Teaching English in Makassar
Teach English in Makassar and enjoy life in the vibrant capital city of South Sulawesi province. It is the fifth largest city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, and Medan. The city is located on the southwest coast of the island of Sulawesi, facing the Makassar Strait. One of Indonesia’s primary ports, Makassar has a rich colonial history – it was from here that the Dutch controlled much of the lucrative spice trade between the East and West.
From 1971 to 1999, the city was named Ujung Pandang, after a precolonial fort in the city, and the two names are often used interchangeably. Makassar is known as the Gateway to Eastern Indonesia, with the islands of East Nusa Tenggara, Timor and Maluku only short flights away. It is also known as the entry point to the Tana Toraja highlands, where spectacular mountain scenery and the unique traditional rituals of the Toraja people await intrepid travellers. The waters around Makassar and the surrounding region are known to have some of the world’s best spots for diving and snorkelling.
- Population: 1.6 million
- Transportation: Taxi, Ojek (motorcycle taxis), Becak (pedicabs), Pete-Pete (Makassar’s minibus),
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia, Makassarian, English
- Climate: Tropical Monsoon Climate, the average temperature is 27.5 °C
- EF Makassar flagship school opened in 2013
What Makes Makassar Unique?
• Losari Beach – Stalls set up shop along this long stretch of waterfront in the heart of Makassar. Popular among locals for nighttime snacking, it also boasts beautiful bay views.
• Taka Bonerate National Park – The third largest atoll region in the world after Kwajalein, the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives. It’s pristine waters and vibrant corals attract divers and snorkelers from all over the world, not to mention a nearly unparalleled undersea biodiversity.
• Trans Studio – The third largest indoor theme park in the world. This massive monument to consumerism also houses a shopping mall, supermarket, hotel, office area, recreational beach area and residential area, as well as Southeast Asia’s largest parking area.
• Fort Rotterdam – A Dutch fort built in the 17th century over the remains of an earlier Makassarese fort. It provided the Dutch colonials with a base of operations from which to control trade passing through the Makassar Strait. A fantastic example of Dutch colonial architecture, it offers visitors a chance to learn about colonial history in Sulawesi.