EF Sidoarjo

Sidoarjo city guide

 Sidoarjo, Greater Surabaya Area, Indonesia 7.4530° S, 112.7173° E

Sidoarjo is a satellite town of around 200000 people situated to the south of Surabaya city within the metropolitan area of Greater Surabaya. It is linked to Surabaya by commuter train, buses and taxi. It is a compact town and the EF school, housing and shopping centres are all within walking distance. There is one EF Indonesia school in Sidoarjo with 1300 students and around 20 teachers.

 

Sidoarjo

 

City facilities and services

You will find all of life’s essentials and more within walking distance of EF Sidoarjo school. Next to the school is Hero supermarket, several restaurants including Mc Donalds and a short walk away is Suncity Mall complete with waterpark. In the mall you will find all the Indonesian national chain stores, including a department store, restaurants and cafes, a hotel and a cinema.

 

Transport links

Sidoarjo has excellent transport connections to East Java and beyond. The city is connected to Surabaya by a motorway and the journey should take around 30 minutes. The motorway also connects Sidoarjo to East Java and the mountain area around Tretes is a 3o minute drive away. There is a mainline train station with trains going to Surabaya (commuter line), Bali, Jogjakarta and other cities in East Java. There is a regular bus shuttle service to Surabaya, as well as coach services to other parts of Java. Surabaya international airport, is actually located in Sidoarjo and has excellent connections to all parts of the Indonesia, as well as South East Asia.

 

As the city is compact and walkable, transport is not really needed. Mini bus services operate in the city (bemo) or you jump on a becak (rickshaw) and experience life in the slow lane.

 

Places to go around Sidoarjo

Sidoarjo is on the doorstep of the Arjuna mountain park area. It is a short 30 minute drive to Tretes or you can take public buses. There are many trails and paths to explore around Tretes and the twin peaks of Mount Arjuna and Welirang can be climbed comfortably in a weekend. Tretes itself is a relaxing weekend break away and you will find hotels available to suit all budgets.

 

There are many parks within a 30-45 minute drive from Sidoarjo. The large Taman Dayu park complex, which has a waterpark, amusement park, tree houses and paragliding, is located just off the main Sidoarjo – Malang road. Purowadadi Botanical Gardens, further along the main road is an ideal place for an afternoon picnic and walks. Another pleasant day trip is a visit to Taman Safari park in Prigen. It is both a safari park with animals from all around the world including Komodo Dragons, and also an amusement park.

 

 

 

 Google Maps Streetview of EF Sidoarjo school area

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EF Indonesia Working hours

I can’t speak Indonesian. Is that a problem?

At EF Indonesia, we teach using a full English immersive approach. This means that you do not have to be able to speak Indonesian to teach our EF students, as solely English is used in the classroom. Being able to speak or knowing a bit about Indonesian will definitely help with identifying some of the common problems Indonesian students have when learning English, so it is highly recommended that you join the free Indonesian lesson we offer to all our EF Indonesia ESL teachers.

 

 

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EF Indonesia Teacher Career Paths

I did not study English or Education at university. Can I be a teacher?

Yes you can! Our EF Indonesia teachers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and having a degree in English or education is not necessary to become an ESL teacher at EF Indonesia.

For candidates whose degree was not in education, then you will need to take a TEFL course. This is a one month English teacher training course that prepares you on the basics of teaching English as a second language. There are many courses out there, of which CELTA from the University of Cambridge is the most popular.

When choosing a TEFL course, make sure there is a classroom teaching component included. You can study the theories, techniques and methodology online, however, it is very important that your course includes real teaching this is observed by the TEFL trainer.

 

 

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EF Indonesia cost of living

Cost of living in Indonesia

The cost of living in Indonesian is substantially cheaper than developed countries and a lot of countries around Asia. Eating out, food, transport and hotels are exceedingly good value and well within the budget of our teaching staff.

 

Prices below are a guideline average in UK Pound Sterling GBP.

