If you're a successful compassionate woman who wants to ‘give back’, see the impact of your giving and enjoy time out for you – join Alisoun Mackenzie on this unique transformational adventure of a lifetime! 
Imagine enjoying a cool drink by the pool and watching the sunset as you take in the sounds and smells of a tropical island paradise...

It’s the end of an incredible day. You attended the opening ceremony of the school you built in Lombok – a small island to the east of Bali.

Together with the other fascinating women in the group you're reminiscing about the day – sharing special moments of connecting with the children, joining in with community celebrations and realising the impact of your efforts.

Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming sense of pride and joy you will feel. 

It feels surreal – but you’ve done it!

Thanks to you, a whole community will benefit from the school you've built for generations to come. Plus you've helped clean up the environment and provided local jobs too.

Now it's time for YOU – to reflect and celebrate before heading to Bali for few days of relaxation and pampering.

Imagine how good all that will feel...

Being part of a team of world-changing women who co-fund a school will be one of the most empowering, uplifting and rewarding things you will ever do
Have you ever wanted to 'give back' or be part of an overseas charity project? 

This unique charity challenge, adventure and retreat gives you the opportunity to embark upon one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of your life, with an amazing group of like-minded women.

During our time together you will discover how easy it is to combine 'giving back' and travelling:

  • Feel good raising/donating funds to build a school 
  • Feel a deep sense of satisfaction and joy when you visit the school, meet the children and see how YOU have transformed their lives 
  • Enjoy exploring Lombok and Bali – new places, great conversations plus time out to chill and be pampered. 

Tempted to add this to your bucket list yet?

Through doing good, taking time out for you and participating in group activities you will leave our retreat with:
  • A deep sense of pride, meaning and personal achievement
  • More clarity on the impact you want to have in the world and ways to do this
  • New friends for life 
  • An expanded vision for what's possible for you and new ideas for creating your ideal future
  • A personal pledge for striking a healthy balance between giving to others, yourself and the planet 
  • Insights and wisdom for being a brilliant global citizenresponsible traveller and Woman of Impact

Interested? Let's chat...

 

See what previous team members say

 
 
 

The School Giving Retreat Experience

Connecting, fundraising and learning...

As a member of a hand-picked team you will have 6-9 months to raise/donate £2,000 (US$2,600).

But you won't be alone. During this time we’ll get to know each other through monthly group calls and an online group – designed so you can discuss ideas, get support, ask questions, and hear updates about our school. 

You’ll also learn about fundraising plus being a modern day global citizen, humanitarian, anti-racist and responsible traveller.

Then it's time to get excited about going to Bali and Lombok to visit the school!

Our trip to Bali, Lombok and our school

This trip is an exclusive opportunity for the twelve women who sign up to the full School Giving Experience

We start by meeting up in Kuta on the south coast of Lombok for a couple of days to connect, relax and get ready for our school visit. 

You then have the option to spend a further 5 days with us relaxing, being pampered and exploring Bali. 

Lombok: the perfect place to relax and connect ahead of visiting our school (5 days)

Imagine recovering from your flights by the pool or on the beach, enjoying healthy food and nurturing activities such as massages, yoga, meditation, walking or cycling. 

I won't give too much away here but visiting our school as guests of the community will be one of the most rewarding, heart-warming and memorable experiences of your life!

While in Lombok you'll also reflect on the impact this experience has had on you and get clear on your next steps as an Inspiring Woman of Impact. Plus you'll also enjoy a 1-day tour exploring the island. 

Ubud: the cultural, creative and spiritual hub of Bali (5 Days)

Now it's time for YOU to enjoy a few days relaxation, pampering and exploring Bali on this optional 5-day Retreat Extension. 

Ubud and the surrounding area is one of the most beautiful parts of Bali – pretty temples, lush rice paddies and swaying palm trees with a backdrop of volcanoes.

With its fabulous range of cafes, shops, artists, spas, spiritual experiences, workshops and outdoor activities it's a wonderful place to chill with new inspiring friends. 

Activities

Most days will be an energising mix of time together (breakfast and dinner), optional activities, meaningful conversations and time for you to do your own thing. 

In Lombok, there will be plenty activities at our hotel, plus you'll enjoy a 1-day tour of the west coast of the island and of course we'll visit our school!

