Begawan Foundation runs community-based projects that focus on education and conservation.

With a vision to create an environment that is beneficial to the needs of local communities, especially their children, the team provide learner-centric and socially responsible educational and cultural activities, concentrating on experiential learning that aims to develop life skills, environmental responsiveness, an entrepreneurial mindset and a lifelong love of learning.

Working with adults, the team develops an awareness of the threats to the environment and to endangered birds through its Bali Starling breeding and release program. Our Eco-Warrior represents our fighting spirit!


  • I would like to thank Begawan Foundation and the teaching staff who have educated and taught many things to my child. After a year studying at BF, my child has undergone many changes. My child was shy and didn't really care about the environment. Now she is brave, she dares to speak her opinion in front of a crowd, and now she really cares about... read more

    -Ni Made Intan's Parents (BF Learning Center Student's Parents)

  • I would like to thank Begawan Foundatian and the teaching staff for their guidance to my children. I am very happy to see their progress. Beside developing their personalities, they have also started to take responsibility and carry out their duties independently. I hope that in the future Begawan Foundation will continue&n... read more

    -Sangtu and Sangade's Parents (BF Learning Center Student's Parents)

  • After participating in the activities at BF, my child is more expressive. She studies more actively and she’s very knowledgeable. I like the “learning by doing” method, it’s very helpful. I hope more children can take part in the lessons. This is very useful in Banjar Pengaji, particularly in Melinggih Kelod. ... read more

    -Gandari’s Parents (BF Learning Center Student's Parents)

  • I personally have a positive response to the BF program since it was introduced at school and I supported my children to take their lessons. The children are happy to join the environmental tourism program, the cooking lessons add to their ability to prepare their own food, the drama performances increas... read more

    -Kintan's Parents (BF Learning Center Student's Parents)

  • I would like to thank you for the attention, time, patience, and materials that have been received by my children while participating at BF. I have seen so much progress and development in my children, in terms of new abilities and skills, and much better self-confidence. As a parent, I like to participate in... read more

    -Putu Cantika and Kadek Agus’s Parents (BF Learning Center Student's Parents)

  • I would like to thank you for all the time, patience, dedication, and materials that have been given to my daughter who is participating in the BF programme. I have seen so much development in my child, in terms of knowledge, skills, insight, and now she has much better confidence. She alw... read more

    -Gusti Ayu Keysha Maheswari’s Parent (BF Learning Center Student's Parent)

  • We learned a lot about how a conservation NGO works, and enjoyed a lot being part of the team. We cherished the meetings we had with the Founder. We also valued the experience we had in participating in the clean-up with a local school.

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    -Pearl & Meow, volunteers from OPCFHK

  • We became aware how significant it is for community and conservation to work together from our volunteering experience. Thank you for doing a great job, Begawan Foundation!

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    -Aaron & Nicholas, volunteers from OPCFHK

  • By volunteering with Begawan Foundation, we undertook real-life experiences that demonstrate when students are given opportunities, they are more involved in conservation efforts. We see how the students always arrive early before the activities and try their best to find the answers and learn during the process. Another interesting observation ... read more

    -Katherina & Anna, volunteers from OPCFHK

  • Hopefully Begawan Foundation can continue their great efforts in the conservation of Bali Starlings and other birds, and also with the education program for local children. I think education for the younger generation is very important. I hope my university and I can continue to have good relationship with Begawan Foundation and hope that there ... read more

    -Auliya Indiarti Zen (Indi), MSc. Animal Behaviour (Application for Conservation) student from Anglia Ruskin University

  • Many thanks to birdkeeper Dewa for the Balinese language lessons and all the fun times at the breeding centre. Moreover, I believe that Begawan Foundation will continue to successfully restore Bali Starling’s population and I wish them the best of luck in this mission.

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    -Laurynas Veckys, Economic and Finance student from the University of Southampton

  • The volunteer opportunity was an unforgettable experience and all of the staff were so welcoming and friendly. I learned a lot and it motivated me to contribute even more in conservation and education. I hope Begawan Foundation will keep up their restless effort to conserve Bali Starlings and to educate the locals about wildlife, education and c... read more

    -Angelia Yulita (Angel), high school mathematics teacher from Jakarta

  • I first went to the Begawan's place about 5 years ago and was impressed, but am now even more so as the setup is highly professional. This time I went to do some filming for the 'Ubud in a Minute' YouTube channel where you can see a short film clip about it, and loved the place once again. I really think this has the potential to be a tour... read more

    -Paul Greenway, guidebook author & film-maker

  • There is nowhere else that can teach me so much about Bali Starling other than the Begawan Foundation. The situation of Bali Starling captured my attention that I need to help in taking care of them, and not only the Bali Starling but also other species around us, especia... read more

    -Satya, Bina Bangsa School, Bandung

  • It was a most pleasant day and so nice to talk and discuss in a relaxed atmosphere.

