Learn How to Make a Change!

Can you imagine learning about how-to’s of making a change, living and breathing in a culture of a completely different viewpoint, exploring the possibilities of a new life, widening your boundaries, meeting with new people, enjoying the color of all shades endlessly, laying under a blanket hung above with stars spilled all around, and more? And having all of these all together?

Crazy? Not for us! Come join!

What is ACF Social Entrepreneurship Summer Retreat?

We designed SESR’19 to introduce what social entrepreneurship is to mainly the youth and anyone who is interested with instructors who are leading social entrepreneurs representing different successful organizations around the world.

This three-week program is aimed to make an introduction to the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship exploring elements of SE such as economics, marketing, fundraising, project management and realization, community and ethics.

To learn more about the program in detail, please check the program guide below. For any inquiries, if you could send an email to our Program Director, Huma would be more than glad to get in contact with you personally via huma@vassalam.org!

What’s the tuition and what’s included?

Tuition for the program included the airfare is 2000 USD.

*For students from Zanzibar and Tanzania, 100% and 50% scholarships may be available respectively.

Tuition includes:

Return flight tickets from and to a country of your choice to and from Zanzibar International Airport
Over 50 hours of lectures and workshops from different social entrepreneurs each week
Transfers: between Zanzibar International Airport and the campus, field trips, local social enterprise visits and occasional weekend trips
Accommodation in Zanzibar for three weeks: in shared rooms of up to four people
3 meals per day with vegetarian options available
Optional complimentary Swahili classes
Drinking and hot water in campus
All project supplies

Upon your admission, we will be guiding you through the payment options.
You can also check our policy at the bottom of the page for more details.

Who will be here for you?


Born in 1954, in Jakarta, he only pursued a formal school education until the age of 14. From an early age onwards he was already more interested in the search for identity and the meaning of life, than a formal school education. That is why he went 1969 to Australia, returning 1971 to Indonesia to live with his grandfather in a remote village in Sulawesi. In the farm of his grandfathers is where he began to be interested in plants and nature.

In 1982 he decided with several friends from the theater workshop and some villagers to take part in the transmigration program at the time. The transmigration program was aiming to open up government owned forest land for settlement and agriculture in order to promote the development of more remote islands in Indonesia. This is how Iskandar moved to the village of Batu Layang, in Kerkap district in North Bengkulu Sumatra.
The area was inhabited by indigenous people who still lived in the way of a slash and burning farming (nomadic way of farming as part of living in the forest), known as the Rejang Tribe. Among the residents of the Rejang tribe, Iskandar learned about life, farming, the culture and community. 

He returned 1987 together with his wife and child to Bali, moving to the mountain village of Pupuan in the Tabanan regicency at the foot of Mount Batukaru, the second highest mountain in Bali. He began translating the concept of organic farming into a modern perspective. While raising his three children the garden became a reference to the combined concepts of traditional wisdom and the reality of modern traditions. This organic farm, together with the home bakery, still lives on until today, being continued by his children.

He also founded together with local environmental figures the Wisnu Foundation, a foundation engaged in education and environmental activites, which continues to play an active role until today. It was his love for agriculture and nature that brought him to learn about permaculture, a concept of sustainable life which was started by an Australian named Bill Morrison. Iskandar joined the first permaculture training in Bali in 1995 with his teacher named Robin Francis.

His lifelong search for spiritual meaning and his desire to deeper explore Islam, he moved to Yogyakarta in 2001, again into the villages on the edge of city, to study together with traditional ulama (Muslim scholars). In 2006 he opened a farm in the dry arid hills in the southeast of Yogyakarta, precisely in village Giriloyo Imogiri. This is where he founded the Bumi Langit Farm and Institute, teaching together with his family, friends and the surrounding community about Islam and sustainable living. The Bumi Langit Farm and Institute is in an area which is certainly not an easy area for farming (the dry eroded soils and the lack of water constitute a strong challenge). But with enthusiasm, hard work and a consequent appliance of the concepts of Permaculture, even arid land can be made into a wonderful garden.


