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Bali has been greatly renowned for its enchanting nature and widely diverse cultures for such a small island. Its locals are also famous for their hospitality and warmth, to their guests and their own alike. What many of us don’t know is that, tucked in the rural area of the Buleleng regency, Bali is also home to the highest deaf-mute population in the country. In this small village of Bengkala, the deaf-mute community known as the Kolok seamlessly interact and integrate with the rest of the people using the local sign language, and is a true testament to how much they embrace and accommodate differences in their community.

Program Overview

Facilitating the development for people with disabilities are not without its challenges. With the language barriers and lack of access getting in the way, the learning opportunities are often rather limited, and thus the deaf-mute also have limited room to grow. The programme focuses on community development by facilitating basic life skills trainings, such as household financial management and development of various means of creating income, as well as sustainable tourism, and literacy workshops. This program aims to take the integration of the deaf-mute population one step further; by giving them the equipment to financially and personally thrive.

Project Life

In this program, you will be facilitating workshops of basic life and management skills that are beneficial in the deaf-mute community’s daily life, including household finances, waste and environmental management, and the development of creating income. You will also assist in developing a sustainable community-based tourism, as well as establish a credit union for the deaf-mute community. Additionally, you will take part in cultural traditions during your stay, such as traditional weaving . Experience becoming a true part of the community by participating in the traditional ceremonies at their local temple. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bask in the rich culture and history of Bali.

Project Details

This program is operated in spoken English and sign language. Some knowledge of basic Bahasa Indonesia is preferable, but you will not be required to speak Bahasa Indonesia during the program. However, you will receive lessons in Bahasa Indonesia and Kolok (the local sign language) on your arrival to help you communicate and engage better with the locals during your volunteering period. Ability to understand and communicate using ISL (International Sign Language) will also be an advantage.

The team at AFS Indonesia are looking forward to discussing the programmes with you and can be reached on 0207 097 4705 between 8am and 3pm.

Alternatively apply now and we’ll call you back.

Program Details

  • Program Type
    • Volunteering
  • Location
  • Program for an individual or for a group
    Individual or Group
  • Program highlights
    • Become a part of a tight-knit community that embraces diversity
    • Learn a new language in both spoken and sign
    • Experience life in the pristine area of rural Bali
    • Share and exchange knowledge with people of different backgrounds
    • Learn the often-overlooked beauty of deaf culture

What's included in your experience

  • Host Family Placement
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Meals
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Continuous Support
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Domestic Transport
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Community Service Placement
  • Language Instruction

What you are responsible for

  • Airfare
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Medical Insurance
  • Vaccinations