ESL Jobs in Indonesia

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About EF English First

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EF English First, a division of EF Education First the world’s leading privately owned education company. Founded in 1965, EF operates in over 50 countries around the world. We have vacancies for teaching positions across Indonesia so if you prefer the fast paced city life of Jakarta, or want to be immersed in the more traditional culture of a smaller city, we probably have the position for you. We have both Kids & Teens schools and Adult schools in over 20 cities in Indonesia.

At EF English First, you’ll be provided with the resources to become the best teacher you can be. Our new and colorful classrooms offer state-of-the-art technology including Internet connected computers, interactive whiteboards or touchscreen TVs and iPads. We also offer a world-class teacher development program with certification courses exclusively for our teachers.

Join a supportive community of EF staff and teachers from day one. We’re here to provide the support you need every step of the way, from preparing your legal work visa to airport pickup. Learn how to order food in Bahasa or attend a teacher social at a downtown bar. There’s so much to experience living in Indonesia and you’ll experience it to the fullest with EF.

-  A Bachelor’s Degree

-  A TEFL Certification (EF TEFL sponsorship available)

-  Passport holder from UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand

-  The ability to obtain a clear background check

-  Ability to live abroad for at least one year

  • IDR 12,000,000 – 15,000,000 monthly after taxes, based on location, qualifications & experience
  • Housing or housing allowance provided in all locations
  • Sponsored legal KITAS work visa
  • Health insurance coverage provided
  • Generous annual leave allowance including minimum 10 days paid + All public holidays
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Approved round trip airfare reimbursed
  • Free Bahasa Indonesia lessons
  • Job rotation scheme
  • Fortnightly teacher social events
  • Chance to participate in Quarterly Teacher Trips
  • Fully sponsored continuous professional development including 120-hour TEFL Certification course and Cambridge TKTs


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"At EF, we tend to share the same sense of adventure and community. We talk about new places to visit and things to do. Being a teacher is not a desk job. It’s hectic and can be hard work, but also fun. There's something that surprises me every day working in Indonesia that I know I wouldn't find anywhere else."


Do I need to be able to speak Bahasa Indonesian?

No. We never use Bahasa in the classroom, don’t worry if you think that sounds strange, when you do our sponsored TEFL course it will become clear how we do this. Most restaurants have food in English, if not they generally have pictures. Learning some basic survival Bahasa when you arrive, such as addresses for taxis and some food is recommended though just to make things a bit easier. Online apps are always useful to help you get by.

Will I be able to save money?

Yes, although it does depend on your lifestyle. The salary in IDR is above average for Indonesia so there’s normally some left at the end of the month to save or to pay off student loans. If you share an apartment with other teachers and eat local food you will have more left than if you have your own place and eat western style food every day.

I don’t have a teaching background, can I still apply?

Yes. Previous teaching experience is not necessary, but is valued if you have it. We will give you all the skills you need to help you feel confident standing in a classroom. As long as you have a bachelor’s degree in any subject we can help you with the rest.

I have never lived abroad before will it be difficult to adjust?

It shouldn’t be too difficult to adjust, we have a huge community of over English teachers across Indonesia who help and support each other. The local school staff are very accommodating and helpful. They will give you any local support you need. Along with that we have our academic teams and central office team in Jakarta that you can always reach out to.

I have more questions, what should I do?

Don’t worry, everybody has questions it’s understandable. The best thing to do is apply so that we have all your details and can make sure you meet the visa requirements. Once we know that, one of our recruiters will contact you for an initial chat before moving to interview. This is the best time to ask those initial questions, others can be asked at interview.

Frequently Asked Questions


46,500 – Number of EF staff, faculty and teachers

1965 – Year EF was founded

539 – EF schools and offices worldwide

5 – Percent of staff who relocated overseas last year to EF schools around the world

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116 – Number of countries with EF operations and partnerships

Teach English, travel and train with EF English First.

London (UK)

EF Education First

22 Chelsea Manor Street,

London SW3 5RL. UK.

Tel. +44 (0)7341 8638

+44 (0)207 341 8500

UK office hours.

Boston (USA)

EF Education First

1 Education Street,

Cambridge, MA 02141 USA

Tel. +1 617 619 1000

USA, East Coast office hours.

Jakarta (Indonesia)

EF Education First

The Plaza Office Tower, Level 22 #A1,

Jl. M.H Thamrin Kav 28-30 ,

Jakarta,, Indonesia 10350..

Tel. +62 21 520 3655

Indonesia office hours.

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Holder of 2 Guinness World records

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