The Ubud Extension includes a massage and a one-day tour (to a water temple and volcano). Optional activities (at an extra cost) could include a rice paddy cycle tour, sound meditation, priestess ceremony, spa treatments and more. We'll help you organise activities that appeal. 

Our accommodation 

In both Lombok and Bali we'll be staying in comfortable 3-star hotels with modern rooms, healthy food options, a poolspa services and opportunities for you to do yoga and other activities. Plus space for you to chill and connect with other team members. Where possible these will be eco-friendly – still a new concept in Indonesia!

Details of the specific hotels will be confirmed once we have 8+ women in the team and we know we'll meet our fundraising target. 

The Cuisine

One of the many things I love about Bali is the scrumptious food – a great range of choices and exceptional eateries for vegetarians, vegans, meat-eaters, pescatarians and gluten free folks alike. The curries, raw food, salads, fresh-fruit (and juices) are especially divine.

The hotels we'll be staying at will all serve a healthy breakfast – including mouth-watering tropical fruit.

Most evenings, we will be eating out at restaurants we've tried before or which come highly recommended. We will of course make sure we cater for your dietary requirements. 

 

Why build schools in Lombok?

THE PROBLEM: Over 600 schools destroyed in earthquakes

In 2018, more than 500 people were killed, thousands of families where left homeless and over 400 schools were destroyed when a series of earthquakes struck the small Indonesian island of Lombok (east of Bali).

Since then our charity partner, Classroom of Hope (who recently built our school in Cambodia), has been helping the island recover by building new schools. But thousands of children are still out of school.

There is also a huge problem with rubbish in Indonesia. 

THE SOLUTION: Build earthquake-resistant schools so children can return to school. Schools that will also help clean up the environment and create jobs too.

We're excited to be partnering with Classroom of Hope again as they have found a solution that tackles both problems: the lack of child-friendly schools and too much rubbish.

Together we will be building one of the first schools in Indonesia made with re-cycled plastic bricks. How cool is that? 

Does being part of this project appeal to you?

What's included in this UNIQUE transformational experience?

Yes, this is ALL included!
  • Pre-trip support and training - monthly team calls, a Facebook group and online courses. Training will be provided on fundraising plus being a modern day global citizen, humanitarian and responsible traveller.
  • A fundraising page - to collect and track donations
  • 5 nights' accommodation in Lombok
  • Meals - all breakfasts and dinners (excluding drinks)
  • VIP school visit 
  • 1-day tour in Lombok - exploring the south-west of the island
  • Gifts - for the community and school
  • Entrance fees - for any sites we visit as a group
  • Tips - for all listed group travel and activities
  • Optional Bali Retreat Extension includes a flight from Lombok to Bali, 5 nights' accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, a massage and a 1-day tour to a water-temple and volcano in central Bali. 
NOT included...
  • Your international flights to and from Lombok/Bali 
  • Transfers between the airport and hotels at the start and end of your trip. These can be arranged through our travel agent.
  • Additional nights' accommodation before or after the dates of the trip
  • Lunches 
  • Drinks
  • Optional activities - activities not stated
  • Insurance (travel, medical, activities & cancellation)
  • Vaccinations
  • Visas (people from most countries can get a tourist visa upon arrival in Bali) 
  • Other personal items such as souvenir shopping, personal phone calls/data roaming, extra massages and spa treatments, personal taxis and laundry services

Here's what previous team members say...

"

If you’re on the fence about getting involved with Alisoun’s school building project, get off and say yes! It’s a fantastic opportunity to build your network, make new friends, experience a new country and culture, and have a huge impact on the lives of young people. I can't even begin to describe the overwhelming emotion I felt when we visited the school. So many special moments I will treasure forever. I feel so proud to have achieved this and grateful to have been part of such an awesome team led by the inspirational Alisoun Mackenzie. Thank you!"

