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Surabaya is an amazing city, but like any large city it can be difficult to get things done without help. No venture succeeds without the assistance of friends and this is the place where you can meet some of those individuals and groups.

Bridges Surabaya

… Events to bring people cultures and communities together

 

Delish-Creations

Jess Kyriss

Western food catering, canapes, cakes, dessert and a great deal more.Fb : delishboulevard, order/inquiry: w.a /sms 082233441084. www.delishboulevard.com

FHSU

Fort Hays State University

Official Instagram of Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.  www.fhsu.edu

Living in Indonesia

A reference for expats living in Indonesia(now or in the future)

http://www.expat.or.id/

Schools in Surabaya

List of schools in Surabaya(Daftar Sekolah)

Lonely Planet Guidebook

Surabaya

 

Historic Surabaya.

Surabaya is an ancient city, with a rich history.  It is a tale that has been written in the blood, hopes and accomplishments of the amazing people who have lived here. From the rich tapestry of Javanese culture, to the vibrant Madurese impact, and on to the interweaving of Indian, Arabic and Chinese cultures … Surabaya has always been a meeting place for imagination and destiny. A major shipping center, a transit port, and an international gateway … Indonesia’s second-largest city, and the capital of East Java, has a rich history and an exciting present waiting to be discovered. From poets to princes; from revolutionaries to teachers; Surabaya is truly the City of heroes.

Surabaya is a port city, and has been a major shaper of events since the thirteenth century when the city came into it’s own. At a time when Madura and Kediri were kingdoms and Raden Wijaya had just repelled an invasion by the forces of the aged Kublai Khan, Surabaya became a center of trade.  The Majapahit Empire came into being. They were a military and economic powerhouse and largely shaped the physical reality of the Indonesia we know today.

Majapahit, and thus Surabaya, eventually fell to Mataram and then the Mataram to the Dutch. From within Surabaya the spirit of independence stayed strong and would flare again. From Orange Hotel(later renamed Majapahit) to Red Bridge(Jembatan Merah) Surabaya would be the stage for many of the pivotal moments of the struggle for independence.

Surabaya is a few hours from some of the most amazing beaches in the world, as well as near a thriving nightlife scene and plenty of restaurants, shops and other activities.

The capital of East Java, and a gateway to both Central Java and West Java, Surabaya is historically, culturally and economically important to the archipelago.

 

 

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Visa on Arrival

Visa Regulations for Visa on arrival Generally new visitors arrive at an international airport in Surabaya, Jakarta,  Denpasar or any of a handful of other Indonesian destinations. You will be able to purchase a visa on arrival at the airport. This is the basic 30 day visa required for entry into Indonesia. Please note that TEFL Indonesia can only offer tips and advice. We can not sponsor or intercede on your behalf. Pay-for-visa-on-arrival (VOA) is open for citizens from these nations: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, People’s  Republic of China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America. You can renew the visa without leaving the country, but will need to leave after 60 days. Please follow the link for detailed information: http://www.expat.or.id/info/docs.html To extend your Visa on Arrival requires a visit to the immigration office (2-4 visits are required). The extension application requires:

  • 2 forms (“Formulir untuk perpanjangan pertama visa Sosbud” and “Formulir Perubahan Data Orang Asing”) and a folder. Forms and folder should be free.
  • a Rp 6,000 meterai tax stamp (you can purchase from the post office), or you can use two Rp 3,000 stamps
  • a sponsor’s letter “Surat Permintaan dan Jaminan” saying that they’ll cover your expenses while you are in Indonesia (typed – but no translation is required)
  • copy of the sponsor’s KTP (identity) card
  • Photocopies of your outbound air ticket
  • your departure card (that you received on arrival)
  • original and photocopy of passport front/signature page, and original  visa page, and the pages of any subsequent extensions
  • black pen
  • Rp 250,000 to cover the official cost of the extension. This is paid for each extension. During the extension where you pay for the digital fingerprints and photo, the cost is Rp 265,000 (that time only). 

     

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Why do people join TEFL courses?

There are a few reasons to join a TEFL/TESOL course: need; curiosity; social-interaction; travel and desired lifestyle; government regulations, or perhaps a lack of other options.

You may already be familiar with the following explanation, but it bears repeating. TEFL means Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and it’s a certification that is required by learning institutions to teach abroad. TESOL is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Need is easy enough to explain. You need a job, or you need a TESOL qualification to get or keep a job. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that qualifications weren’t necessary for most positions and teaching was a way to spend a year or two traveling.  As the need for English became more pronounced and the price for courses and individual lessons increased, so did the expectation and demand that teachers have quantifiable training. Certain positions needed more qualification. Teachers who had been teaching for a few years realized that they needed a grounding in methodology. Flying by the seat of your pants will only take you so far.

Another reason may be what’s over the hill. We imagine life in another place, or just a chance to move to a new city or a different country. We imagine a different climate, a unique culture and a few extra stamps in our passports. What is it like to walk down a street in Cuba, or sip a drink in Miami’s South Beach? A Parisian café, A stroll through a morning market, an afternoon in a Milanese gallery, or photography in Beijing’s hutongs. Perhaps it’s a quick visit to South East Asia’s volcanic islands,  or do sparkling sandy beaches call?

Social interaction is a bit more difficult to define, only because the need is unique for each person. Some need music and close proximity, while some need solitude with others at a manageable distance.  Some want to be a stranger in a strange land, a James Bond or Lara Croft(gender notwithstanding) Others want to mix and blend. They want local colour, and they want to be at caught up in the energy and intensity of the moments they experience. Wonderful to meet the many students, children, teenagers, and adult learners and learn what  a school day is like. What are the routines of an office, or the mysteries or minutia of managing a home? To be able to share and compare. To earn an appreciation for a new life, or a better understanding of life back home. Talk to teachers, shop-owners, police officers, butchers, bakers and fellow risk-takers.

The desire to go beyond the gate begins as soon as we can move.  If we didn’t have that basic need to explore, we likely would have never been born. We get our passport, then we search online travel sites, Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook.  We Google volcano, beach, resort, palm tree, desert, mountain, or tropical paradise. We long for the dance, the ceremony, the song or the solitude. Our reason for travel may be cultural, spiritual, intellectually or educational. We may hope to wear swim suits or anoraks, or at least a smile, in place of our normal attire or attitude.

