TEACH ENGLISH IN INDONESIA

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About Teaching English in Indonesia

With a population of nearly 250 million people spread over 17,508 islands along the Equator, Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country and represents a fast-growing market for English teachers. Those looking to teach English in Indonesia will encounter an entrancing combination of lush volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches, and thousands of years of history and culture. Indonesia is also known for the warm hospitality of its people, most of whom are Muslim. In fact, Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world.

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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. Teachers are typically responsible for their airfare and housing expenses though some schools do provide assistance in these areas, too. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many share an apartment with other English teachers.

A generous salary affords English teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle. 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 limited opportunities to teach in Indonesia, but a four-year degree is preferred. TEFL certification is required. Most of those teaching English in Indonesia will find jobs in the major cities of Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya. There are teaching opportunities on the island of Bali; however, the island's popularity means the local job market is more competitive. If you're looking to just teach English online, Bali has become the digital nomad mecca of the world!

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Indonesia. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview in advance from their home country via video call or phone. Because of this, it is common to take one of the following TEFL courses:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 21 locations worldwide.

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You must be a native English speaker to teach English in Malaysia. This means you must be a citizen from recognized English-speaking nations: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor's degree is required to secure a job teaching English in Indonesia. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Indonesia

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Indonesia consist of:

  • Teaching children in public schools.
  • Teaching adults in private language schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Tutoring private students one-on-one.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Indonesia can find jobs all year round with an expected downtime around Islamic holidays.

Schools in Indonesia conduct interviews in advance - this means you will interview for teaching jobs from your home country via phone or video call.

You will enter Indonesia on a work visa which you will secure in advance of your arrival there.

HOURS

English language schools in Indonesia offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be children, adults, or business professionals. 

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $700 - $1,100 USD (9,790,050 - 15,384,350 IDR). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Indonesia until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A modest wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Indonesia. Teachers can expect to make $650 - $1,050 USD (9,300,000 - 14,700,000 IDR) per month. 

While some schools provide housing or an added stipend, this is not common so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. In rare cases, flights are sometimes reimbursed by your employer, but this isn't typical so don't count on it.

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $550 - $850 USD per month (7,330,000 - 12,000,000 IDR).

English teachers in Indonesia can typically expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of each month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

 

What does teaching in Indonesia look like?

Watch ITA alumna Kaija Acuff-Passi show us a day in her life teaching English online from Bali, Indonesia.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in Indonesia could look like! 

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Teaching English in Indonesia FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Indonesia?

To teach English in Indonesia, make sure you understand what is required:

Required:

  • A bachelor's degree is required - your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it may be in any field.

  • You must be a native English speaker to teach English in Malaysia. This means you must have citizenship from recognized English-speaking nations: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

  • A TEFL certification.

  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.

  • Savings for start-up costs.

How much money can I make teaching English in Indonesia?

Teachers can expect to make $650 - $1,050 USD  (9,300,000 - 14,700,000 IDR) per month in Indonesia.

English teachers in Indonesia can typically expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of each month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

Start-up costs will range from $700 - $1,100 USD (9,790,050 - 15,384,350 IDR). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Indonesia until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

While some schools provide housing benefits or an added stipend, this is not common so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. In rare cases, some employers might reimburse flights, but this isn't always the case so don't count on it.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Indonesia?

The most common job types in Indonesia consist of:

  • Teaching children in public schools.
  • Teaching adults in private language schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Tutoring private students one-on-one.
  • Teaching English Online.

English teachers interview in advance for teaching jobs in Indonesia. This means you will interview from your home country via phone or video call.

Hiring season is year-round with an expected downtime occurring around Islamic holidays.

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Indonesia?

You will enter Indonesia on a work visa that you will obtain in advance from your home country before arriving in Indonesia.

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Jessica Long

Taught English in Indonesia

Jessica Long

I found a few schools that offer TEFL certification but ITA was by far the easiest website to navigate and the most informative. I really enjoyed the online TEFL class. It was easy to fit it into my week. My instructor was very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Indonesia has something to offer everyone. The Indonesians are some of the most friendly people I have ever come across. I would recommend Indonesia to anyone! It is a wonderful country and I plan to return!

Courtney Dart

Taught English in Indonesia

Courtney Dart

I chose to get TEFL certified with ITA because I read a lot of great reviews from their alumni. The online course was well structured with weekly assignments, check-ins, compilations of readings, and videos. I would highly recommend teaching in Indonesia. It's a less saturated market than most Asian countries, if you like warm weather and cinematic tropical rainstorms you'll love it, even though there's an easily distinct divide between rich and poor living next door to each other, people are respectful, warm, and know how to treat each other, and for the most part kids and teens really enjoy learning and will warm up to you instantly.

Natalie Bigelow

Taught English in Asia

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I got TEFL certified because I knew it would allow me to live abroad and see more of the world. I did a lot of research on TEFL companies and quickly saw that ITA has one of the top tier programs. Along with the quality of their certification, I was impressed by the lifetime career guidance and the huge alumni network they have. The TEFL training gave me the confidence to enter a classroom and teach a room full of excited students.

Visit the Indonesia section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Indonesia and all around the world!