Jakarta, Indonesia English Teaching Q and A with Jessica Long


What is your citizenship?        

United States

What city and state are you from?      

La Grande, Oregon

How old are you?


What is your education level and background?

Some College

Have you traveled abroad in the past?

Some international travel with friends, family, business, etc.

My Experience Teaching English Abroad in Indonesia and Russia

By: Annie Chen

One day in my Business English lesson, an adult student asked me, “Miss, what’s the difference between a mugger, carjacker, smuggler, burglar, kidnapper, thief, pickpocket and robber?”After what seemed like the longest pause of my career, with an awkward blank grin on my face, I spat out the best answer I could come up with off the top of my head. Afterwards, I couldn’t stop trying to pinpoint the finer distinctions between those, and pondering WHY I didn’t know how to explain it. It was really quite simple – most people don’t have to be so acutely aware of their own language since it is learned passively. For many teachers that I’ve met, a huge challenge in entering the TEFL world was learning the meta-language and rules to English grammar since we picked it up inherently. Language awareness as well as cultural awareness have become the two largest factors in my learning experience abroad.

Teach English in Jakarta, the Urban Soul of Indonesia

A whole country inside one city, the labyrinthian metropolis of Jakarta encapsulates all that Indonesia has to offer. Where smoke from satay grills rises between banyan branches and fluorescent lights, nationalities and cultures from the world over make their home. Join this diverse population yourself as an English teacher in Indonesia and begin the adventure of a lifetime!

Sitting just beneath the continent of Asia, below the equator, Jakarta enjoys a tropical climate year-round. Located on Jakarta bay, several rivers flow through the city before opening into the Java Sea. The city’s name is derived from the Old Javanese word "Jayakarta" which translates as "victorious deed", "complete act", or "complete victory". Hindus of the Tarumanegara Empire were the first major power in the region, arriving from Southern India in the fourth century and passing on their religion to the native Sundanese inhabitants. The city now covers over 225 square miles, and as of 2010 was home to over 9.5 million people!

The demand for English teachers in Indonesia - particularly in urban centers like Jakarta- is very high. Beyond being useful in an employment or university setting, a level of status is attached to English fluency in Indonesia. Indonesian celebrities pepper their sentences with English phrases when interviewing with the press, and the language itself is associated with sense of style and class. Many English teaching jobs in Jakarta will provide health insurance and accommodation, as well as flight reimbursement. As an English teacher you will have a greater likelihood of working with children, because English has been instated as part of the national curriculum.