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.

The student group will be an interdisciplinary team with Psychology students teamed with Media & Communications during Winter Vacation, and Health-focused students paired with Media & Communications students in Session 3. Students with video production experience is highly desirable but not essential.

Accommodation: Students stay in a 4-star hotel with Western-style facilities, located on the Lautoka Waterfront. Breakfast is included and there are laundry services available as well as two pools on-site. The accommodation is also a 5 minute walk to the Lautoka city centre and the major shopping centre which houses a number of restuarants, grocery stores, clothing stores and a cinema. This accommodation is a shared accommodation with 2 people per room.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Activity length:4 weeks

PACE Units*: HLTH300, PSY399, PACE360, INTS305

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

Yogyakarta (often "Jogja" for short) is a lively mix between contemporary and traditional Indonesian culture making it one of the most interesting places in Java to explore. Yakkum is located approximately thirty minutes from the center of the city ($6 AUD each way using Gojek or Grab, which are the locally used rideshare companies) making it convenient to experience everything Jogja has on offer, whilst being away from the city's hustle and bustle.

Indonesia's most popular temples and archaeological sites such as the UNESCO world heritage site Borodbudur and Parambanan, are also located within a short bus trip from the city.

Previous Activities


Students created a 50-page booklet translated in both Indonesian and English detailing mental health first aid strategies and individual long-term strategies to enhance wellbeing.

Students developed disability inclusive activities to introduce and advocate disability issues, including developing media campaigns to promote income generation unit programs

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.


PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Email: paceinternational@mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at paceinternational@mq.edu.au.

Student experiences - Ashleigh Arkell

Ashleigh Arkell YakkumWhat 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.

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