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Volunteer in Indonesia and gain first-hand experience in the medical field
Practice your English communication skills with doctors as well as patients
Learn and observe the Balinese way of practising medicine
Gain insight in a population that offers a wide diversity of cultural, social and economic background
Explore Bali in your free time with plenty of water sport activities to do
PMGY’s medical volunteer programme in Indonesia offers a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and insight into the Indonesian health care system. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

This programme allows you to learn from local staff and get involved in supporting them. 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 land mass. The population offers a wide diversity of cultural, social and economic background. 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. In 2016 Indonesia adopted a national health care system which now has called for new methods of care because for so long people were left 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. Though healthcare has developed tremendously over the last decade, Balinese people are still deeply rooted in their customs and religious beliefs; especially regarding healthcare. Joining on the medical project in Bali will open your eyes to the traditional beliefs of healing along with the evolving care of Western medicine within this region.

We place volunteers at Rumah Sakit Umum Tabanan which is a local government hospital based in the middle of Bali. This facility consults nearly 500 patients each day providing a vast opportunity for volunteers that join this medical programme. The departments that the hospital is home to include:

Paediatrics, Pre- and Post-surgery, High Care Unit, Maternity, intensive Cardio Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit.

The local team may be able to arrange a seminar upon request 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. Aside from this, 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.

Please be aware that while you are on this programme 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 done 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 programme, you will have the opportunity to spend time across many of the departments that the hospital is home too. The local team will give you your timetable during your orientation period.

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 in speaking English. 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. Therefore volunteers will have to be dynamic and creative when interacting with the staff in asking your questions, showcasing which departments you want to prioritise your time and 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 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.

Typical day

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 medical programme. 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 that the project can be limited in providing. In such situations, volunteers may be able to split or extend their time across onto our community childcare and teaching programmes.

On an ad-hoc basis, participants on the medical programme may have the opportunity to get involved in some of our community outreach programmes. Often, these opportunities offer participants with a chance to perform basic hands on tasks, such as taking vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, temperatures and respiratory rates. There may also be a chance to learn more about herbal remedies and traditional treatments. This may include some of the following placements:


On an ad-hoc basis, participants on our Medical Programme may work alongside a local birth clinic. Participants who engage in this project will work with local midwifes to monitor the health of new-born babies. This may involve assisting in tasks such as: monitoring the body temperatures, weight and length of new-borns, and assessing the vitals of both expecting and new-mothers.

Please note this project will mainly be focused on /suitable for midwifery students


Also, on an ad-hoc basis, PMGY Bali Medical participants may 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 specialized therapists and centres. Additionally, these patients live in rural areas and have no access to physiotherapy and check-ups. The charity therefore offers basic services, free of charge, that focus on stimulating their rehabilitation process. Our volunteers work together with the charity’s physiotherapist to help with treatment, activity and massage therapy. Volunteers might also get the chance to perform basic health checks on the patients by checking and recording vital signs such as blood pressure, temperature and respiratory rates.

Please note that the main focus of PMGY Bali’s Medical programme continues to be at the General Hospital in Tabanan and these additional projects are subject to availability and the volunteer’s previous experience. For volunteers who are looking for maximum exposure, opportunities and perhaps a more interactive nature to the programme we would strongly advise to consider an alternate medical placement to Bali. India is generally seen as our strongest medical programme due to the exposure our participants get and the range of projects involved. Ghana and Tanzania are also popular where participants can get involved in a number of high impact projects. Volunteers are advised to note that the hospital will not permit applicants who are NOT studying medicine or nursing at university. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule. Your level of involvement at the project is dictated by medical experience, duration of programme and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision, so it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures. Whilst previous PMGY volunteers have been given the chance to administer IV injections, dress wounds etc, we can never guarantee or promote hands-on involvement for participants regardless of their medical experience or background. Generally speaking those with little or no medical experience assume a largely observational role. If you are studying 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, as the decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.

Free-time activities

PMGY’s programmes are based in the centre of Tabanan, a picturesque and lively city in central Bali. The Tabanan region itself has a population of over 350,000 and 10,000 of this is concentrated to the city centre. From 4pm to midnight runs an exciting night market where local cuisines can be tasted and traditional clothing and jewellery bought.
Tabanan is referred to as the ‘rice bowl of Bali’ for its infamous rice fields and agriculture industry that underpins much of Bali’s rice production. The Subak Museum is dedicated to the famed subak system of unmechanised irrigation which has been in use in Bali since AD 600.
Other areas to explore in and around Tabanan include the Bali Butterfly Park, the Batukaru temple, the Mengwi water temple and the Sangeh Monkey Forest. 30 minutes outside of Tabanan is the Tanah Lot temple which is a great place to experience a truly picturesque evening sunset.
Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Education Requirements
Medicine, Nursing at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:30

What's Included

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During your time with PMGY 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. 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, have a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as Bali 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 There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled.

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 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 the projects, not within walking distance, each day via Bemo or private car and the cost of this service is included in your Programme 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.

Dorm Room Guesthouse
Food & Beverages

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.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Denpasar. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Every 1st & 3rd sunday of the month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 16 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 684
3 weeks
$ 864
4 weeks
$ 1,029
16 weeks (max. stay)
$ 2,649
Average fees
$ 254 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Plan My Gap Year will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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