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English First in Indonesia

Posted: 08 Feb 2011, 12:16
by lauracollman
My boyfirend and I want to teach in Indonesia after we finish our CELTA course next week. The huge majority of jobs seem to be with the franchise English First. From searching on the internet I can see that they have a mixed track record but can't actually find any more detail about people's experience or whether English First comes recommended. We have applied to them and are waiting to organise interviews but I would really like some feedback from someone with first hand experience before we take this further.



Re: English First in Indonesia

Posted: 08 Feb 2011, 22:26
by Alex Case
I don't have any personal experience, but over my many years of reading TEFL forums I honestly don't think I've ever seen anything positive about EF in China or Indonesia. It seems that you don't become the biggest educational group in the world by having standards or treating your staff well... Think of them as the McDonalds of TEFL.

Re: English First in Indonesia

Posted: 11 Mar 2011, 08:59
by sjbeale
I have just finished a year contract with EF in Bali - what I read about them on the internet before coming was generally correct. It's definitely like the Mcdonald's of English schools! People see the 'EF' logo and think it's an assurance of quality - it's not!

What exactly did you hear? And have you applied at any of the schools? I personally think the online schooling they have is mind-numbingly boring (I escaped as I always had a full schedule - they make you do online stuff if you are ever under your MAXIMUM hours i.e. 24 contact hours - clever, eh)

I should point you over to this site - as it is like a social networking site for teachers. I have also been adding some blog stuff about teaching in Indo / Bali. Check it out!

Re: English First in Indonesia

Posted: 15 Mar 2011, 12:18
by systematic
I have to echo Alex's words. I had some personal experience with EF 12 years ago in Thailand and it was the worst I had in my entire 30 years experience in education. 'Nuf said.

Re: English First in Indonesia

Posted: 12 Apr 2011, 22:07
by swilleyv
Hi Laura! Did you accept the position with EF Bali? I am also considering accepting a position there, but I am hesitant as well because of the negative comments online.

-Laura S.