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.
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.
"I taught English in Jakarta, Indonesia! I sent out applications and Jakarta got back to me first. Everything fell into place with the school and moving, it was just right for me." - Jessica Long
"I would tell everyone in the world to teach abroad. It is an amazing experience and I couldn't picture myself doing anything else right now." - Robert Sohigian
You don't need a degree in education or professional teaching experience to teach English in Indonesia, but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you need to get hired. Because schools and recruiters interview prospective teachers in their home country in advance, most Americans and Canadians take their TEFL certification class online or in North America. All International TEFL Academy TEFL students receive lifetime worldwide Job Search Guidance. Here are recommended options:
Earn your internationally accredited 170-hour TEFL certification online. Taught by experienced university-level professors, this 11-week part-time course incorporates live practice teaching and is designed to accommodate those working or going to school full time. Learn more.
Take a 4-week TEFL Course in the U.S. prior to heading abroad. Learn more.
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