Students In Bali Can Pay Tuition Fees With Coconuts Amid Pandemic
Nov 14, 2020

A hospitality college in Bali, Indonesia, has begun accepting coconuts as tuition payment as it acknowledged that students face economic hardship in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

When students at the Venus One Tourism Academy, based in the city of Gianyar in central Bali, pay their fees with coconuts, the college will use them to harvest virgin coconut oil, according to a UPI report.

Alternatively, students can pay with leaves from other selected tropical plants which can be converted into herbal soap and be sold to raise money for the academy, the report said.

The program has been running since March, after the college received a permit to allow it to operate on this basis.

“Initially, the tuition payment scheme was paid in three installments, with the first installment at 50 per cent, the second 20 at per cent and the third at 30 per cent,” Venus One Tourism Academy’s director Wayan Pasek Adi Putra told local news outlet Bali Puspa News.

A new world of hospitality

“Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have adapted a flexible policy. We produce virgin coconut oil, so students can pay their tuition by bringing coconuts,” he said.

“We have to educate them to optimise the natural resources in their surroundings. When the pandemic is over, they will enter the world of hospitality with different skills,” he added.

Currently, students staying in areas with the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases in Bali are not allowed to attend lectures in person, the academy said.

Bali used to be Indonesia’s number one hot spot for international tourism, but the government closed the island to non-Indonesian visitors until 2021 due to the pandemic.