Requirements for Teaching English in Indonesia

Requirements for Teaching English in Indonesia

When it comes to teaching English as a foreign language, Indonesia is becoming one of the go-to locations for those seeking an experience off of the beat and track. Despite the country’s rise in popularity, it remains an unknown to many. However, once you have read this post, you should have a better idea about the teaching requirements in Indonesia, how to get a job and what you need to secure the legal working KITAS visa.



When we learn something new, it is always reassuring to know that our teachers know what they are talking about. Learning a language is no exception. Currently, if you want to teach English in Indonesia, you need two qualifications as a minimum.


TEFL Certification

TEFL stands for teaching English as a foreign language. This certification can be taken in many forms, but to be eligible to teach in Indonesia, you will need to make sure that you have this qualification. Most TEFL courses cover the basics of language learning theory and offer new teachers practical tips in areas such as classroom management and lesson planning. (If you don’t have a TEFL certification, not to worry if you apply for a job at EF, we can sponsor your course).


Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree is probably one of the most important requirements for teaching in Indonesia. The government have been stringent in recent years on making sure that international teachers are educated to a high level, and the bachelor’s degree is proof of this. At this point, you may be wondering if you need to have a bachelor’s in education or teaching, but don’t worry! A bachelor’s degree in any subject will suffice, just make sure that you can get your hands on a copy of your original.



To be eligible to teach English in Indonesia, you need to have a passport from either: The United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.

There has been a lot of debate online about whether you need to be a “native English speaker” to be able to teach English as a foreign language. However, as the term “native” is open to interpretation, most governments have settled the debate once and for all by requiring a passport from one of these countries. In some cases, there are exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, you need a passport from one of the six countries listed above.



A clear criminal background check is another requirement that you will need to meet to work as a teacher in Indonesia. You don’t need to have this before you apply for a job, but you will need to be able to get one. Your recruiter will be able to offer you some advice on where to get your background check from, but in most cases, it is from your local law enforcement authority.



The final requirement isn’t set by the government but is a requirement for most companies. Securing you the legal visa to teach English abroad usually requires a significant investment of time and energy for both you and the company. To make this investment worthwhile, a year is a reasonable length of time.


If you are able to meet all of these requirements, then you’re in luck. EF English First is now hiring across the country. Apply now, and we’ll help you get the new start you’re looking for.



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