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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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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
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.
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 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. Please be aware, if you haggle and come to an agreement on price – then this is considered an agreement to buy. Do not walk away!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
There is at least one English-language radio station.
Swimming is popular in Indonesia. There are a lot of public pools and most fitness clubs and hotels have nice facilities.
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.
There are some private health and sports clubs.
Atlas, Tresor, Celebrity Fitness
Books, newspapers, magazines, and videos
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…
Movie going is made easy in Indonesia by the 21 Chain of Cinemas.
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.
Lots of bars, discos and cafés and restaurants are available.
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 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
A number of different religions are represented in Indonesia. Six are officially recognized; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, and Christianity. Yes, those last two are considered quite distinct here. Mosques, temples, and churches abound and some services are available in English.
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.
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.
There are a number of schools and there are private lessons available. Ask around.
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.
You’ll always hear stories about how bad doctors are, even at home. Indonesian medical care and dental care is clean, prompt, courteous and not at all expensive
RS Katolik Vincentius A Paulo
+62 31 567 7562
JI. Diponegoro 51
Jalan Satelit Indah No.2
Jalan Nginden Intan Barat
Jalan Undaan Wetan No.40 – 44
Jalan Undaan Kulon No.19
Araya Galaksi Bumi Permai A2 No 7
Jalan Gadung No.1
Jl. Boulevard Famili Selatan Kav.1
Graha Famili, Surabaya
Jawa Timur, 60228
Ambulance-Emergency: (031) 2975-788
Surabaya, Kota Surabaya
- Sedap Malem No. 16, Surabaya, 60272
Pakuwon Trade Center LG A5-22
Bukit Darmo Boulevard, Ruko Office Park 2 B2 – 28
Jalan R. Agil Kusumadya
Surabaya, Kota Surabaya
Surabaya, Kota Surabaya
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.
- ABN AMRO Bank ABNAIDJA
- Hagabank: HAGAIDJA
- Bank Artha Graha: ARTGIDJA
- Bank Bumiputera Indonesia: BUMIIDJA
- Bank Bumi Arta Indonesia: BBAIIDJA
- Bank Buana Indonesia: BBIJIDJA
- Bank Danamon: BDINIDJA
- Bank Mandiri (not Bank Syariah Mandiri): BEIIIDJA
- Bangkok Bank: BKKBIDJA
- Bank Niaga: BNIAIDJA
- Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI): BNINIDJA
- Bank BNP Paribas Indonesia: BNPAIDJA
- Bank Resona Perdania: BPIAIDJA
- Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI): BRINIDJA
- Bank Bukopin: BBUKIDJA
- Bank Central Asia (BCA): CENAIDJA
- Deutsche Bank AG: DEUTIDJA
- Bank Mizuho Indonesia: MHCCIDJA
- Hongkong and Shanghai Banking (HSBC): HSBCIDJA
- Bank Internasional Indonesia (BII): IBBKIDJA
- Bank Indonesia: INDOIDJA
- Lippobank: LIPBIDJA
- Bank NISP: NISPIDJA
- Pan Indonesia Bank: PINBIDJA
- Bank Rabobank International Indonesia: RABOIDJA
- Bank UFJ Indonesia: SAINIDJA
- Bank Swadesi: SWBAIDJA
- Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN): BTANIDJA
- Bank UOB Indonesia: UOBBIDJA
- Bank Permata: BBBAIDJA
- Bank Maybank Indocorp: MBBEIDJA
- Bank Chinatrust Indonesia: CTCBIDJA
- Woori Bank Indonesia: HVBKIDJA
- Bank Sumitomo Mitsui Indonesia: SUNIIDJA
- Bank Finconesia: FINBIDJA
- Bank OCBC Indonesia: OCBCIDJA
- Bank Kesawan: AWANIDJA
- Bank Commonwealth: BICNIDJA
- Bank Ekonomi Raharja: EKONIDJA
- Bank DBS Indonesia: DBSBIDJA
- Bank CIC International: CICTIDJA
- Bank Ekspor Indonesia: BEXIIDJA
- Bank Mega: MEGAIDJA
- Bank of China, Jakarta Branch: BKCHIDJA
- 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.
LOCATION AND COURSE INFORMATION Surabaya, East Java Indonesia
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 websites 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 Indonesia 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, on the Thursday preceding the course start, 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 guidebook, 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:
Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Course dates
- Nightlife, attractions, and distractions
- TEFL Indonesia Gallery
- Why do people join TEFL courses?