The background of our emigration to Indonesia, as well as a little about visas and work.
My first article on this site was devoted to an amazing village located in Indonesia, its cultural capital & # 8212; the city of Ubud. Now I want to talk about the motives that led to the decision to emigrate to this wonderful country.
After leaving my native Lugansk – the regional center in the East of Ukraine (mines, factories, factories and other “romance”), my wife and I went on a “slow journey” around the world, hoping to find the place on earth where I would like to live, work, acquire real estate and take root.
Life in capitals has never attracted us, especially since I already had such an early experience (Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, a city with more than 2000-year history, about 2.5 million inhabitants). Later there were Kiev, Moscow – by arrivals (on business), lived a little in St. Petersburg (all is well, but it’s cold and damp!). Istanbul, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore managed to visit as tourists-savages, so that there are enough impressions about life in the “anthills”, and friends who have changed their permanent residence from provincial to metropolitan very much.
Coffee Farm & # 8212; where the civets produce # 187; coffee.
Much of what is seen and experienced on personal experience causes discouragement and quiet hysteria – to spend half a life in the metro or in stuffy traffic jams, a “mink” in a high-rise somewhere in the sleeping area, a daily struggle for survival, “bends” before the authorities and incurable dullness clients, at weekends a society of moral freaks and all sorts of freaks. In short, a vicious circle and constantly want freedom – “At will! In the Pampas! ”
Having lived as an experiment for almost 5 years in Yalta, we finally decided on our life priorities: a warm climate, without a frosty winter and dull autumn; The presence of the sea with palm trees and parrots; absence of factory factories and other chemical plants nearby; low price level; friendly local people and, of course, the availability of the Internet.
Having carefully studied the mountain of information about the countries of Eastern Europe, we came to the conclusion that this is not exactly what we need. Having visited intelligence in Turkey (also not that), we chose a direction to Southeast Asia. Indonesia, namely the island of Bali, is suitable for us in all respects, with some reservations: the Internet is expensive, slow and there are not everywhere, which for us, modest freelance workers, was the first unpleasant surprise.
Lebih Beach (black sand)
Secondly, since Bali is an international resort, for every “white” the locals traditionally look as a source of easy and quick earnings, on distillation offering taxi services, massage, to visit excursions, restaurants, buy souvenirs, etc. When it turns out that you do not want to buy anything, then interest in you instantly evaporates.
We already knew this attitude to tourists thanks to our Yalta experience, so we were ready for various types of “kidalov” – the juice diluted in the water in the cafe, the wrong amount in the bill, the overestimated taxi fare, strange mark-ups in the roadside minimarkets, the double price for ticket to the museum, in short, nothing original.
So, now one and a half years, the basis for our stay in Indonesia is, so-called, a social visa. To begin with, we enter the country on a tourist visa (Russians are issued on arrival for 30 days, Ukrainians – at the Indonesian Embassy in any country for 60 days). Upon arrival, we find accommodation for a long time and your landlord becomes a “sponsor” (a guarantor who invited you to stay) and on the basis of a “sponsorship letter” the tourist visa is renewed upon the expiration of the period for a social visa.
The lake in the crater of the volcano with the funny name Bratan.
The social visa is issued for a period of 1 month with the right to extend 4 times, after that you need to leave the country to get a new 60-day visa in the nearest “abroad” – Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. and everything is new & # 8230;
This is the algorithm of long-term stay on the island, but it can be simplified by marrying a citizen (coy) of Indonesia or finding a job.
Wishing to find a permanent official and well-paid work in Bali, I warn at once that it will be extremely difficult to do this for several reasons:
Citizenship – due to ubiquitous double standards, preference will be given either to local cadres or to Europeans-Americans. Education – under exactly the same starting conditions, the employer will prefer the candidate with the euro / American / Australian education, and not with the Russian (and certainly not with the Ukrainian one). All kinds of Permissions, Certificates and Recommendations – there too. Language – in order to compete in the labor market, your English should not just be good, but practically flawless, ideally, it would be nice to know the local Bahasa Indonesia.
As a result of such monitoring, we conclude that our specialists, here especially do not expect & # 8230; BUT, if you have the opportunity to continue to conduct business remotely, via the Internet – Welcome! On freelancers of all stripes, we constantly come across points of Wi-Fi, hostels and Internet cafes.
