ACF deepens its social impact in Desa Les with a hospitality skills training center


Amicorp Community Foundation (ACF) forges on with plans to deepen its positive impact in Desa Les and to help turn dreams of a better life into a reality for many who live there. The game-changing training center will deliver hospitality education and skills-building that will contribute to the building of an inclusive economy, and ensuring that those at the bottom of the pyramid can have a stake in.

In 2014, ACF started the process of setting up the Amicorp Community Centre (ACC), a hospitality skills center in Les. In phase one of the project, the center will deliver training in life skills, and food and beverage and culinary skills, as well as permaculture and Balinese dance and music.

ACC will prepare young people (aged 15 - 24) from low or no income families to take advantage of employment from the influx of hotels expected to be established in the area as the government further invests in infrastructure in the region. In the first two years, the center will take in 100 students per year, mostly from the community, and in subsequent years, up to 300 from across Bali and beyond. Employment in the much sought after cruise industry is also anticipated.

Our architect has designed an innovative building which will impress many, especially students of architecture. This flagship center will feature a rooftop herb garden above an inspiring building consisting of a training kitchen and restaurant, meeting spaces and classrooms, connected by its central pavilion, all offering sweeping views of the verdant permaculture. It fully embraces our belief in sustainability. Mirroring the culture and values of the Amicorp Community Foundation that in turn mirror those of the parent Amicorp Group, the ACC will inculcate the attitude of “standing out from the crowd” by emphasizing on goal setting, perseverance and finishing projects successfully, delivering outcomes that demonstrate quality, creativity and sustainability.

This vocational training center expresses the change that ACF seeks to make towards a more sustainable world by adopting the quadruple bottom line approach, with equal emphasis on values of people, planet, profit and passion. The ACC personifies this with its positioning as a social enterprise that generates revenue without compromising our promise to deliver quality training to the needy. It further personifies this with its donation-generating international volunteer programs, whereby corporate and individual donors and investors can mentor, and impart invaluable skills and expertise to our students in an ongoing basis with a combined program of both onsite presence as well as virtual communication.

Unlike other social impact foundations, ACF is involved from the beginning to the end of our projects – starting with the due diligence, project planning and implementation, funding, employment, building, maintenance, education, etc., until we are satisfied that we have completed the project and that going forward it is successfully embedded into and managed by the local community. ACF also differentiates itself from other foundations in how it uses funds received from non-Amicorp donors. Because ACF is privileged to receive 1% of Amicorp Group’s annual revenue, every dollar received from donors and social impact investors is directed towards our social projects, not to overheads or administration costs.


Amicorp Community Foundation (ACF) was established in 2001 by Amicorp Group to drive social impact in a structured way. ACF is non-political and non-religious, and its twin goals are:

  1. eradicating poverty with a focus on inspiring and empowering marginalized communities with skills and education, and
  2. raising environmental consciousness.

ACF hopes to inspire clients and partners to join in these goals.


ACF has already acquired great knowledge partners supporting this project. One of these is the Locavore Restaurant, voted Asia’s top 50 restaurants in 2016 as well as Indonesia’s top restaurant, and the prestigious international hospitality brand W in Bali (part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts). “You have our full support on this important project.” Craig Seaward, General Manager, W Bali.

Today, ACF has social impact projects worldwide. These include:

  • Desa Les, Bali Indonesia: Amicorp Community Center - A game-changing center of inspiration delivering hospitality-skills training for marginalized communities
  • Curaçao: Tuma Mi Man – A day care center providing solid foundations for children from disadvantaged families
  • Chile: Carbon Offset Project – Tree planting to offset CO2 emissions from flying

We invite you, philanthropist, family or corporate to partner with us by adopting one of our projects, or let us assist you with setting up and managing social impact actions in meaningful, manageable and measurable ways.


If you would like to partner with ACF in this Community Center project, you may make a donation either by visiting our website ( ) or you can make a wire transfer to:

Amicorp Community Foundation
PO Box 4914 Curaçao
USD a/c: 8000000054299274
Swift Code: RBTTCWCU

We have a dollar for dollar donation matching program and a naming rights program ongoing throughout 2016. We also welcome your enquiries about partnerships, so do reach out to us at

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