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My EF story: Christine Troyano

I chose to live in Indonesia because I loved the idea of living in a tropical climate.  I have spent many years living with cold winters and snow.  I was ready for some year-round sunshine and warm weather. I have lived in Sidoarjo since July, 2014 when I began working for English First as an ESL teacher.  I have enjoyed working with a professional organization that supports it’s staff as well as treats us with respect.  I enjoy working along side so many local teachers as well as a handful of fellow Native speaking ESL teachers as myself.  Most of my students are also very respectful and well ef-teacher-christine01behaved as well as being able to speak English quite well at such a young age.  I also enjoy the positive working environment at the Sidoarjo EF.
The city of Sidoarjo is a conservative, predominately Muslim city.  The school is located in the heart of the city, so there are a couple options for shopping malls and chain grocery stores within walking distance of the school.  The local residents are always friendly and eager to say hi to the foreigners.  As I am vegetarian, one of my favorite foods is Gado-Gado and Pecel.  On the weekends I enjoy traveling around Indonesia where I can learn more about local culture and history of where I currently call home.  One of my favorite places I have been so far is Papuma Beach.  The seascape is beautiful and peaceful.  But one of the places I am looking forward to going to most right now is Bali.  I have some friends that live there and I am quite excited to be able to go there over the upcoming holiday.  Everyday is a new day to create new memories.
As far as the recruitment process, it was a quite say and painless journey.  It helps that the EF has its own recruitment department so there was no need to rely on an outside recruiting agency.  Everyone that assisted me in arriving here from the US was very helpful and professional.

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My EF story: Alex

I had never heard of Surabaya until I saw ESL jobs with EF advertised here and  I was intrigued by what life could be like in Java.  Five and a half

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years later I am still finding out what life in Java is all about.

As a DoS my job is hectic and rewarding. Most days are pretty full on, never boring and always noisy when the students start arriving for their lessons.

Surabaya has changed a lot in the time I’ve lived here – more shops, restaurants & entertainment, which I love.  I have been to Jakarta a few times for work and holidays.  As much as I enjoy myself there I am always happy to come back ‘home’ to Surabaya after a couple of days.

I think I’ve tried most of the food on offer and Padang is an absolute favorite of mine – I could eat it 3 times a day, every day.

At the weekends I’m mostly to be found wall climbing at Class 5 and I enjoy exploring east Java – I especially like the south coast.  And of course I never turn down an opportunity for a weekend of shopping, eating and relaxing in the sun in Bali.

I haven’t been to nearly as many places outside of Java as I should have in the time I’ve been here.  I think I’ve been to 16 islands – so I’ve got aef-indonesia-review-testimonials-ptc few thousand left to visit.  More than anything I really want to eat padang food in Padang, Sumatera.

Other than all the wonderful places I’ve visited, making great friends and working with a great team is what’s kept me here for this long.

For me, the recruitment process was very straight forward and hassle free.

 

 

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My EF story: Emma

I’m Emma,one of the British teachers from EF where I’ve been based for almost five years now. After having taught in Korea and Thailand, I chose to return to Indonesia where I’d traveled previously and held fond memories.

The EF schools here in East Java are modern, with each classroom having access to an interactive whiteboard which the students love and really helps them to become more involved in their lessons. EF produce their own coursebooks with age appropriate materials from Kindergarten to adult classes and user friendly lesson plans accompany them. EF is focused on ‘learning through doing’. This approach allows students to acquire new language in a manner that makes them forget they are in class and have fun while studying.

The city of Malang is a small botanical city surrounded by spectacular mountain views.From here there are many activities to participate in at the weekends and are accessible via public transport. Active types can try hang gliding, mountain biking and sunrise views of Mount Bromo, a volcano just an hour away. Animal lovers can snuggle up to the orangutans at Taman safari park or head to one of the many beautiful beaches for some snorkeling.There is a great variety of food to try here in ‘warungs’, from food carts, or in more upmarket restaurants.Nasi Padang is a particular favourite for me. This is a tapas style array of meats and vegetables for those who love a bit of spice!

The recruitment process here is efficient and hassle free and you could find yourself in the classroom within a month of applying!

 

EF Indonesia testimonials

EF Indonesia testimonials

EF Indonesia testimonials

EF Indonesia testimonials

EF Indonesia testimonials

 

 

 

 

 

 

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