Volunteer for Medical Care in Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia Health & Medicine



Travel to Bali and gain experience and insight into Indonesian healthcare with Plan My Gap Year! Based in Rumah Sakit Umum Tabanan, a local government hospital in the middle of Bali, you will volunteer in a facility that treats up to 500 patients each day, with placements available in:

- General Surgery

- Intensive Care

- Emergency

- Maternity & Midwifery

- Neonatal

- Pediatrics

- Obstetrics & Gynaecology

- Antenatal

- Prenatal

- Ultrasound

- General Medicine

- Out-Patient

- Public Health

You do not need a medical background or to be currently studying medicine or healthcare to sign up - however, if you have a specific area of focus, there are opportunities available for you to pursue a more specialized program. If you do not have adequate medical or healthcare experience, you will take on a more observational, rather than hands-on, role in your volunteer program.


During your stay in Bali, you will have the opportunity to learn about traditional and modern healthcare practices, and how culture plays a role in medicine and patient support. You will volunteer under the supervision of a local doctor, who will teach you about their day-to-day work, and let you observe treatments and patient care. Depending on your background and experience, you may be able to assist with hands-on activities as well, though this is at the discretion of the local physician.

Field conditions

In 2016, Indonesia adopted a national healthcare system to try to provide a standard of care to its 240 million people across 13,000 islands. While healthcare practices have vastly improved, the Balinese people that you will support still rely in large part on traditional beliefs and healing systems as western medicine becomes more widely-used. As part of this volunteer program, you will attend a seminar to learn more about how culture places a role in patient care.

During your stay, you will have the choice to work in a specific department for a set amount of time, or to volunteer in several departments depending on your interests, skills, and program goals. Your level of involvement on this volunteer program depends on your background experience, duration of the program, and willingness to be involved - because of this, you may not be able to take part in hands-on tasks such as administering IV injections, dressing wounds, or other activities if your supervising physician deems it more necessary and safe for you to take on a more observational role. Specialized programs are available in Dental, Optometry, Cardiac Surgery, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Laboratory.

Arrival and orientation

This program starts on Sundays. You will arrive to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head over to the volunteer house and spend the rest of the day relaxing before getting started on your volunteer program.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Based in Tabanan, the volunteer house that you’ll live in is a five-minute walk from the city center, where you will find restaurants, convenience stores, and ATMs. The volunteer house is also located right next to where the local PMGY team lives.

The house is basic but comfortable, and each room can accommodate up to eight people in same-sex rooms with bunk beds. The bathrooms have western style toilets and cold showers, and there are fans provided throughout the house, plus wifi, mosquito nets, and other amenities. You’re encouraged to bring a padlock for your suitcase and store any valuables with a team member. June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house.

You will be provided with three meals per day. Breakfast usually consists of toast, pancakes, fruit, eggs, and tea or coffee; lunch can include mixed rice, vegetables, curries, or salad; and dinner usually consists of fried rice, fried chicken, noodles, or spaghetti.


Volunteers will stay in a volunteer home.


from $342 USDper week

from $342 USDper week


What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • Private transport to project

  • In-country orientation

  • Airport pickup

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Airfare

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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