Teaching English in Yogyakarta is anything but boring and mundane. When you’re not having fun in class teaching boisterous energetic kids who love learning; you will find yourself soaking up the cultural delights of one of Indonesia’s hidden gems.
Yogyakarta, pronounced Jogjakarta or more commonly Jogja, is a regional capital city, located in central Java. With 19 universities, Jogja is known as an education city and has a large student population. It is also a hub for classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry and puppet shows. Many of these traditional events and performances can be seen from the comfort of open-air pavilions which makes teaching English in the city even more special. When you’re not taking in a performance or show, make sure you visit the city’s Keraton. The Keraton dates back to the early 18th century and houses the Sultan’s palace. This royal complex is still home to the Sultan of Yogyakarta to this day.
If you’re looking for adventure while teaching in Yogyakarta, you won’t be disappointed. Mount Merapi (2930m), the most active volcano in Indonesia is a short drive away to the North of Yogyakarta. For safety reasons, this fire-breathing mountain can be climbed only during times of low volcanic activity, with most hikers choosing to summit at sunrise for spectacular views.
- Population: 3.5 Million
- Public Transport: Adisucipto International Airport, express railway stations, taxis, motorcycle taxis (Ojek), buses and minibuses (bemo), rickshaws (becak)
- Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese, English, Dutch (older generation)
- Climate: Consistent tropical climate with average temperatures of 34°C
- EF Flagship School: EF Yogyakarta at Yap Square opened in February 2000
What Makes Yogyakarta Unique?
- Mount Merapi: Indonesia’s most active volcano is well worth a visit. Most visitors summit at dawn for sunrise views of the surrounding valleys, before exploring the still smouldering crater below.
- Cultural activities: Jogja is famed for its vibrant culture and traditions. It’s thriving tourism industry has supported the fine arts with language, music, batik and cooking lessons on offer.
- Borobudur Temple: The world’s largest Buddhist temple is about a 90-minute drive from Yogyakarta.
- Prambanan Temple: This famous 9th-century Hindu temple is 17km from Yogyakarta. In the dry season, the Ramayana Prambanan Ballet holds theatrical and musical performances.
- Beaches: Jogja’s close proximity to the south coast of Java means that it is easy to take day trips to a number of beaches.