Government regulations are the ironic glue that holds us all together. Whether you hope to teach or eventually sell pineapple pancakes and mocha-guava coffee smoothies you will need to  understand the local red-tape. Visas, banking and eventually building a comfortable life are best done legally.  One of the requirements to teach, in countries that pay a living wage, is a TEFL/TESOL certificate.  The course norms are a recognized degree that runs for four or five weeks over 120 hours. The course should include methodology and observed teaching practice. It should also be externally moderated. From your side you want a safe environment, a comfortable place to stay and a cultural experience. In order to get a working visa, potential teachers in Indonesia have to be 25 years of age, have a BA, and have a TESL certificate.

A lack of other options sounds vaguely confrontational, or at least insulting. It’s not meant to be either.  Life is tougher than ever. Jobs are scarce and the prospect of never ending drudge work is not appealing. Teaching overseas offers adventure, travel, social interaction, cultural exchange, and the chance to learn a language.  Certification may not increase your employment options at home, but it may be a prelude to graduate study or open your eyes to new career, entrepreneurial opportunities. Some teachers choose to stay for a couple of contracts, some move on to other countries, and some of us set roots and make a life here. We wish you luck with whichever path you choose.

 

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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A weird and wonderful mix of ambition, hope, uncertainty and raw determination.

This page will become more comprehensive as information and time become available.

http://www.expat.or.id/info/surabaya.html

TEFL Trainees
With a wide variety of social and cultural activities, water sports and other activities, vibrant nightlife, delectable Indonesian cuisine, friendly people and close proximity to an abundance of teaching opportunities, Surabaya (and surrounding areas) is sure to have what you are looking for in a learning location.
Where
• Historic Surabaya.
• Close proximity to some of the most amazing beaches in the world.
• Near a thriving nightlife scene and plenty of restaurants, shops and other activities.
Why
• Live in one of the most exciting cities in the world, and be central to a lot of places like Bali, Jakarta and Kalimantan (Borneo).
• Administered by highly trained staff with extensive knowledge of Surabaya and surrounding areas.
• Immerse yourself in an inviting, friendly culture while gaining the experience and knowledge that will enable you to live and work abroad for years to come.
Empower yourself to live, travel and work in the land of amazing grace and beauty.
Who
• Your fellow students come from many countries on many continents.
• Your teacher trainers are some of the most experienced and well trained in the industry.
• Your support staff is extremely helpful, courteous and will assist you with whatever you need.
• The locals are peaceful, friendly people who generally like spending time with foreigners.
How
• Fill out an application form and take that next step towards learning amidst the big city buzz and excitement of Surabaya.
How Much (Fees for TEFL Course?)
• $1,790 (excluding accommodation)

Join the TESOL Course Surabaya. You’ll work hard, and you’ll be prepared to Teach English Abroad.
So why wait, get this TEFL Certification now.
Note: Local circumstances and extras may change without notice
This TEFL International Course conducted by a separate company working as a subcontractor of TEFL International and is not a non-profit organization.

Faq’s

Visas: Visas are required by all foreigners entering Indonesia although, and can be acquired upon entry.
Once you arrive in Indonesia immigration forms will be available at the airport. For $25 USD you will receive a one month tourist visas. This visa can be extended within Indonesia providing you have local sponsorship. Longer-stay visas have to be obtained outside the country. Visas are available from Indonesian embassies and consulates in most countries.
Health risks:  We will keep you updated as to any outstanding health issues.
Time: GMT/UTC plus eight hours (the whole of Indonesia is set to Beijing time).
Electricity: 220V, 50 AC; plugs can be three-pronged angled, three-pronged round, two flat pins or two narrow round pins.
Weights & measures: Metric
Banking
Indonesia uses Rupiah for currency. (see exchange rate)Credit cards are becoming more common in Indonesia, but cash remains the preferred form of payment. You can access funds from your home accounts using Cirrus and Visa Plus ATM cards in the bank machines of larger local banks.
You can transfer money from just about any bank in Indonesia to your own bank at home. You can get a money order or electronically transfer up to 100% of your salary.
Opening an account is very easy. Once you have your Kitas(Work Visa) and registration card, you can open your account.
All you need are the proper documents, which include an employment statement provided by the school , passport, residence card, and a copy of your contract.
Banks include: A by no means comprehensive list of banks includes:
BCA Bank Central Asia, HSBC(Hong Kong bank), Citi Bank, Bank Mandiri, Panin Bank and  Bank Maspion (see more below)
If you don’t have an account Western Union is widely available here.
Communications
If you don’t have your own computer Internet cafes(Warnets) are readily available.
Generally clean- with a variety of services, from printing to scanning, available.
International calls can be made easily from your home or from a Wartel(a telephone center)that has facilities for local,national and international calls.
Faxes can usually be sent from a wartel, if not your school should have this facility.
Shopping
Shopping is one of the major pastimes in Indonesia. If you are an enthusiastic shopper, you will fit right in. You can shop at street stalls, some of the largest open markets in the world, big department stores, and small specialty shops. Whether your looking to shop in an air-conditioned supermarket or mall, or looking to rough it in a more traditional market, you’ll find electronics, t-shirts, handicrafts or souvenirs. There are better bargains to be had in the markets, especially with custom-made goods, leather items, knit shirts, and tennis shoes, and knock offs. Don’t be afraid to haggle.
Clothes
Teachers always have ideas about what to bring to Indonesia. Shoes were most frequently mentioned – in the form of sturdy walking shoes, wide-sized shoes, and warm boots. For some overall advice, if you are happy with the shoes you have, bring enough to last your sojourn. Don’t count on finding the same thing in Indonesia (especially good quality for reasonable prices). The only exception is athletic shoes; sometimes these are cheaper in Indonesia.
With regard to all clothing, “Western large sizes” can be difficult to find, especially for women, and extra large sizes are non-existent. Women may have difficulty finding larger sizes undergarments. However, if you would like custom-made clothing at affordable prices, Indonesia is a great place to obtain them.
Food
Indonesia has restaurants. By and large, they sell Indonesian food, but there are alternatives as well. Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Western foods are available, but relatively expensive. American fast food chains are here. Some hotels and restaurants offer American, French, and Italian food. Vegetarian restaurants are few and far between, though they do exist. Most Chinese food contains meat and/or seafood or is cooked with meat broth, but the amounts used are small and it’s easy to ask for no meat.
“Generally, people acquire a taste for Indonesian food; if not, they eat Chinese,Korean,Japanese or fast food and fantasize about what’s not available.” Bottled water is cheap and many people have it delivered to their homes.
If you plan to cook Western food in Indonesia,herbs and spices are now more available than ever before. Red and black pepper, garlic powder, ginger, and cinnamon are easily obtainable. Many Western items are available as special imports, but they are expensive. A couple of local places even stock fixings for Tacos. If you are used to limiting your intake of salt, sugar, or saturated fats, you will find it more difficult in Indonesia. Both Indonesian and Chinese food can be quite tasty, and oily, and fatty and salty. In moderate amounts it may even be healthy.
If you are vegetarian you should bring yeast extract tablets with you if you use them, or any form of vitamin tablets. Fruit is not that expensive. Vegetables are cheaper. Being unhealthy is the most expensive.
Fast food is readily available. Pizza Hut, McDonald’s,Wendy’s,KFC, A&W and Doner Kebab are the big names
Personal Items
Most of the necessities are available in some form, including many locally-made versions of North American brands.
Also, if you are fond of using name brand, over-the-counter medications (e.g., Tylenol, Benadryl, Rolaids), bring them with you. Those remedies for diarrhea and hacking coughs are especially useful. Contact Lenses: Bausch and Lomb, Coopervision, and local brands of contact lenses are available. Disposable contact lenses can also be found. Alcon (Flexcare, Preflex) and Bausch and Lomb products are available at some pharmacies, but usually though the optical stores. These products usually run 150-200% of U.S. prices.
Chinese brands of enzyme tablets are available, but their imported counterparts are expensive. Other product lines tend to be more widely avail able and less expensive. Many teachers have been quoted as saying, “Oh, I wish I had brought … with me.” This is usually in reference to board games, computers, greeting cards, novels, and craft materials (e.g., knitting, and cross-stitch).
Some instructors bring enough personal items to last a few months and have the rest shipped to them. However, mail can be slow and sometimes gets lost.
Teaching Materials
If you have personal materials that you are able to bring with you, do so. While there are bookstores in Indonesia with sections, they are usually quite expensive, since the majority of these items are imported. Especially useful are game ideas as well as activities that can be transferred across any subject area and level of ability. Most schools have such games as Scrabble and Word Up available for use in the classroom, but quantities are limited and tend to get used often.
Postal Services
Indonesian mail service is less than good, and rates can be more expensive than North American postal service rates. Airmail to North America usually takes four to ten days, but delays are not uncommon. Surface mail can take as long as two or three months.
Registered mail and express mail services EMS, as well as private services(e.g., DHL,
Federal Express) are also available.
It is best to have mail sent to your institute address rather than your home address.
Cost Of Living

