Gili Meno Eco Hostel camping holiday
Gili Meno Eco Hostel
– a camping and/or volunteering holiday
By Mark O’Brien
‘Built by travellers for travellers’ is the motto.
Gili Meno Eco Hostel is the brainchild of Michelle Lockett and her kids Ben and Claire.
After living on Gili Meno for some months and seeing the unique and exaggerated environmental issues of living on a small island, Michelle felt it was necessary to move in more of an eco and sustainable direction in creating a hostel.
Organic permaculture veggie garden, composting toilets, the use of renewable resources in the construction of the fences separating the camping areas and a wholistic approach to their fee structure.
See the bottom of this page for more photos of Gili Meno Eco Hostel.
Gili Meno Eco Hostel is a funky little place where clearly a lot of love has been poured.
You can sleep in a hammock for a measly 50k a night, or there are a few options with the various tents and there is also the funky ‘penthouse’ room with unbroken views to the ocean 10 metres away.
Gili Meno Eco Hostel is a very sweet holiday spot to visit or to stay and contribute as a volunteer, as there are lots of projects to get involved with.
Volunteering is a fun way of getting to know people and to learn some new things, to be pushed onto steep learning curves, especially the unique nature of living in a place where there simply isn’t a hardware store just down the road, where every purchase has to be well thought out and planned ahead.
I haven’t stayed in a hostel for a very long time, (probably before most of the other residents were born!) so I was a bit out of sorts personally, living in a shared space with 10-15 others, and having a group breakfast was different for me, as I usually prefer to not see anyone until coffee and breakfast have been consumed.
But that all worked out fine. It was a good experience being around a much younger scene, and prompts me to do it again.
The night I arrived was their opening night, with a ceremony from the local village heads. There was a party there and there were a whole bunch of volunteers having their last night.
It seemed like it was pretty frenetic getting everything ready for the opening, and the party was of course a great success with everyone having lots of fun, with hangovers of equal measure on display the next day.
Gili Meno Eco Hostel is a great little place to stay for a bit of a budget adventure or if you’d like to experience hostel living on an island.
See the Facebook page, Gili Meno Eco Hostel for more information about staying and about projects underway or in the pipeline that may require your expertise, or simply your ideas or sweat.
Gili Meno Eco Hostel is a worthy project to check out and contribute to. Michelle, Ben and Claire are a lovely family who are trying to do something out of the box.
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