Teaching English in Indonesia

The largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia is home to some 400 volcanoes, 17,000 islands, 300 different ethnic groups, and 300 languages.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Indonesia

Typical English Students
  • K-12
  • University
  • Adults
  • Business Professionals
Best Time to Get Hired Positions available year-round
Typical Start Dates Positions available year-round
Average Contract Length 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Salary $400 – $900 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $300 – $500 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker or fluent in English
Typical Benefits for Teachers
  • Housing reimbursement
  • Visa assistance
  • In-country orientation
  • Travel stipend for off-site classes
  • Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
  • Reimbursement of airport pick up

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Demand for English Teachers

There is a significant market for EFL teachers in Indonesia. The country’s thriving oil industry has brought Jakarta, the national capital, and substantial wealth. This, in turn, has produced a demand for business-oriented Indonesians to learn English as well as for students of all ages to better prepare themselves for the future job market.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

With a reasonable cost of living and free housing, Indonesia provides EFL teachers with extra spending cash to explore the fascinating culture and land that surrounds them. Year-round hiring seasons make Indonesia an attractive place to teach English at any time.


Indonesia Overview

Situated between Asia and Australia, the Indonesian archipelago is composed mainly of water—the Indian Ocean flows between the five major islands of Java, Paupa, Sumatera, Kalimantan and Sulawesi and countless smaller islands. The landscape varies from rice fields on Java and Bali to lush, tropical rainforests on Maluku and Paupa. Indonesia is primarily mountainous with more than 400 volcanoes, 100 of which remain active. The nation’s fertile soil is constantly replenished by these active volcanoes—particularly on Java, where more than half of the population lives.

About 300 ethic groups call Indonesia home, creating an intriguing montage of cultures, languages, and communities. Indonesia has experienced its fair share of political and economic turmoil in years past, but relations among the different ethnic groups are largely harmonious. Because of its cultural variety, Indonesia’s national motto is “Unity in Diversity,” which applies to everything from the country’s dance and music to its artistic expression and unique cuisine..

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