Shopping Malls and Department Stores

  • Sogo Department Store, located inside Tunjungan Plaza IV
  • Tunjungan Plaza I-V
  • Supermal
  • Pakuwon Trade Center
  • Lenmarc Mall at Jl. Bukit Darmo Boulevard
  • Grand City Mall at Jl. Gubeng Pojok
  • Sutos (Surabaya Town Square)
  • Ciputra World at Jl. Mayjend Sungkono
  • Pasar Atum, a mall that has been opened since the 70s, selling anything from garments to kitchenwares.
  • Plaza Surabaya or Delta Plaza
  • Galaxy Mall
  • Ace Hardware, located at Tunjungan Plaza I, Galaxy Mall, Lenmarc Mall, and Supermal.
  • Many tailors can be found in Pasar Atum and in the Shangri-La Hotel

Recreation
Most of Indonesia’s sightseeing attractions are accessible to the dedicated traveler. Singapore, Malaysia, or Hong Kong are not out of reach.
There are many open air theaters and cultural sites where individual performers and groups appear, especially in Jakarta. Indonesia has an active traditional theatrical and musical community.
Home Entertainment
Television
A few good local stations. Trans TV is a local favorite as it has two English-language movies every night. Cable isn’t needed for local channels. A cheap rabbit ears device is enough. Cable is available for those who need ESPN, Star movies/sports, HBO or Discovery channel.
Radio
There is at least one English language radio station.
Swimming Pools
Swimming is popular in Indonesia. There are a lot of public pools and most fitness clubs and hotels have nice facilities.
Hiking
Indonesia is such a mountainous country that hiking is always an option. There are a number of trails and passes that you can explore. Early morning is the best time.
Fitness Clubs
There are some private health and sports clubs.
Atlas, Tresor, Celebrity Fitness
Books, newspapers magazines and videos
Bookstores
Gramedia, Trimedia and Gunung Agung all have English language sections. Sogo supermarket has a fairly swank bookstore.
Bring a couple of novels and swap with friends.
Newspapers and Magazines
Time, Newsweek, the Economist, GQ, Esquire, Premiere and a few other magazines are available in Indonesia for the English only speaker. Don’t expect to find Playboy or Penthouse here.
A daily newspaper, The Jakarta Post, published in Jarkata but distributed daily in Surabaya…
Movies
Movie going is made easy in Indonesia by the 21 Chain of Cinemas.
Videos
You can rent a wide selection of new and old movies on VCD or DVD. In some stores you will find a large sampling of Chinese,Hong Kong, and Indonesian. The bulk of the selection, old or new, is American.
Nightlife
Lots of bars, discos and cafés and restaurants are available.
Dining Out
There are also a number of nightclubs, discos, café, bars and karaoke clubs in downtown Surabaya and the surrounding areas.
Leisure time in the various cities can be spent in a number of ways. You could go native and take to the shopping streets; bowling is another very popular pastime; there are bars and discos to dance and drink the night away in and there are restaurants of every denomination. The more up-market western bars and restaurants can be expensive and dining in these on a regular basis would be a strain on your purse strings to say the least. However, there are other western eateries in which one can eat at affordable prices.
Generally beers are quite steep in nightclubs. However, eating in local restaurants and drinking Bintang beer is very affordable and living in this way you’ll find that your wages will go a long way.
Coffee Shops
Coffee shops and cafés are a major hangout for Indonesians. You’ll find these by exploring, or by asking older students,staff or teachers. These locations usually have WiFi
Religious Services
A number of different religions are represented in Indonesia.Five are officially recognized; Islam, Hinduism,Buddhism, Catholicism and Christianity. Yes those last two are considered quite distinct here. Mosques,temples and churches abound and some services are available in English.
Safety
Applicants for teaching/or study positions in Indonesia are advised to contact their Embassy. The Embassy should have an information service for people considering an extended visit to a foreign country.
Getting around
Public transportation is inexpensive. Indonesia is accessible, and has a fair amount of cheap taxis and buses. Transportation within Indonesia is cheap and convenient. Nearly all areas within Indonesia are connected by a network of air service, trains, boats, ferries and buses.
Indonesian Lessons
There are a number of schools and there are private lessons available. Ask around.
Martial Arts
Do you want to study Silat, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai, Wushu, Kung Fu or Tai Chi. View it as alternative fitness or cultural enrichment. Take a chance.
Embassies and Consulates
Applicants for teaching positions in Indonesia are encouraged to contact their Embassy, which has an information service for people considering an extended visit to a foreign country.
Medical Care
You’ll always here stories about how bad doctors are, even at home. Indonesian medical care and dental care is clean, prompt, courteous and not at all expensive

