Now more than ever, the world needs changemakers making our planet sustainable
At Green School, our mission is to nurture changemakers with a passion and a relentless commitment to make our world sustainable. We believe each one of our students has a unique potential to affect change and make a difference.
Whether that’s through starting their own permaculture farms, setting off a global movement to ban plastic, advocating for climate change right out of college or following their passion to pursue a university degree.
Meet some of our changemakers and hear how their ideas are shaping the world.
Before settling on a university, Elle wanted to explore the world and discover how she, as a young woman, could make an impact. After a year of traveling, volunteering, gaining new skills and reconnecting with friends and family, she embarked on the next leg of her journey-Quest University in Canada
CLASS OF 2016
Sisters Melati (17) and Isabel (15) Wijsen were just 10 and 12 years old in 2013 when they started Bye Bye Plastic Bags. They remember being inspired by a lesson in school about people who changed the course of history and asking themselves ‘What can we do as children living in Bali, NOW, to make a difference?’. The answer was-Bye Bye Plastic Bags a campaign to end the use of single-use plastic bags in Bali, which has grown into an internationally recognized movement for sustainability and youth empowerment.
Melati Wijsen and Isabel Wijsen
CLASS OF 2019 AND 2020
Clover H. alumni Green School Bali is a green changemaker, climate activist, researcher on turning anxiety into agency, and founder of Force of Nature; she is mobilizing the emerging generation of leaders, in the face of the climate crisis. She has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, within the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and inside classrooms across the UK.
CLASS OF 2016
Upon graduating from Green School Bali, Maxwell was accepted to the prestigious Cornell University, ranked among the best universities in the world. Following the completion of his degree Maxwell joined the Social Enterprise Group at Cornell, where he is a Project Manager. In the future, he hopes to return to Indonesia to tackle his country’s pressing socioeconomic and environmental issues.
CLASS OF 2016
Isabelle Segadelli was among Green School Bali’s second graduating class. Following her graduation in 2014, Isabelle was accepted to Antioch University on a full tuition scholarship. She studied biomedical science and then enrolled in a nursing program. She graduates in 2020 and will enter the medical profession at a time when the world needs her the most.
CLASS OF 2014
Two years before graduating from Green School Bali, Ruby discovered her passion for environmental activism. She began practicing minimalism and a zero-waste lifestyle and wanted to inspire others to do the same. Today Ruby runs a popular blog documenting her life-long commitment to living minimally. In addition to her blog, Ruby works as a campaigner at the Climate Justice Initiative.
CLASS OF 2019
Growing up, Tessa had a passion for teaching arts, singing and sustainability. While at Green School Tessa was a local scholarship student and understood how learning a foriegn language can open up new worlds and possibilities. Upon graduation, Tessa along with her father built an organization and a school Kampoeng English, to offer English lessons to underprivileged children so they can access opportunities and follow their dreams.
CLASS OF 2018
After graduating from Green School Bali in 2013, Leslie completed a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Environment & Resource Management. She now works as an Associate Investment officer at PT Mekar Investama Sampoerna in Jakarta, where she introduced a program to reduce plastic waste and electricity consumption. With the support of her colleagues Leslie managed to have the new policies implemented at her workplace.
CLASS OF 2013
Gede, a local Balinese scholarship student, graduated from Green School Bali as the class valedictorian and enrolled at the IE University to study International Relations. At only 20 years old, Gede is a member of the Board of Trustees at Green School Bali. He is passionate about Balinese art and has been invited to numerous international conferences to talk about performing art and conduct workshops.
Gede Putra Witsen
CLASS OF 2018
Dillon was from the first graduating class and has a Wilderness First Aid Responder company called Village Responder. Back in 2009, he also had been volunteering at Bali’s Bumi Sehat Foundation when he was at 14 years old. After he graduated, he continued his journey to train as a paramedic and studied pre-medicine in the United States. Now he is working full time as a medical and dive instructor in Indonesia.
CLASS OF 2013
Kyla is growing up both in Urban New York and rural Bali, Indonesia. She was a former student of Green School and was actively involved as a Social Media and Outreach Coordinator for BioBus. She then continued her study at UCLA and now is in her last year. She is also co-taught a class with Kyle on permaculture for the green school students.
CLASS OF 2017
Adam Handoko was a former student in Green School Bali and graduated in 2015. After he graduated, he was also interning at Green School in Bio Bus for about six months. He also did volunteering in the Bye-Bye Plastic Bag, a youth-driven movement founded by the Wijsen sisters (Melati and Isabel) whose mission is to tackle a plastic waste issue. As the time goes, Adam keeps moving forward to trying another job that is offered to him and now he is doing his role as a personal assistant in Seven Stones Indonesia