Mel Sherwood
Speaker, Author & Trainer

"

Being involved with any of Alisoun’s projects is always incredibly good fun, rewarding and fulfilling. This was a life-changing experience for sure! You’ll love the team spirit. You’ll be amazed at the people who support you. It was humbling to be part of something that affected so many people. "

Bernadette Petrie
Entrepreneurial Life Coach

"

Joining Alisoun’s fundraising team has been an incredible experience–one I’ll never forget and not to be missed! Remembering the children at the school still brings tears to my eyes. Alisoun is an amazing leader, who brought together a great team of people and organised a fantastic trip. I also now have more friends for life and the confidence to plan another trip for myself. "

Caroline McLuckie
Therapist

"

I decided to join Alisoun’s school project so I could do something to improve the lives of women and girls overseas, as part of a team and to have the opportunity to see the impact of working together. Visiting Cambodia and the school really brought the project alive and raised awareness of the long-term impact of having built the school. It’s also been great to raise my awareness around global citizenship and having an impact. I’m so grateful to have been involved. It’s been a joy and privilege. Thank you! "

Angela McCusker
Woman of Impact

"

This is a highly worthwhile experience where your contribution will leave a sustainable legacy – it’s been amazing and trip of a lifetime we will never forget. It’s also helped me realise that having a major impact goal is achievable and how easy it is to have a positive impact when travelling. Thanks Alisoun!"

Jackie Forbes
Leadership Coach & Trainer

"

Joining Alisoun’s group has been an incredible experience that is not normally obtainable. Raising funds to build a school and then visiting it, the pupils, staff and community took the satisfaction of giving to a whole new level. What an experience!"

Laura Thomas
Founder of LT Thomas
About your hosts
Alisoun Mackenzie
The Compassionate Business Mentor, TEDx Speaker, Author, Humanitarian and your Retreat Host

Often described as one of the most authentic and inspiring souls you can meet, Alisoun is on a mission to improve the lives of 100,000+ people and the sustainability of the planet – by making it easy for women to have more impact in the world, personally and through their business.

Alisoun’s keynote talks, training, mentoring, and best-selling books Give-to-Profit and Heartatude have favorably changed the good fortune of thousands of people worldwide.

Having spent five years helping young genocide survivors in Rwanda, Alisoun is now building schools in Asia to help children and communities lift themselves out of poverty. Alisoun's first team funded and visited a school in Cambodia in 2019. This is Alisoun's second school building project and trip. 

Alisoun loves travelling, beach walks, yoga, cycling, skiing, paddle-boarding, having great conversations with interesting women and living by the beach in Scotland.

Jennifer Main, Transformational Guide, Initiator, Conscious Creator, Author & Retreat Manager

Jennifer is a leading instructor and practitioner of meditation and healing with over 20 years experience of working with clients from around the world. As a catalyst for change, she challenges artists, creatives, healers, and entrepreneurs at the top of their fields to expand into uncharted territory. Her mission is to inspire individuals to recognise their unique potential and calling, to embrace purpose, and to live an aligned and authentic existence.

Jennifer offers individual and group sessions, leads meditation groups, facilitates Initiation Ceremonies, and wrote a best-selling book, for the wanderers of the world. 

Having previously spent 10 years working with individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, and the effects of poverty, Jennifer's goal is to create impact for children and communities that need it most. She was thrilled to be a part of our first School Fundraising Team (for a school in Cambodia), and is excited to be helping lead this project.

Our FOCUS on IMPACT

We will focus on impact at every stage of planning and experiencing in this journey. 

Our school will have a positive impact on a whole community for generations to come. Plus we'll be doing all we can to minimise our environmental impact, be responsible travellers and respectful global citizens

This will include making conscious choices around our travel, hotels, where and what we eat, carbon offsetting and taking care not to be 'white saviours.' 

Cambodia (where we built our last school) made it easy to have an impact as it has many social enterprises serving tourists and tackling social and environmental problems.

Indonesia is less developed in this respect but where possible we will seek eco and local solutions. We'll share more about our impact through blogs and social media. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The price of your trip depends on when you book, whether you'd like to join us for 5 or 10 nights and your room preference–twin or solo occupancy. 

Prices range from £2,050 to £3,500.

Due to Covid, and uncertainties around travel, I'm not currently taking any deposits to join the team. Instead I ask all team members to pledge £150 towards their fundraising. 

Deposits will be taken once we confirm the final dates for the trip. This is likely to be in January 2021. 

