Navigating Bali: Your Guide to Making the Most of Your Internship Experience
A short-term internship in Bali would definitely be an exciting and enriching experience! Get ready to enjoy its lush landscapes, vibrant traditions, and warm welcome like no other. To make this period truly unforgettable, we have prepared an ultimate general guide to getting the most out of your life during your Bali internship. Let's dive in!
Getting Yourself Ready
Before you hop on that plane, there are a few simple must-dos that you must pay attention to:
Visa and Papers: Check into the visa requirements for your home country and get those documents ready early. Don't forget your passport, internship paperwork, international health and travel insurance and any essential medical information.
Staying Healthy: Stop by your doctor's office for a health chat. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date for your Bali adventure. Oh, and consider signing up for some travel insurance, just in case.
Culture Course: Balinese customs and traditions are part of what makes this place magical. Take a quick peek into their way of life, so you can blend right in and avoid any accidental culture shocks.
Tales from Balinese Customs
Ready to embrace the local culture? Here are some local habits to keep in mind:
Praying Time: Temples (Pura in the local Balinese tongue) are the heartbeat of Bali. When you pay them a visit, dress modestly as a sign of respect. And hey, remember, no wandering into prayer spots without an invitation.
Greetings: Show your Balinese charm with the classic greeting—join your palms together and give a tiny nod. And when you're handing over or receiving stuff, do it with your right hand or both.
Tiny Offerings: Don't be surprised if you spot these little bundles of flowers, rice, and incense called "canang sari" everywhere on the street. They're gifts to the gods by Balinese Hindu believers.
Bali's Demography & Season
As an international tourism destination, Bali is a melting pot of cultures. From Balinese to Javanese and folks from all around Indonesia, you'll find a friendly mix. While the main language is Indonesian, English is like a second language in touristy areas.
As a tropical island, Bali has only two kinds of weather:
Sunny (April to September): The best time to be here. The sun's out, the rain's away, and the temperature is just right!
Rainy (October to March): As the name implies, rain plays a leading role, so keep your umbrella handy. The green landscapes are stunning, but outdoor plans might need a raincheck.
As the wisest will say, Preparation is key, so let's walk through your packing list thoroughly:
Clothes: Tropical means light and breathable—think comfy clothes for the warm, humid weather. Oh, and show some respect with clothes that cover your knees and shoulders.
Power Adaptor: Power outlets in Bali use the common European two-pin plugs. Arm yourself with a universal adapter and voltage converter to keep your gadgets charged and ready.
Your Essentials: While you can grab most stuff in Bali, bringing your favorite toiletries and any prescription medications is a safe bet.
Battle the Bugs: Bali’s tropical climate makes it a perfect home for bugs. Fight them off with good ol' insect repellent and say goodbye to those itchy mosquito bites.
Maximize Your Bali Experience
Don't just settle for a good time during your short-term internship/holiday period; go for the best with these practical tips:
Get Around in Style: Taxis, rideshares, and motorcycle rentals make getting around a breeze, as do the app-based share-riding platforms such as Gojek, Grab, or Maxim. Settle on prices before taxi-ing and don't forget your helmet if you're biking, please!
Cash, Card or Tap?: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is the local currency. Have some cash on hand, especially for smaller purchases at places that might not have card machines or contact less payments. But in most shopping centers, big supermarkets, malls, cafes and restaurants card machines, contactless payment and QR code scans are available.
Safety Priority: Bali is mostly safe from crime, but always be aware of your stuff, especially in tourist hotspots. Keep your important documents safe and be mindful of your surroundings.
Savor the Local flavor: Balinese cuisine is a symphony of flavor. Be brave and try it out, but play it safe with street food (at least for your first week until your stomach gets used to the local dietary). Choose dining spots with clean and hygienic practices.
A short-term internship in Bali will definitely broaden your horizons. By setting the stage with some preparation, diving into local customs, and soaking in the island's beauty, you'll be spinning a tale of memories and educational growth that'll stick with you forever. Your Bali chapter? Consider it open! Contact us for more information or if you need convincing!
By Billy Bagus