Teaching English in Indonesia


Interesting Facts About Life in Indonesia


    • With a population of more than 220 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country and the most populous Islamic country.
    • It would take you more than 46 years to visit each of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands if you traveled to an island per day. 
    • Indonesia has 129 active volcanoes. 
    • Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia.


    English Teaching Requirements in Indonesia

    • Education: BA/BS is required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at our TEFL Course Center in Surabaya, at any of our Onsite TEFL Courses, or by taking the Online TEFL Course.  


    • Citizenship Requirements:  USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.
    • Typical hiring process: via phone in advance,in-person interview
    • Average teaching hours per week: 20 –25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
    • Type s of students: Business professionals, children in public schools and private language schools
    • Cost of living per month: 600–1,000 USD; 6–9 million IDR
    • Average monthly pay: 600–1,000 USD
    • Start-up cost: 2,100–2,500 USD
    • Potential to sa ve or break even: save 250–300 USD/month 
    • Accommodation/housing benefits paid: no, employer will assist to find
    • Vacation - Paid 2 weeks
    • Flight reimbursement: rarely

    Living in Indonesia Teaching English


    This tropical paradise offers a vast array of natural and man-made treasures, from the sublime beauty of Bali to the energetic streets of Jakarta. Lush, mountainous interiors and endless miles of coastline make Indonesia an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, offering innumerable opportunities for hiking, trekking, climbing, scuba diving, fishing, and surfing. The scent of fragrant curries, meat skewers, and grilled vegetables is carried through the streets of small villages and large cities alike. More than anything else, those who choose to live and travel in this diverse, beautiful country will be struck by the warm hospitality of its people, who always take time to share refreshments or a meal with visitors from afar.

    Altogether, Indonesia is comprised of 17,508 islands. With a population of approximately 238 million people, it is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia also contains the world's largest population of Muslims. Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. The nation's capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of the G-20 major economies. The Indonesian economy is the world's eighteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and fifteenth largest by purchasing power parity.

    Taking into consideration Indonesia's status as a formidable economic power, it also has a large English teaching market.  English teachers in Indonesia can find teaching jobs year round. Although most interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via e-mail, some schools prefer to interview in person. Instructors are typically responsible for their own airfare and housing expense. Most live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers.

    A generous salary affords English teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle, while saving 250–300 USD per month. Schools offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore Indonesia’s exquisite beauty and vibrant, bustling cities. Those without a bachelor’s degree can find opportunities to teach in Indonesia, but a four-year degree is preferred. TEFL certification is required. Most teaching jobs are in the major cities of Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya. There are teaching opportunities on the island of Bali; however, its popularity means the local job market is more competitive.

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