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LOCATION AND COURSE INFORMATION – Surabaya,East Java,Indonesia
The balance of your course fees can be paid by credit card (but only Mastercard and Visa), cash or traveler’s checks in USD. All accounts must be settled by the first day of the course. Check the exchange rate offered at www.xe.com/ucc.
Visa and Passport Information
All visitors to Indonesia are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after arrival date. Visitors to Indonesia from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand can stay in Indonesia for a maximum of 30 days on a tourist visa. This can not be extended without leaving the country. Citizens from all other countries should contact their local consulate to obtain current travel regulations. Your local consulate can advice you on longer visa options.
Working in Indonesia
If you are planning on seeking work in Indonesia, please bring along your original diploma and transcripts from College, Technical School or High School, as well as a copy of your birth certificate.
There is great demand for qualified TEFL teachers throughout the world. TEFL International provides the following services in this area:
- Contact information and details of schools in the region of your choice
- Contact information and details of selected schools worldwide
- Details of selected vacancies available worldwide
- Details of the most popular web sites of TEFL vacancies and information
- Internet access for job searches and on-line applications
- Sessions covering CV preparation, advice about applications and interviews and all available information about teaching conditions in the trainees preferred destinations.
TEFL International has been very successful in assisting our course graduates locate teaching job opportunities and vacancies.
Getting to Surabaya
There is an international airport in Surabaya
welcoming direct flights from Europe,
Singapore and Hong Kong, although more available and
inexpensive flights go to Jakarta.
From Jakarta, many airlines run inexpensive flights
directly to Surabaya, offering breathtaking views of
These flights cost less than 50 USD one way.
Buses and trains do run from Jakarta to Surabaya,
and the twelve-hour ride will cost approximately 10 USD.
The train station is just outside of the center of Surabaya.
A taxi can take you to the school.
Transportation upon arrival
Your accommodation is available starting on the Thursday before the course begins through the Monday following the final week. We hope you will plan to arrive in Surabaya by Saturday at the latest, as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings before the course begins.
On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the course start date, between 8am and 8pm, we provide transportation from Surabaya airport to your local accommodation. If you are traveling to Surabaya by bus or train during these days, call us prior to boarding and we will pick you up at your scheduled arrival time at the bus station. For those arriving at any other time please contact us for further details.
Here is the contact information:
telp: 62 31 566 9425
telp: 62 31 731 7352
fax: 62 31 734 6323
Tefl International Indonesia
Raya Darmo Permai 111/A-9
Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Telp: 62 31 731 7352
Fax: 62 31 734 6323
Kencana Sari Timur 19/2
Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
telp: 62 31 5669425
flexi: 62 31 70391074
Important Note – Regardless of your arrival day and time, we ask that you assist us in preparing for all arrivals by providing us with your travel arrangements via email at email@example.com. Please do so as soon as your travel plans are confirmed and at least one week prior to your scheduled arrival time. Help us help you by providing this information!
If you wish to arrive in Surabaya before the Thursday when your accommodation is available, TEFL International can provide assistance in finding reasonably priced and well located rooms.
Accommodation in Surabaya will consist of a private room (unless otherwise requested) located either near the school or in an apartment within a five-minute walk to the school. All rooms have a private bath and are clean, comfortable and adequately furnished. All rooms are also located within easy reach of various restaurants, bars and entertainment sites.
You are more than welcome to invite friends or family members to stay in your room during the course – just please let us know as soon as possible. There is a minimal extra charge per additional person per room.
Please be assured that any special requests or requirements regarding accommodation will be taken into account, and TEFL International will make every effort to oblige.
School Location and Facilities
The school building is located in the heart of Surabaya, offering easy access to exploring all the best beaches, entertainment and tourist sites the city has to offer. The building is spacious and comfortable, with large classrooms, whiteboards and complete resource materials.
The school phone, fax and internet facilities are available for trainee use with prior approval from the School Manager. Outgoing mail can be left at the front desk and will be posted the following morning. We simply charge you the same price that the post office charges us.
