TEACHERS WORKING FOR IEC MEDAN
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
COST OF LIVING AND
1) The cost of living
and travelling here is extremely low and most teachers
an excellent lifestyle. Below you will find some examples
Housing and Utility bills: Completely
free of charge. Paid for by the school.
See 'housing' below.
Travel by bus 1000Rps anywhere in Medan
Travel by becak 2000 - 10,000 Rps depending on distance
traveled. Agree on the price before you get in.
Travel by taxi 10,000 - 20,000Rps for a medium distance
in Medan. There are now some metered taxis, but most do not
have meters, so agree the price before you get in.
Local Take Away meal 3500 - 8000Rps. Huge portions. Usually
more than you can eat of rice, noodles etc. with chicken,
beef, vegetables, etc.
Restaurant meals range from 8000Rps upwards. Depending
on how posh you want
Beer Litre bottle (supermarket) 13,000Rps approx.
Beer Can 6000Rps approx.
Holiday accommodation (Lake Toba) 30,000 - 100,000Rps
Western Lifestyle (Expat pubs, discos
etc) Plan to spend 2 - 3 times more. So it depends how often
you want to do this. Most teachers prefer to immerse themselves
in the local culture, with an occasionalwestern-style treat
shared with friends.
2) The accommodation
for the foreign teachers is free of charge. It is a very large
shared house, which is fully furnished and which has all the
facilities you would expect of a comfortable house: private
bedrooms (5), shared bathrooms (3), large kitchen and dining
area, a large living room, two interior patios, one of which
is used as a washing/drying area for clothes, a balcony, etc.
Unlike many other schools, our accommodation
is truly free of charge, as we also pay the utility bills,
electricity, water, maid service etc. There is also a washing
machine, telephone, television and vcd player.
N.B. We have recently obtained a second house
for the teachers who will be working in the Jemadi school.
This is slightly smaller than the other house, with four bedrooms
and a smaller kitchen, but it has all the other facilities
listed above, plus a rooftop patio.
3) IEC will reimburse
the cost of an economy round-trip airfare. The
first part of this is payable after 6 months and the remainder
at the end of the contract. (Please note that the cost of
the fare has to be approved by us first before you actually
buy the ticket).
4) IEC will pay any
costs incurred when making the visa application.
We do all the necessary paperwork to obtain your visa, so
you do not have to worry about this. However, you do have
to provide the documentation requested in the final paragraph
of this letter to enable us to process your application as
quickly as possible. We also pay the foreign workers tax,
and the 'fiscal fee' at the end of your contract. The fiscal
fee is a government tax which has to be paid when you leave
the country on termination of your working visa. This currently
stands at 1,000,000 Rps.
5) We provide medical
insurance, details of which are contained in the
6) You will have
18 days paid holiday per year, plus all national
holidays, which can bring your total paid holidays up to approximately
32 working days.
7) There is an end-of-contract
bonus of up to a maximum of one month's salary.
You will be employed on a full-time basis,
that is, 40 working hours, with a maximum of 25.5 teaching
hours. However, it is very unusual for you to reach this maximum
number of teaching hours. The average is usually between 18
and 21 hours. Your pay is not affected if you are teaching
below the maximum number of hours.
We try to arrange your contract hours in blocks
of 8 hours, with your teaching hours contained within these
blocks. We make every attempt to avoid giving you split shifts
but when this is unavoidable, you will not be expected to
remain in the office to fulfill normal 'office hours'.
For example, if you find that you have a split
shift of 8am - 10 am and then 4pm - 9pm,
as long as your classes are prepared, you would not be expected
to remain in the office between the hours of 10am to just
before your class time. Split shift hours are often even more
advantageous than this, with the second shift not starting
until 5pm, or in some cases even 7pm. The only requirement
for a split shift is that you are in the office for a minimum
of 4 hours.
During your blocks of contract hours, and
when you are not teaching, you are expected
to use the time preparing classes, building up supplementary
resource material, or any other task set by the School Director
or the Academic Coordinator. Most teachers find
that the school office is the best place to prepare lessons,
as it gives you the opportunity to use the resource material
available and to share ideas with the other teachers.
We use international textbooks, which are
designed to suit the ages and abilities of our students. Perhaps
you know, or have used, some of these: Cambridge English for
Schools, New Cambridge English Course, Headway, International
Express, etc. Each class you teach will have a planned syllabus
and guidelines for you to follow. If you wish, you may incorporate
materials of your own choosing/design, as long as this material
covers the concepts being taught at the time by the other
teachers. For example, if the students are being taught the
Present Simple, your material should support and consolidate
the Present Simple.
The Academic Coordinator, as well as being
there to assist you in adapting to life in Indonesia, is also
there to help you with any problems or queries relating to
We also hold on-going teacher training sessions and workshops
to help you develop
as a teacher.
There is a great atmosphere in the office,
and the native and local teachers work very closely together.
The ability to work well with others is essential, as a 'team
spirit' is paramount in maintaining a happy working environment.
There are twice weekly staff meetings for full-time teachers,
where you are updated on what is happening in the school,
and where you can raise any questions or complaints you may
MEDAN AND SURROUNDINGS
Medan hasn't always been rewarded with the
most flattering reviews in the travel guidebooks. However,
these reviews are now somewhat out-dated. During the last
three years the city has changed a lot, with the building
of huge shopping malls, an increase in leisure facilities,
including an ice skating rink, more discos and cinemas, and
even an 'Irish pub'. The city council is also making huge
efforts to clean up the environment, with the implementation
of an organized refuse collection service, planting of flowers
and trees and the installation of fountains, etc. This is
an on-going project with great possibilities for the future.
Because of its sprawling nature, typical of all Indonesian
cities, it is not a place you can get to know well in just
a two or three day stopover, but give it a little time and
you will come to appreciate its diversity. Once you get to
know the city, you will find that it is a very lively place,
with people who are very friendly and helpful. It is extremely
easy to get around on the local buses and also by becak (a
bicycle and sidecar). All the native teachers here agree that
Medan is a stimulating and enjoyable place to live.
At weekends you will have the chance to explore
North Sumatra, with its jungles, volcanoes, lakes, and fascinating
mix of cultures and religions. Berestagi, Bukit Lawang and
Lake Toba are popular weekend retreats for many teachers.
During the longer holidays you can also explore the rest of
Sumatra and the other islands which make up Indonesia. Malaysia
and Singapore are about an hour's flight away, and good jumping-off
points for Thailand, China etc.
If you would like to apply for a job
click on the application button below and e-mail the completed
application form to us as an attachment, together with a copy
of your CV and a cover letter. Please write "Employment
Inquiry" in the subject heading.
I look forward to hearing from you.
The local market
The Grand Mosque
One of the teachers' houses
An interrupted game of basketball
for a chance to pose for the camera
Hotsprings at Lake Toba
Orangutan in bukit Lawang
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