Living and Teaching English in Indonesia - Habits, Customs & Curiosities

Indonesia is an exotic vacation destination that is popular with people from all over the world.

Many people also decide to move to Indonesia to work as an English language teacher as the unique culture and relaxed lifestyle allow you to live comfortably while working in a tropical paradise.

The following guides offer a useful insight into life in Indonesia with information on a range of topics such as things to prepare before leaving your home country, the best places to visit during your stay and a handy list of do’s and don’ts for foreign visitors.

Travel Tips for Your First Tour of Indonesia

Indonesia is the world's largest island country, with more than seventeen thousand islands.
This diversity also means that there are a variety of languages spoken, including Bahasa Indonesian, English, Dutch, Javanese and other local dialects.
That’s why its 253 million people are a mix of ethnicities such as Javanese, Sundanese, Malay, Madurese, Batak, Balinese and many others.
The cost of living in Indonesia is relatively low allowing foreign teachers to live a comfortable lifestyle. Some of the top spots to visit include Java, Bali, and Sumatra.

Travelers Guide to Indonesia

Before traveling to Indonesia, make sure you have a valid passport and visa (for some countries). You should also get vaccinations against typhoid, malaria and Japanese encephalitis.
You will find that the population of Indonesia is very multicultural with Muslims, Protestants, Roman Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists all living together.
The best times to visit Indonesia are from May to September and the shoulder season is from January to May and September to November.
During your stay be sure to try local foods like Nasi Goreng, Soto Betawi, Soto Mie and Sayur Asem. Before you leave home, take a look at this handy travel guide for more info on Indonesia.

Bali Guide for Beginners

Bali is one of the most exciting travel destinations in Indonesia and maybe even the world. The lush island is teeming with cultural experiences and exhilarating adventures.
Nusa Dua is perfect for couples or families on their first trip to Bali who want to see what the island is famous for: rice paddies, volcanoes, temples and colorful people!
In Kuta you will find great surfing and an amazing nightlife, while Ubud is the heart of Bali offering insight into Balinese culture with temples, volcanoes and the Monkey Forest.
Lovina is a great base for trips around the north coast or central mountains, with Lake Batur and amazing coral reefs for snorkeling and scuba-diving.