Renting out their property in Europe, the United States or Russia quite comfortably live in Bali for generations of foreigners. The most popular and most profitable type of business in Bali is the Internet trade of local exotic: souvenirs, furniture, utensils, natural cosmetics, art objects. The good news is that there are plenty of detailed products here, and what not, local craftsmen will make to order.
Possessing a certain amount of adventurism and well-suspended English for Christmas holidays, you can try yourself as a manager-interpreter in one of the hotels in the Nusa Dua area, where many Russians traditionally have a rest. Knowledge of Russian, in this case, will increase your chances of getting a job. The same applies to guides and interpreters, but it’s better if, in addition to Russian and English, you will be well hung, for example, German. True, there is a high probability that you will be offered work “not quite officially”, referring to the lack of vacancies and quotas for foreigners.
Russian-language teachers of surfing and diving are also in demand, but preferably with a certificate and work experience. Having experience in working with real estate (rent, sublease) and making friends with local tour operators, you can search for villas for solid clients. Russian-speaking teachers of yoga, and they are mostly Europeans, will not remain without clientele either.
As the statistics show, three-percent tourists from Russia and two percent from the CIS countries, as a result, every 20th tourist is a session of the race. The “Russian shops” similar to those in Germany and the USA, with a classic set of products are calculated for such a clientele: pelmeni, smoked fish, pickled cucumbers, cottage cheese, herring. But this is rather an exception to the rules, since the level of corruption among local officials is incredibly high and it is extremely difficult to overcome their reluctance to work with foreigners.
Padang Bai Beach (white sand)
Do not forget that the payment for illegal labor activity (without a license) will be a major fine and deportation, while your “employer” is practically safe from anything, because you officially did not work for him. In general, for the representatives of medium and small business information is not comforting – cafe-restaurants, beauty salons, printing services, travel agencies and rentals abound. This niche was occupied by euro / Australians / American entrepreneurs 20 years ago.
Did not hear, however, nothing about mini breweries here in Bali, following the example of German or Czech. Perhaps because of the complexity of competition with local Bintang. In connection with the underdeveloped Internet, there is a shortage of institutions such as co-working and Internet cafes. There is a demand for good hairdressers and stylists who have, at least a little hint, for an internship in Europe.
Those who are full of strength and energy and who, by any means and under any pretext, are ready to escape from their habitat, but do not have sufficient funds or language knowledge, one of the many volunteer programs may be suitable: salvage of forests, restoration of the coral reef, salvation sea turtles, etc. Volunteers from all over the world work in Bali and neighboring islands, under the auspices of UNESCO and Greenpeace, True, for a very symbolic fee, a meager diet and a roof over their heads. Having reached the place of dislocation and having looked around, you can try to make a career among junior command staff, and there, as lucky & # 8230; This method is good for ideological downshifters and green, to the core, vegan.
Wood carving (these are put in ordinary houses)
As practice shows, any infrastructure is still poorly developed in the North and West of the island. But, how successful is your startup, and how quickly it will start to generate revenue, it is impossible to say, because in many ways it depends on how the economy will develop in Bali. And this, in turn, depends on changes in the legislation of Indonesia.
Currently, the sale of land in Bali is NOT prohibited to citizens of Indonesia! Only long-term rent.
Instead of politicians, in the parks there are sculptures of the heroes of the Ramayana.
Yet, despite the increasing number of tourists every year and wishing to stay on the island of expats, especially this phenomenon is common among European pensioners, the relationship between local and visitors is still somewhat distanced. The Balinese, with all their cordiality, hospitality and positive, continue to perceive the foreigners “boule” as “stupid rich white people” who both have arrived and will leave, but the statistics, nevertheless, show the opposite. With a living wage of $ 600 per month (including room rent and meals) for a vegetarian and intensified by the euro crisis, Bali is a very attractive destination for migration. The growing number of villas, towns and hotels being built, also suggests the economic expansion of whites in Bali, and the huge number of schools for learning the local language (Bahasa Indonesia) for Europeans only confirms this trend.
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The background of our emigration to Indonesia, as well as a little about visas and work.