I have a question...
What kind of jobs are available on Batam to a Bule who is not involved with the rigging industry?

My first thought is Education.
Are there English language schools in Batam?
Is there an untapped market for an entrepreneurial individual to develop such a school?

What does the forum think?
I have a question...<br /> What kind of jobs are available on Batam to a Bule who is not involved with the rigging industry?<br /> <br /> My first thought is Education.<br /> Are there English language schools in Batam?<br /> Is there an untapped market for an entrepreneurial individual to develop such a school?<br /> <br /> What does the forum think?
the answer to the above is a definite "yes"; there is room for an english-language school. but you'll need some capital, and ideally i think you should have a roster of at least 3-4 reliable native speaker teachers. this will allow for teachers getting sick, drunk, kidnapped, etc without interupting the continuity of lessons.

the answer to the above is a definite &quot;yes&quot;; there is room for an english-language school. but you'll need some capital, and ideally i think you should have a roster of at least 3-4 reliable native speaker teachers. this will allow for teachers getting sick, drunk, kidnapped, etc without interupting the continuity of lessons.<br /> <br />
KuKuKaChu: dangerously too sophisticated
Would the government object to an english language school?

I shouldn't need too much capital,... (1) rent space and furnishings, (2) develop a curriculum, (3) train and hire teachers, (4) advertise to the target market.... simple.

Location and pricing will be a big factor.

I was hoping NOT to be the stereotype "white guy teaching english to bar girls," but if it's profitable, why not?
Would the government object to an english language school?<br /> <br /> I shouldn't need too much capital,... (1) rent space and furnishings, (2) develop a curriculum, (3) train and hire teachers, (4) advertise to the target market.... simple.<br /> <br /> Location and pricing will be a big factor.<br /> <br /> I was hoping NOT to be the stereotype &quot;white guy teaching english to bar girls,&quot; but if it's profitable, why not?
yes, you can set up an english school. you will need to set up your own company (i can assist with that! ;)). you will, however, require a 51% equity partner as a education provider, but this can be held by a nominee if you wish.

alternatively, you could go into partnership with someone in Batam who already has the correct company, but hasn't got the time or capital to set it up. (i happen to know someone in this category!).

location: i would suggest a ruko or shop in one of the big malls around nagoya.

yes, you can set up an english school. you will need to set up your own company (i can assist with that! ;)). you will, however, require a 51% equity partner as a education provider, but this can be held by a nominee if you wish.<br /> <br /> alternatively, you could go into partnership with someone in Batam who already has the correct company, but hasn't got the time or capital to set it up. (i happen to know someone in this category!).<br /> <br /> location: i would suggest a ruko or shop in one of the big malls around nagoya.<br /> <br />
KuKuKaChu: dangerously too sophisticated
wow, that's pretty specific.

I'll be visiting Batam later this year.
Would you mind if I look you up to talk about this in person?
wow, that's pretty specific.<br /> <br /> I'll be visiting Batam later this year.<br /> Would you mind if I look you up to talk about this in person?
sure, no problems. wink my office in in Harbour Bay, near the Singapore ferry terminal.
sure, no problems. <img src="http://batamchat.com/cf/sites/default/assets/img/smileys/wink.gif" alt="wink" title="wink" height="15" width="15" /> my office in in Harbour Bay, near the Singapore ferry terminal.<br />
KuKuKaChu: dangerously too sophisticated
I just put my friend, Beni, through seamen certification school in Jakarta, to get his seamen's certification. Cost me US$1250. He's finding it difficult to get a position, because he's not an experienced seaman. They want a US$1000 fee in Jakarta on a 2-year contract. He doesn't have watch certification, but I don't think it doesn't makes any difference per his level of experience right now.

Beni used to be the head chef at the old Sahid Rashinta Hotel and also at the Grand Majestic in Jodoh. I told him to try and get on as a "chef" rather than as a seaman. He's recently been working as a head cook at a nickel mine in Sulawesi.