The first class will take place Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., at which time we will provide a complete course schedule. Sessions generally run between 9:30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. with regular breaks.
There will be a welcome meal provided by the school on the first day of the course.
Trainees are expected to attend all input and other sessions included on the schedule unless they are sick and require medical treatment. This is particularly important for Teaching Practice (TP) as it is very difficult to arrange alternate TP times.
Course Dress and Requirements
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there are no specific dress requirements, yet we ask that you be mindful of your peers and respectful of the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During Teaching Practice, however, there are specific dress requirements that adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. All trainees are expected to dress “casually smart” according to the following guidelines:
Shoulders should be covered; sleeveless shirts are acceptable, but very thin straps or tank tops are not. No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Bare midriffs must not be visible, even when lifting arms up. Open-toed shoes are acceptable except when visiting local schools.
Long pants; no raggedy jeans. Short- or long-sleeved shirt with a collar; a tie is not required. Sandals are acceptable, yet closed shoes are preferred and required when visiting local schools. Long hair should be neatly tied back into a pony-tail.
*Note – in the event that we visit local schools for Teaching Practice, please be prepared to dress professionally. Women are to be neatly dressed with covered shoulders and knees, men in long pants and button-down shirts (ties will be provided). Only closed-toed shoes will be acceptable for both women and men. No tennis shoes or jeans, please.
Please bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes during class. All relevant course books and materials will be provided, and the school has a large resource library for reference.
Photocopying, fax, telephone and Internet facilities are available for use by trainees.
Trainee Post-Course Evaluations
Each trainee will be asked to complete a written evaluation form at the end of the course, which will remain anonymous and confidential. These evaluations are aimed to give trainees the opportunity to provide feedback regarding anything to do with the course, trainers, accommodation, and so forth.
In addition, we welcome your open and honest feedback at any stage during the course, so that we can continue to improve the training course and the facilities provided at the training location. Your thoughts are truly invaluable, so please share them!
The easiest ways to make your way around the city are via OJEK (motorbike taxi),Becak (pedicabs) or BEMO (a small truck-like taxi). The most comfortable way to travel is by air-conditioned taxi. When hiring any of these transport modes, always negotiate and agree to a price before accepting the ride. Cars and motorcycles are available for hire locally.
Tap water is deemed unsafe to drink in Indonesia, therefore you should only drink bottled water during your stay. Bottled water is very inexpensive and readily available in the school and throughout the city. Ice in hotels and restaurants is always purified and therefore safe.
All types of shopping facilities exist in the city – from international supermarkets and department stores to small shops selling local handicrafts and markets selling fresh produce. No doubt you will find plenty to buy in Surabaya!
Local Weather Conditions
The average climate conditions in Surabaya are tropical throughout the year – hot and humid during the day with cool, temperate breezes at night. The local rainy season lasts from October through April. During this time, heavy tropical rains fall mainly in the late afternoon, yet the remainder of the day offers clear skies and stunning sunsets. Daily highs average 30-34ºC in the hottest months, with a nighttime low of 21ºC.
As this description is an average, we highly recommend that you check current weather conditions prior to departure to assist you in your travel preparations.
Beautiful beaches, dramatic scenery, fascinating sights, mountain-hiking, active volcanoes, elephant and rainforest trekking, internationally renowned cuisine, a wide variety of water sports, an intense and pulsating nightlife… Surabaya has something to please everyone! And all can be enjoyed on a reasonable budget, so you should never be bored during your free time. Before your arrival, we highly recommend you purchase a descriptive guidebook or do some online research to familiarize yourself and get acquainted with Surabaya and all it has to offer. For more information on Surabaya and the country of Indonesia, we recommend the following sites:
Lonely Planet Online www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/south_east_asia/Indonesia
Surabaya Indonesia Travel
Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Telephone: 62 31 731 7352 (Indonesia)
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