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    Hello,

    I am from the USA, and I am hoping to move to Indonesia. My friend wants to retire there, and I am moving with him. We want to live in Bandung, and we are looking for a nice place to live that doesn't cost a lot. I don't want to live in a one room shack...but we don't need anything extravagant either. Just something comfortable with about 2-3 bedrooms, a western style bathroom, and not a lot of stairs to climb. I would prefer something in a quieter location that you can't hear a lot of street noise. And we would like to keep the rent under $300 per month. Any ideas?

    I'm over 55, but not ready to retire just yet. I still have 10 years to go before I can draw on Social Security. I would like to find a part-time English teaching or tutoring job, but I need to learn Bahasa Indonesia first. Is there a good way to do that without spending a fortune on a school? I am also able to write well....so I wonder if there might perhaps be opportunities to do that for money?

    I am also an artist. I design & make my own jewelry, and I also paint detailed pictures with oils. Is there any legal way that I can make some money with my jewelry making or art/painting? Perhaps if I sell online?

    The topics I am interested in are:
    - Visas, Documents and Indonesian bureaucrazy in general
    - Healthy Living, Good Food, Safety & Health-related issues, Insurance/Medical options, Medicines, Supplements & Vitamins. And....Can foreigners get on the BPJS/KTN system, etc...
    - Good conversation and meeting new people
    - Music and culture, politics and life in Indonesia

    Does anyone know how one obtains a sponsor in Indonesia? I have heard that we need KITAS visas, but that requires a sponsor. Are there any good, reputable agencies that do that? And how expensive is that? How does that work?

    I have lots of questions....and I need some answers....
    Thanks for you help.

  • #2
    Originally posted by KBVelvet246 View Post
    (1) ... we don't need anything extravagant .. about 2-3 bedrooms, a western style bathroom, ... under $300 per month. Any ideas?

    (2) ... I would like to find a part-time English teaching or tutoring job, ... I am also able to write well... I am also an artist ... Is there any legal way that I can make some money ... Perhaps if I sell online?

    (3) I need to learn Bahasa Indonesia first. Is there a good way to do that without spending a fortune on a school? ...

    The topics I am interested in are:
    (4) Visas, Documents ... I have heard that we need KITAS visas, but that requires a sponsor. Are there any good, reputable agencies that do that? And how expensive is that? How does that work?

    (5) ...Can foreigners get on the BPJS/KTN system, etc...

    (6) Good conversation and meeting new people ...

    (1) I live in Bandung (West Jawa) , so if this is the city you plan to live , I can give you some tips about it . The city became a tourist place for people from Jakarta , so now prices are higher , I am not very aware but I would guess it will be difficult to find one at this level .

    (2) Unfortunately Indonesia is not a good place to work . Legal work requires diploma + 5 years of work experience . Illegal work is considered a crime (up to 5 years in jail + fine of up to Rp500 million) . Online , selling or doing work for employer/clients outside Indonesia is the option if you cannot get a legal work (still not legal but if done secretly , I guess the risk is small) .

    (3) Not necessarily , but learning the basic is not difficult .

    (4) I suggest an one year Retirement Visa/KITAS (I have it) (at your age you are also eligible) .

    (5) If you get a legal work you will be eligible for BPJS (health plan) . I don't know what KTN means .

    (6) You can take a look of the Bandung Women's International Club . Unfortunately I guess there are not many foreigners in Bandung .


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    http://www.expat.or.id/business/jobseekers.html (about legal work)

    http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...ependent-KITAS (online work at home)

    http://www.expat.or.id/info/docs.html (visas/documents)

    http://www.expat.or.id/info/bandung.html


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    Indonesian Courses :
    http://www.indonesian-online.com/sam...ndonesian-way/ (free online)
    http://bahasakita.com/about/grammar/...ive-sentences/ (free online)
    http://www.learningindonesian.com/about/ (some free lessons)
    http://bahasakita.com/about/grammar/...ive-sentences/

    http://indonesianlanguage.net/learn-...rse-in-bandung (through internet & Bandung)
    Last edited by marcus; 27-12-17, 23:12.

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    • #3
      I think the OP must mean KTN as in Kesehatan (health) as against Ketenagakerjaan (employment)....both are involved in the BPJS system of health and pension..

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      • #4
        Hi KBVelvet..., I'm native living in Bandung. If you need help learning bahasa you can contact me, and also if you need other info about living in Bandung or if you need help in finding suitable house I can try to help you too. Pls check you inbox..

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