There is a lot you need to know for your internship or voluntary work project in Bali. Here is an list of frequently asked questions and the answers.
1. Why are internships unpaid in Indonesia?
The offered Indonesian internships are not paid because of the very strict immigration laws in Indonesia. Even pocket money is considered as salary and is not allowed. Some companies my offer accommodation for free, but this is all up to the host company. You should not count on that and consider that in your budget.
Any agent or host company promoting a paid internship is acting against Indonesian immigration law. All parties will get in serious trouble and as intern accepting payment, you will be fined and deported.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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. 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.
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?
There are quite a few internet cafés all over Bali where you can surf the net and check your emails regularly for decent prices.
9. 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. You should expect to need approx. 500 EUR per month.
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.
11. 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.
12. Can I take the bus to my host company?
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.
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.