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1/2 Marathon Run to Raise Funds for Bali School

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MISSION: Starfish Language Centre, located in Ubud, Bali is a non-profit organization that aims provide underprivileged Balinese children an opportunity to learn foreign languages, thereby significantly enhancing their future job prospects in the local tourist industry.

With Bali's reputation of being one of the most beautiful and diverse tourist spots in Asia, many often overlook the fact that outside the hotel resorts and far from the tourist areas, a cycle of rural poverty in Bali is being perpetuated through lack of education.

The Starfish Language Centre offers free English classes to Balinese children. To subsidize for the costs of free English classes Starfish Language Center offers paid Indonesian, French and Japanese language courses for travelers and members of the local expatriate community.
Currently, the school serves approximately 200 students (both children and adults) and contingent upon additional funds, would like to expand its student base by implementing a computer program to teach children and local adults specialized skills that would help them obtain managerial positions in the tourism industry.

On a more personal note, I have been involved with Starfish since the beginning - I saw the founder, Dagmara Gawlik, build this school from the ground up, and can't help but be inspired by her determination and passion to give back to the local community in Ubud. When I went to visit her more than a year ago, I fell in love with the entire Balinese way of life - the pristine beaches of Bali were amazing but beyond that, the warmth of the local Balinese people was what was truly exceptional. If your a world traveller & have similarly experienced the amazing hospitality of the local community, please help contribute to this project - your dollar will go a long long way for these kids!

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