Ellie Prime

photo(7)Ellie Prime is one of our Senior Teachers at EF Plaza Surabaya. When she first started at EF, it was her first trip to Asia and her first visit to Indonesia. Find  her story below…

EF’s recruitment process is fair and thorough. The team who manage recruitment are fantastic as they will be there to answer your every question. I should know, I sent about 50 emails before agreeing to fly out! They help you through every step of the process and the help continues when you arrive. EF likes to look after their teachers and it shows because many people decide to stay longer than they originally planned on doing so.

At the weekends, I often go swimming at a nearby hotel or country club. Teachers regularly hang out together at the weekend, so there’s normally a party or gathering to attend somewhere. The weekends can be a little crazy in the malls here, but it’s always fun to go shopping. Or if you’d prefer a more relaxing time, there’s always the opportunity to go and get a massage.

My favourite Indonesian dish is Rendang. Slow cooked beef in an amazing spicy sauce, served with rice.

So far this year I have visited Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands, Ambon and the Banda islands. The Gili islands are by far the most beautiful place I have ever seen in my life. Three perfect islands in the ocean, with the clearest water you’ve ever seen. All the island differ in their atmosphere, Meno is very chilled and relaxed, whereas Gili T is the party island, Air is a combination of the two. Other than that, Bali is always great for a cheap weekend away, given that it’s so close.

At the moment, my goal for next year is to visit Flores and Komodo. But I also want to see Sumatra, the orangutans in Kalimantan, and Sulawesi. There’s so much to see here, you’ll find it hard to pack into 1 year!

The most memorable experience I have had so far was catching the Pelni ferry from Ambon to Bandaneira. Never before have I seen such a chaotic scene, with thousands of people clambering on and off a gigantic ferry, all during a huge downpour. It’s a tough and extremely long trip, and I wouldn’t recommend it for those who get easily sea sick; but if you can handle the challenge it’s definitely 100% worth it when you arrive in Banda. Travelling in Indonesia can be tricky or very easy depending on where you go, but usually, the harder a place is to get to, the better the experience.

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