http://rkzsurabaya.com

RS Katolik Vincentius A Paulo

+62 31 567 7562

JI. Diponegoro 51
Surabaya Indonesia

  1. Mitra Keluarga

www.mitrakeluarga.com

Jalan Satelit Indah No.2
(031) 7345111

Rs Darmo

www.rsdarmo.co.id

Indonesia
(031) 5676253

Rumah Sakit Surabaya Internasional (RSSI)

www.rs-surabayainternasional.com

Jalan Nginden Intan Barat
(031) 5993211

Rumah Sakit Adi Husada Paneleh

www.adihusada.com

Jalan Undaan Wetan No.40 – 44
(031) 5321256

  1. Mata Undaan

rsmataundaan.com

Jalan Undaan Kulon No.19
(031) 5343806

Rumah Sakit Onkologi Surabaya

www.rsonkologi.com
Araya Galaksi Bumi Permai A2 No 7
(031) 5914855

Rs Angkatan Laut Dr Ramelan

www.rsalramelan.com

Jalan Gadung No.1
(031) 8438153

http://www.national-hospital.com/en

Jl. Boulevard Famili Selatan Kav.1
Graha Famili, Surabaya
Jawa Timur, 60228
INDONESIA

PHONE : (031) 2975-777
FAX : (031) 2975-799

Ambulance-Emergency: (031) 2975-788

Dental clinics

Eternity Dental

www.eternitydental.com

Jalan Sulawesi
Surabaya, Kota Surabaya
(031) 31238880

Wibowo Dental Clinic – Sedap Malem

www.wibowodentalclinic.com

  1. Sedap Malem No. 16, Surabaya, 60272
    (031) 5343299

Dental Room

www.dentalroom.web.id

Pakuwon Trade Center LG A5-22
0811-374-537

Gigi Sehat Dental Clinic

www.gigisehat.co.nr

Bukit Darmo Boulevard, Ruko Office Park 2 B2 – 28
(031) 70998892

Dokter Gigi Surabaya Whitenvy

whitenvy.blogspot.com

Jalan R. Agil Kusumadya
0817-373-783

SG Dental Solution

www.sgdentalsolution.com

Jalan Musi
Surabaya, Kota Surabaya
(031) 5669191

G Dental Care

plus.google.com

Jalan Kertajaya
Surabaya, Kota Surabaya
0856-4813-8399

All of the above will cost money and you may need to exchange money or have money sent to you. ATMs abound. A few foreign banks have offices here, and Western Union is common.

Banks and their Swift codes for transfers.

  1. ABN AMRO Bank                                         ABNAIDJA
  2. Hagabank:                                                       HAGAIDJA
  3. Bank Artha Graha:                                          ARTGIDJA
  4. Bank Bumiputera Indonesia:                          BUMIIDJA
  5. Bank Bumi Arta Indonesia:                            BBAIIDJA
  6. Bank Buana Indonesia:                                   BBIJIDJA
  7. Bank Danamon:                                              BDINIDJA
  8. Bank Mandiri (not Bank Syariah Mandiri):    BEIIIDJA
  9. Bangkok Bank:                                              BKKBIDJA
  10. Bank Niaga:                                                   BNIAIDJA
  11. Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI):                       BNINIDJA
  12. Bank BNP Paribas Indonesia:                        BNPAIDJA
  13. Bank Resona Perdania:                                   BPIAIDJA
  14. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI):                       BRINIDJA
  15. Bank Bukopin:                                                BBUKIDJA
  16. Bank Central Asia (BCA):                              CENAIDJA
  17. Deutsche Bank AG:                                       DEUTIDJA
  18. Bank Mizuho Indonesia:                                 MHCCIDJA
  19. Hongkong and Shanghai Banking (HSBC):   HSBCIDJA
  20. Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII):               IBBKIDJA
  21. Bank Indonesia:                                              INDOIDJA
  22. Lippobank:                                                      LIPBIDJA
  23. Bank NISP:                                                     NISPIDJA
  24. Pan Indonesia Bank:                                       PINBIDJA
  25. Bank Rabobank International Indonesia:       RABOIDJA
  26. Bank UFJ Indonesia:                                      SAINIDJA
  27. Bank Swadesi:                                               SWBAIDJA
  28. Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN):                      BTANIDJA
  29. Bank UOB Indonesia:                                    UOBBIDJA
  30. Bank Permata:                                                 BBBAIDJA
  31. Bank Maybank Indocorp:                               MBBEIDJA
  32. Bank Chinatrust Indonesia:                            CTCBIDJA
  33. Woori Bank Indonesia:                                   HVBKIDJA
  34. Bank Sumitomo Mitsui Indonesia:                 SUNIIDJA
  35. Bank Finconesia:                                             FINBIDJA
  36. Bank OCBC Indonesia:                                  OCBCIDJA
  37. Bank Kesawan:                                              AWANIDJA
  38. Bank Commonwealth:                                    BICNIDJA
  39. Bank Ekonomi Raharja:                                  EKONIDJA
  40. Bank DBS Indonesia:                                    DBSBIDJA
  41. Bank CIC International:                                 CICTIDJA
  42. Bank Ekspor Indonesia:                                  BEXIIDJA
  43. Bank Mega:                                                     MEGAIDJA
  44. Bank of China, Jakarta Branch:                      BKCHIDJA
  45. Bank Syariah Mandiri (bukan Bank Mandiri): BSMDIDJA

