Every PMGY medical volunteer in Bali is offered a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and insight into the Indonesian healthcare system. This program allows you to learn from local staff in a hospital setting, get involved in community projects, as well as experiencing more traditional medical practices involving herbal remedies, cultural beliefs, meditation and holistic healing.
MEDICAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE UN’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL NO.3 – GOOD HEALTH
EXPERIENCE AN INSIGHT INTO THE INDONESIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
LEARN ABOUT CULTURAL TRADITIONS & HOLISTIC HEALING PRACTICES
STRUCTURED WEEKEND TRIPS TO THE GILI ISLANDS & UBUD
EXPERIENCE THE FRIENDLINESS & BEAUTY OF TRADITIONAL BALINESE CULTURE
BACKGROUND TO THE MEDICAL PROGRAM
The healthcare of Indonesia must be prefaced by the physical layout of the country, consisting of more than 17,000 islands, which house 260 million people. This makes it the fourth most populous country in the world and the 14th largest country by landmass. The population offers a wide diversity of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.
Indonesia’s previous healthcare system consisted of mostly private care for the wealthy or for those in severe poverty, leaving the majority to fall in between without proper medical provisions. Subsequently, in 2016 Indonesia adopted a national healthcare system, which has now called for new methods of care. Previously, citizens were left for so long without any ability to have affordable medical assistance.
Bali is the home of PMGY in Indonesia. This land is one that still revolves very much around culture and religion. Even though healthcare has developed tremendously over the last decade, Balinese people are still deeply rooted in their customs and religious beliefs; especially regarding health. As a result, joining as a medical volunteer in Bali will open your eyes to the traditional beliefs of healing along with the evolving care of Western medicine within this region.
Our Bali medical volunteer abroad program is a learning experience for healthcare, nursing and medical students looking to pursue a career in medicine. Working in a hospital as a volunteer in Bali is a great opportunity to get close up clinical exposure and learn about healthcare systems in developing countries. In addition, as a medical volunteer in Bali, you will witness a variety of cases. This offers a fantastic contrast to what you might find in your local hospital.
MEDICAL VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT EXAMPLES
The Bali volunteer program is based mainly at a government hospital. In addition, there are opportunities to learn about more traditional beliefs and practices in Indonesia on the medical program, as well as community outreach projects.
Tabanan General Hospital – Bali medical volunteers will be placed at Rumah Sakit Umum Tabanan, which is a local government hospital situated in the middle of Bali. This facility consults nearly 500 patients each day, providing a range of opportunities for volunteers that join this medical experience program. For example, the departments at this hospital include: Paediatrics, Pre and Post-surgery, High Care Unit, Maternity, Intensive Cardio Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit.
Please be aware that while you are on this Bali volunteer program you will be placed in a specific department for a set duration of time and/or on a specific rota. The departments you are placed within will be arranged either to cater to your interests or decided by the hospital at the time, dependent on what and who is available. Across your time on the medical program, you will have the opportunity to spend time across a large number of the departments that the hospital is home to. You will receive your timetable from the local team during your orientation period.
In addition, participants on the medical program may have the opportunity to get involved in some of our community outreach programs on an ad-hoc basis. There may also be a chance to learn more about herbal remedies and traditional treatments. Some of these examples include:
Holistic Healer – The local team will be able to arrange a seminar with a local healer. This will better explain how culture plays a key role in the care of each patient and how medical professionals apply care to cater to these beliefs. The seminar will be lead by a guru, focusing on meditation and holistic healing. The guru will explain how everything is connected in the body, natural healing practices and the benefits of this over more modern medicine.
Local Birth Clinic – Participants who volunteer in Bali will usually get the chance to visit a holistic birth clinic in Ubud. You can learn about how their beliefs, concepts and daily activities may differ from Western medicine. During your visit, you can observe how the midwives use different techniques and holistic methods for babies and mothers, including monitoring health. If you’re lucky you may be able to experience the miracle of birth!
