Canggu, Bali

Are you a wannabe freelance journalist or an aspiring travel writer with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise wrapping your tongue around a new language, being mentored by working editors and journalists and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese seaside village of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll live amongst the rice paddies and will attend daily writing workshops focused on creative non-fiction and narrative-feature writing, with a huge emphasis on working as a freelancer and a culturally relative approach to travel. To break out of the tourism vortex and truly immerse yourself in the local community, you’ll also be learning Indonesian with an esteemed 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 small teams (helloOO like-minded new friends). You’ll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published, which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.




Learn what you don’t get taught at uni

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between writing privately or having your own blog and entering the workforce as a freelancer or starting your own publication. 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 through your school’s work-integrated learning program. And if you’re not studying and you’re just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, we’ll teach you everything you need to know. We cater to all ability levels, and though experience helps, it’s not at all necessary.

What you get:

  • Daily writing workshops with a range of passionate young people who work in the media industry (writers and editors from publications like Global Hobo, triple j, New Matilda, VICE, Monster Children, Surfing Life, Year 13 and Slam). 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 classes with a top Balinese school
  • A five-course Balinese cooking class on an organic farm in the mountains
  • One month twin-share accommodation in air-conditioned bungalows, complete with WiFi, a shared kitchen and a pool
  • A month’s membership at digital nomad hub and coworking space District Canggu
  • Airport pickup upon arrival in Denpasar
  • Help with yogasurfing lessons and scooter rental
  • Potential university credit
  • Note that flights are not included! Sorry, but we couldn’t possibly tee up sweet deals with every airline and from every city in the world.




  • $2450 per person to cover accommodation, tuition, language classes, cooking school, airport pickup and co-working space membership. Once you’re in, a small deposit is needed to secure your spot, and full payment is due 90 days before the program starts.

Upcoming Program Dates:

  • June 22 – July 19, 2020
  • January 11 – February 7, 2021

Successful applicants will be intelligent, open-minded creatives looking for some real-world journalism experience and to get a taste of Indonesia beyond its tourism vortex. The ability to work well in a group is essential, and if you’re good enough at it, once the program is over, we’d love for you to keep writing for us on a (paid!) freelance basis.

Travel respectfully and sustainably

We’re passionate about sharing stories that tell more than one narrative about a place or issue, encourage a diversity of voices and open up important discussions about culture, identity, politics, class and travel. We’re also determined to support local businesses in Bali, travel sustainably and make as much effort as possible to immerse ourselves in the local community. What’s more, a percentage of each workshop sold goes directly towards sending skilled volunteers to Chios in Greece. Not everyone has the privilege of travelling for pleasure, and right now, thousands of refugees are displaced from their home countries due to conflict or persecution while they await processing. If you’d like to know more about this project, here.

Get Uni Credit

What’s more, if you’re a journalism, media or communications student, enrollment in the program gives you the potential to receive a full subject’s worth of university credit as part of your institution’s Work Integrated Learning Program; however, this will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis upon discussion with your head of department. So far, we’ve had students from RMIT, Wollongong University, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, UNSW, QUT, the University of Queensland, Curtin University and more receive credit, as well as those attending schools in New Zealand, the UK and the USA.





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