1) The cost of living and travelling here is extremely low and most teachers enjoy
an excellent lifestyle. Below you will find some examples of prices:

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
to go.

Beer Litre bottle
(supermarket) 13,000Rps approx.

Beer Can
6000Rps approx.

Holiday accommodation
(Lake Toba) 30,000 - 100,000Rps per night

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 contract.

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 teaching.
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 have.


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 with us, please 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.

Best wishes,

Sheila Phipps
Academic Coordinator

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

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