Elderly Community Projects – There may also be the opportunity for a medical volunteer in Bali to provide help at local elderly community projects, working in elderly homes and village campaigns. Across Indonesia, it’s very common for members of the older generation to live with their oldest child, making elderly homes quite rare in Bali. Unfortunately, it is only those who have no family at all or are unable to afford a home, who end up in an elderly care facility. Furthermore, these elderly homes receive no input or support from other services and organisations. This makes the contribution of supporting local elderly communities invaluable from a volunteer in Bali. Other elder members of the local community will join for regular health checks at the village campaigns too, set up in community houses.
Depending on how many participants are able to help on the Bali volunteer program, there might be up to 50 elderly members attending. As a medical volunteer in Bali, you may get the chance to monitor cholesterol levels, blood pressure, glucose levels, respiratory rate and body temperature. This is also a great way to interact with the elderly and help with their social interaction in general to improve their overall well-being.
Charity for Stroke Victims – On an ad-hoc basis, PMGY Bali medical participants could have the opportunity to work alongside a local charity for stroke victims. The patients that this charity work with unfortunately cannot afford rehabilitation services through specialised therapists and centres. Additionally, these patients live in rural areas and have no access to physiotherapy and check-ups. Therefore, the charity offers basic services, free of charge, that focus on stimulating their rehabilitation process.
Our international volunteers work together with the charity’s physiotherapist to help with treatment, activity and massage therapy of one local patient in particular. Volunteers might also get the chance to perform basic health checks on the patient by checking and recording vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature and respiratory rates. Please note that this opportunity is usually available less frequently.
Please note that the main focus of PMGY Bali’s medical program continues to be at the General Hospital in Tabanan and these additional projects are subject to availability and the volunteer’s previous experience.
STUDENT ELECTIVE OPPORTUNITIES
We are able to provide specialist elective placements for students in Bali. Students looking to enjoy a unique overseas elective experience can do so with PMGY. Learn directly from health professionals in medical settings like no other. As a medical volunteer in Bali, you can specify during the online application process which clinical elective you wish to undertake. More specifically, highlight your elective experience in the ‘Special Requirements’ section of the online application. The PMGY Bali team will then have everything planned and in place for your elective in Bali.
Medical – Head to Tabanan General Hospital in Bali for your medical elective overseas. Home to 500 patients each day, shadow medical staff across core departments at the hospital. Examples include paediatrics, surgery, maternity and intensive care unit. Outside of the hospital, enjoy community outreach health programs that run on an ad-hoc basis. They include a holistic healer, local birth clinic and an elderly community project. Overcome the language barrier to learn first-hand about the Indonesian healthcare system.
YOUR VOLUNTEER ROLE & TYPICAL WORK DAY
As a medical volunteer in Bali, your main role will be observing the different departments at the General Hospital in Tabanan, learning about and experiencing the Indonesian healthcare system, procedures and culture.
The medical project takes place from Monday-Thursday. Your schedule and transport will depend on the current opportunities available when you volunteer in Bali. For instance, the hospital placement generally runs from 7.30-10am, which is a 5 minute minivan ride. The birth clinic is visited in the afternoon for 2-3 hours, which is 45 minutes away by private car. The community projects run from 2-4pm, which are 5 minutes away by minivan.
As you are expanding your knowledge of the medical field, please note that those you are interacting with may also be interested in communicating with you to build their confidence and spoken English language skills. As Tabanan is a very traditional area of Bali, you will find the local staff are not as confident or accomplished in conversing in English as perhaps other people are across Bali.
The hospital itself will not provide information or training to volunteers, therefore participants will have to be dynamic and creative when interacting with the staff when asking questions, so use your free time to learn through the junior doctors. Showcase which departments you want to prioritise your time with and be proactive in learning about the general day to day goings-on at the hospital.
The local staff at the hospital will also be intrigued in understanding the care provided in your healthcare education system, so be encouraged to communicate around this where possible. While the Balinese people are welcoming you into their place of work please be open to their beliefs and culture as they will be open to yours.
In addition, the hospital staff often welcome PMGY medical volunteers to participate in any weekly staff meetings as and when they occur. Examples of things discussed in these meetings include talking about the logistics of the hospital and care-plans for individual departments.
