Why teach English in Colombia?
To teach English in Colombia you will need to get TEFL certified. There is a real demand for TEFL certified teachers in Colombia. The market is competitive but it is fairly easy to get a teaching a job if you are properly qualified and have a TEFL certificate that included teaching practice.
Colombia has had a shady past over the last couple of decades but now it is back. Colombia is safe to visit and travellers are discovering that Colombia is a great country. Colombia , like many other countries in South America is a mix of ancient, modern and rampant nature. Modern skyscrapers, historic “fincas”, jungle tours and Amazon safaris.
When you get to the beaches, you will find that they rival anything, even the beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez writes with a sense of magic and mystery mixed in with realism. Undoubtedly his Colombian upbringing in a land of beauty and mystery influenced his style.
There is a lot to do and see in Colombia and rather than give you an edited list, look at Trip Advisor for a lot of detailed information about what to do and see in Colombia.
Get qualified to teach English in Colombia
Other options – Take an online TEFL certificate course with teaching practice or a hybrid, blended learning TEFL certificate course with teaching practice and then let EBC get you a job teaching English in Colombia.
In general, Colombian schools will only hire candidates who have attended a TEFL course that included actual classroom teaching practice given to genuine English language learners.
General information about what it is like to teach English in Colombia
- The demand for English teachers in Colombia is HIGH and COMPETITIVE.
- Bogotá has the greatest demand for English teachers in Colombia.
- Main teaching job regions – Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla (EBC has contacts with schools in these regions).
- Main types of teaching – Through language schools and private international schools: general English, Business English and English for Young Learners.
- Busiest periods – the academic year from March to December.
- Summer teaching jobs – intensive courses, exam preparation, summer camps.
- Private English tutoring – yes, you can build up your own list of private clients.
- Preferred TEFL qualifications – an accredited TESOL/TEFL certificate with teaching practice.
- Job duration – up to one academic year.
- Teaching hours per week – 20 to 30.
- Monthly pay – $US 700 to $US 1,000 depending on hours worked.
- Freelance English teaching work – from $US 10 per hour.
- Average basic monthly expenses – $US 700
- Initial cost to get established in Colombia – US$ 1,400
- Visa – Tourist
- Chance of getting a work permit – low.
- Accommodation – you pay.
- Flights – you pay.
- Academic requirements – Degree preferred but not required
- Contract term – up to one academic year (rolling)
- Main hiring points – March and August
- Standard holiday periods – January, Easter, Christmas
- Final job interview in Colombia – Yes
- Cost of living comparison – Click here to view
- Voltage – 220/240
- Main language – Spanish
Facts and figures about Colombia
- Government – Republic, parliamentary democracy
- Size – 440,831 square miles
- Capital – Bogotá
- Population – 47.5 million
- Main language – Spanish
- Ethnicity – 49% Mestizo, 37% White, 11% Black/Mulatto, 3% Amerindian
- Currency – Peso (COP)
Visa and immigration information
EBC recognises that procedures change and that this is a very important topic. Rather than give you information that may be out-of-date which will in turn, waste your time, we would rather that you went to the experts at your nearest Colombian consulate or embassy.
To find the nearest consulate or embassy, please use the Embassy World site.
Additional advice articles
- What to bring when you teach English abroad.
- How to make accommodation arrangements without getting swindled.
- The best ways to arrange health and travel insurance when you teach English abroad.
- Protect your job! Read “10 great ways to lose your English teaching job” to make sure that you don’t.
- Best countries to teach English in Europe
- Best countries for making money teaching English abroad
Did you know that … ? Interesting facts and trivia about Colombia
- Bogotá has a lower murder rate than Washington DC.
- Colombia is host to the world’s biggest theatre festival, biggest salsa festival, biggest flower parade, biggest outdoor horse parade and second biggest carnival in the world next to Rio.
- Colombia has one season all year.
- Shakira Colombian.
- Colombia is the only country in South America that has Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
- Colombia produces 60% of the world’s best emeralds.
- Colombian women were not allowed to vote until 1975.
- Colombia gets its name from Christopher Columbus.
- Spanish is the official language but there are 64 other tongues and dialects.
Ten famous Colombian celebrities
- Daniela Nieves – actress
- Danna Garcia – actress
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez – author
- James Rodriguez – football/soccer player
- John Leguizamo – actor
- Juan Pablo Montoya – F1 race car driver
- Juanes – singer
- Radamal Falcao – football/soccer player
- Shakira – singer
- Sofia Vergara – actress
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