 

Eating out

Rice or noodle dish at street stall  £0.40

Meal at simple restaurant  £1.50

Meal at western restaurant with a bottle of beer  £5-10

Buffet meal at a 5 star hotel  £13-15

Fast food restaurant combo meal £1.80

Pizza delivery £2

Coffee in cafe £1.50

A large bottle of beer (660ml) in a cafe or restaurant £2-4

 

Common supermarket items

A loaf of bread £0.60

Packet of cheese £2.50

Packet of pasta £0.75

Jar of pasta sauce £1-2

Chicken breast £0.75

Instant noodles £0.05-0.10

Rice (1kg) £0.50

Eggs (12) £0.80

Apples (1kg) £1

Oranges (1kg) £1

Tomatoes (1kg) £0.65

Potatoes (1kg) £0.60

 

 

Other items

Internet connection (shared amount of bill) £7-10

Gym and pool membership (1 month) £15

Swimming pool (1 day) £2-3

Cinema £2.50

Short taxi trip (20 minutes) £1.50

Long taxi trip (45 minutes) £4

Motorbike rental (1 month) £25

Petrol (1 litre) £0.44

Massage (1 hour) £3-5

Budget hotel (AC/Hot water) £5-10

Hotel (3-4 stars) £15-25

Hotel (5 stars) £40-70+

 

For a teacher staying in subsidised EF housing this is an example of basic expenditure. Remember if you stay in EF housing, all bills except cable TV, Internet and local phone bill are included in the rental fee. The maid, clothes washing and all cleaning products are also supplied and paid for by EF. Read our EF accomodation page for more details.

(This is an example, actually expenditure will vary based on an individual’s spending.)

Breakfast (Coffee, eggs/cereal/fruit) £4 per week

Lunch (Eating out/take away local food) £6 per week

Dinner (Eating out/take away local food) £6 per week

Snacks and sweet things £5 per week

Transport (taxi to work) £16 per week

Toiletries £7 per month

Internet and cable TV (shared house portion) £13 per month

Mobile and telephone bill £4 per month

Basic food and essentials approximately 30% of monthly salary.

If you rent and drive a motorbike the estimated amount would be £145.93 per month. Approximately 25% of monthly salary.

 

Prices fluctuate as does the Rupiah to British Pound exchange rate. There are many website that offer cost of living analysis. Please search for cost of living guides on the Internet for the most up-to-date values.

 

 

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EF Indonesia Teacher Career Paths

Career paths at EF

At EF we like EF people, so most of our promotions are internal and there are a great number of opportunities both with in the EF East Java, Bali and Lombok group as well as worldwide for EF. Career promotion paths include: Instructor, Young Learner Coordinator, Exam Coordinator, Senior Teacher, Head Teacher, Director of Studies and Centre Director.

 

EF Job Role Outlines

Instructor – Helps with training, workshops and assisting new EF teachers.

Young Learner Coordinator – Young learner specialist in charge of developing young learner programs, training EF teachers as well as liaising with parents and schools.

Exam Coordinator – Responsible for developing TOEFL®, IELTS™ and University of Cambridge ESOL exams programs. This role will focus on promoting the exams and courses to new students, institutions and universities as well as training EF teachers on how to teach these preparation courses.

Lifeclub Coordinator – In charge of EF’s exclusive Lifeclub program. Responsible for developing activities, materials and promoting Lifeclubs. A Lifeclub is an activity or event usually held outside of the classroom where students can build their confidence and practise speaking English in a more natural environment. Activities have included: cake decoration, movie nights, visits to local restaurants, making chocolate, safari trip and many more.

Senior Teacher – Assists the Director of Studies with the day-to-day academic running of the school. Will also be involved with school projects and resource development.

Head Teacher – In charge of a smaller school and reports directly to the Director of Studies in charge of the school. Responsible for academic operations, scheduling and academic quality.

Director of Studies (DOS) – Overall in charge of the academic side of the school. This position includes managing teaching staff, student performance, handling complaints and ensuring academic quality.

Centre Director  – In charge of school operations and business. The Centre Director will manage operational staff, sales and marketing, financial reporting and customer care.

 

 

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EF Indonesia Teacher Guide Money, banks and salary

Money, banks and saving

idr notes The official currency of Indonesia is the Indonesia Rupiah IDR or Rp. It has a variety of notes and coins but no cents or pence. The lowest coin is 50 rupiah and the largest note 100000. Coins come in 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 denominations and notes 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 and 100000. The zeroes can take quite a bit of getting used to so be careful when handing over a 10000 and 100000 note. The colours are very similar.