TEFL Indonesia is the Indonesian Branch of TEFL International
We offer an intensive TESOL training program
The course runs one month (120 hours). It’s four weeks long, Monday to Friday and starts at 9:00am ending most nights at 5:00pm
It includes classroom inputs on Grammar, phonology, structure, writing, lesson planning, choosing materials, language awareness and evaluating students. It also includes in class teaching practice. These practices are observed and evaluated and trainees are expected to reach a level of competence at the end of the course.
Detailed course information

* Fill out an Application Form and take that next step towards learning within the big city buzz and excitement of Surabaya.
How much are the fees for a TESOL Course?
* USD 1,790 (excluding accommodation)
* USD 150 – 250 (accommodation)
As far as currency conversion …check out http://www.xecurrency.com
It’s bank rates are fairly accurate and you can get a daily update on currency fluctuations.
Course Information
LOCATION AND COURSE INFORMATION Surabaya, East Java Indonesia
Final Payment
The balance of your course fees can be paid by credit card (Visa), cash or traveler’s checks in USD. All accounts must be settled by the first day of the course. Please note – if you choose to pay cash in Indonesian Rupiah, the associated exchange rate to USD will be determined by the Course Director as advised by the exchange rate offered at www.xe.com.
Visa and Passport Information
All visitors to Indonesia are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after arrival date. Visitors to Indonesia from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand can stay in Indonesia for a maximum of 30 days on a tourist visa. This can not be extended without leaving the country. Citizens from all other countries should contact their local consulate to obtain current travel regulations.
For more information on obtaining visas
*As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise everyone to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip.
Working in Indonesia
If you are planning on seeking work in Indonesia, please bring along your original diploma and transcripts from College, Technical School or High School, as well as a copy of your birth certificate.
There is great demand for qualified TEFL teachers throughout the world.

TEFL International provides the following services in this area:
Contact information and details of schools in the region of your choice
Contact information and details of selected schools worldwide
Details of selected vacancies available worldwide
Details of the most popular web sites of TEFL vacancies and information
Internet access for job searches and on-line applications
Sessions covering CV preparation, advice about applications and interviews and all available information about teaching conditions in the trainees preferred destinations.
TEFL International has been very successful in assisting our course graduates locate teaching job opportunities and vacancies.
Getting to Surabaya
There is an international airport in Surabaya welcoming direct flights from Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, although more available and inexpensive flights go to Jakarta. From Jakarta, many airlines run inexpensive flights directly to Surabaya, offering breathtaking views of Indonesia’s landscape. These flights cost less than 50 USD one way. Buses and trains do run from Jakarta to Surabaya, and the twelve-hour ride will cost approximately 10 USD. The train station is just outside of the center of Surabaya. A taxi can take you to the school.
Transportation upon arrival
Your accommodation is available starting on the Thursday before the course begins through the Monday following the final week. We hope you will plan to arrive in Surabaya by Saturday at the latest, as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings before the course begins.
On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the course start date, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, we provide transportation from Surabaya airport to your local accommodation. If you are traveling to Surabaya by bus during these days, call us prior to boarding the bus and we will pick you up at your scheduled arrival time at the bus station. For those arriving at any other time please contact us for further details.

Welcome to TEFL Indonesia

English: Fluent or near-native fluency
TEFL International’s TESOL certificate is a four-week intensive course, teaching students how to teach English as a second language.
TEFL International has been in operation since 1998 and has 21 schools operating around the world.
You do not have to have a BA to take this certificate course.
How much will I make?

First year teachers in Indonesia typically make 8,000,000 to 10,000,000 Rupiah a month.
Plus housing, airfare and year-end bonuses

Note:Local circumstances and extras may change without notice
This TEFL International Course conducted by a
separate company working as a subcontractor of TEFL International and is not a non-profit organization

Before your arrival, we highly recommend you purchase a descriptive guide book or do some online research to familiarize yourself and get acquainted with Surabaya and all it has to offer. For more information on Surabaya and the country of Indonesia, we recommend the following sites:

Lonely Planet Online
Surabaya-Guide
Surabaya Tourism
Surabaya Indonesia Travel

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

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About

TEFL Indonesia: Teacher-training program  in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Get certified and teach English. Teach English and see the world

TESOL Course Indonesia (Surabaya) Why join our TESOL Course Indonesia? Located right in Surabaya and a few hours’ drive from some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery in the world, our TESOL Course Indonesia center is, if not in paradise, at least next door to it. With a wide variety of social and cultural activities, water sports and other activities, vibrant nightlife, delectable Indonesian cuisine, friendly people and close proximity to an abundance of teaching opportunities, Surabaya (and surrounding areas) is sure to have what you are looking for in a learning location.

Where

Historic Surabaya.

History

 Surabaya is an ancient city, with a rich history. It’s a tale that has been written in the blood, hopes and accomplishments of the amazing people who have lived here. From the rich tapestry of Javanese culture, to the vibrant Madurese impact, and on to the interweaving of Indian, Arabic and Chinese cultures … Surabaya has always been a meeting place for imagination and destiny. A major shipping center, a transit port, and an international gateway … Indonesia’s second-largest city, and the capital of East Java, has a rich history and an exciting present waiting to be discovered. From poets to princes; from revolutionaries to teachers; Surabaya is truly the City of heroes.

Why

A few hours from some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Near a thriving nightlife scene and plenty of restaurants, shops and other activities. Empower yourself to live, travel and work in the land of amazing grace and beauty.

• Close proximity to some of the most amazing beaches in the world.

• Near a thriving nightlife scene and plenty of restaurants, shops and other activities.

• Live in one of the most exciting cities in the world, and be central to a lot of places like Bali, Jakarta and Kalimantan (Borneo).

