I just got a promising lead on a job teaching English in Semerang, Indonesia. They are very intersted in me.
On the plus side: I love Southeast Asia. I know I’d love the climate, the art, and many aspects about the culture. Plus I know I’d take well to being an ex pat in general, and it’s a great jumping point to travel (and close enough to Australia in case I get some serious culture shock).
But there are some big negatives. First off, I just don’t know about about the place. I know they are largely Muslim (which I’m not such a big fan of) and I always think of them as a pretty buttoned down, somewhat unstable place. Would I face any special difficulties being a woman? Could a somewhat free spirit (who knows how to be polite, respectful and discreet, of course) be happy there? What do people do for fun- I’m not a big nightclubber or anything like that- more of an artist type. Am I going to find friends there? From what I can find, Semerang seems to be pretty industrial and not much fun. What do you guys know about it? Is this whole venture going to be safe, or is Indonesia in danger of economic or political collapse?
Then again, I am a wanna-be expat journalist, so economic or political collapse might start up that career…
There are a lot of places I’d rather be- like India or Vietnam. But I’d like to know more before I pass this one up.