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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Sekolah Djuwita (Djuwita School) in Batam, Indonesia
Review-of-Sekolah Djuwita (Djuwita School)
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Facilities at the school are amongst the most complete on the island of Batam. The school is situated on two different campuses.

The playgroup facility houses a newly completed arts building for song, drama & dance, a library with > 300 books imported from the U.S.A., outdoor & indoor playgrounds, swimming pool, computer room and fully air conditioned class rooms.

The K-12 facility provides Teachers from Australia, a science laboratory, computer room, swimming pool, school library with 2,000 books imported from Australia, outdoor basketball court, soccer field, children's play set, large playgound, canteen, fully air conditioned classrooms & 24 hour surveillance & security. (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
Djuwita school has changed it's website address. The new address is http://www.sekolahdjuwita.sch.id/ /Julia
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Sekolah Global Indo-Asia in Batam, Indonesia
Review-of-Sekolah Global Indo-Asia
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Dedicated IT labs for Primary and Secondary, 2 soccer fields, LCD projectors in nearly every classroom, large gymnasium, library.

After school activities include art program, soccer, badminton, basketball, volleyball, Chinese Chess, Drama and Dance, school newsletter, photography club. (Continue)

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From what I heard....the new leaders did not do what their jobs well. Both of them just blaming the other leaders instead of working together as a team. No training or new things were given by the new leaders. They called themselves as professional trainer...but they don't know how to train. They like to talk behind instead of siting, discussing what would be the best for all... The new ones are not good leaders...!!!!!!!!
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I fully agree with the Report. In primary school Sekolah Global Indo-Asia uses the world renowned International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. It is absolutely the best and only internationally accredited school in Batam. Although many schools in Batam claim to use an international curriculum, none are accredited and most use a strange mix of curriculum's which are not very effective. The new leadership in place has done a great job improving the school and we all sincerely hope that the board support them. The "old" leadership in the school, specifically the Indonesian Principals and HRD should be removed from the school to allow the new leadership to improve the school even more. Our hats go off to the two new leaders! Great JOB!
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Batam, Indonesia
Living-in-Batam
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Not hardly anything here. A few people informally meet up. There is an English-speaking international church with lots of expats...otherwise it's up to you to meet others. (Continue)
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I lived in Batam for several years, and unless it has changed, your right to own land is very limited and quite mdifferent from common law. I "owned" a town house in Sakura Garden in batu Ampar, that I was not allow to own. So the Indonesian "owner" singed a power of attorney that gave me full control, but no one "owns" the dirt under the building. The government does and you have a 30 year lease, renewable on their terms, if they choose. I never felt comfortable with that, and sold after about 10 years. Gary
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Expat Report Moving to Batam, Indonesia was published
Moving-to-Batam
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
It can be difficult for a new expat, but I would recommend driving around and looking at several houses and complexes before making a decision, so you get an idea of what to expect. (Continue)
Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Batam, Indonesia by bmeservices was published
Dating-and-Marriage-in-Batam
What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
From what I hear from my married friends, it is very difficult for them here. There is little concern that a western man is married and the local women are quite aggressive.

If you are a single man, be prepared for LOTS of proposals. They are highly coveted so they can lift the local women out of poverty. If you are a single woman, be prepared to find other things to occupy yourself with as you will be intimidating to the local guys and competing with the local women for western guys. Besides that most of the single western guys are older and just looking for company. I recommend spending lots of time in Singapore or Australia. (Continue)

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