• Administered by highly trained staff with extensive knowledge of Surabaya and surrounding areas.

• Immerse yourself in an inviting, friendly culture while gaining the experience and knowledge that will enable you to live and work abroad for years to come. Empower yourself to live, travel and work in the land of amazing grace and beauty.

Who

• Your fellow students come from many countries on many continents.

• Your teacher trainers are some of the most experienced and well trained in the industry.

• Your support staff is extremely helpful, courteous and will assist you with whatever you need.

• The locals are peaceful, friendly people who generally like spending time with foreigners.

How

• Fill out an application form and take that next step towards learning within the big city buzz and excitement of Surabaya.

Fees for TEFL Course

• $1,790 (including Text and portfolio, but not accommodation)

Join the TESOL Course Surabaya. You’ll work hard, and you’ll be prepared to Teach English Abroad.

So why wait, get this TEFL Certification now. Note: Local circumstances and extras may change without notice .This TEFL International Course is conducted by a separate company working as a subcontractor of TEFL International and is not a non-profit organization.

 

 

 

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Nightlife, attractions and distractions

Nightlife: attractions and distractions

Much of this was posted on our original site, and we are working to update things.

Nightlife

Ever wonder what’s happening at night in Surabaya

Here’s where to find out about the nightlife in Indonesia’s second largest city.

Blues Night at R.O.D.O Coffee Shop

In the present
Check out videos of East Java.
Check out the restaurant scene in Java of East Java’s culinary gems, and other marvels

For those joining any of our upcoming courses; please confirm the above no later than mid-month of the previous month.

Courses run for four weeks, and are five days a week.
Note that these dates correspond to a Monday to Friday schedule.
Thank again for your time and patience.
Yours sincerely, Wayne Duplessis
Important note from the management

This page is a list of possibilities and perils
Please view this as more caveat than endorsement

That being said … Enjoy

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Detailed information of the course

Nightlife

A plethora of bars, nightclubs and discos await the visitor

A potpourri of diversions and distractions are available

“If you don’t keep your s— wired tight at all time I guaran G–D— tee you a trip home in a body bag.”

Sgt. Barnes in Oliver Stone’s Platoon

You can go to the movies. There are a lot of theaters in Surabaya. The better ones, read that cleaner and safer, are the Mitra 21 chain. The three best are now at Ciputra World(on Mayjen Sungkono), SUTO’s(Surabaya Town Square and PTC(Pakuwan Trade Center), part of the aptly named SuperMal(no that’s not a typo), next is the Galaxy Mall,then on to the Tunjunang Plaza.

For more active entertainment Surabaya is home to many nightclubs, disco, pubs and Karaoke bars.

Most of the bars have live bands. The music is okay. The musicians are good, as are the singers. Rock on.
The volume may be a concern.

Other venues for high noise levels are shopping malls, especially Surabaya (formally Delta) Plaza on Jalan Pemuda.

Pubs

Foreplay Surabaya Town Square, 1st Level Unit 118
Nightclub, Pub
Combination of live bands,dancers and DJs.

Eclectic Pub & Lounge
Surabaya Town Square, Level P-19
(Jl. Adityawarman No. 55), Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60264, Indonesia
Pub, Wine Bar, Lounge

Colors Pub on Jalan Sumatra The food’s good, and beer is cheap and it’s cold. The band is usually a bit loud and the service is good.

Matchbox close to Colors, on Jalan Sumatra.
Loud. Crowded and the place to party.

Lido’s is on Mayjen Sungkono, across from the Happy Puppy Karaoke and next to the Kodak photo studio. The music is good and the food is quite good.

The Tavern in the Hotel Bumi(formally the Hyatt) Good food, usually a decent band.
A lot of unattached ladies.

The bar at the Elmi Hotel
Bring a jacket or sweater. It’s quite cool due to an over-active AC.
The Elmi also has one of the nicer swimming pools in Surabaya.

Discos and Nightclubs

(Truthfully, I don’t know the difference)

Jimmy’s in the Mariott(formally the Westin) Hotel.

It’s a bit pricey with a Rp 50,000 cover charge, but the band and the young crowd made for a good night out.

Veranza Dangdut on Mayjen Sungkono(go with a group)

Desperados A Mexican restaurant and nightclub in the Shangri-La Hotel JL. May. Jend. Sungkono 120 Surabaya 60256 Indonesia T: (62 31) 566 1550 F: (62 31) 566 1570

Portofino’s is an Italian restaurant(which hosts a Sunday martini brunch) Hours Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm Sunday lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm in the Shangri-La Hotel

Jamoo JAMOO is the hotel’s all-day cafe and restaurant. Enjoy Asian and Continental dishes in the restaurant’s sleekly designed dining room or out on the outdoor terrace. The showcase buffets include a variety of antipasti, sushi, a hot pot and noodles section, a Chinese wok station, and an extensive array of dessert specialties such as Ice Cream Teppanyaki, a flowing chocolate fountain and, a variety of traditional Jamu choices in the Shangri-La Hotel

Kowloon’s On the fourth floor,in the parking garage of Delta Plaza

Restaurants

The Rocks

Jln.HR Muhammad

Open everyday 1:00pm

A good selection of Western and Indonesian food in a very modern and comfortable setting

Good beer

Beer, and mixed drinks

A fish pond with the biggest catfish you’ll ever see

Seating indoors and outdoors

Served hot at affordable prices

Ayen

Jl Darmo Permai Selatan V/16 (031)7312709 Chinese and Seafood

Food Court 5th floor Tunjunang Plaza A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

Pizza Hut in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall,PTC,right on Maygen Sungkono

RODO R.O.D.O Coffee Shop

Jalan Arif Rahman Hakim No. 36 A Surabaya, Jawa Timur Coffee Shop, Bar, Café
Blues night every Friday

McDonalds in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall,right on Mayjen Sungkono, and at Delta Plaza

KFC in Tunjunang Plaza,Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza

Malay Village in PTC and Suto’s
Great food,and a good place to get vegetarian dishes.

