"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a Child" ~ Anonymous


Courtney Grafton from United States

"My time at Slukat Learning Center simply cannot be summarized—never in my life have I had such an exciting, dynamic, and moving experience in the span of only one month."


My time at Slukat Learning Center simply cannot be summarized—never in my life have I had such an exciting, dynamic, and moving experience in the span of only one month. As a university student who had never travelled to a third world country, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived. Sure, I’d read my Lonely Planet and done a bit of research, but nothing could truly prepare me for the rich culture and incredible experiences Bali was going to offer me.

As a first time teacher I was hesitant stepping into a classroom, but this fear immediately dissipated as soon as I met the kids. After a week of shadowing another teacher, I began to teach my own classes and was thrilled at how eager the kids were to learn English and share aspects of our vastly different backgrounds. Throughout class we often practiced English by making cultural comparisons and sharing aspects of our everyday lives. One former student even took Nana, Mike and I to his home where we marched through the streets as part of the Cremation Ceremony. As the only westerners in a crowd of hundreds, I was incredibly grateful that Slukat allowed me to see and even participate in the real culture of Bali. I was also fortunate enough to teach English to the staff at Slukat (and in exchange they taught the volunteers English). This additional aspect to teaching allowed me to become good friends with the Balinese girls my age who were working there. (Miss you Gung Ade and Novy!)

And because classes run Monday through Thursday I also had the opportunity of travelling on the weekends. From lazy days on the beaches of the fishing village in Padangbai to a moonlit hike up Mount Agung (bit of advice: the walk down is MUCH more difficult than the climb up!) to the Kecak Dance in Ubud to scuba diving at a WWII wreck in Tulamben, I left Bali with a wealth of experiences that I could never have dreamt about having—especially all on one small island.

The founders have truly begun something incredible in this small village of Keramas. Unlike the many programs that take advantage of students who want to teach in foreign countries and charge exuberant sums to do so, Slukat Learning Center is first and foremost a place where students from the local village can come to learn English and interact with people from different countries. Instead of making it about the profits, Slukat Learning Center focuses on the kids and ensures that the volunteers can have an authentic, fulfilling and effective experience while there. If given the opportunity, I plan to return upon graduation and stay much longer than just one month…