Community volunteering in Bali

“Help the pioneering deaf-mute community in Bengkala improve their life skills and creative businesses on this four-week volunteering trip in Bali.”


Orientation | Bahasa Indonesia lesson | work with deaf-mute community in Bengkala

Description of Community volunteering in Bali

The village of Bengkala in rural Bali is known for its inclusivity, where the deaf-mute 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.

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.

Please note that you will need to be at least 18 years old to participate in this project and are required to go through a background check beforehand. This trip has been screened by our guidelines for volunteering with children.

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2019: 1 Sep

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Community volunteering in Bali

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Traditional Balinese culture puts a strong emphasis on taking care of our home and environment as a way of life, and such value is upheld strongly in this community. We do our best to stay true to the traditional Balinese architecture style using materials that can be found in our surrounding nature. If possible, we also recycle the construction waste and integrate it into our creative economy project or that of waste management.

Our community has a long way to go in terms of handling our waste. Due to the lack of resources, we weren’t unable to process our waste and contribute to the environmental conservation. However, our waste management training program aims to make a change in that department and involve our entire community, deaf or hearing, in taking better care of the world. We also appreciate any input from our volunteers who are willing to share other ways to recycle or process our waste in more sustainable ways. Let us know how we can do better!


Bengkala houses the highest deaf population in a single region in the whole country, and while the village has a formal inclusive school, it still lacks many other facilities to maximize their development. Our project aims to empower the local deaf people with the skills to integrate and thrive in the wider scope of society, through non-formal workshops and trainings.

We firmly believe that with the right resources and opportunities, the deaf community in Bengkala can be their best, empowered selves and pursue opportunities that suit their skills and interests, as well as exchange knowledge with people from outside the community. Our program aims to prepare them for such interactions and ensure that the experience is beneficial for them.

In the involvement of international volunteers, we hope to break the stigma surrounding deaf people and promote the beauty of their own language and culture. Volunteers will be guided by a dedicated facilitator from the community and learn the local sign language during their stay. We appreciate anyone coming with an open mind and a genuine will to learn about our community’s unique culture!

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