Anyone have any suggestions as to whom or where he could go to get an on-board job. He presently lives in Bandung.

Here's his cell no. if anyone has some leads: (62) 81536115078


I just put my friend, Beni, through seamen certification school in Jakarta, to get his seamen's certification. Cost me US$1250. He's finding it difficult to get a position, because he's not an experienced seaman. They want a US$1000 fee in Jakarta on a 2-year contract. He doesn't have watch certification, but I don't think it doesn't makes any difference per his level of experience right now.<br /> <br /> Beni used to be the head chef at the old Sahid Rashinta Hotel and also at the Grand Majestic in Jodoh. I told him to try and get on as a &quot;chef&quot; rather than as a seaman. He's recently been working as a head cook at a nickel mine in Sulawesi. <br /> <br /> Anyone have any suggestions as to whom or where he could go to get an on-board job. He presently lives in Bandung. <br /> <br /> Here's his cell no. if anyone has some leads: (62) 81536115078<br /> <br /> <br />
Tell Beni he could try with companies like Mc Dermott's in Batam as they have a lot of off shore contracts now. Other places he may be able to check are :

SMOE Batam
Bredero Shaw Batam
Alam Maritim Malaysia (KL)
Tell Beni he could try with companies like Mc Dermott's in Batam as they have a lot of off shore contracts now. Other places he may be able to check are :<br /> <br /> SMOE Batam<br /> Bredero Shaw Batam<br /> Alam Maritim Malaysia (KL)<br />
Max Dean

"Life is like a boat, Without water it serves no purpose"
Thanks a lot. I passed that on to Beni. I guess he figures the bigger money is on a ship, than shore-side.

He was making US$900/month cooking on Sulawesi, but it was 16/hrs a day and they were short of food as the local supplies were limited. Guess he'd rather be a deck hand?
Thanks a lot. I passed that on to Beni. I guess he figures the bigger money is on a ship, than shore-side. <br /> <br /> He was making US$900/month cooking on Sulawesi, but it was 16/hrs a day and they were short of food as the local supplies were limited. Guess he'd rather be a deck hand?
I don't frequent Batam anymore. There used to be a retired British guy who lived up by Bukit Senyum on the hill, but his name slips my memory right now. He used to tutor people in english. Lived in the a tract near Bukit Senyum, that start with "V"? Can't remember the names? He's been there forever.

Last time I was back in Nagoya, there were already some english schools in Batam Centre.

I had a kos kosan in Jodoh, but the margin to make any money at that is really small even though occupancy was over 75%. There were other problems. In a year, the owner of the bldg decided to sell it for a work-house hotel (so I am told). Units rented for about US$30/month at the time. Lease was $300/month + utilities for 3 stories.

I think, the chances for a successful business on Batam are slim. There are just not enough expats there at anyone time and the locals don't have a lot of money.



I don't frequent Batam anymore. There used to be a retired British guy who lived up by Bukit Senyum on the hill, but his name slips my memory right now. He used to tutor people in english. Lived in the a tract near Bukit Senyum, that start with &quot;V&quot;? Can't remember the names? He's been there forever.<br /> <br /> Last time I was back in Nagoya, there were already some english schools in Batam Centre. <br /> <br /> I had a kos kosan in Jodoh, but the margin to make any money at that is really small even though occupancy was over 75%. There were other problems. In a year, the owner of the bldg decided to sell it for a work-house hotel (so I am told). Units rented for about US$30/month at the time. Lease was $300/month + utilities for 3 stories. <br /> <br /> I think, the chances for a successful business on Batam are slim. There are just not enough expats there at anyone time and the locals don't have a lot of money. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
To make money in batam you have to be orientated to the export market, or else to the foreign tourist market, or to language or other training.

otherwise, you're right, local market generally does not have the purchasing power to sustain a viable business.
To make money in batam you have to be orientated to the export market, or else to the foreign tourist market, or to language or other training. <br /> <br /> otherwise, you're right, local market generally does not have the purchasing power to sustain a viable business.
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