Giyan began her career working for the Green School in Bali as the Communications Assistant and Coordinator for a Community Integration program called Kul Kul Connection. These experiences allowed her to strengthen her public speaking ability, and to develop an understanding of both the importance and the beauty of diversity and collaboration in achieving goals.
The dynamic and sustainability-oriented culture of the Green School inspired Giyan to work towards a master’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2016. Although she found it challenging to both work and devote herself to her studies, she ultimately found her decision to be immensely fulfilling. Giyan is especially proud of the collaboration between the international communities of Green School and local farmers in providing chemical free rice. This program, also known as the Organic Transition Rice Planting Project, has successfully engaged 5 local farmers, 27 international parents, and protected nearly 1 hectare of rice-field from harmful chemicals. The collaboration and hard work of her program participants has not only nurtured an appreciation for local farmers, but has also provided healthy organic rice to many members of the community.