The community outreach programs can offer opportunities for participants to perform basic hands-on tasks, such as taking vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, temperatures and respiratory rates. The other elements to your placement can teach you more about how Indonesian culture and beliefs shape medicine, including holistic healing, herbal remedies and more traditional treatments to compare and contrast to your experience in the hospital.
As the role is purely observational and feedback has suggested the project can be quite stagnant at times due to a language barrier, we recommend that applicants sign up for no more than 2 weeks on the Bali volunteer program. In our experience, whilst you will gain medical insight and knowledge at the hospital, after a while, most people are eager for greater exposure and engagement, which this project can be limited in providing. In such situations, volunteers may be able to split or extend their time working with children across our community community childcare and English teaching programs in local schools.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER AS A MEDICAL VOLUNTEER IN BALI
Alternative Opportunities – For volunteers who are looking for maximum exposure, opportunities or perhaps a more interactive nature to the program, we would strongly advise considering an alternate medical placement than the volunteer work in Bali. Volunteer work in India is generally seen as our strongest medical program due to the exposure our participants get and the range of projects involved. Ghana and Tanzania volunteer programs are also popular where participants can get involved in a number of high impact projects.
University Students Only – Volunteers are advised to note that the hospital will not permit applicants who are not studying medicine, healthcare sciences or nursing at university. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule.
Hands-On Involvement – Your level of involvement at the medical volunteer projects is dictated by a range of factors. First of all your medical experience, but also the duration of program and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision. Ultimately, it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures.
Previous PMGY medical volunteer in Bali participants have been given the chance to administer IV injections, dress wounds etc. However, please note we can never guarantee or promote hands-on involvement regardless of medical experience or background.
Generally speaking those with little or no medical experience assume a largely observational role. If you are studying a medically related degree, then you should have more opportunity to undertake some more basic hands-on involvement. However, to reiterate we can never guarantee or endorse hands-on experience should you choose to get hands-on. Such a decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.
Trained Professionals – Please note this program is not suitable for trained professionals who are looking to practise overseas. This opportunity is only suitable for medical students looking to go into the medical or nursing field and wish to learn about a healthcare system overseas.
Weekends – Your project work in Bali runs from Monday-Thursday and weekends are free (Friday-Sunday). You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation but most participants will use this time to travel and explore the country. As a result, you can check out our Bali Weekend Travel Guide for top tips on how to spend your weekend. We also run two separate weekend trips which you can sign-up to before you depart for Bali. We offer the Gili Paradise Island Trip along with the Ubud Trip with opportunities running every month.
Can people from outside of the UK or USA volunteer with PMGY?
Of course! Although PMGY was founded in the UK, with offices now extending between the UK and US, we welcome participants of all nationalities onto our programs. Within the last decade, we have hosted tens of thousands of volunteers from across the globe. From France to Italy, Mexico to India, Namibia to Russia and Ireland to China – these are only a handful of the countries volunteers have joined us from! We want everyone from across the world to have an equal opportunity at experiencing a different perspective on life, and make friends across the world.
Why are PMGY’s fees so much more affordable than other travel organisations?
The PMGY International Team works hard to ensure that our fees are kept as low as possible. Consequently, this makes our experiences affordable and accessible without sacrificing the safety and quality of the overall experience.
Registration Fees to join our programs are assigned to the high levels of comprehensive support that we are renowned for. This includes telephone and online support staff available 24 hours each day, as well as detailed hand-guides and interactive webinars. Therefore, the remaining Program Fees to join the program go directly to our in-country teams, covering everything for the time you work on our abroad volunteer programs. In general, these fees are reflected in your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, in-country support and project upkeep during your time abroad. Furthermore, we make sure our fees are transparent, which is something our volunteers really appreciate.
Similar organisations offer fancy brochures, run large high-street offices and are usually owned by larger travel organisations with many shareholders. As a result, participants are charged an extremely high price to cover all of these overheads. Therefore, at PMGY, we have embraced the online age by focusing everything around an online presence. We have done away with out-dated brochures, an unnecessary high street presence and we are an independent organisation without any outside financial interests.
What are the requirements to volunteer in Bali?