Cafe Pisa near Hartono Electric, just after Papaya supermarket on the way to Supermal/PTC

Excelso’s (Coffee bar and cafe)

Serves decent snack food, including club sandwiches.
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They have great coffee, and darn good ice-cream.
Try the Pearl tea!
Beer is reasonably priced and cold. Located in Suto’s(Surabaya Town Square) PTC(the Supermal)Tunjunang Plaza, Ciputra World, Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza.

Guilin Restaurant
Serving Authentic Chinese and Sea Food
One of the nicer restaurants in Surabaya. A quiet, pleasant place with a nice range of well-prepared Chinese and Seafood dishes.

Located at #34 Jl. Musi. (next to Gelora Pancasila)

Studio Food Court Near Cinema in PTC/Supermal. A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

deKasteel Villa Taman Telaga TJ no.1 (Citraland)

 

G-Walk near Citraland.
More a selection of places strung along a pleasant street.

15 Palms Pub (and restaurant)
Closest thing Surabaya has to a sport’s bar.
Beer, burgers and chips. Large TV and a pool table.

Located at Ruko Taman Gapura, Blok H 1, Citraland, Surabaya, Indonesia 60216
Hours
Mon – Sun: 4:30 pm – 12:00 am
Specialties
Dinner
Drinks
Attire Casual
Services
Good For Groups
Take Out
Waiter Service
Parking
Street
Contact Info
Phone (031) 7404115
Email novita@15palmsbar.com
Website Click here

 

 

 

You’ll find many things to enjoy about this place. Just use your head.

Annoyances

things that make you go

Grrrrrrr

STOP !

Before YOU read any further Accept that sections of this one page are not a flattering, nor a complete, portrayal of Surabaya.

It does not, nor is it meant to, reflect the entirety of Indonesian society.


I have lived here since 1996 because I love this place and its people. Indonesians are generous, warm and intelligent people.

Any society has it’s dark side. This page represents a hint of that duality.

Proceed carefully.

 

 

 

Aside from legal hassles there are scores of social taboos that we as foreigners couldn’t begin to comprehend.
You will always be viewed as an outsider.
You will always be judged by a different standard.
You are living in a fish bowl. Accept it and act accordingly.If you partake in drugs, be warned … the minimum sentence is four years.

Now listen closely Sparky; this is a foreign country.
If you go to jail, don’t expect your family lawyer, your mommy or the A-Team to come riding to your rescue.

Enjoy yourself, just be careful.

LISTEN … Not every Indonesian woman is overwhelmed by the wonder of you.
Keep your hands to yourself!

 

Be Aware, be safe.

 

Taxis are the best way to travel.
Bluebird Taxi,Oreng Taxi and Silver taxi are your best choices.Do what you want while being mindful that your actions have consequences.

 

 

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You will see the information around as it has been liberally borrowed by other sites.  C’est la vie.

An Important note from the management: This page is a list of possibilities and perils. Please view this as more caveat than endorsement That being said … Enjoy You will always be judged by a different standard. You are living in a fish bowl. Accept it and act accordingly.

Now listen closely Sparky; this is a foreign country. If you go to jail, don’t expect your family lawyer, your mommy or the A-TEAM to come riding to your rescue.

Enjoy yourself, just be careful. Be Aware, be safe. Taxis are the best way to travel. Bluebird Taxi, Oreng Taxi and Silver taxi are your best choices Add the  GoJek app to your phone once you arrive in Indonesia

Nightlife

A plethora of bars, nightclubs and discos await the visitor

A potpourri of diversions and distractions are available “If you don’t keep your s— wired tight at all time I guaran G–D— tee you a trip home in a body bag.” Sgt. Barnes in Oliver Stone’s Platoon

You can go to the movies. There are a lot of theaters in Surabaya. The better ones, read that cleaner and safer, are the Mitra 21 chain. The two best are now at SUTO’s(Surabaya Town Square and PTC(Pakuwan Trade Center), part of the aptly named SuperMal(no that’s not a typo), next the Galaxy Mall,then on to the Tunjunang Plaza.

For more active entertainment Surabaya is home to many nightclubs, disco, pubs and Karaoke bars. Most of the bars have live bands. The music is okay. The musicians are good, as are the singers. Rock on.

The volume is the biggest concern. The range can only be described as serious ear bleed. Other venues for ear bleed noise levels are shopping malls, especially the Surabaya (formally Delta) Plaza on Jalan Pemuda.

Pubs

Colors on Jalan Sumatra The food’s good, and beer is cheap and it’s cold. The band is usually a bit loud and the service is good. Matchbox close to Colors, on Jalan Sumatra. Loud. Crowded and the place to party.

Lido’s is on Mayjen Sungkono(Darmo Park 1), across from Happy Puppy Karaoke and next to the photo studio. The music is good and the food is quite good. This is a great place for good, inexpensive food.

The Tavern in Hotel Bumi (formally the Hyatt)Good food, usually a decent band.

The Elmi Hotel also has one of the nicer swimming pools in Surabaya.

 Discos and Nightclubs (Truthfully, I don’t know the difference)

Jimmy’s in the Mariott Hotel. It’s a bit pricey with a Rp 50,000 cover charge, but the band and the young crowd made for a good night out. The Elmi Hotel also has one of the nicer swimming pools in Surabaya. Spazio’s offers a number of patio bars and cafes including BURG and BURP and Mazeltov

Veranza Dangdut Mayjen Sungkono(go with a group)

Desperados in the Shangri-La Hotel

Kowloon’s On the fourth floor,in the parking garage of Delta Plaza

Restaurants

The Rocks Jln.HR Muhammad Open everyday 1:00pm A good selection of Western and Indonesian food in a very modern and comfortable setting Beer, and mixed drinks A fish pond with the biggest catfish you’ll ever see Seating indoors and outdoors Served hot at affordable prices

Ayen Jl Darmo Permai Selatan V/16 (031)7312709 Chinese and Seafood

Food Court 5th floor Tunjunang Plaza A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

Studio Food Court Near Cinema in PTC/Supermal. A variety of Indonesian and Western fast food.

Indigo in the Majapahit Hotel Address: Jalan Tunjungan No. 65, Surabaya, Jawa Timur 60275, Indonesia Phone:+62 31 5454333

G-Walk near Citraland.More a selection of places strung along a pleasant street.

