I was working at the opening of Rumah Bahasa in Lotte Kelapa Gading; I was in fact their first teacher (my photo is actually on your article and I would love to see this relic gone forever), the whole thing was wrong from the start and it was Frendy’s fault. He told all staff during the first few weeks or “training” and pre-sales that he got all thing covered that he would get a lot of trained bules to teach, that the curriculum was getting prepared by a trained linguist. It all came down when 2 months from the tentative opening date, he confessed to me that he didn’t know how to write a curriculum for french and he wanted me to start with this one as it was my mother tongue.
Truth is, he never had anything in control, with the exception of sales. After finally recruiting, few willing teachers (local and expat), we started to write a method that could help to start giving the basic of our own languages to total beginner. It may have been clumsy but at least we didn’t totally looked like fools in front of students that paid to actually learn.
Frendy’s idea was to have “good-looking” expat teacher that would be easy on the eye of potential students, and I guess as well as for himself (cuci mata). Teachers were always on their own to develop and I took upon myself to try break down their work by giving some insight on what could be done with our students. I think we made it work somewhat, at least for sometime. The work environment was horrible, from Frendy’s abuse to staff, verbal mostly. Teachers also had to justify some of the company’s flaws on behalf of Frendy. I had students entering my class already in despair as they felt betrayed between what has been promised by the consultants (instructed by Fenty or Frendy) such as international certification, professionally trained teachers etc.
RB was never going to survive even if the teachers didn’t leave to go elsewhere. Frendy expanded his house of cards so quickly that money was already drying out within the 1st year. I left within a year of working there, after being harassed verbally and via email by Frendy Horas, and I’ve never looked back.