PMGY welcomes medical volunteers in Bali of all nationalities, religions and backgrounds. The minimum age to join the program is 18 and there is no upper age limit. Furthermore, all volunteers need to have a good level of English, although it does not need to be your first language. Of course, you do not need to speak Balinese. However, you will find that learning a few words in your days with us in Bali will go a long way.
Each medical volunteer in Bali must be able to provide a clean criminal background check in advance of volunteering with us abroad. Thus, we are unable to accept anyone who has any previous criminal convictions. In general, no formal experience or qualifications are required for the projects, just lots of energy, enthusiasm and preparation! However, medical and healthcare projects usually require additional documentation before participation begins in-country.
Volunteering overseas can be both physically and mentally challenging. Therefore, all participants must be fit in both areas. Consequently, if you have any medical/mental health conditions that may affect your participation overseas, then these must be declared to us during your online application. If you have any queries regarding your suitability to participate, we recommend that you contact us before committing to the program.
What date should I arrive and leave the Bali volunteer program?
For your volunteer trip to Bali, you should book your flights to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar on the Sunday start date. The airport code is DPS. You will be met at the airport by a member of the local team or an appointed driver, who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.
The program ends on the Saturday of your final week. Therefore, you must depart the accommodation on this day.
When is the best time of year to volunteer in Bali?
Feedback from each medical volunteer in Bali often suggests that it is best to join a PMGY project outside the European summer months. This is since June-August tends to be when we have peak numbers at each of our projects and volunteer accommodations. Conversely, outside of these months, there is typically the greatest opportunity to become fully immersed in the project and within the local community.
Are there any age restrictions to be a volunteer in Bali?
In order to join as a medical volunteer in Bali, you need to be at least 18 on the program start date. Generally, the average age range of volunteers is 18-25.
There is no upper age limit to our programs, and in the past, we have hosted participants up to the age of 70-years old. Whilst we have found that our more mature participants get a lot from the experience, at times individuals have found it more challenging to integrate with a younger crowd. Furthermore, some participants have perhaps expected a higher level of accommodation, the structure within the local community, and general overall communication at the project setup. Consequently, whilst we welcome volunteers of all ages, we stress that all participants should remain open-minded and flexible. Additionally, participants must appreciate that the majority of our participants are across the 18-25 age range.
When should I apply to be a medical volunteer in Bali?
For the majority of our programs, you can apply at any time. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible to ensure we have availability on the program. This is since some of our programs only have limited capacity, meaning that spaces get filled very quickly. Therefore, it is particularly important that you apply in good time if you’re looking to travel between our peak period of June and August. This is because spaces can fill up very quickly during this period. Furthermore, please only apply if you are 100% committed to joining the program. You need to apply online by locating the “Apply Now” button on the individual project page. This will guide you through our online Application Process.
Indeed, once you have applied and confirmed your place on the program, it may be possible to change your start dates and this will not incur a fee. However, please note that this will be subject to availability and any changes should be made at least 60 days prior to your start date.
Can I volunteer abroad with my friend/parent/boyfriend/girlfriend?
You’re more than welcome to travel and volunteer with friends, family members or with a boyfriend/girlfriend. If required, we can make sure that you stay in the same accommodation and volunteer for the same project. However, please note the majority of our volunteer accommodation is on a single-sex basis. Consequently, we cannot guarantee that you would be able to be placed in the same room.
Please outline in the ‘Special Requirements’ box of your online application if you’d like to make sure you’re placed alongside another applicant/s.
Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?
Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we work hard to ensure that our host locations are safe. Firstly, volunteer safety in each of our destinations is monitored regularly. Each of our volunteer programs has been inspected by a member of the PMGY International Team. Additionally, PMGY closely follows advice published by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Alongside the frequent contact we have with our local teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable or unsafe regions.
The PMGY International Team have visited and participated in every program we offer. Thus, we have carefully inspected every little detail of our set-up, from the living conditions to local neighbourhoods and even the food you’ll be eating. Through these checks, we are able to ensure that all of our projects are up to scratch. Furthermore, all of our local teams are experienced development professionals, with years of experience hosting international volunteers. They are PMGY’s representatives on the ground and assist volunteers 24/7 throughout their stay. Our teams are therefore always on-hand to assist in any emergencies that may occur. Additionally, our 24 hour international emergency telephone line is always accessible. PMGY’s in-country staff also have access to local medical professionals should these be required during a participant’s time with us.
