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Travel & Teach - Indonesia

Travel and Teach

There are several large organisations that recruit for various schools in Indonesia, and for the adventurous it is a great first step on your TESOL career. If you want to gain a prearranged contract, look on the Internet (e.g. www.tefl.com). You could also try contacting the British Council Offices in Jakarta and Surabaya.

EF English First is the largest chain in Indonesia, with around 35 different institutes dotted across the archipelago. A number of Global English graduates have gone to work for this organisation in Indonesia. One of them, John Dalton, started as a TESOL teacher and then was promoted to Director of Studies, and if you are looking to move up the career ladder quickly, Indonesia is the perfect place to do it.

If you are arriving on spec, you may wish to time your arrival with the start of the teaching term in September or October. Dress smartly and conservatively for interview and take along copies of your CV, TESOL and Degree Certificates. You might find the guide to writing your CV on our site quite helpful here.

Some teachers travel off the beaten track and experience the ‘real Indonesia’, teaching in exchange for basic accommodation and food. This can be a rewarding way to see the country. For anyone interested in paid employment, they should be aware of the strict work permit regulations. Note that at present Indonesia does not give working visa's for people who originate from non-English speaking countries who want to teach EFL.

If you are able to secure work with a good school, then they will apply for such a permit on your behalf. If you have managed to prearrange a job, take a letter of confirmation to the Indonesian embassy before leaving for Indonesia. Your employer should be able to do the rest on arrival. However you should be aware that your visa is only valid for as long as you stay with this one named employer. The best bet is to check out the specific requirements before you travel, so see the useful contacts section below. 

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