There are early bird discounts available for team members who sign up before 31st August 2020. 

Click HERE to find out more!

I want to make sure that being part of this project is right for you, me and the rest of the team. 

This includes making sure you are happy with the scope and limitations of the project. Part of my role is curating an amazing group of women. I need to make sure you and others are a good fit for the team.

  • Positive, proactive successful women from all cultural backgrounds, who want to make a difference in the world.
  • Women who have lived an interesting life (typically over 40). 
  • Women who are interested in having more impact in the world, want to connect to a deeper sense of purpose or to take time out to do something meaningful. 
  • Women who enjoy travelling, experiencing new places and cultures, and meeting other fascinating women, from all cultures.
  • Women who value peace, love, kindness, diversity, community inclusiveness and minimising our environmental footprint.

What you 'do' is not important although most women on the trip are likely to be womenpreneurs, business owners, leaders, founders, volunteers, consultants, professionals, career changers, thought leaders, authors, artists, well-being specialists, film-makers, non-exec directors, investors, or women who have sold their business, lived overseas or retired early. 

This experience is NOT for:

  • Men or children (under 18)
  • Women who want to travel with their children or male partners
  • Women with significant health issues (physical, mental or emotional). Bali and Lombok are in Indonesia. It is a hot humid country and may not have health facilities or hospitals up to the standards you experience at home. Facilities for disabled people are almost non-existent. If you're prone to illness when travelling to a developing country, or when you experience a different diet/water, please consider this before signing up. Fitness wise, Bali and Lombok are volcanic islands – they are hilly and so having a moderate level of fitness is suggested. Please seek medical advice for any health issues prior to signing up. 
  • Negative women, women who are not interested in learning about and experiencing other cultures, women who want to spend most of the time drinking, partying or gossiping. 

No. It is illegal to volunteer in Indonesia as this is seen to be taking jobs from the locals. 

Even it if were legal, many well intended Westerners volunteering overseas actually do more long-term damage than good. I'll be explaining more about this as part of the Global Citizen training that will be delivered to all team members. 

Thanks but I don't need any volunteers. 

I've already got a list of friends and business associates I've known for years who will be assisting as needed. 

No. 

As we're likely to be travelling from different places, our trip will start in Kuta, Lombok.

However as you'll be getting to know other team members over the month's you're all fundraising, you may well decide to travel out with other team members. 

You can fly to Lombok's international airport and get an airport shuttle or transfer to the hotel. You are responsible for travelling to the hotel in time for the start of our trip. Our travel agent can help you book the best flights and arrange your hotel transfer. 

No. This is a woman-only trip, specifically for successful womenpreneurs, leaders and change-makers who want to have more impact in the world. Although you could arrange to spend time with family before or after our trip. 

The trip is an exclusive experience for those who raise/donate at least £2,000 for the school. 

How you source the money is up to you. You could fundraise or make a donation (personally or through your business). 

No. There are only 12 spaces available on the trip. These will be allocated to the first 12 women who apply and are accepted onto the team. 

You will forfeit your place on the trip and any funds you've paid towards this, subject to our cancellation policy. 

Any funds you've raised/donated through your fundraising page will still go towards the school. 

We intend to confirm the school build and final trip dates by the end of December 2020. With this in mind we advise holding off booking international travel until you’ve received this final confirmation from us. 

If we receive your written cancellation between the confirmation date above and 120 days before the first day we are due to meet in Lombok, this will result in a total loss of your deposit. 

If we receive your written cancellation between 46-89 days before the first day we are due to meet in Lombok, this will result in a loss of 50% of the price of this experience.

If we receive your written cancellation between 1-45 days of the first day we are due to meet in Lombok, this will result in a total loss of funds paid. 

If the trip element of this experience is cancelled at any time (by either party), the funds you’ve already raised through your fundraising page will still go towards building a school in Lombok.

You are advised to take out insurance and book flights with reputable airlines/travel agents to minimise any potential risk of loss.  

Yes of course!

Anyone who pledges to raise £2,000+ will be set up with their own fundraising page you can use to gather, process and track donations. 

If you don't want to commit to raising this much, you're welcome to process donations through our team fundraising page. 

Please do however get in touch so we know what you're doing and can keep you updated with info about the school. 

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