When you join as a medical volunteer in Bali, we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visas and dress codes. For any unanswered or specific questions, PMGY offers a comprehensive support network, with online and telephone support staff available 24 hours each day. Our advisers welcome participants to ask as many questions as needed for them to effectively prepare for their trip overseas. On a monthly basis, our International Team also hosts both an Introductory Webinar and Safety Webinar. These are interactive opportunities for international volunteers to learn more about our projects and managing their safety overseas.
When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive introduction to the general volunteer program and your specific project. During this session, our team will also cover important safety advice specific to your country. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM-card. This is something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. In like manner, we will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.
Although we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble-free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each program is as safe as possible.
When do I pay for my volunteer program? Can I pay in instalments?
In order to confirm your place as a medical volunteer in Bali, you need to pay a deposit of 249 USD. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge. If you’re applying within 60 days of your program start date then you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. Likewise, in the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your payment will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying.
Payments made in advance of the 60 day window can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur. Bank transfers can be accepted by UK participants only.
Can I be a medical volunteer in Bali as part of a university or college placement?
It is certainly possible to be a medical volunteer in Bali as part of your university or college placement. However, PMGY is unable to guarantee that the medical volunteer in Bali program will fulfil the requirements of your establishment. Therefore, participants are encouraged to speak to a member of the International Team to establish whether the required parameters can be met. This should be done in advance of applying to the program. When appropriate, school/college/university representatives are welcome to contact PMGY to discuss further the suitability of the program in meeting the participant’s requirements. In addition, we can arrange international school trips to Bali.
First of all, the PMGY International Team are able to complete paperwork after each medical volunteer in Bali has confirmed their place on the program. Additionally, project staff in Bali can also sign-off any paperwork that is required by your course tutors. However, while our team will do their best to complete any paperwork, we are unable to guarantee that we will be able to comply with every learning objective and requirement or your university/college. In the event that your university/college do not accept the paperwork submitted by PMGY, then you will be unable to be refunded for your trip. PMGY regularly receives medical, nursing, childcare and psychology placement students on our projects globally, with ties with some leading universities.
If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programs could meet the placement requirements for your course, please contact us directly to schedule a meeting.
BEFORE YOU DEPART
Can I fundraise for my trip as a medical volunteer in Bali?
With PMGY, the money our volunteers pay goes towards the structure you receive on the Bali volunteer program. The fundamentals of this cover aspects such as accommodation, airport pick-ups, around the clock support from our international and in-country teams, pre-departure training as well as the implementation and monitoring of the projects.
We do our best to keep our program costs as low and affordable as possible, without sacrificing quality and safety. However, with flights, travel insurance and spending money to factor into your overall budget, you may find you need a little bit of help with the finances. Consequently, a large number of PMGY volunteers decide to fundraise for their trip. In these instances, we recommend that each medical volunteer in Bali sets up an online fundraising page to notify friends and family of your trip.
PMGY have partnered with the online crowdfunding website GoGetFunding for volunteers to create a personalised fundraising page for their trip. This professional online fundraising service allows you to set financial goals and get the message across about what you’re doing. You can also share your PMGY fundraising page across various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to spread the word.
Can I raise money for the projects?
The PMGY Foundation is a UK registered charity (1169415). This charity has been created to help provide financial aid and assistance to projects we work with on an ongoing basis. Importantly, the objective of the PMGY Foundation is the prevention or relief of poverty for people living in the communities we support. This is achieved by providing or assisting the provision of education, training, healthcare and general living support. Therefore together, we hope that the support offered by the PMGY Foundation helps to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient. Consequently, donations made to the PMGY Foundation will be directed to the projects most in need. This is determined by the trustees of the charity during our International Team overseas visits.