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    -David Jeggo, Durrell Wildlife Conservation

  • It was indeed a pleasure to see you again and am so glad to see the progress within a short time!

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    -Dr Jean Paul Ly and Dr Carmen Lee from Animal Recovery Centre (ARVRC)

  • Thank you for the warm welcome that has been given by friends at Begawan Foundation (Mehd, Deva, Agung and other staff) as well as the information provided and the exchange of information to increase the population of Bali Starling with a better genetic quality. We are pl... read more

    -Tony Sumampau, Chair of APCB (Bali Starling Conservationists Association) and Vet drh. I Kadek Kesuma Atmaja from Bali Safari and Marine Park

  • Thanks to Mehd and all the staff at the Begawan Foundation for taking time to educate Derrick and his friends about the Bali Starling and the importance of nature! The Bali Starling is an iconic and real-life example of biodiversity conservation and the plight of endanger... read more

    -Brad Sanders from Harapan Rainforest

  • So wonderful to know that these individuals were available to help draw attention to your important work, and that through the releases they were able to participate in such a meaningful way

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    -Steve Milpacher, Operations Director of World Parrot Trust

  • Had a wonderful 4 days there, saw various of bali starling doing very well  (one pasangan was going in and out their lobang with food!) and saw the kaketoes as well. Beautiful.

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    -Marlisa Wareman, Director of Taman Indonesia in The Netherlands

  • Most impressed with work at Green School and great to meet Mehd who clearly has been instrumental in assisting both release and breeding programmes

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    -Roger Wilkinson, Head of Field Conservation and Research and Andrew Owen, Curator of Birds, from Chester Zoo in UK

  • The breeding facilities for the Bali Starling are based within the grounds of the International Green School. These were of a very high standard and it was clear that the aviculturists there were very competent.

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    -Andrew Owen, Curator of Birds, and Roger Wilkinson, Head of Field Conservation & Research, both from

  • To be honest your set up is by far the best I have seen in Indonesia.

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    -Bob Jackson, a reputed Lorie breeder in the UK

  • I have great admiration for what Bradley … and you have achieved and I suspect that this will get the recognition it deserves in the fullness of time.

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    -Dr Paul Jepson, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK

  • I had practised my Bahasa Indonesian for the trip to the centre, but hadn’t really been prepared for beyond that! My guide Anton’s English was far better than my Bahasa and the day went well, after our initial difficulties. I had a good look around the various... read more

    -Frank Hemmings, Curator, John T. Waterhouse Herbarium, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental

  • Overall it was a fantastic experience

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    -Kayti Denham and Matt McCormick, and a group of secondary students from Bali International School

  • The main reason for birdwatchers to visit Nusa Penida is the iconic Bali Starling. The Bali Starling is a white bird with a blue eye patch. It very probably went extinct in the wild and has been sustained with captive bred introductions. Nusa Penida is a re-introduction s... read more

    -Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, a well known wildlife celebrity from Sri Lanka

Student-focused Education, Bali Starling Conservation, and the Local Community

The Bali Starling Conservation Project was Begawan Foundation's first initiative, established in 1999 with the aim of saving the highly endangered Bali Starling from the very real threat of extinction.

Breeding for release and the establishment of wild flocks of this critically endangered icon of Bali is the end goal of this program, one that we hope is best achieved by working closely with the local community.

It has become obvious that without the awareness, backing and support of the community, that conservation is difficult. Thus, since 2016, education for the younger generation both in school and after school has been a major focus of the foundation, with the goal to teach children to be aware of the importance and value of conservation and environmental protection, as they take their places as responsible adults in their communities.

In the Breeding and Release Centre established In Melinggih Kelod in late 2018, foundation staff work with the Madhusuara Breeders Association who are our foster breeders. Breeding pairs, young adolescent birds and breeder chicks are housed at this centre where birds are observed, paired for breeding, monitored for a better understanding of the birds’ behaviour, and when the time is right, released into the wild.


Within schools, we work with children from kindergarten age to senior high school, offering a variety of individual and group activities, with input from the students themselves. Our primary school students focus on conservation and the environment, our older students look at both waste management and endangered wildlife. Tourism vocational high school students focus on eco-tourism and sustainable tourism, with the goal to be ready to enter the industry workforce and make a positive impact on the tourism sector. With our in-school program we have now taught over 50 classes, in 25 schools in 6 villages, reaching more than 1,500 students.

Our after-school activities run 5 afternoons a week, with a solid core of over 25 students who participate in waste management and recycling, composting and gardening, English, literacy and numeracy, cooking, dance and karate.

A newly developed after-school program of nine theme-based student-focused programs embraces introspective, active, emotive and cognitive activities, involving students in a variety of integrated experiences, such as the application of mathematics in daily life. The possible activities for each theme are endless.



Both the Breeding and Release Centre and the Learning Centre rely on donations to assist in the running of activities.


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We accept volunteer applications all year round. It's a great opportunity for anyone who is keen to learn about our Conservation and Education activities here at Begawan Foundation.



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