Pizza Hut in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall, PTC, right on Mayjen Sungkono

Wendy’s in Galaxy Mall

McDonald’s in Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall,right on Mayjen Sungkono, and at Delta Plaza KFC in Tunjunang Plaza,Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza

Malay Village in PTC and Suto’s Great food,and a good place to get vegetarian dishes.

Cafe Pisa near Hartono Electric, just after Papaya supermarket on the way to Supermal/PTC

Excelso’s (Coffee bar and cafe) Serves decent snack food, including club sandwiches. They have great coffee, and darn good ice-cream.Try the Pearl tea! Beer is reasonably priced and cold. Located in Suto’s(Surabaya Town Square) PTC(the Supermal)Tunjunang Plaza, Galaxy Mall, and Delta Plaza.

Guilin Restaurant Serving Authentic Chinese and Sea Food One of the nicer restaurants in Surabaya. A quiet, pleasant place with a nice range of well-prepared Chinese and Seafood dishes. Located on Jl. Musi. (next to Gelora Pancasila) Address: Jl. Musi No.34, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60241, Indonesia Phone:+62 31 5683329

Hours: Open today · 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

I like this place, but just use your head.

Annoyances … things that make you go grrrrrrr

STOP ! Before YOU read any further Accept that sections of this one page are not a flattering, nor a complete, portrayal of Surabaya. It does not, nor is it meant to, reflect the entirety of Indonesian society. I have lived here for a few years because I love this place and its people. Indonesians are generous, warm and intelligent people. Any society has it’s dark side. This page represents a hint of that duality Proceed carefully. Aside from legal hassles there are scores of social taboos that we as foreigners couldn’t begin to comprehend.

• You will always be viewed as an outsider.

• You will always be judged by a different standard.

• You are living in a fish bowl. Accept it and act accordingly.

If you have any questions or comments, email me If you want to be listed, contact me. If you have a concern about my opinion: contact me, or change my view with good service

 

 

 

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Surabaya for TEFL Indonesia

Surabaya (for TEFL Indonesia)

Indonesia’s second largest city has become a cultural, and culinary, melting pot.

Here you will eventually discover Malay, Javanese, Madurese, Indian, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Singaporean, Taiwanese and Chinese people.

Some of these are recent additions to the mix, and some are the recent representatives of ethnic groups that have been here for generations.

Moreover you will find these cultures have brought their food and their eclectic taste buds. Add Mexican, Scandinavian, Western fast-food, steaks and a dazzling array of breads, pastries and desserts.

Surabaya has a number of activities available within, and outside of, the city. In the city center there is a BMX/skateboard park, an occasionally available ice-skating rink, go-karting, and a few museums.

There’s a submarine exhibit, and various temples, mosques and churches abound. The City of Heroes (an important staging area for the revolution against Dutch Colonialism) is a large city with ample opportunities for photo-taking and sight-seeing.

The multi-ethnic environment has been a part of Surabaya since the port was established over 700 years ago. Traders brought their wares, their architecture, their bloodlines, their beliefs and their food. You will see a wide variety in the faces that range from Malay, East Asian, and Chinese, Arabian and Indian and all the wonderful combinations.

You’ll note a heady mix of historical and religious architecture from government building, schools, churches, mosques, temples and old shops. Dutch churches sit near to Arabic-inspired mosques. Old Dutch homes share streets with Chinese shophouses.

There are also older Colonial hotels and their more modern competition. Each of the larger hotels offers restaurants, bars, Karaoke, nightclubs, swimming pools, and fitness/spa facilities. Smaller budget hotels exist, and there are a growing number of boutique hotels.

Rooming houses, guest houses and backpacker hostels offer budget options. Towering office building and apartment complex now dot a changing city-scape. You can still find open fields and see the occasional grazing cattle or coats.

Becaks (local pedicabs) share the street with motorcycles, vans and the few sports cars that dare the growing traffic.indomap

Surabaya is a remarkably understanding and open city with a history of religious and cultural tolerance. That being said, it is expected that visitors will respect locally-accepted cultural and behavioral attitudes and ways of acting.

Public intoxication, fighting or drug use could result in arrest. The first two could mean a night in jail, dismissal from your job or deportation. Drug use will almost guarantee a longer stay in a local jail. It would not be an ideal way to become a long-term resident.

We’ve recently had a spate of foreigners running out on bar and restaurant tabs. That’s really a poor way to repay your hosts and creates problems for everyone. Surabaya may be large geographically but foreigners comprise a small and visible part of the community. These individuals soon find themselves unwelcome even among other expats.

Surabaya is not an ideal city for walking and there are a few reasons. It’s either too hot or it’s raining. Another reason is that sidewalks (when and where they exist) are badly maintained, and often blocked with a roadside food, drink or whatever cart. A kilometer-long walk is an exercise in patience and agility. Walking is generally an indoor activity and air-conditioned malls offer a variety of ‘trails’ and ‘spots’ to stop and chill. (See local attractions)

Once you’ve been here for awhile you will identify some quiet residential areas ideal for walking or jogging. You can also make contact with Surabaya’s chapter of the Hash-house Harriers(http://indohash.com/javaeast.html) This hardy band of ne’er-do-wells plot out hiking trails and set off on adventures most weekends.

For more sedate (sober) adventures there are salsa, aerobics and a variety of language courses available. Surabaya has numerous fitness centers, pools and spas. Some of these are in hotels, some in shopping malls. There are rock climbing walls, and a few tennis and badminton courts. For those of you who are more flush with cash there are golf courses and driving ranges.

Although Surabaya is a coastal city, swim-worthy beaches don’t exist here.  For swimming, snorkeling or scuba-diving; best to travel to Pasir Putih, near Malang, Jember, Yogyakarta or Karimunjawa. Farther afield there is Bali, Komodo, the Gili islands and Sulawesi. In the event you need medical care or just a checkup; Surabaya has a good range of hospitals, clinics and dentists.

A full range of hospitals, clinics, general practitioners and dentists exists. Alternatively there are traditional methods of reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture. A number of local pharmacies are available. (Locally called apotiks) These range from small stores to large chains like Guardian and Century.

Sometimes getting out of the city is the best medicine. Close to Surabaya are volcanoes, trails for hiking, places to camp, villas for rent and horses to ride (see outside the City of Heroes)

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