If you are looking to help raise money directly for the PMGY Foundation, you can do so via our Virgin Money Giving fundraising page. 100% of all money raised will be donated directly to the projects we support around the world. However, please note that participants are unable to raise money through the PMGY Foundation to help finance the cost of their trip overseas. For a medical volunteer in Bali looking for further information on how to raise money for their trip abroad, please visit our fundraising page.
How do I register for your online webinars?
Every Tuesday at 4pm (London time), the PMGY International Team hosts one of four pre-departure webinars. These last approximately 45 minutes each and importantly provide volunteers in Bali with invaluable advice on their upcoming trip. The webinars are hosted by a member of our International Team, who all have extensive knowledge of our projects around the globe. You can attend (and even ask questions) from anywhere in the world, simply by logging in through your own computer. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection and a pair of headphones. In addition to this, if any family or friends would like to attend the session as well, they are more than welcome to do so.
For individuals who have not yet signed up to one of our programs, but would like to learn more about us, we encourage you to join our Introductory Webinar. Across 45 minutes, a member of the International team will introduce you to the concept of volunteering abroad, our destinations and both social and safety aspects of our programs.
For a medical volunteer in Bali who has already confirmed their volunteering role on the program, there are three for you to choose from. Please note that you need to sign up for the webinar a few days in advance.
Travel Essentials Pre-Departure Webinar – covers all the basics.
Program Preparation Webinar – covers specifically childcare and teaching community work programs.
Safety & Wellbeing Overseas Webinar – covers the risks associated with overseas travel and how you can keep as safe as possible.
Will I require vaccinations and malaria tablets for my volunteer work?
It is possible that as a medical volunteer in Bali you may require a course of vaccinations in preparation for your volunteer work in Bali. However, unfortunately, PMGY is unable to legally advise on these matters, since we are not medical experts. Therefore, it is vital that you contact your local doctor or travel clinic a few months in advance of your intended travel. Your local doctor/nurse will be able to advise you on vaccinations and malaria prevention you may need for entry into your volunteer destination. Additional information can be found on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights to volunteer in Bali?
When you apply to be a medical volunteer in Bali, we cannot guarantee your place on the program immediately. Indeed, on receiving an application, we have to liaise with our local team to ensure there is space available on the program and to assess your suitability for the specific project. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not make any flight and/or travel arrangements until your program has been confirmed by us in writing. Of course, once your place as a medical volunteer in Bali has been confirmed, you are then free to book your flights either with PMGY or through a third-party travel agent.
After confirming your place on a PMGY volunteer program, we strongly advise that you book your flights as early as possible. This is since it will help ensure that you get the lowest airfare. You can choose to book your flights independently or we can help you with arranging them. PMGY has a wealth of experience in travelling to and from our host countries. Therefore, we know the most affordable ways to travel and the best airlines to use. Therefore, if you would like any assistance booking your flight, you can request an optional flight quote during your online application. Alternatively, feel free to contact us on the phone or by email.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Importantly, having an appropriate travel insurance policy during your time abroad is essential. Therefore, it is mandatory for all of our international volunteers to be appropriately covered across all of their trip dates. This includes your travel to and from the host country, as well as any onward travel. Although PMGY does everything to ensure your trip is safe, inevitably things can go wrong. Therefore, having a travel insurance policy in place helps you effectively deal with any problems you may encounter during your time away.
We have partnered up with the insurance company Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive optional policy. This has been designed with our international volunteers in mind, to cover our participants for all of their travel essentials. The policy is available to anyone across the globe, up to the age of 65 years. The document will cover you for your time on any PMGY destination and any onward travel (excluding the US and Canada). You can purchase PMGY Travel Insurance during your online application or you can contact us directly to arrange it.
How do I obtain a background check?
To become a medical volunteer in Bali, you’ll need to provide us with a clean DBS or Police Check before you travel. This is a check that must be issued by an official Governmental or Police Body. PMGY have a commitment to the projects we support to ensure the volunteers we send are trustworthy and of sound moral character. Consequently, we are unable to accept participants who have had any previous criminal convictions.
If you hold a current DBS or Police Check, then we can accept this, providing it is clear and issued no more than 18 months prior to your program start date. You will need to upload a copy of this to your online portal after confirming your place on the program. Furthermore, the DBS or Police Check must be submitted to us no less than 21 days prior to your program start date.
