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.

 

 

 

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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 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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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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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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What about the food? Being vegetarian?

Indonesian food is a varied as the different cultures within the archipelago. The everyday standards include fried rice, noodles dishes of many different kinds, chicken, nasi pecel, soups, stews and curries. Some food is spicy, however, most of the time the spicy sauce (sambal) is put on the side of the plate and not mixed into the main food. Western food is available and several restaurant chains have a presence in Indonesia including Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds.

 

Although there is not a large vegetarian culture in Indonesia, there are some vegetable dishes and it is possible to order food without meat. Ask one of the local staff in your school for help in ordering. Tofu and tempe are cheap and can be bought everywhere and there is a wide selection of vegetables at the supermarket or local market.

 

 

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Western women in Indonesia

Most teachers here feel comfortable wearing the same clothing here that they would wear in their own countries. As at home there are places here where short skirts and sleeveless tops are acceptable and there are places where they are not. In most cities the dress code is very relaxed albeit mixed ranging from high fashion to everyday casual to formal office attire to traditional dress.

 

Generally Indonesia is very safe country for women, although as a foreigner you will get a lot of attention from the local population. This is especially true of places where there are few foreigners. It can be a little off putting at first, however, you soon get used to it.

 

 

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What’s the culture like?

Indonesia is an archipelago with a diverse culture. The main influences, besides the Javanese, in East Java are Maduranese and third or fourth generation Chinese Indonesians. Madura is an island very close to Surabaya. Indonesia has been invaded and colonized by many cultures but the most lasting influences on it’s culture come from the spread of both Hindu and Islamic religions. All over East Java it is possible to see the Hindu epics performed in various dance or puppet forms. Urban centrers naturally have a huge Western influence. Although Indonesia has a tropical climate, you are advised to bring a sweater or fleece as it is a lot cooler in the mountainous regions.

 

 

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EF housing

If you choose to live in subsidised EF housing, which the majority of teachers do, you will be living in a shared house with other EF teachers. Each house has a living room with TV and a kitchen with cooking utensils and appliances, as well as a fridge. Drinking water is supplied by EF. Your bedroom comes furnished with a double bed, wardrobe, desk and air-conditioning*. All houses have a western toilet and a bathroom with hot water. EF provides housekeeping service including the cleaning of all common areas in the house and washing of clothes. All local taxes, electricity and water are paid for by EF. The phone (local calls only), internet and cable/satellite TV bills are shared amongst all occupants. There is no fixed term contract for EF housing so you are free to come and go subject to availability and prior notice. If you are thinking of finding your own accommodation, we suggest that you stay in EF housing initially whilst you settle in and then move to your own accommodation.

 

Included in EF housing fee

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Drinking water
  • Municipal / council taxes
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Housekeeping (cleaning of common areas and washing of dishes & clothes)

 

Not included in EF housing fee

  • Telephone line rental and local call usage (other calls are blocked)
  • Internet service
  • Cable TV service (if house has cable TV)

 

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