There are many things to look forward to as soon as you step foot in Indonesia. Navigating the city with your new colleagues, trying out local cuisines and learning Bahasa Indonesia to converse with locals are just some of the experiences you’ll encounter while teaching with us. We have many English teaching jobs in Indonesia that available for in a variety of cities for you to discover!
Indonesia has its fair share of food you may have never come across before. Indonesian cuisine often demonstrates complex flavor acquired from a mixture of certain ingredients and spices, most often described as savory, hot and spicy, and also combining basic tastes such as sweet, salty, sour and sometimes bitter. Here are five foods you might grow to love.
Has been called the national dish of Indonesia (though there are people who will argue with that). This dish is available in just about every restaurant and roadside food stall. With ingredients like - sweet soy sauce, shallots, garlic, tamarind and chilli combined with egg, chicken and prawn, so you can understand its popularity
It's an Indonesian salad of boiled vegetables and hard-boiled eggs served with a peanut sauce dressing. This dish is also popular among vegetarians. It’s delicious!
Steamed rice served with various pre-cooked dishes - a variety of meats, fish, vegetables and of course spicy sambals. An Indonesian style smorgasboard would be a way to describe it. Very popular available in street restaurants (warung tegal) and specialised restaurants.
Also known as Sroto, Tauto and Coto. A traditional soup mainly made up of meat and vegetables with a rich broth. Again, it has also been called the Indonesian national dish and you can find it all over the country.
It is basically skewered meat, and can be made from chicken, beef or goat. One of the common recipes includes the meat marinated in sweet soy sauce, before being skewered. The skewers of meat are typically grilled on an extremely hot charcoal fire, so the meat cooks quickly while leaving it smoky and juicy.
In your first few weeks teaching English in Indonesia, you will go through onboarding training. This will be an introduction to teaching local learners, followed by a refresher on teaching methodologies that you covered in your TEFL course.
Your academic manager and mentor will support your CPD (continuous professional development) through training workshops and regular observations with feedback. You will also have access to a Learning Management System where you can find a wide range of self-study courses focused on aspects of teaching
Eating local food and buying produce from the Indonesian markets gives our English teachers amazing insight into the Indonesian diet and a glimpse at new cuisine. It also leaves them with money in their pockets for massages and traveling.
A loaf of bread = IDR 20,000
Bag of pasta = IDR 25,000
Rice (1kg) = IDR 15,000
Eggs (12) = IDR 20,000
Chicken breast (1kg) = IDR 40,000
Instant noodles (Indomie) = IDR 3,000
Apples (1kg) = IDR 26,000 to IDR 40,000
Potatoes (1kg) = IDR 20,000
Large bottle of beer (660ml) = IDR 40,000
Indonesia has a wide range of regional cuisines and eating out is the best way to discover this variety. Indonesian people eat out frequently and often entertain friends and colleagues in restaurants instead of having them into their homes. Whether you’re enjoying a meal with friends, working out at the fitness club, or getting a massage, you’ll find that leisure activities are often very affordable in Indonesia.
Rice or noodle dish at street stall = IDR 15,000
Meal at a warung (most popular style of street restaurant, serving local Indonesian favorites) = IDR 30,000
Meal at a western restaurant with drinks = IDR 100,000 – IDR 200,000
Buffet meal (all you can eat) at a 5-star hotel = IDR 350,000 – 550,000
Combo meal at a fast-food chain = IDR 40,000 – 50,000
Pizza delivery = From IDR 100,000
Coffee at a café (Starbucks) = IDR 40,000 – 60,000
Coffee at a local café = IDR 15,000 – 25,000
A large bottle of beer (660ml) or draught pint in a bar or restaurant = IDR 50,000 – 75,000
Cinema ticket – IDR 50,000
Massage – From 100,000 for 60 minutes
Fitness club membership – IDR 100,000 – 500,000
Indonesia has inexpensive public transport and even taxi rides are quite reasonably priced. Indonesian people often commute by motorcycle, but this mode of transport is only for the bravest.
Short taxi trip (20 minutes) = IDR 35,000
Long taxi trip (45 minutes) = IDR 100,000
Motorcycle taxi (Ojek) trip starts from IDR 10,000
Motorcycle rental (1 day) = IDR 50,000
Car rental (1 day) = IDR 150,000 – 250,000
Gasoline (1 litre) = IDR 12,500
Finding Accomodation in Indonesia can be relatively easy and cheap. Below find some sample prices from everything from apartments to hotels.
Budget hotel (AC/Hot water) = IDR 100,000 to 250,000 per night
Hotel (3-4 stars) = IDR 300,000 to 450,000 per night
Hotel (5 stars) = IDR 800,000 to IDR 1,000,000 per night
Room in a boarding house = IDR 1,500,000 to IDR 3,000,000 per month (Utilities included)
Apartment (1 bedroom) = IDR 3,500,000 to IDR 7,500,000 per month (+ Utilities)
To give you an idea of how teachers at EF Kids & Teens Indonesia spend their salary, here is a sample monthly budget. This is just a general overview and of course depends how you spend your money!
Gross Income (Salary): From IDR 12,000,000
Meals, takeaways, and groceries:
Mostly local food – IDR 3,000,000 – 4,000,000
Mostly western food – IDR 3,500,000 – 5,000,000
Essential toiletries: IDR 500,000
Transport: IDR 600,000 – IDR 800,000
Phone & Internet: IDR 400,000
Remaining Disposable Income: From IDR 7,500,000