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Internship in Bali, and Make It a Trip of a Lifetime!

Fill in the blanks on your travel itinerary to Bali with internship activities! Gain knowledge and experience within your vacation. Here, we have made it easier for you!

It’s no secret that Bali is one of the world’s #1 travel destinations, but do you ever dream of making this bucket list destination your home – even just temporarily? Doing an internship in Bali is a great way of not only gaining experience, knowledge and work experience, but when combining it with travelling to Bali it might just be the trip of a lifetime. 

Here at Bali Buddies we’ve made lifelong friends with the many interns we greet from all over the world each year who come to spend time in our team learning all about digital marketing. There are so many different internships available in Bali, we wanted to lay it out and make it easy for you to explore doing an internship in Bali for yourselves!

Why do an internship in Bali?

An internship is for some an obligatory part of studying, and for others, a voluntary undertaking in order to get a headstart on their career. Either way, an internship will give you valuable experience and knowledge that brings you closer to your career goals. Besides that, an internship can be so much more if you choose to combine it with travelling. So why not choose the most dreamy destination of all…Bali?

Bali is a great place to do an internship. There are many trusted companies that take in interns around the island, and while it’s an Indonesian island, it is also a hotspot for foreign business owners. If you are going to undertake an internship abroad, why not choose a place where your free time consists of going to the beach, watching sunsets and experiencing one of the most beautiful islands there is? There are endless reasons to grab the chance of an opportunity like this and here are some of them:

  • An experience for life
  • An intimate encounter with a beautiful culture 
  • International work experience
  • Improvement of your language skills 
  • Personal development
  • New friends & an international network
  • Looks good on any job application

Where to start when you’re ready to Internship in Bali

If you’re already dreaming about travelling to The Island of Gods for your internship, we are here to tell you how to get started. There are plenty of options when you search for an internship online, but we recommend doing it through a company such as Bali Internships. They are a local company assisting you every step of the way, which is very helpful and necessary!

Their service includes consultation, placement, document and visa arrangement, travel planning, accommodation and transportation assistance and much more. These are all things that can be challenging to deal with yourself without any knowledge and experience of the country. Bali Buddies have been working with Bali Internships for years and we can highly recommend them, they are as professional as they are kind and helpful!

Visa

Getting a visa is always a process and requires documents, time, patience and money. When going on a longer trip, in this case for an internship, you need a 211 Visa (also called E-visa). Through an agent, these visas are approximately 4,500,000 Rp ($330 USD) initially, which covers your first two months. Then you can renew this visa for a further four months at approximately 3,000,000 Rp ($200 USD) per month. When working together with a company like Bali Internships, they take care of the visa application process and communication with their agent, which is a relieving thing not having to deal with.

Tips

When going on an international trip there are certain things that need to be prepared before departure – at least to put your mind at ease. We have collected 10 must-know tips before travelling to Bali to prepare you for your big trip!

Different internship options

Bali is a place with an abundance of beauty, culture and adventures that draw people from all over the world to visit and experience it for themselves. Therefore, there are many opportunities for internships in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector. But fear not if your studies aren’t related to that! Many foreigners and locals alike establish all kinds of interesting businesses, so there will most likely be something that is a fit for you. 

Here are some examples of internships available in Bali….

Marketing and Content Creation Internships

Are you creative and do you have an eye for capturing beautiful pictures and videos? Or are you studying marketing and want experience and knowledge in the field? Then the internship options for you are endless here in Bali. Businesses are always looking to improve their content and digital presence, and you might very well be the fresh set of eyes they are looking for.

Marketing and Social Media Internship for Luxury Villas and Properties in Seminyak, Bali

Information: 

This French-owned company strives to provide the best quality services and products to make a travel experience in Bali even more memorable. You get to be a part of a creative and driven team and test your marketing and social media skills.

Tasks:

  • Assist in developing the company’s marketing strategy and communication tools
  • Management of social media
  • Strategic planning
  • … and much more!

Find out more here.

Travel and Tourism Internships

As you can maybe imagine, a lot of the businesses in Bali have to do with the travel and tourism industry. So if that is something you are passionate about, there are plenty of internships available. The internships are relevant to several different studies, like business, IT, journalism and many others! And what greater place is there to get hands-on experience in the travel and tourism industry than in Bali?

Internship for Bali’s Travel and Tour Company

Information: 

This company is looking for interns with a passion for travel! The company runs several hotels, restaurants, cafes, a tour company and a gym. 

Tasks:

  • Research new markets and customer needs
  • Arrange business meetings
  • Build long-term relationships with customers
  • … and much, much more!

Find out more here.

Teaching Internships

Are you studying to become a teacher or another related study background, then there are several internship options for you. During a teaching internship in Bali, you will learn about developing teaching approaches, methodology, materials and more. Doing your internship here in Bali will give you insight and experience that will make you a great teacher!

English Teacher Internship for Bali’s Language School

Information: 

Located in Canggu, 10 minutes from the beach, this language school provides quality English classes to enable locals and international learners alike to access career opportunities and networks. This will be a highly beneficial experience for you future language teachers out there!

