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TEFL in Indonesia

Unread postby alphonse » 31 Oct 2012, 01:15

Hi,
I have a BS in computer science and I've been doing ESL tutoring to immigrant adults once a week for about 10 months now (through a local church). I was planning to get a CELTA certification. Will this be enough for me to land an ESL job in Indonesia?

I've found my current tutoring/teaching very rewarding and I want to continue to do it further. I want to start off with english teaching, and then later try teaching math and computer science.

The reasons why I'm interested in teaching english aboard is because I've met many who've done it before and found the experience very rewarding. I never had a chance to go aboard as a undergrad, I was just too busy with school work then, so I thought this might be a good time to gain that experience. I want to go to Indonesia specifically because I've always wanted to experience a third world country.

I've heard you need a degree in English or Education now to be a legit teacher there. Is this true? So does having a CS degree disqualify me. I noticed that EF is still advertising jobs on eslcafe that requires just a degree, but not necessarily an English one. I know EF has some pretty mixed reviews, but from reading this forum and others it sounds like some groups are legit, you just have to pay attention to which ones. But what I really want to know is is by just having a degree in a non-english related subject going to bar me from teaching english there?

Thanks if anyone can help. Also any other general advice for me on getting to Indonesian would be appreciated. Thanks again!
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Re: TEFL in Indonesia

Unread postby Alex Case » 01 Nov 2012, 21:02

I can't find any mention of needing specific degrees - and they could never get enough teachers if they did impose that. In fact, the information I have found by googling "teaching visa in Indonesia" suggest a TEFL cert is needed but not necessarily a degree.
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Re: TEFL in Indonesia

Unread postby alphonse » 02 Nov 2012, 04:56

Well, if you look up ESL teaching in Indonesian there's a lot of talk about these new laws on all the forums. Here's a good one that discusses it: http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.org/s ... w-Teachers

And here's a blog entry that also discusses it.
http://gjismyp.wordpress.com/2012/02/17 ... reactions/
The law isn't new, and was passed in 2009, but they're only trying to enforce it now. From what I've read, It sounds like the government is trying to take this legislation seriously, but they probably wont. So now my main concern is if I do accept a job there will I be accepting it illegally. If I did, that would be kind of risky.

I've noticed that there are still many job ads on eslcafe that are not obeying these new laws (EnglishFirst specifically), and there are some that are (FirstStreet specifically).

I think I will apply for some of the positions and see what they have to say.. I think that sounds like the smartest course of action.
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Re: TEFL in Indonesia

Unread postby Kalinka » 13 Feb 2013, 18:32

Hi guys :)
I'm an EFL working in Moscow, Russia.
has anyone of you ever worked for EF Palembang? Again, I've heard lots of critics about EF Indonesia, so please let me know what you think. thx
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