EF-English First

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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Yuri
9/10

Coming out of university I didn't know what to do. Thankfully I found English First and was given the opportunity to teach in China. I have been able to grow so much during my time, learning how to live in another country and teach has been an incredible experience.

The onboarding process was second to none and the visa team ensured that everything is done to the highest of standards. I was also given time to learn how to become a teacher, first observing, then co-teaching and finally having more experience teachers observe me and give me developmental points to improve.

After half a year I was moved into a more senior role due to my work ethic, which was another amazing developmental experience. Learning how to mentor new teachers and run trainings for staff is something I can take forward into other areas of my career.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Andrew
10/10

Enjoy working for EF. Worked for the company back in the UK and now in China. Strong organisational structure, very effective management. Benefits are great.

You get to interact with people from so many different backgrounds, having a strong community of employees and staff makes it really exciting when visiting new places, and interacting with colleagues.

During my time working here I have interacted with management who have looked at collaboration, allowed me to run with my own ideas and become more creative in my role. Extra activities have been really interesting to be a part of, and much is very forward thinking and at the forefront of the industry.

The role has been challenging to allow me to develop my skills and grow, and the team has been fantastic at helping me settle into a new life, and new country!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cynthia
10/10

I wanted a career I could really put my personality into. From the moment the plane touched down, EF helped me every step of the way. EF has made me into a better teacher and encouraged me to put my own stamp on each class. Everyone here has been incredible. You really feel like you’re learning something new all the time.
During my time in Indonesia with EF, I was also able to travel to the beach and enjoy the relaxing life style here. I would really recommend the program to anyone who wants to have an unforgetable working experience in Asia.

How can this program be improved?
Everything is good.
Yes, I recommend this program
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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 this program
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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 this program