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WORKSHOP – International/Wilderness First Responder – Erika & Dillon

October 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am - October 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

The International/Wilderness First Responder Course is the gold standard in first aid training for people who might find themselves up to 72 hours away from comprehensive medical care. The medical content of our IFR is reciprocal with the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification required for teachers and licensed wilderness guides worldwide. However, we frame this material as it applies to life in Indonesia, which creates an invaluable and enjoyable learning experience for our Bali-based students.


This is a course for students age 14 and older, who live, work or recreate in places where professional medical care is not easily accessible. It is perfect for anyone who lives or works in a developing world setting where medical care can be delayed, unreliable or even unavailable.


  • Identify and accommodate some of the unique challenges facing individuals and communities with limited access to advanced medical care.
  • Conduct a complete medical examination of a patient including taking a patient history, gathering vital signs and doing a head-to-toe physical exam.
  • Use a patient assessment system to evaluate the initial state of a patient, monitor a patient’s progress and plan ongoing care for 72 hours or more.
  • Identify and manage a large range of common illnesses, injuries and environmental medical problems.
  • Use local resources and medical professionals, online research and course materials to support good decision making in the field.
  • Plan for patient transfer to a qualified medical facility and facilitate medical evacuations.


The International First Responder is an 84 hour course designed to maximise retention, helping ensure that you will remember what you need to know in a true emergency. The class includes informative lectures, student researched presentations, skills and knowledge testing and many hands-on scenarios. We use familiar, student-generated examples and local context to reinforce knowledge and promote critical thinking and analysis. This course includes a realistic night rescue scenario and significant time outdoors, regardless of weather conditions. To successfully complete the course and receive certification, students will need to be in attendance for all classroom time, fulfill all required assignments and pass all written and physical examinations.


This course builds community capacity for medical emergencies and disasters. It teaches students how to provide care to a patient in a non-hospital setting, over a prolonged period of time. It is the perfect course for individuals and organisations that are committed to making their community safer and more self-reliant.


Erika Carpenter is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), whitewater guide, Bumi Sehat Volunteer and parent of three sons – two of them Green School Bali graduates. She has worked and lived in Southeast Asia for the past 20 years and has had many chances to use her medical training in her community, on her friends and on her family (especially her sons). She is currently writing a textbook for International First Responders.




Dillon Carpenter-Dorworth is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT), who began volunteering at Bali’s Bumi Sehat Foundation in 2009. He graduated from Green School Bali in 2013 and did his senior thesis project on the subject of making trauma first aid training available throughout the island of Bali. Since leaving Green School he has worked in clinics in Sumatra, Cambodia and the Philippines, trained as a paramedic, studied pre-medicine in the United States and now works as a dive/first aid instructor.

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Monday to Friday,

October 5th-14th, 2019 

8:30 am to 5:30 pm, plus one-night scenario 6:00-11:00 pm



  • Rp 10,000,000 / USD 725 for bridge members

  • Rp 11,700,000 / USD 825 for GS community members

  • Rp 13,000,000 / USD 925 for non-GS participants


  • Rp 6,000,000 / USD 475 for GS students

(Full and partial scholarships for members of the Indonesian community)



October 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am
October 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
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