Tasks:

  • Teach Indonesian students with a local co-teacher
  • Compile interactive and authentic language resources
  • Create teaching materials and language games

Find out more here.

Many more opportunities

If none of the internship categories above fit your profile in terms of interests or relevance, don’t worry, they are just a small fraction of the wide range of opportunities. On Bali Internships website you can explore the many different internships within industries like:

  • Fashion
  • Farming
  • Finance
  • Sports
  • Web or Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Legal
  • Hospitality
  • Event Management
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Environment

To name a few!

Price of an Internship in Bali

For visa reasons, internships are not paid opportunities in Bali, so you are doing them for the experience rather than an income. When using an internship company to place you, there will also be a fee attached, but it doesn’t usually break the bank either. The fee includes much needed support and help to make the trip a reality, like consultation, placement, document arrangement, Visa arrangement, accommodation assistance, transportation arrangement and more! The average price for the program placement for a foreign applicant is often around 10,000,000 Rp ($650 USD)  which is a one-time payment, and you will surely get your money’s worth by going on an experience of a lifetime to The Island of Gods.

Cost of living in Bali

The cost of living in Bali can vary from extremely cheap and everything above that, and it depends on your expectations and how much luxury you want. But one thing is for sure, compared to the costs of living in many other countries, living in Bali can be very affordable!

As mentioned before, one expenditure is the visa and the visa extension along with health and travel insurance which we highly recommend. But when it comes to everyday expenditures like housing, transport and food it is likely to be much cheaper than in your home country. 

A simple room at a homestay will cost you approximately 4,000,000 Rp ($250 USD) a month, this usually includes air-conditioning, hot water, sometimes a small kitchenette and WIFI. The price might fluctuate depending on the popularity of your chosen location. 

When it comes to transport, you will most likely want to drive a scooter since it is the easiest form of transportation on the island. A basic scooter can be rented for approximately 700,000 Rp ($50 USD) per month, this includes insurance and servicing. Petrol is an inexpensive factor; a full tank of fuel will only cost you around 50,000 Rp ($3 USD), and a helmet will cost you around 120,000 Rp ($9 USD). Though, if you are not comfortable or licensed appropriately to be driving a scooter like many other interns, you can book scooter and car rides through Grab app. Depending on the frequency and duration of your trips, it might be cheaper than renting a scooter, and it sure is a lot safer than you being uncertain on the narrow and highly trafficked roads!

Food is of varying prices as well, depending on whether you eat at local restaurants or fancy, western restaurants. Buying local food is very cheap, you can get a decent-sized nasi goreng (fried rice with meat) for as low as 20,000 Rp ($1.50 USD) – you wouldn’t be able to cook a meal for yourself for that price! If you prefer to eat international food, a meal at a restaurant costs around 60,000 Rp ($5 USD), varying a lot from place to place. And it is worth noting, that the food here is of high quality and extremely delicious, with options from basically any cuisine in the world. 
If you want to know more about the cost of living in Bali, read our in-depth article on it here.

What to expect

Free time

Like most other full-time jobs, it is likely that you will have weekends off. During the weekdays there are plenty of things to do when you are off work, like eating delicious food, watching sunsets, trying a new beach club etc. And during your days off or weekends, you can explore other areas of the island and indulge in the island’s beauty and culture. Bali is not that big and most areas and experiences are only a few hours away at most! What about a day trip to visit breathtaking waterfalls, a trip to Uluwatu or a weekend getaway to the beautiful North of Bali? You can read about our recommendations for the areas of Bali, giving you the possibility of experiencing the best of Bali while you are interning here.

Living standards

Your living standards in Bali will most likely look different from your life at home. When it comes to good food, eating out, partying, wellness and more, the options in Bali are endless and can be so cheap! Therefore, you will find yourself being able to eat out every meal of the day, get a weekly massage and/or visit some of the world’s best beach clubs even on a fairly low budget. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? 
When it comes to your accommodation you might have to adapt your expectations to the environment of the island. The facilities in a simple room/homestay are limited, so don’t expect luxury on this front. But when that is said, you will have everything you need, a nice bed, air conditioning and WiFI, and possibly a shared swimming pool and kitchen. And if you need a good and peaceful working space, there are many  coworking spaces in Bali, that provide some of the nicest working surroundings imaginable!

Learn more

You can learn more about interning in Bali on Bali Internships website, and of course, get a ton of inspiration for your trip and learn about Bali from Bali Buddies.

Final Words

If you, like many others, dream of visiting Bali and maybe even making it your home for some time, an internship is one of the best ways of experiencing the island! Not only do you get unique hands-on experience and memories for life – you get to immerse yourself in local and Expat communities. A trip like this is a great source of self-development and cultural insight. Not to mention some of our Bali Buddies interns actually have gone on to gain full time employment in Bali after their internships here!

We hope you feel inspired and are ready to make Bali your base for your internship, and if your passion or studies is in digital marketing and communication, maybe we will see you become part of the Bali Buddies team for a while too!

Meet some of our past Bali Buddies interns here


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