Pusat Rehabilitasi YAKKUM

YAKKUM is an Indonesia based non-government organization working for People with Disabilities (PWD). YAKKUM aim to empower people with disability to reach optimal levels of independence physically, socially and financially while also empowering the community to accept and include those with disability.

At the community level YAKKUM focuses on empowering people with disability, their families and also the community so that they remain people with dignity and have access to have their basic rights fulfilled.

The objectives that YAKKUM is currently working on are:

  • Working with communities to raise awareness of the rights people with disabilities.
  • YAKKUM Rehabilitation Centre aims to provide comprehensive and holistic support to the people with work with.
  • Becoming organisation that is independent and sustainable so we can continue to support people with disabilities throughout Indonesia.
  • Providing rehabilitation support to the victims of disasters.

Find more information on the Yakkum website.

You can also see the experience of past PACE International students on activity with YAKKUM through this video.

Meet our alumni

Ashleigh Arkell, Session 3 2018, YakkumAshleigh Arkell Yakkum

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Human Sciences, majoring in Public Health: Policy and Promotion with a minor in Language and Professional Communication- Yakkum, Indonesia

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I completed two projects. The first was to observe Yakkum's community education program, interview stakeholders and create a report with recommendations for improving the program. The second was to make a promotional video highlighting all of Yakkum's services and to provide photographs of the facilities that Yakkum could use for future promotional material.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

I was interested in completing my placement through PACE International because it looked exciting and challenging. It presented the opportunity to travel while studying and to learn how to think outside of the box in a completely unfamiliar context. It was also a great opportunity to distinguish myself from other graduates who will be applying for the same jobs as me one day.

What advice would you give to a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Be brave and go for it. I was terrified to go, but I'm so glad that I did! Embrace being completely out of your comfort zone, because the more that you get involved and immerse yourself in the culture and the project, the more you will learn and the more you will grow as an individual.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

There's so many! One of the best parts was seeing health promotion in action. One day, we visited disabled batik workers who are now employed as a result of Yakkum's vocational training program. This has provided these people with an income, social connections and allows them to participate in society - all of which will improve their health status in the long term.
Visiting the local elementary school to observe the education program was amazing. The kids were so excited and enthusiastic.
I also loved exploring the city, the temples and Mount Merapi on the weekends.

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

PACE unitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
HLTH300Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Develop disability inclusive activities to introduce and advocate disability issues, including developing media campaigns to promote income generation unit programs
PSY399Session 2 (after activity)Winter VacationConduct a monitoring and evaluation for Yakkum, including collecting relevant data concerning psychological outcomes of childrens' primary carers 
PACE360Winter Vacation/
Session 3 (same time as activity)
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Develop training courses to help equip people with disabilities with soft skills training
INTS305Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will work on health promotion activities to advocate for people with a disability
MAS350Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Develop a media campaign to promote and advocate the work of Yakkum
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