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A WARM WELCOME FROM THE SOLO EXPATS ASSOCIATION (SEA)

THE ASSOCIATION FOR ALL LIVING IN THE SOLO AREA IN CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA.

The Solo Expats Association is a non-profit organisation not only looking after the needs of foreign nationals, their relatives and friends who live in and around Solo but also providing support and disaster relief to the local community.

We are open to people of all nations; including locals and have no restrictions on religion, politics or other grounds.

We concentrate on three main fields: social, charity and lobbying work.

A BIG "THANK YOU!" TO OUR FRIENDS

PROVIDING GENEROUS DISCOUNTS TO OUR MEMBERS

1863 Restaurant logo TM

1863 SURAKARTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Jalan Monginsidi 79
Balapan (accross BriMob), Surakarta
Tel: 0271-631395

10% Discount on all food and beverages (incl. full range of cheap beers).
Also after regular discounts and offers.

Alila Hotel logo

ALILA HOTEL SOLO

Jalan Slamet Riyadi 562
Surakarta
Tel: 0271-6770888

50% Discount on beer.
20% Discount on all other food & beverages.

Novotel & Ibis Hotel logo's

NOVOTEL / IBIS HOTELS IN SOLO

50% Discount on beer.
20% Discount on food.
20% Discount on pool & fitness facilities (terms apply).

Par Four logo

PAR FOUR CAFE

Jalan Kenbangkitan Nasional 31
Sriwidari, Surakarta
Tel: 0811 264936

10% discount on all food and beverages.
Except on specials or in case of double discount.

RPM Body & Fitness logo

RPM BODY & FITNESS

Jalan Adi Sucipto 1
Manahan, Surakarta
Tel: 0271-9199345

Joining fee waived (rp75,000) or for individual visits 20% discount.

The Royal Surakarta Heritage Hotel Solo logo

THE ROYAL SURAKARTA HERITAGE HOTEL

Jalan Slamet Riyadi 6
Surakarta
Tel: 0271-666111

50% Discount on beer.
30% Discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages.
15% Discount on wines & spirits.
1 Membercard can be used for max. 2 persons only.

SEA MEMBERSHIP

We are open to people of all nations; including locals and have no restrictions on religion, politics or other grounds.

Membership is for 1 year from February to January the next year (both months included).

The membership fee will be calculated on the basis of future months left until the end of the running membership year for members joining after February in any year.

SINGLE MEMBERSHIP

RP200,000
per year
  • Elect or be elected for the Board.
    Right to vote at the AGM (age 20+).
    To participate in SEA activities at a discounted fee.
    Discounts from our sponsors.

FAMILY MEMBERSHIP

RP300,000
per year
  • Valid for 1 or 2 parents including (if any) unmarried children below the age of 20.
    Same rights as Single Member.

OVERSEAS MEMBERSHIP

RP100,000
per year
  • For overseas residents.
    To participate in SEA activities at a discounted fee.
  • Discounts from our sponsors.

ABOUT US

Who we are:

The Solo Expats Association was officially founded on the 7th of May 2007 as the Solo Expatriate Association in reaction to an issue with the local immigration office. Since then we have come a long way and have developed into an active social and community orientated association.

Today we see ourselves as a non-profit organisation with an effective network enabling us to not only look after the needs of foreign nationals, their relatives and friends who live in and around Solo but also to provide support and disaster relief to the local community.

We are open to people of all nations; including locals and have no restrictions on religion, politics or other grounds.


What we stand for:

We concentrate on three main fields: social, charity and lobbying work.


Some of the things we do and organise:

  • Providing information and support to newcomers and long-time or regular visitors
  • Exchanging information on all aspects of life in and around Solo 
  • Offering assistance in solving immigration issues
  • Providing information on new or revised laws and directives; especially those concerning foreigners
  • Organising social activities like Badminton & BBQ, Bowling, Quiz Night, Easter Brunch / Egg Hunt, White Water Rafting, Xmas Dinner
  • Organising charity activities and participating in community activities (eg. taking children from a local orphanage on outings; major flood relief work or relief for those affected by vulcanic eruptions)
  • Contributing to the local community in various fields


SEA Library:

There is an extensive free library for members at Manir's Family Kitchen with books and DVD's.


Board and Member Meetings:

Each month the Executive Board comes together for their monthly meeting which are open to all members on even months; and held behind closed doors on uneven months.

Around the end of January the Yearly General Meeting is held. All members are encouraged to join to express their opinions and vote on issues and proposals. Held at a nice venue with free food and drinks it is an enjoyable event.


The Executive Board:

The Board members are appointed for a 3-year term and currently consist of:

  • CHAIR - Charlotte Breinersdorf
  • DEPUTY CHAIR - Raphaelle de Rorthays
  • TREASURER - Ron van Zanden
  • DEPUTY TREASURER - Frans Jansen
  • SECRETARY - ** vacant **
  • DEPUTY SECRETARY - Michael Micklem
  • PR OFFICER - Ron van Zanden
  • EVENT ORGANISERS:
    Raphaelle de Rorthays
    Stef Hendriks
  • MEMBERSHIP OFFICER - Frans Jansen


Other activities and services from organisations loosely connected with the SEA:

  • ARISAN - 1st of every month from 19:00 o'clock @ Manir's Family Kitchen
    What began as an activity of a group of women, most of them members of the SEA, quickly became a monthly social event. 
    It draws a substantial crowd consisting of the participants of the Arisan, their husbands, children and friends. The surplus of the door price is a welcome monthly contribution to the SEA.
  • Solo Hash House Harriers - Organising biweekly runs in the surroundings of Solo.
  • Wouter & Michael's Solo Newsletter - A free English language e-newsletter with weekly relevant news updates, trivia, information about what is going on in Solo and news from the SEA.

For more information on the Arisan: contact@soloexpats.com
To join the SHHH or sign up to W&M's Newsletter: michael@armadaorient.com.

GENERAL ADVICE FOR EXPATS

Every regional government has its own unique ways of implementing the law. In general Surakarta is well-regulated and relatively easy and corruption-free but as anywhere else in Indonesia the myriad of laws, regulations and forms can be frustrating and patience is a necessary asset.

When dealing with government officials; know the law and regulations (bring printed versions in Indonesian of new / changed ones with you to show) as often the lower ranking people will not be familiar with recent law changes or all ins and outs. If necessary politely request to speak to a supervisor.

Always (seem to) remain calm, polite and helpful; be persistent but do not raise your voice. People will clamp up and be unwilling to provide any service; moving your file to the bottom of the pile or worse. Remember that it is fully within the power of an immigration officer to revoke your visa and kick you out of Indonesia if you upset him too much (it has happened!).

You can find lots of information for expats in Indonesia here:
www.expat.or.id
www.livinginindonesiaforum.org
www.expatwoman.com

We are here to help.  If you have any questions, need help or advice please contact us.

CONTACTS
Email: contact@soloexpats.com
Call / SMS: +62 (0) 813 2621 6221

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