help spread the word (share this post!)
  4. Donate masks & goggles (contact me for more info!)

We need more posters like these (below) to use for our Ash Fall Health Hazards & Safety Educational Outreach to the camps. (especially less technical in a kid-friendly format in Indonesian & Balinese Languages!)

If you can make a poster like this (kid-friendly in Indonesian), scan it and send it to me please let me know!











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