Teach English in Indonesia


Indonesia is the largest country in Southeast Asia - made up of a staggering 17,508 islands. Most of the teaching opportunities in Indonesia can be found in Jakarta, which is located on the northwest coast of Java, an island that's toward the center of the Indonesian islands. Teaching English in Indonesia has gotten increasingly more popular as the years have gone by due to many factors such as the stunning terrain, diverse wildlife, and welcoming people.

Indonesian students are known for being eager learners, as well as curious about Western pop-culture and music. The Indonesian government is pushing for higher quality education, as it leads to economic growth. English language education often goes hand-in-hand with what is considered to be a high-quality education, as English is the language of business around the world. Therefore, English teachers are in high-demand throughout Indonesia, meaning there are many opportunities for foreign teachers there.


Things to consider:

Requirements to teach in Indonesia:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree
  • 5+ years of teaching experience
  • Native English speaker

Average monthly pay:

  • $2000 - $3000 USD (27,655,000 - 41,482,500 IDR)
  • *This will vary depending on experience*

Cost of living per month:

  • $500 - $1000 USD (6,913,250 - 13,826,500 IDR)
  • *This will vary based on how frugal you are*


If you want to head over to Indonesia but you still want to get a 120-hour TEFL certificate, an online TEFL course is a great way to prepare yourself prior to finding a great teaching job. Although 5+ years of teaching experience are required to get a visa to teach in Indonesia, a TEFL certificate still holds value. Acquiring one will help seasoned teachers understand how teaching English to non-native speakers is different than teaching English or other subjects to other native-English speakers.






How to Get a Visa to Teach English in Indonesia


Applying for a visa to legally work in Indonesia is a bit more complicated than some other places, but this guide will put you on the right track. When you get hired by a school that will sponsor your visa, you'll get a KITAS which is a temporary resident card for foreigners. To get this, you need sponsorship and a letter of invitation from your school, and you're able to apply for your KITAS from your home country before arriving in Indonesia, as long as you have all of the documents you need.


Documents & other things you'll need to prepare prior to getting your KITAS:

Invitation & sponsorship letter from your school
Visa application form
Passport with 18 months of validity left
2 passport sized photos
Copies of your qualifications
Notarized university transcripts
Medical check
Background check (sometimes required)
Any fees that need to be paid

This process can take up to 5 weeks, so the earlier you can get started the better! You can also apply for your KITAS while in Indonesia - you'd arrive on a tourist visa in this case.


Can I Teach English in Indonesia on a Tourist Visa?

It is illegal to teach on a tourist visa virtually everywhere. This is not a situation that you want to get yourself into, and we do not suggest signing a contract with a school that does not plan on getting you a proper work permit.

It's important to plan ahead when you're considering teaching abroad because getting a proper visa can take a while and you don't want to put yourself in an illegal situation. Speak with potential employers about the visa process to determine an appropriate timeline for your journey over to Indonesia.




Types of Teaching Jobs in Indonesia:

Language schools:

  • There are hundreds of language schools dispersed throughout Indonesia.
  • Experienced teachers will easily find great jobs in these institutions.
  • These pay a bit less than international schools typically.

International schools:

  • There are around 200 international schools in Indonesia.
  • Many of these schools are located in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
  • These schools often pay the most & also hire experienced teachers.

Private lessons:

  • Offering private lessons to students allows schedule flexibility for teachers.
  • Finding work can be difficult, so this might be better as a side gig.
  • Acquiring a visa/work permit just for private lessons can also be a hassle.



Teaching IB in Indonesia

As of 2020, there are 57 schools in Indonesia that use the IB curriculum. This equates to hundreds of IB teaching positions, many of which are available to foreign teachers. Learn more about teaching IB in Indonesia, and check out the history and an overview of teaching IB abroad in our blog.


Want to learn more about other curriculums taught in Indonesia and all over the world? We have more information about teaching Montessori, local curriculums, CIE, and the American curriculum abroad.



What is Teaching in Indonesia Like?



Just like anywhere else in the world, students' temperaments and attitudes will vary vastly. That being said, you'll work with some great students that are interested in learning, and you'll quickly figure out which activities and lessons keep their attention and spark engagement.

Education is highly valued in Indonesia, and learning English is an important part of the education system. Teachers must have 5+ years of teaching experience prior to working in Indonesia, which make a big difference for students and their families.

However, the education system in Indonesia needs a lot of work, and government officials are trying to bring in more foreign teachers to help bring it up to par. Access to education has been made easier, but the quality of it still has a long way to go to meet Indonesia's goals.




Where in Indonesia Should I Teach English?


This is a personal choice, but Jakarta has most of the teaching opportunities. You can see on the map that Indonesia is made up of multiple islands, and you'll find more schools on the bigger islands. You can learn a bit more about teaching in Jakarta below!






Check to see if we have any Indonesia teaching jobs available: 

View current job openings in Indonesia



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