From an early age on Darmila learnt a lot from nature, knowing all the local plants, their benefits and how they are processed. In 1987 she moved together with her husband to Bali, opening an organic farm in the highlands around the mountain Batukaru. She also opened a bakery business, called the Temuku Bakery. Until now both enterprises are still open and running, being led in second generation by their daughter.
In 2001 Darmila and her husband decided to relocate to Yogyakarta.
They opened a permaculture garden called the Bumi Langit Farm and the Bumi Langit Institute, an institute dedicated to the teaching of permaculture in the hill south east of Yogyakarta. Armed with the knowledge of processing garden produce which she obtained in Bali before, Darmila opened “Warung Bumi” Natural restaurant and a shop. Every day besides taking care of the garden, Darmila also processes her harvested food in her indonesian warung (restaurant), giving a successful example of a lifestyle from farm to table.
At present, besides being busy with her restaurant and shop Darmila also travels makes various workshops, for example about making tempeh, local bread, kefir, kombucha and various traditional foods.


Tara McLaughlin is the Institute President for the Kalu Yala Research Institute in Panama. Kalu Yala is a sustainable town initiative based in promoting holistic hands-on education and social entrepreneurship. Prior to this she was the Executive Director of the NGO Ninos de Guatemala, a social-business funded non-profit providing education to underprivileged youth in Guatemala. She also currently works as a consultant for businesses wishing to make a stronger community impact.

Tara is committed to sustainable community development and has focused on making this a central point in all initiatives throughout her career. Her expertise include participatory needs assessment, systems analysis, and logistical management in both non-profit and private sectors.

She has a Masters of Science from Clark University in Environmental Science and Policy, and a BA from Hampshire College in Environmental Anthropology with a minor in International Relations. She was born in the USA but grew up in Guatemala, and is passionate about SCUBA diving and marine conservation.


Founder and Social Impact Director of Blubear Holdings Sdn Bhd, a social enterprise that empower girls and give them access to education through reusable sanitary pads. Also founder of Sisterhood Alliance, an NGO which advocates social changes by empowering young girls with life skills education. Social Impact Consultant at ContentLab Sdn Bhd which is a social impact consultancy helping companies to build their CSR capacity building activities. We also develop businesses to become social enterprises as part of their business model.

Passionate in educating the community on the importance of social missions and social enterprise businesses, Anja is also mentor for social entrepreneurs and an SDG advocator (www.learnasean.com)

Anja is also a committee member with Chamber of Social Enterpreneurs Developement Malaysia – SE Council for social enterpreneurship practices and ecosystem building in Malaysia


Natalie’s professional career is focused on researching and implementing emerging Educational Technology, especially mobile learning.

Through Social Media, she participates in global communities of Mobile Learning, Moodle Learning Management Systems, Gamification Designers, and Technology Innovation Groups.

In 2016, she relocated from Australia to live in Zanzibar, East Africa with her two Tanzanian/Australian children now aged 11 and 12.

Natalie works in partnership with Jambiani Village managing Kuza Cave as an NGO dedicated to promoting and preserving Swahili Culture. Profits from the Social Enterprise are used for local education projects. The village now has an innovative Learning Lab with 7-inch tablets preloaded with 200 Games and Learning Activities in foundation English and Maths.


Kevser is a mother of three and has a Bachelor’s Degree of Chemistry from Istanbul University. Since 2006, she has worked as a menu designer and chef for numerous restaurants and cafes. Since 2011, she has taught in various universities and organizations. Kevser currently studies Comparative World and Turkish Cuisines and contributes to gastronomy and culinary arts competitions as an advisor.


From the time she has known herself her favourite toy has been the pen. She read, wrote and travel. Worked for great organizations. While her adventure continues, Zengibar became one of the stations she really loves. She discovered African art there. She was fascinated by Tinga tinga masks and transformation of nature into art. Now, she continues to live in Istanbul although a piece of her soul is still in Africa. She is the Mama Shu of the children in Mkunguni Village and mother of two geraniums.

Tuition & Payment Method

Tuitions for the program are determined to be:

Only pack A (July 20 – August 10, 2019) – 3000 USD

Only pack Z (August 17 – September 6, 2019) – 3000 USD

Complete program (July 20 – September 6, 2019) – 4500 USD


Upon confirmation of admission, it is required to pay the tuition in three (3) business days, and you may pay it in one of the two methods, of which,

first, you may pay the full amount at once,

or second, you may pay the two-thirds (2/3) of the required amount ahead as an initial payment, then you may pay the rest within 3 days of landing in Zanzibar.

Our program tuition includes expenses including:

All lectures and workshops


Tourist visa and work permit


Airport transfers

Meals of the day


Our program tuition includes expenses including:

All lectures and workshops


Tourist visa and work permit


Airport transfers

Meals of the day