Teaching English in Bali

By Daniel Cariello
BA Hons English Literature graduate

Teaching English in Bali

By William Cho (Bali – Mt Batur Volcano Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Bali is a small island, (you can drive around the entire island in one day) that offers big experiences; whether you’re looking for a relaxing journey where you can enjoy the picturesque beaches and calm blue oceans, or you’re a party animal looking to jump headfirst into a labyrinth of hedonism and debauchery. Small no way means limited and Bali is becoming a prominent destination among travellers due to the magnificent scenery, the visitor-friendly atmosphere and the lively beach parties.

If this sounds like something you are interested in then you will need a Bachelor’s degree and a TEFL Certification. The TEFL course takes approximately between 40 and 60 hours to complete. It is relatively easy to find TEFL employment in Bali at the moment as the demand for English-Speaking Language teachers is high, and the industry is rapidly expanding. Generally speaking you will be required to sign a contract for a 12 month period and it is rare that you will be able to get a position that offers a shorter contract.

Flights to Indonesia can be quite expensive considering that Bali is not a mainstream destination. However, you can make up for the inflated flight prices because the cost of living in Bali is comfortably low.

Aside from Bali, there are several neighbouring islands that can be reached easily and affordably such as Lombok. Furthermore, Bali offers great water sports experiences (it is famous for it’s surfing), and there are frequent music festivals and fantastic cuisine if you
are interested in getting heavily involved in the culture…

…And you won’t regret it


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  1. It should be noted that a Bachelor’s Degree is not actually necessary to land yourself a job in Indonesia. You will find employers willing to hire you even without this, so long as you have your TEFL certificate (min 120 hours). They prefer some experience, but there are also schools who will hire you without.
    With a degree, you will find that you have access to higher salaried positions, but given the low cost of living in Indonesia in general, any package you are offered is going to be comfortable for you.
    Don’t let the degree hold you back. I didn’t finish my degree and decided to teach English in Indonesia instead and landed a very nice role with a great school.. So if this is what you want to do, do it!

    • Hi Tom, I am very interested in coming to teach in Bali but am concerned that not having a degree will hold me back. I did go to college but am 18 credits away from a BA and don’t have the money as of now to finish. Can you possibly point me in the right direction of company’s that may hire with only the tefl/tesol??

      Thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you!

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