Get yourself informed with the most essential and basic information, here are some most frequently questions our team have compiled and answered accordingly. Answers that are hopefully may convince you more whether or not Bali is the right destination for your internship abroad.
1. Why are internships unpaid in Indonesia?
All internships offered are unpaid due to Indonesia’s strict immigration and department of labor laws and regulations. All interns are to be invited by a legitimate host companies under a social culture visa which does not allow any non-Indonesian intern to receive any salary. To reward interns, most of Bali Internships’ host partners offer different form of allowances, such as: free accommodation, meals, visa extension fee, vouchers, scooter rental fee and so forth.
Any agent or host company promoting a paid internship in Indonesia under social culture visa, is acting against Indonesian immigration law. All parties involved will face a serious trouble with fine and/or deportation.
2. How many hours will I be working as an intern in a week?
In general interns are assigned to comply to office’s working days and hour. Monday-Friday, 7 hours a day (one-hour lunch break in addition), Saturday and Sunday are off for all interns to relax and enjoy the beauty of the island.
3. Where do I stay during my internship in Bali?
Accommodation options for students are bottomless. Bali Internships offer interns to arrange accommodation per request. Accommodation are often suggested located in the same region as one internship placement, Bali Internships will arrange your future accommodation based on your desired location, budget and standard.
4. 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.
5. What about the average costs of living?
The costs of living naturally depend on your lifestyle. Nevertheless, Bali is more affordable compared to European cities, cities in South East Asia like Jakarta and Singapore. Especially food, services and restaurants are cheap yet still offer good qualities meal. You should expect to need approximately 500 EUR per month for all expenses such as accommodation and scooter rental fees, meal, visa extension fee, internet mobile data and so on.
6. 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.
7. 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
8. Do I have access to the internet?
In most accommodations, cafés, restaurants, convenient store in Bali offer WIFI, you can surf the net and check your emails regularly. You can also purchase affordable monthly internet data for your local SIM card. Price starting from 3 Euros for 2 GB data for 30 days.
9. 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.
10. 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. Bali's night life also is nonstop happenings, from Canggu, Seminyak to Uluwatu, there is always something happening every night.
11. Can I drive 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.
12. Can I take a bus to my host company?
There is a public bus system (Sarbagita bus), which you get from Nusa Dua on the south to Ubud district. However, the buses run on the main streets of Bali and are therefore rather tardy. To cope with smaller distances, there are also the so-called bemo, which are mostly used by locals. In general, Balinese and people who live in the island mostly use scooters as means of transportation, and local online public transportation such as Gojek and Grab.
13. 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.