There is a lot you need to know for your internship in Bali. Here is a list of frequently asked questions and the answers.
When should I apply?
Applying for an internship is easy. You can apply through our application form on our website. If an internship is not directly available please allow us 2-3 weeks to find you the right placement. We strongly suggest you to start contacting us at least 3 months before you want come to Bali.
Do I have different choices?
Yes you do. When we start looking for a suitable internship, we try to offer at least two options from which you can choose.
When should I pay?
Payment can be done after your arrival here in Bali. We do not require a downpayment. Once you have arrived in Bali, payment should occur before the actual intern takes place.
How should I pay?
Our prices are stated in Indonesian Rupiah. Upon your arrival, you will pay us in this currency. You can either bring Rupiah’s with you to Bali or exchange the amount in one of the money exchangers here in Bali.
Are there additional cost?
There are no hidden fees or additional cost. Please do note, that the monthly costs of accommodation, motorbike and visa, are not included in the package fee.
And what happens if you can’t find me an internship?
We try our best to find an internship for you in Bali. If, for some reason, we can not find you an internship, we will inform you accordingly.
Do I need a sponsor for my visa?
Yes, you do need a sponsor for your visa. We can assist with this. We will also assist with your visa extensions during your stay. Please contact us for further information regarding the visa.
Will I get paid for my internship?
The offered Indonesian internships are generally not paid. This because it is not allowed under Indonesian Law. Only in very rare exceptions a small pocket money or transport or lunch costs are paid. You should not count on that and consider that in your budget.
Why take an unpaid internship ?
An internship aims to provide practical, applicable work experience in your career field of choice. An internship allows you to further differentiate yourself from the rest not only by showing you have experience in a given field, but also that you have demonstrated your ability to live and work in a foreign culture. Also, an internship abroad is a personal enrichment of living and traveling abroad, meeting new people and learning how to live, work and play in a different environment.
Will I have free time during my internship ?
The company that you will be doing your internship will decide on if there is room for free time. It also depends on your requirements from school/ university and how strict you need to adhere to a certain schedule. Workdays in Indonesia are normally 5-6 days maximum, with one/two days off.
When is the best time to visit Bali?
Both seasons have their advantage in Bali. During the dry season from May to September are the most pleasant temperatures and is relatively windy. However, this is also the peak season and the streets and sights are very crowded. In the rainy season, which lasts usually from October to April, the temperatures rise and it is often a violent, but also redemptive precipitation. During this time, Bali is generally not crowded with tourists.
How do I meet other students?
Bali is very popular for tourists, but also for students, volunteers and expats. In the South of Bali and Ubud area there are a lot of other Western people and it is easy to meet them in bars, restaurant or the beach.
Internship Bali also organizes activities for our own students. We organize introduction days for new students and other fun activities for to get to know each other and share experiences.
How do I learn about the Balinese culture?
Bali has a beautiful and interesting culture. It is easy to learn about this and see culture related activities and ceremonies. Balinese are generally very welcoming and open people and very happy to show you their culture.
Internship Bali has its own Bali Guide, a book with everything you need to know about Bali. You can choose to purchase this book via the application form.
Do my electrical devices work in Indonesia?
Indonesian plugs have 220 Volt. However, there are still some older plugs with only 127 Volt. But if you are not going to the very rural areas the Schuko plugs should be fine.
Can I withdraw money in Bali?
You can withdraw money in Bali at ATMs with an international debit or credit card (Visa, Cirrus, Master). Please ask your bank about international fees. You can pay via credit card in restaurants, banks, travel agencies, supermarkets . However, it is recommended to take travelers checks and cash, especially if you want to travel to the more rural areas. Currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah.
Is Bali safe place to visit?
Bali is generally a safe island. But like any other tourist-populated island, you should also take good care of your valuables, especially at the beach.
What vaccinations are recommended for Indonesia?
You should check your vaccinations for Tetanus, Measles, Polio, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A. The bigger cities and the touristic centers of Bali and Java are said to be free of Malaria.
Because there are so many free-roaming dogs and cats on Bali, the Vaccination against rabies, especially for animal lovers is recommended.
Can I use my mobile phone in Indonesia?
Of course. Just bring your mobile phone (SIM-LOCK free) and buy an Indonesian prepaid card.
– Country code for Indonesia: 0062
Do I have access to the internet?
There are quite a few internet cafés all over Bali where you can surf the net for decent prices and check your emails regularly. If you bring your own laptop, you can use Wifi, which is available in a lot of restaurants and cafés.
What about the average costs of living?
The costs of living naturally also depend on your lifestyle. Nevertheless, Bali is cheaper than European cities. Especially food, services and restaurants are cheap. A room can be found for about 200 EUR a month, a motorbike about 50 EUR a month and visa extensions about 50 EUR a month. You should expect to need approximately 500 EUR a month.
What can I do in my leisure time?
Bali is a lively island with a lot of things to do. Water lovers, in particular, will find it heaven. You can surf, dive, snorkel or go out in a log boat along its many beautiful beaches. Or just lie in the sun and hop in the ocean now and then.
Can I drive myself in Bali?
To drive in Bali you need an „International Driver’s License“, which needs to be presented when renting a scooter or a car.
Can I take the bus to work?
There is a public bus system, on which you get from Nusa Dua in the south to Ubud. However, the buses run on the main streets of Bali and are therefore very unpunctual. To cope with smaller distances, there are also the so-called bemo, which are mostly used by locals. But there is no real road systems. Generally, it is the best to rent a scooter.
Can I apply for an internship even if I do not speak Indonesian?
Yes, you can also apply for an internship in Bali even if you do not speak Indonesian. You should however, not forget that Indonesian is the official language.