Doing an internship abroad can be an exciting and unique experience. However, it is also very important to balance work responsibilities with exploring the island and taking advantage of all it has to offer. In this blog post, we’ll provide tips for interns on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance while doing an internship in Bali!
1. Set Realistic Expectations
Before you start your internship, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what is expected of you in terms of work hours and responsibilities. This will help you avoid over-committing yourself and feeling overwhelmed. Speak with your supervisor or manager to discuss their expectations and clarify any uncertainties you may have. Additionally, it’s important to set realistic expectations for yourself. Recognize that you may not be able to explore all of Bali’s attractions in one day, and that it’s okay to prioritize your work responsibilities at times. It’s all about finding a balance that works for you.
2. Create a Schedule
Creating a schedule for yourself can help you establish a routine that allows you to balance work responsibilities with relaxation and exploration. Start by setting specific work hours and then allocate time for other activities, such as exercise, sightseeing, or meeting with friends. When creating your schedule, be sure to include both work and play. It’s important to give yourself enough time to complete your work responsibilities, but also to make time for relaxation and exploration. Make sure to allocate enough time for activities that you enjoy and that help you unwind, such as going for a run, practicing yoga, or reading a book.
3. Take Breaks
Taking breaks throughout the day can help you stay focused and energized. And there are a million things you can do during your breaks. Take a short walk, explore your surroundings, grab a snack, or simply close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. This will help you recharge your batteries and clear your mind, allowing you to return to your work refreshed and focused.
4. Learn to Disconnect
We get it. You love your internship, and you want to make the most out of it. However, it’s important to disconnect from work outside of your scheduled work hours. Avoid checking your work emails or taking work-related calls during your free time. Instead, use your free time to explore Bali’s many attractions and immerse yourself in the local culture. Remember that a big part of this experience is exploring the island and getting immersed in Balinese culture!
5. Make the Most out of your Weekends.
Weekends are for YOU. Bali is known for its beautiful beaches, stunning waterfalls, and vibrant culture, among others. Use your weekends to explore Bali and take advantage of all it has to offer. Plan a weekend getaway to a nearby island, try new local cuisine, or simply relax on the beach. You can also meet with other interns and join our meet-up plans! It is always a good idea to widen your network while interning in Bali. This will help you feel more energized and refreshed when you return to work on Monday.
6. Practice self-care
Taking care of yourself is crucial to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This will help you stay energized and focused throughout your internship. To perform well in your internship, it is important that you feel well first. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and connecting with others. Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury, it’s a necessity!
Balancing work and play can be a challenge, but by following our tips you can maintain a healthy work-life balance while doing an internship in Bali. Oh, and do not forget that Bali Work Group is here for you if you need us! Your experience in Bali and your well-being are our priorities.