Teaching English Abroad - Is It Really Worth It?

By: Kaitlin Emmons 

Don’t fight it. No goodbyes, only see you laters. Rip the Band-Aid off and coast.

I can’t tell you how to adjust to life abroad; all I can do is share my story with you. Everyone has their own routines on race day. Maybe you have heartfelt farewells with every human you know, or maybe you leave without saying goodbye, whatever works for you. I’ve lived abroad on five separate occasions and the worst part is the two weeks before leaving. Without fail, every single time I am devastated, I convince myself I am going to die. I don’t pack until the day before and I sob hysterically when I have to say goodbye to my dog. It’s to the point now where my parents just laugh at me when I cry at the airport.

And then suddenly it dissipates. As abruptly as the eff-it moment when you click the confirm flight payment button, the anxieties vanish. Bare feet shuffle into the daunting body scanner in airport security. The whirligig spins and I am free.

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.

Discover The Tropical Treasures Of Indonesia While Teaching English

Looking to explore an exotic paradise with lush jungles, tropical seas, beautiful beaches, and diverse cultures spread over more than 17,500 islands?

Located at the crossroads of Southeast Asia, the islands of Indonesia, known for their beauty and spices, have attracted explorers and merchants from across the globe for centuries. Currently, the fourth most populated country in the world with 240 million people, Indonesia is a vast mélange of cultures, traditions, and cuisines.

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.

Fighting the Beast - Teaching English in Indonesia

By Jessica Fox

Just a few months after completing the online TEFL course with the International TEFL Academy, I find myself one month fresh into my ten-month English teaching contract in Indonesia.  Instead of sharing a traditional travel anecdote about the colorful culture, freshly-fried food, or lovely society of Indonesia, I would like to reveal another side of where I live.  I want to share about the violent side of Jakarta, the rough and tumble, the rumble and bumble.  I have noticed that my tolerance for the beast has decreased, and I am much quicker to the draw.  What is this beast, you ask?  Oh, the beast has many faces, many shapes, sizes, smells and forms.  At times, the beast is culture; other times, traffic, heat, traffic, pure gravity and terror become the enemy.  Allow me to explain myself. 

Top 6 Tropical Countries for Teaching English Abroad

Sun, Fun and Teaching English Abroad

Getting chilly? 

Want to get paid to live in a country where you can saunter down to the beach and get a tan in 85 degree weather…….. in February?

Want to learn how to surf, scuba dive or sea kayak?

Every year tens of thousands of English speakers are hired by schools to teach English abroad in some of the most fantastic tropical locations on the planet, from Costa Rica to Indonesia.

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.