FAQ - Internship in Indonesia

1. Will I get paid for my internship?

Internships in Indonesia are not paid. This is mainly due to the strict visa regulation, which require a valid work permit to conduct any paid work in Indonesia. 

2. Do I need a visa?

Yes, you need to apply for a visa for your internship in Indonesia before your travels. You will be allowed to spend up to 6 months abroad. The most important document for the visa application is the sponsor/ invitation letter from your host company. This will be provided by your local coordinator. The issued visa is valid for 60 days and has to be extended each month after that. Important note: always keep your expiry date of your visa in mind and extend it in time! There are high fines if you miss your expiry date!

3. When is the best time to visit Indonesia?

You may have heard that especially dry season from May to September is a great time for planning an internship in Indonesia. However, according to our experience, also rainy season from November to April offers great benefits: 

  • it is off season with less traffic on the streets
  • accommodation offer off-season rates
  • less windy at the beach
  • rice fields present themselves in lush green
  • a short shower is very refreshing and cleans the hot air

4. 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.

5. Can I withdraw money in Indonesia?

You can withdraw money in all bigger Indonesian cities 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 bring cash, especially if you want to  travel to the more rural areas. Currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

6. Is Indonesia a safe place to visit?

Bali, as one of the main tourist destinations in Asia, as also quite safe. Thousands of tourists travel to and leave Bali without having any problems with pickpockets or other threads. Again, if you follow the rules of your local internship coordinator, you will have a peaceful stay. To name an example: don't leave your valuables at the beach unattended or even in the scooter; if you go out at night, travel in a group and go by taxis rather than by scooter!

7. 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. However, if you travel to neighboring islands like Lombok, it is recommended to bring a malaria prophylaxis. Furthermore, our partner in Bali recommends to get rabies vaccinations before your trip to Bali due to the growing number of stray dogs.

8. Can I use my mobile phone in Indonesia?

Of course. Just bring your mobile phone (SIM-LOCK free). You will get a local prepaid card from your internship coordinator so you are always available. Those cards also allow you to access internet, as long as you have enough credit on the card. 

  • Country code for Indonesia: 0062

9. Where can I find wifi?

There are quite a lot cafés and restaurants all over Bali which offer free wifi. In addition, many accommodations offer free wifi. Please check with your local coordinator to make sure there is wifi at your place.

10. What about the average costs of living?

The costs of living naturally 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. 

11. What can I do in my leisure time?

Bali is one of the worlds best surf destinations and thus the best place to find out, if surfing is for you! Simply hire a local surf guide or teacher for the first sessions to get to know the basics and learn about the currents, waves and surf rules. Other than surfing, you can enjoy other activities like rafting if you travel with a group, or book a tour to climb one of the volcanoes Gunung Agung or Gunung Batur. Bali has also become a yoga mecca and offers many good places to workout.