Astri, from Tourist Interpreter to Honorary Teacher

“That’s true that a teacher’s salary is smaller than being an interpreter. However, becoming a teacher is a calling for me, so I do it happily despite the small salary. In Indonesia, being a teacher is a serving to the community and not to seek for wealth,” said Astri, an honorary teacher in Ciampea Bogor.

Financial assistance from Global Zakat-ACT.
Astri receives financial assistance from Global Zakat-ACT. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BOGOR REGENCY – Concern about the condition of education in her area has caused Astri Jaelani to leave her job as a tourist interpreter and turn into an honorary teacher at a middle-high school in Ciampea, Bogor Regency. For Astri, it doesn’t matter although a teacher's salary is much lower than being a tour guide.

The salary of an honorary teacher at the school where Astri teaches is IDR 300 thousand per month which is paid once every six months. Meanwhile, the fee for being an interpreter is IDR 1 million per job and is paid instantly.

“That’s true that a teacher’s salary is smaller than being an interpreter. However, becoming a teacher is a calling for me, so I do it happily despite the small salary. In Indonesia, being a teacher is a serving to the community and not to seek for wealth,” said Astri, Saturday (8/7/2021).

Aside from being an honorary teacher, Astri also sells cold beverages at her house in Ciampea Village. Her average daily profit is around IDR 30 to 50 thousand per day.

“I sell iced beverages at home. The income is not certain. However, Alhamdulillah, I’ve never felt lacking. I always have enough to eat daily,” she said.

For her dedication as an honorary teacher with a mediocre salary, in early August, Global Zakat-ACT through Friends of Indonesian Teachers program provided financial assistance for Astri.[]