Empowerment and Integration of Deaf Community

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AFS Indonesia
Coordinator | Andy
Coordinator | Andy


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
Exchange knowledge with people of different backgrounds
Learn the often-overlooked beauty of deaf culture
Help provide equal opportunity for the highest deaf population in Indonesia, in the peaceful side of Bali. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
The village of Bengkala in rural Bali is known for its inclusivity, where the deaf community (known as the Kolok) can develop their local sign language. It became one of the primary means of communications in the village, and the Kolok can integrate with hearing people in the community with little difficulty.

Embark on a community development journey by helping with basic life skill training and workshop sessions on topics such as household finances and waste management. Assist literacy workshops and help develop the creative economy, establishing a sustainable community-based tourism. You’ll get the chance to become part of a tight-knit community that not only embraces diversity, but also accommodates them. This is your opportunity to share knowledge and experience with people from completely different backgrounds, and learn the beauty of deaf culture that is often overlooked.

Typical day

Welcome to your program! On arrival, you will be picked up by a local staff/volunteer and taken to your accommodation to rest. You must have had a long journey, and you're best prepared for the orientation the next day!

You will undergo an orientation on your intercultural experience ahead. The orientation includes introduction of organization, managing hopes and concerns, basic Bahasa Indonesia, rules and regulations, and emergency procedures. You will also be briefed about your volunteering project by its staff. At the end of the day, you will depart to your project location and be transferred to your on-site accommodation.

On your first day, there will be an induction, and then the volunteering activities will commence. Guided by a dedicated facilitator who represents the local community, you will be assisting workshops on household financial management, basic waste management, and other skills that you may have. You may also be participating in their traditional weaving activity or any cultural and religious ceremonies that take place during your stay.

During your free time and weekends, you are free to explore the area and experience the local culture as you wish!

Every month, you will have a 1 to 2-hour session with fellow volunteers and staff to discuss your experience so far, and how to move forward with your current situation.

Before your departure home, you will have an end-of-stay orientation to reflect on your experiences and how it affects your perspective.

Free-time activities

Your weekends are free to explore Bali. Spend time with Indonesian islanders, discover the local history and mythology in arts and souvenirs, and unwind at one of the sprawling beaches or rainforests.

Water Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
passport, CV and motivation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No necessary minimum level of education. Knowledge in ISL, home economic skills, personal finance, arts, music, dance, yoga, agriculture, farming, product development, social media/blogging, marketing, health and hygiene, environment, waste management, community-based tourism will be an advantage. However, you are NOT required to be an expert on the above skills as your role is imparting aspirations for the community and influencing others for their chances to live a better life.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

Services by AFS Indonesia
The fees include:
·  Host Family placement
·  Meals
·  Orientations
·  Local contact person
·  Airport pick up
·  Domestic transport
·  Global Competence Certificate
·  24/7 emergency support
·  24 hour in country support
Airport Pickup at Ngurah Rai International Airport

Participants will be picked up at the airport by a representative of our organization and/or our partner organization whose project they will be volunteering in.

Participants will live with a local host family. The accommodation may vary from one family to another, but below are the requirements:
1. Clean and healthy. Exposed to enough sunlight and not damp. Room is not dirty (swept clean upon arrival) and not within proximity of a waste disposal area. Room must be cleaned daily & bed sheets must be changed weekly.  
2. Consists of 1 single bed. Bed includes mattress, pillow (with sheets and covers), and clean blanket.
3. Equipped with a wardrobe, writing desk, and a fan.
4. Modest bathroom. Squatting toilet is acceptable, but seated toilet is a plus. Hygiene is prioritized; clean and smooth water flow, is not mossy, and has good water disposal.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Rice is the staple and is eaten at every meal in Indonesia. Vegetables, fish, and hot sauces are often served with the rice. Tea and coffee are the most common beverages, although the region also produces liquors called arak and tuak. Fresh fruit is widely available and is often eaten as dessert. Like most regional Indonesian cuisine, Balinese dishes are rich with spices. Bali is known for its sate lilit, or minced pork satay, although some may use chicken, beef or fish as an alternative.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

2 January 2019
4 February 2019
4 March 2019
1 April 2019
1 May 2019
1 July 2019
1 August 2019
2 September 2019
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$ 830
8 weeks
$ 1,668
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,013
Average fees
$ 188 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. AFS Indonesia will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with AFS Indonesia during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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