Teaching English in Cilegon

Most ESL teachers have never heard or even thought about teaching English in Cilegon. Despite the city’s relative anonymity outside of Indonesia, it has flourished into a thriving hub of activity for a small group of expats seeking life one of Indonesia’s up and coming cities.

Cilegon is located on the Northwest coast of Java, at the mouth of the Sunda Strait. It is known as the “Steel City” – more steel comes out of Cilegon than anywhere else in Southeast Asia. The Krakatau Steel plant, named after a nearby volcano, is the largest employer in Cilegon and is well known throughout Indonesia. All though a small city by Indonesian standards, you will be able to enjoy the comforts and conveniences of a larger city, Cilegon remains far from the bustling crowds. Spend your free time shopping at one of the city’s many malls, or take a trip to one of the nearby beaches for a swim. Opportunities for the adventurous abound in the city, with numerous renowned tourism destinations located in its surrounds. While not a famed tourist attraction in its own right, Cilegon is a perfect stopping off point for those wishing to explore West Java and Sumatra.

When you’re not teaching English in Cilegon, you can spend your free time shopping at one of the city’s many malls, or take a trip to one of the nearby beaches for a swim. Opportunities for the adventurous abound in the city, with numerous renowned tourism destinations located in its surrounds. While not a famed tourist attraction in its own right, Cilegon is a perfect stopping off point for those wishing to explore West Java and Sumatra.

City Statistics

  • Population: 416,464
  • Public Transportation: Minibuses (angkot), pedicabs (becak), buses, motorcycle (ojek) and taxis
  • Language: Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese, Sundanese
  • Climate: Temperate Climate Zone, with average temperatures of 31°C
  • EF Cilegon Flagship opened in 2003

What Makes Cilegon Unique

  • Krakatau, the most active volcano in Indonesia is a short boat ride away. The volcano is well known for having produced perhaps the loudest sound in recorded history, during one of its eruptions in 1883.
  • Visit the stunning Masjid Agung Nurul Ikhlas, it’s four minarets (each more than 40m in height) and domed roof is visible throughout the city.
  • Anyer beach is a short drive away. It’s a favourite spot among locals and makes for a relaxing weekend getaway or day trip. The Anyer lighthouse, built during Dutch colonial times, is also well worth a visit.
  • The nearby resort town of Tanjung Lesung is another famed weekend getaway spot. Beach-bound families from all over Java flock to this coastal destination every long weekend holiday.
  • Nature lovers can enjoy nearby Ujung Kulung National Park. It’s a fantastic place to see wildlife endemic to West Java, including the elusive Javan Rhinoceros.
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