No CV? No problem. British Council in Jakarta has just the internship for you

I’m only half joking. How lovely are those employers who refuse a CV? Just fill out the form you’ll find here at the British Council’s Jakarta, Indonesia website and they’ll be reviewing it within 30 days.

If you get the job, not only will you get to work in Tower II of the Jakarta Stock Exchange building, across the street from the ritzy Pacific Place mall, but you’ll also get to leave the office every day at 4:00 p.m. and you’ll get paid for your your work.

In other words, I don’t have any personal knowledge of this opportunity, but it reminds me of the time I answered about 25 questions on an online form and found myself a few months later working as an intern at my own country’s embassy on the other side of the world. Nothing could be more different than shopping for an actual expat job. And yet, what better way to find that job than to get your toe in the market as an intern.

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Website offers turnkey Jakarta internship solution for European students

Of course there’s pro’s and con’s to letting someone else arrange your internship. But if you’re interested in European companies in Jakarta, then for comparison purposes, at least, you should out the Indo Intern website.



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Teach First Grade in Jogyakarta [31 Aug 2011]

This has been open for at least 22 days and you’ve still got over a week. It’s also a temporary spot, so that might check the competition a bit, also. Be aware that it has been advertized in the Jakarta Post as well as the primary expat and non-expat online forums in Indonesia. So I bet there’s at least 30-40 fat emails sitting in the principals Inbox right now.

The school itself appears on the list of I-schools at So that’s good.There’s so many schools calling themselves “international” and advertizing in English you really have to go and see for yourself what the international connection is.

Here, the principal is an expat. But how much to ask for? Some key positions at Jakarta International School are worth over Rp 100 mil.  But if you asked for even Rp 20 mil for this key spot at this otherwise desirable I-school in Bali, they might just scratch your name off the short list. So don’t ask me.


Yogyakarta International School (est. 1989) is a small progressive Pre-Kindergarten with the International Primary Curriculum to IGCSE in our Secondary School that prides itself in providing a quality, inquiry-based education that produces happy, curious and confident learners with an international mindset. Our peaceful residential location and our small classes provide for an excellent and effective learning environment in the cultural capital of Indonesia.

We need qualified candidates for the position :

Temporary Teaching

Temporary grade 1-2 position using the International Primary Curriculum available for an expatriate teacher from mid September until December, due to maternity leave. Good conditions in a wonderful environment at Yogyakarta International School.


* Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree, any field.
* Required language(s): English
* At least 2 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
* Preferably Senior Staffs specializing in Education or equivalent.
* Full-Time positions available.

Please send CV, referees, refrences to Manuel Moreno Via Email at

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Teach Accounting in Paradise (a Bali international school)

This is a dream job boys and girls, and I quote (Jakarta Post, 19 Aug):

“Exp IGCSE & A Level Accounting & Business Studies Teacher required for National Plus School in Bali. Min. 2 years teaching experience & relevant qualifications. Complete CV + recent photo to”

Rowdy children, aloof teachers, classes canceled if they aren’t profitable. Check your prejudices at the door. This is a budget international school and it’s very popular with Indian, Chinese and other Balinese families.

So that’s the good news. The bad news is it’s located near some of best surfing beaches in the word where life can’t help but be cheaper and little more laid back than Jakarta. And it’s real teaching. At the end of the semester the kids have to take Cambridge exams, even though they can barely speak English. All of this adds up to stiff competition.

How do I get this job? By getting lucky. The school employs expat teachers from all over the world rarely has to advertize a vacancy. This this kind of spot is hard to fill.  Ties to Bali would really help.  But you can fly in for the interview.

How much should I ask for? Keep it under Rp 15 mil/month if you’re desperate to live in Bali. Unless you’ve actually taught accounting before and think you have the patience and creativity to teach Indonesians. The kids in your class are going to be smart but super passive. And there’s usually real pressure to pass the tests.

What kind of teachers do you think they go for? This is all word of mouth, but I think they like people who take teaching seriously but also have other serious interests, whether travel, language study, diving, or a family. In other words, unlike “real” international schools I don’t this school is going to take any responsibility for your career or any input on how they run their program. They may well require a good deal of help from you on extra-curriculars and that will be its own reward because Indonesian kids are pleasant. But no matter how good you are, you’ll still get a raise of just a million or so at the end of the year. If and when you bail, we’ll all see the blue text above recycled in the Jak Post.

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Young, female native speaker of English (including Dutch) needed in Indonesia

Here’s a classic FOB (fresh off the boat) fresh out of the Jakarta Post (19 Aug 2011): “If you are a young, female native speaker English teacher. Please send your CV with photograph to: 0217206108 or email to or

Here’s the website:

Sounds dodgy, but this Jakarta-based in-house training outfit gets some good contracts. Plus, you’ll be introduced to both the exploit-the-foreigner and ESL-as-entertainment approaches to Indonesia’s workplace English market.

I can pretty much guess what the job entails: getting up very early to stand in front of a class of sleepy, slightly under-motivated middle-aged bureaucrats, 90% men.  But you’ll be safe and you’ll learn a lot about language training and Indonesia.

Location? Ask ELE for a map indicating the exact location where you’ll be teaching before you accept any offer. Taxi fare adds up faster than it used to in Jakarta, especially in rush hour. 

How much will I make? Just as little as the grandmotherly figure running the operation can get away with paying you.

What are the risks? Switch and bait. They’ll offer you visa, all the hours you want, driver etc. But what you’ll get is the class of bureaucrats every morning. So just roll with it. It gets you into the market. Be professional and bargain hard. Expect phone calls at odd hours when you’re sharpest, but don’t pick up.

Are there any benefits?  Not per se. However, as long as the guys in the class don’t complain they don’t really care what you do in there.  In fact, as long as you’re a young, female and you *look* like a native speaker and speak good English, you may find that they give you all the classes you can handle. There won’t be a lot of formalities either, unless you specifically negotiate them. So you can go to work immediately.


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Indonesia needs Female Twitterati [31 Aug]

The Poverty Reduction Support Facility (PRSF) is a joint project between AusAID and the Government of Indonesia to improve the quality of policy advice for poverty programs in Indonesia.  PRSF is expanding one of the working groups, the Data Unification Policy Working Group where additional personnel are required to support the management and implementation of the National Targeting System and Unified Database for Social Protection Programs in Indonesia. These additional positions are:

  1. Project Manager
  2. Senior Economist to Lead Proxy-Means Testing
  3. Senior Poverty Analyst
  4. Database / MIS Analysts : Database Administrator / Programmer ; Network Administrator ; Website Administrator / Programmer; Junior Network Administrator
  5. Data Analyst / Statistician
  6. Social Marketing Specialist
  7. Legal Expert
  8. Finance Assistant
  9. Administrative Assistant
  10. Short Term Technical Assistance in a cross section of areas including: Targeting Systems Strategic Specialist,  National Targeting Systems Specialist,  Business Systems Analyst, Institutional Specialist

Click here to view the full terms of reference including the selection criteria and responsibilities.

Interested candidates should send the following documentation:

·         Application letter and CV with 3 references

·         Statement illustrating their key experience and skills against each of the selection criteria

Please indicate the position you are applying for in the email subject, and submit the application by the latest 31st August 2011: to GRM is the Contractor engaged by AusAID to manage the Poverty Reduction Support Facility.

GRM value equal employment opportunity. Female applicants are encouraged to apply. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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