If you don’t have a valid DBS check , then you will need to apply for one. UK volunteers need to apply for a “Basic Disclosure” through Gov.uk (which serves all people in the UK). This costs 23 GBP and takes around 15 working days to process. Full information on how to obtain a DBS check through Gov.uk is outlined in the Volunteer Handbook, received once you have confirmed your place as a medical volunteer in Bali.
For every medical volunteer in Bali from the US, you can apply for a background check through US Criminal Checks. It costs 17.95 USD and is usually processed immediately. Alternatively, you are welcome to arrange your own background check through your local Sheriff’s Office or governmental body.
For all other international participants, we recommend you obtain a Police/Criminal Background Check through your local police station or official governmental body.
When will I receive my Volunteer Handbook?
All volunteers in Bali will receive a PMGY Volunteer Handbook once they have paid their deposit and confirmed their place on the program. We will send you an email entitled ‘Welcome to PMGY’ which will include a link where you can download the Volunteer Handbook. Please note that we do not send a hard copy of the PMGY Volunteer Handbook.
This Handbook contains everything you need to know to prepare as a medical volunteer in Bali. Ranging from what to pack to how to obtain a visa, we do our best to ensure you are ready to hit the ground running. Therefore, it is really important that you read through the Volunteer Handbook carefully once you’ve downloaded it. If you find any of your questions unanswered after reading through this, then our team are always on hand to assist you. You can contact us via email, telephone, Skype, Facebook, online chat…whatever works best for you!
ON YOUR TRIP
Can I arrange a private room?
All of our accommodation options on the Bali volunteer program involve sharing a room with other participants (usually same-sex). Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange private room options for each medical volunteer in Bali.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
Our teams will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed as a medical volunteer in Bali. Consequently, there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Importantly, any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.
Are there any public holidays that affect project availability?
We aim to communicate as clearly and accurately as possible all holidays that impact project availability. This information can be found via our Holiday Dates page and in the Volunteer Handbook. However, due to the nature of developing countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change. In turn, these can unexpectedly affect project availability. Therefore in such instances, we ask our volunteers to be flexible and appreciative of this. These periods often provide volunteers in Bali with a unique experience to enjoy the festivities and holidays themselves. However, our local teams will always do their best to find alternative project work if applicable/possible.
What is the dress code at the projects?
Dress code varies from country-to-country and sometimes from project-to-project. Importantly, we ask that our volunteers adopt a smart and responsible image during their time in the communities. Of course, we will outline the specific dress code requirements in your Volunteer Handbook so you know exactly what to pack. In addition to this, our local team will also brief you during your in-country orientation on arrival in Bali.
The general rule of thumb for girls is to cover shoulders, chest, stomach and thighs. In a like matter, for men, shorts should not lie above the knee and shirts should cover shoulders. Whilst we do not wish to impose strict regulations on our volunteers, we do ask that you respect the local culture during your travels. Moreover, dressing appropriately will earn you the respect of the people you’ll be working with. Therefore, our Volunteer Handbooks, outline preferred dress-codes in detail.
Additionally, it’s also a good idea to take some nicer clothes for the weekends and special occasions. However, please avoid tight and very short clothing. You should also avoid clothing that may have potentially offensive slogans on it. Tattoos and piercings should be covered where possible whilst you’re at your placement, particularly if you’re working with children.
How much spending money will I need?
The amount of extra spending money you should take with you as a medical volunteer in Bali can depend on a multitude of factors. Considerations include what you undertake during your free time and how many souvenirs you purchase! Therefore, if you plan to go for a safari in Tanzania or perhaps go trekking in South Africa, you will need to budget accordingly. However, for general expenses and some independent travel, you should find 100-150 USD per week a suitable amount.
Will I be able to travel whilst on the program?
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel during your time with PMGY. In fact, we encourage you to travel during your free time! Most of our programs have been designed so that you have weekends off. Therefore, this gives you the opportunity to explore the local area or even travel further afield within your host country. Our local coordinators will provide you with all the weekend opportunities and travel tips you need to help you plan any independent adventures. During your time as a medical volunteer in Bali, you are sure to make some travel buddies along the way!
