EF English First

About

How we began: EF English First was founded in 1965 by a young Swedish entrepreneur named Bertil Hult. Our first office was modest and our concept was straightforward: take Swedish students to England to learn English.

Who we are: Almost 5 decades later, EF Education First is now the world's largest private education company, comprised of over 15 subsidiaries and non-profit organizations centered around language learning, educational travel and degree programs. Today, EF has over 26,000 employees, teachers and volunteers; with offices and schools in 54 countries, EF has turned the world into a global classroom.

Where we are going: EF's mission is more timely than ever. EF remains committed to breaking down barriers of language, culture and geography by providing the highest quality educational experiences-whether that's in another country, around the corner, on or the internet

Founded
1965
Headquarters

1 Education Street
Cambridge, MA 02141
United States

Reviews

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Kevin
8/10

I think compared to other programs EF does a good job at helping teachers adapt to their new location. Visa and flights reimbursed etc. is really helpful and staff are easy to get along with. Events are usually organised by teachers/expat groups but EF Indonesia are trying to organise more frequent social events which is cool. In terms of salary what I learnt having worked as an expat before was not to compare my salary to the average salary at home but rather compare it to the average local salary (if I compared to US salary I'm earning about half......). BUT I find that I make significantly more than locals whislt having the same living expenses as them so that's alright. If you're interested for the ESL industry experience, the feeling of working and holidaying at the same time and immersing yourself in a really unique culture/learning the language that is Indonesian then I would definitely recommend it. I was able to go out and travel frequently and save a little as well with a bit of management. However if you are in the saving stage of your life or have a home loan to pay off you might be better off looking for ESL jobs in Dubai etc. But that would be a totally different experience to Indonesia in itself. One last thing is having worked at EF you might be interested in working in a different country where EF is located and having so many business units in countries all around the world that could be something that might attract you. Lots of people have moved up and sideways in EF after a bit of time and I find EF good at allowing its employees to develop. Overall, the expereince has opened up my eyes to international education/language learning and it's something that I'm still considering whether or not it is for me. Finally, I also was able to gain fluency in Indonesian language in a short time (pretty easy language), meet people I will remain in contact with for a long time (it took some time to develop a social circle but after I did I really felt like I was at home), and learn about myself and that I can overcome significant challenges on my own. A great experience overall and one that I will never forget!

How can this program be improved?
more frequent bahasa indonesia classes would be useful
a higher salary would also be cool if you're in saving mode
Yes, I recommend
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Chris
9/10

Working with EF English First Indonesia has been a fantastic experience. I've found that the biggest benefit of working for EF Indonesia, apart from shaping the minds of young students, are the travel opportunities. Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago, with thousands of islands to explore. Since I arrived, I've been able to snorkel and dive among some of the most vibrant and prolific coral reefs in the world. I've also walked on white sand beaches, trekked through jungles and up mountains, explored historical sites and sampled various cuisines on islands throughout this nation. With plenty of public holidays and a generous vacation allowance, I've found no shortage of opportunities to get out of my comfort zone.

Even before my first interview, I knew that EF was a company with myriad opportunities. With 40,000+ employees working in 100+ countries around the world, EF is the largest private education company. It's massive corporate presence can be a little intimidating at first. However, the management structure is such that I have always found a willing ear for any and all innovative ideas during my time here. If you are ambitious and believe in EF's core mission of "opening the world, through education", you will find a plenty of chances to put it into practice and make a real difference. EF's scope is such that after you finish your contract, you will find opportunities to transfer to a new center, a new city, or even a new country!

How can this program be improved?
Provide more information regarding travel opportunities. Indonesia has 17,000+ islands to explore! I'm loving visiting locations all over Indonesia now, but I wish I knew more about this beautiful country before I arrived and started working here.
Yes, I recommend
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Joanne
9/10

EF provides its employees the opportunity to grow and develop within the company. I started with the company as a teacher and have now moved on to be a part of the Teacher Recruitment and Training team. Before arriving in China I had never taught before, everything I know about teaching I learned through EF’s training and development opportunities. EF provides a lot of development opportunities but it takes good performance, as well as personal motivation and determination to achieve these milestones.

I believe that traveling is one of the best ways to grow, while learning about yourself and the people around you. I’ve learned more about myself and what I’m passionate about through my experiences of living and working in China. My transition to China wouldn’t have been the same without EF’s assistance with the Visa process and my first weeks in Beijing!

When I arrived in China, I came in with a group of teachers that were experiencing the same things as me. Mostly excitement, but of course some fear, as most of us were moving abroad on our own for the first time. These people not only became colleagues, they ended up becoming, roommates, gym partners, travel buddies, and friends. The support system that EF initially facilitates by putting a group of people in the same training room, organically grew to become much more.

Wouldn’t necessarily think of this as a con and more of an adjustment. I was used to a regular work week (8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) so I had to adjust myself to working on the weekends and having my days off during the week. This actually ended up being better than expected because I was able to enjoy the city and tourist cites without all the tourists! It definitely gave you the feel of exploring the city as a local.

Yes, I recommend
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Brandon
9/10

I have worked predominately in EF's adult schools, and over the past two years I have met some of the best people in my life. From the students to my colleagues I have been beyond lucky with the people I have encountered.

When I first came to China, I only expected to be here for 1 or 2 years, but after I saw unlimited opportunities both inside and outside the company I decided to stay longer to develop myself professionally. At the end of 2 years of teaching I decided that maybe it was time to utilize my MBA. There were many opportunities across China, but I chose to stay with EF because this company has always been upfront and honest with me; I value that. This is a very large company (200+ schools in 50+ cities), but it still operates under a "small business" mentality. There are some aspects that make you know you are working for a large company (unavoidable), but the people you work with/report to give a very "small business" feeling.

Also, at EF, they are willing to take new and experienced people and give them opportunities to achieve what they desire. If you want to move up in the company, those opportunities are available. If you want to change cities for a new experience, please do! If you want to stay where you are and just enjoy life, you are welcome to. As long as you give EF your best, EF will return the favor.

I hope this helps. In full disclosure, I still work for the company, but the same review would be written if I didn't.

How can this program be improved?
The implementation of programs and communication of expectations from the external sites (outside the initial school) could be developed a little better. At the schools, sometimes there is very little time to adapt to new initiatives from the head office before the next one is rolled out.
Yes, I recommend
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Jennifer
10/10

My time as an EF Kids and Teens Teacher was mostly good. My co-workers and students were great, which made the work day go very quickly. I had Thursdays and Saturdays off, which I preferred, as I had time during the weekend to be with friends outside of EF. However, this did mean I would miss out on some social events on Tuesdays (as this is the day most teachers have off in most ESL schools). My work load was reasonable and the pay is pretty good (more than enough to live off of in China).

The biggest positive to EF is the size of the company. As it's so large and has been in China for years, you have the security and the help when you first move e.g. Visas, apartment hunting and training. Without this support it can be very stressful and overwhelming if you have to do it yourself. It also means there's a lot of other career opportunities in and outside of teaching.

How can this program be improved?
More paid Holiday
Yes, I recommend