Global Hobo is on the hunt for a team of budding writers to head to the island paradise that is Bali this Christmas holidays for an epic month of journalism workshops, cultural exchange and adventuring.

Successful applicants will spend four weeks living in bungalows in the hip surf town of Canggu – a place of salty skin, tasty waves and yoga every damn day. Your daily routine will be made up of classes taught by media industry professionals who are passionate about sharing what they’ve learned in the big bad world of media so far. So that you can order mie goreng and Bintang like a local, you’ll also be studying Bahasa Indonesian with a Balinese language school.

In your free time, you’ll be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so you can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. You’ll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online – either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.


If you’re a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If you’re already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subject’s credit. And if you’re not studying and you’re just on the hunt for a cool project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience. Check out a little video teaser here!

What you get:

  • Daily travel-writing and blogging workshops with a range of passionate young people who work in the media industry (writers and editors from publications like Global Hobo, triple j’s Hack, the Guardian, Your Friends House, VICE, Surfing Life and Slam Skateboarding). Think travel-narrative writing, pitching to editors, building a brand and working as a freelancer on the road in exchange for sweet, sweet cash.
  • 30 hours of small-group Bahasa Indonesia language classeswith a top Balinese school
  • A five-course Balinese cooking classon an organic farm in the mountains
  • One month twin-share accommodation in air-conditioned bungalows, complete with WiFi, a shared kitchen and two pools
  • A month’s membership at digital nomad hub and coworking space Dojo Bali
  • Airport pickupupon arrival in Denpasar
  • Help with yoga, surfing lessonsand scooter rental
  • Potential university credit


  • $2199 per person to cover accommodation, language classes, cooking school, writing workshops, airport pickup and co-working space membership

Upcoming Program Dates:

November 27 – December 24, 2017 (Last class December 21)

January 8 – February 4, 2018

Successful applicants will be intelligent, open-minded creatives looking for some real-world journalism experience and to get a taste of Indonesia beyond its tourist vortex. The ability to work well in a group is essential. Do note though that the course is just that: a course. You don’t need to already have a foot in the door of the media industry to apply, nor do you already need to be the best writer. All the skills you’ll need to start sculpting your words like a pro and getting published will be taught as part of the curriculum. In fact, many students often keep working for Global Hobo on a freelance basis once the course is over.

If you’re interested in reading some reviews from previous hobos who’ve done the program, check out Global Hobo’s testimonials page. To apply, click here and fill out the form at the bottom of the page, or email a winning cover letter to indicating which dates you would prefer. Best of luck!

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