Before booking your flights, we recommend that you look into travel opportunities across dates on either side of your volunteering placement. It is always great to spend some time travelling and seeing more of the country you wish to volunteer in. However, if you plan to travel extensively, please factor this into your flight itinerary. This is since we only encourage travel during weekends while you’re volunteering, as you have made a commitment to be a medical volunteer in Bali.
During your time on the Bali volunteer program you will live in our Volunteer House, which is just a 5 minute walk from the centre of Tabanan. Here you will find local restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs. Tabanan is a more traditional town, so you won’t find many other tourists around. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 8 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with air conditioning in the room and their own mosquito net and bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, with a shower and western style toilet. The water is often cold, but this shouldn’t be a problem if you volunteer in Bali, as the climate is hot and humid all year round!
We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables within the lockers provided within the volunteer accommodation, however, volunteers are encouraged to only bring essential items during their volunteer work in Bali. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.
International volunteers have several communal spaces to relax, hang out with new friends or prepare lesson plans if you are teaching English.
The Volunteer House is located right next to where our local team live. Although volunteers have their own private space there is still the security of living next to our host family who can assist you if need be. It is also a great way to learn more about Balinese culture, get immersed in the local community and practise your new-found language skills!
Some of our projects are within walking distance of our Volunteer House and some are not. PMGY will take you to and from your volunteer placement each day if it is not within walking distance, via minivan or private car, and the cost of this service is included in your Program Fee.
During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses.
During your volunteer trip to Bali, you will be provided with three freshly prepared meals per day. Most meals are traditional Indonesian dishes that can be typically quite spicy. Balinese cuisine consists of a lot of rice and the meat is mainly fish or chicken – vegetarian options are always available.
There is a large choice of restaurants and local warungs (authentic, local food stalls) in Tabanan. The food on offer is traditional Balinese cuisine – typically amazing and mainly vegetarian! There may also be a western option served once or twice every week and there are restaurants serving western food available around a 20 minute walk from the Volunteer House.
* Our team will do their best to cater for any dietary requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed. This means that there may be instances where you need to purchase alternative ingredients at your own expense. Any dietary requirements should be noted within your application and re-iterated to the local team on arrival into the country. Any concerns for major requirements should be raised with the PMGY International Team before confirming your place on the program.
* These fees apply to each individual application.
In order to apply to join PMGY you are required to make your Registration Fee payment of 249 USD. In the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your Registration Fee will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying. The remaining fee is then due no less than 60 days prior to your program start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, program or date) then this can be facilitated free of charge.
If you’re applying within 60 days of your program start date then you’ll need to pay the full amount to confirm your place. Likewise, in the unlikely event that we are unable to offer you a place on the program then your payment will be refunded in full within 48 hours of applying.
Any remaining payments must be made no less than 60 days prior to your start date. This payment can be made in one lump sum or in several instalments. If you chose to take our insurance or book a flight with PMGY then these must be paid for (in full) at the time of booking.
Payments can be made directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.
OPTIONAL TRIPLE CARBON OFFSET SCHEME – 55 USD
PMGY provide participants with the opportunity to contribute towards our Triple Carbon Offset Scheme. This not only helps eliminate your carbon footprint but helps the planet with a positive contribution every time you fly. The Triple Offset Idea for volunteers in Bali works as follows –
🇰🇪 Kenya – 77 mango trees are planted in Kenya. These are capable of absorbing the total carbon emissions for a volunteer trip to Bali and also help provide a sustainable income for local farmers.
🇮🇳 India – 80 days of access to a solar cooker are provided to a family in India. This means the family don’t have to spend on firewood and thus reduce their dependence on trees.
🇺🇸 USA – 1.25kg of rescued meals are provided to the homeless in the USA. This recycles wasted food reduces methane emission from food waste which is equivalent to 1lb of CO2 emissions.
This optional add-on can be added during the online application process or can even be added on at a later date. The offset platform is provided by our charity, the PMGY Foundation and ensures that 100% of contributions are put towards high impact projects around the world.