Known as the “Island of the Gods”, Bali is the center of Indonesian Hinduism. The island's beautiful temples and natural splendor have captured the hearts and imaginations of visitors for decades.

A mix of bustling cities, such as Denpasar, and deeply held religious traditions, Bali seems to many to be a world unto itself. Balinese music and dance are famous around the world for their captivating beauty and skill. Considered an island paradise for decades, Bali is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Ecotourism: The gorgeous landscape, clear waters, and vibrant animal life are part of what has made Bali a tourist hotspot for centuries. What better way to appreciate the Balinese scenery than an internship in ecotourism? Positions are available in fields as varied as diving instructor to organic farming. An ecotourism internship will provide the opportunity to share the wonders of Bali with more short-term visitors to the island and encourage stewardship of the island's awe-inspiring flora and fauna.

Hospitality: Tourism is responsible for 80% of Bali's economic activity. The flourishing hotel and resort industry on the island provides an excellent environment to break into the hospitality field. Whether working at a fashionable restaurant or welcoming visitors to a hotel, a hospitality internship gives you the chance to make peoples' vacations something truly special. In addition, you gain the international experience necessary in such a wide-reaching field while exploring one of the world's most beautiful places.

Education: English is becoming an increasingly important world language, especially in tourist hotspots like Bali. Bali's education internships often include English language instruction as well as another discipline, such as science. Teaching English in Bali allows you to make a difference in the lives of Balinese children and adults and leave an impact that remains long after your internship ends. In addition, you gain valuable classroom experience and the rewarding sense of accomplishment that comes with sharing your knowledge with others.

When and Where to Look for an Internship

Internships in Bali are available year-round, however the tourist industry really picks up in the summer months, so for internships in hospitality and tourism, May through August are likely the best times.

Cost of Living in Bali

Although its island locale may make certain items expensive or difficult to find, overall the cost of living is low. Here are some expenses to give you a better idea of the cost of living in Bali:

  • Apartment in the city center: 391.46
  • One-way transit ticket: 0.50
  • Milk (1 liter): 1.38
  • Apples (1kg) 2.72
Work Culture in Bali
  • Etiquette: The culture in Bali tends to be devout and conservative. Attire should be modest and public interaction should be professional and not overly warm. A handshake is the expected greeting in business settings. In temple, it is mandatory for both men and women to wear a Sarong and Temple Scarf.
  • Language: The most commonly spoken languages in Bali are Indonesian, the official language, and Balinese. English is a common third language, especially in tourist areas.
  • Networking: Although remote, an internship in Bali still provides plenty of opportunity for networking, first and foremost with the company you intern with. As a prime tourist destination, many companies operating in Bali have international connections. In addition, online expat networks can be another way to make connections during your stay.
Work and Labor Laws in Bali

Internships in Indonesia tend to be unpaid. There are no special laws regarding internships in Indonesia

Contributed by Robin Goralka


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