If you’re considering an internship in Bali: Congrats! you’re in for a unique and exciting experience. Bali is known for its beautiful beaches, lush rice paddies, and rich cultural heritage, making it a popular destination for both tourists and professionals. However, living and working in a foreign country can be intimidating, so it’s important to know what to expect before you arrive. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for your internship in Bali.
Culture shock is normal!
Culture shock is a common experience for people who travel or move to a new country, and it can be challenging to adjust to a new way of life. It’s important to remember that culture shock is a normal part of the process and that everyone goes through it in their own way. You may experience a range of emotions, including homesickness. To help cope with culture shock, try to keep an open mind, be patient with yourself, and embrace the new experiences and opportunities that come your way! Give it some time, and lean on your support system in Bali.
Getting around in Bali can be challenging, especially if you’re not used to driving a scooter. Traffic can be congested sometimes, especially in popular tourist areas like Canggu, Kuta, and Seminyak. If you plan to drive a scooter (which we definitely recommend!), make sure you have a valid license and wear a helmet. Alternatively, you can use ride-hailing apps like GoJek or Grab to get around or take a taxi or private car hire.
The weather can be warm and humid: Bali has a tropical climate, which means that temperatures are warm year-round, with highs around 30°C and lows around 22°C. The rainy season typically runs from October to March, and during this time, there can be daily rain showers and high humidity levels. To prepare for the weather in Bali, pack lightweight, breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton or linen, and be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
English is widely spoken
While Indonesian is the official language of Bali, English is widely spoken, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries. Most locals who work in these industries have a good command of English, and many signs and menus are written in both Indonesian and English. That being said, it’s always a good idea to learn some basic Indonesian phrases to help you navigate daily life and show respect for the local culture.
There are plenty of opportunities for adventure
Bali is known for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, and there are plenty of opportunities for adventure and exploration. From surfing and hiking to exploring ancient temples and rice paddies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Some popular activities include taking a cooking class, learning to surf, visiting the monkey forest in Ubud, or hiking up Mount Batur to watch the sunrise. Be sure to research your options ahead of time and budget accordingly. Let us know if you need more tips!
Balinese people are welcome and friendly
Balinese people are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature, and you’ll likely find that locals are eager to help you adjust to life in Bali and to share their culture with you. It’s a good idea to show respect for the local customs and traditions, such as dressing modestly when visiting temples and taking off your shoes before entering someone’s home. Learning a few phrases in Indonesian, such as “thank you” (terima kasih) or “good morning” (selamat pagi), can also go a long way in building relationships with locals!
We are here to support you!
Your support system in Bali starts with us, Bali Work Group’s team. We are here to support you on different levels: professionally, legally, and of course, personally. So please, do not hesitate to come to us when you need anything! We also often plan meetups with our interns so that you all can get to know each other and widen your support system. Join us on Facebook and Instagram to never miss an opportunity to connect with us and other interns!