The cost of living in Indonesia is very reasonable, especially if you are interested in experiencing the culture as a true insider. As an EF English First teacher in Indonesia, you will be surprised at how far your money can go!
Cost of Living in Indonesia
Here is just a sample of what your cost of living in Indonesia could be:
- A dish from a local restaurant: $1-$2.50
- Starbuck’s coffee: $2.50
- Paperback book: $0.90-$1.50
- Pre paid cell phone card: $1-$5
- Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice): $0.70
- Soft drink (cola etc): $0.30
- Bintang beer: $0.75
- Heineken beer: $1.50
- Fresh fruit: $0.20-$1.50
- Local brand toiletries: $1.50-$2.50
- A package of instant noodles: $0.15
- Refill bottled water (1gallon): $0.90
Many teachers at English First in Indonesia enjoy the option of sharing a house or apartment with other EF English First teachers to split the cost. If you eat local food from local restaurants or food stalls and shop in local markets, you can cut even more cost and end up with a fatter wallet. You will find that the combination of your competitive salary with English First and the relatively low cost of living in Indonesia will give you purchasing power much greater than in your own country. EF teachers make a great living by local standards and they often tell us that their salary offers them a great quality of life. With your salary you can afford a lifestyle that you did not think possible back home: eat-out and take taxis, go to the spa, or fly to Bali for the weekend.