 

ATM / cash machines can be found everywhere and will accept foreign cards. The amount dispensed by the ATM can be quite small for foreign cards, so it is best to try a few and see which bank offers the most to avoid paying addition transaction fees.

 

EF Indonesia will help you open a bank account with BCA. Your salary and any other payments from EF will be transferred to this account. BCA will provide you with a bank book and a debit card. Credit cards are available to foreigners, however, the bank will freeze the credit limit amount in your current account. So if you apply for a 5 million rupiah limit on your credit card, the bank will freeze 5 million rupiah in your current account. You can get internet banking from BCA and that allows you to pay bills online and book flights which is handy if you do not have a credit card. Transferring money back to your home bank account can be done electronically at any BCA branch. As of 2014 it costs Rp 50000 for a 4 working day service or Rp 80000 for next working day service.

 

Saving money is possible in Indonesia, how much you save will depend on the lifestyle you choose to live. If you are very frugal and do not purchase western goods then you could save most of your salary. However, this would be quite extreme. For teachers leading a moderate lifestyle, it should be possible to save 25-40% of your salary most months, if you live in EF housing. Please view our EF cost of living in Indonesia guide for more information.

 

 

 

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Travelling Indonesia EF Teacher guide

Is travelling expensive?

There are many options to travel around Indonesia, especially on Java. Trains are cheap, air conditioned and if you book executive or business class, seats are allocated. There are intercity buses between all major cities and towns which will depart and drop you off at the bus terminal.

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Inside a train

Minibus services offer a door to door service to main destinations too. Road travel is not as pleasant as the train and often takes longer due to the lack of toll roads in Java.

Air travel is a little bit more expensive but with high competition between the airlines and frequent promo flights, it is an affordable option and by far the quickest. Flights to Bali & Lombok can usually be purchased for under $100/£60 return. There are many airlines flying in Indonesia and there are often heavily discount promo fares to be found. Register with the airlines to receive a newsletter informing you of current promotions.

Hotels across South East Asia are very good value for money and Indonesia is no exception. A 4 star hotel in Java can cost as little as $40 and a simple but clean hotel with pool in Bali $15-20.

 

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Travel in Indonesia EF Teacher Guide

Are weekend breaks possible?

We strongly advise prospective teachers to research travelling in Indonesia online. Overland travel by train or bus is extremely reasonable and

Bromo volcano
Bromo volcano

there are several points of interest in East Java. Flying remains good value and there are many promotions available. Common weekend breaks include Bromo, Jogja, Sendang Biru (dry season), Trawas, Madura, Bali and Lombok. Bromo is one of Java’s most beautiful live volcanoes. Jogja is very close to Borobudur Temple (one of the world’s largest Buddhist monuments and is one of the 7 wonders of the world) and is one of Indonesia’s four special districts, as it maintains a traditional Sultan and his palace. Sendang Biru is an isolated island in one of East Java’s National parks. Located on the South Coast it is a popular spot for free camping during the dry season. Around East Java there are many mountains and volcanoes to explore and the popular mountain towns of Tretes and Batu make for a nice refreshing weekend away. Don’t forget to bring a jumper or jacket as it can be chilly at night.

 

Madura is an island next to Surabaya, accessible by bridge, and is home to the famous annual Bull races. There are also beaches to explore on

Gili Air
Gili Air

the island. Bali is a favourite destination amongst English teachers and it is easily accessible from East Java via a night train, minibus services or daily flights. Lombok is popular for good snorkelling and scuba diving with quieter beaches and less tourists (compared to Bali). The Gili islands are welcome get away from it all and can be reached from Bali via speed boat or Lombok.

 

One of the best things about living in Indonesia is the places you can visit, of which there are hundreds and far more than is possible to be covered in this page.

 

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Life in Indonesia EF Teacher guide

What can I do outside of work?

Teachers come to Indonesia for a variety of reasons and amongst the most common is the urge to travel and experience living and working in another culture. There are several points of interest around the East Java region – the most famous of which being Mt. Bromo – a smouldering volcano within a huge volcanic crater. Exploring East Java, Bali and Lombok is easily done at the weekend. Click here to read more information about popular weekend trips.

 

Within your city there will be gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, badminton courts, climbing walls, golf courses and of course shopping malls. Some teachers play football or indoor football together and there is a lot of socialising between teachers across all the schools. For more information about what you can do, please view our city guides.

 

 

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