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.

Teach English in Colombia - Street exhibition dance in Bogotá
Teach English in Colombia – Street exhibition dance in Bogotá

Get qualified to teach English in Colombia

Best option – Take a four week TEFL certificate course and then let EBC get you a job teaching 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
Teach English in Colombia - Palm groves near the beach
Teach English in Colombia – Palm groves near the beach

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

Teach English in Colombia - Drinks on a sand bar
Teach English in Colombia – Drinks on a sand bar

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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John is a good teacher and he puts efforts inorder to understand your requirements. He teaches you in the right ways, like how to present the language in a simple way, how to keep the motivation on, etc.It´s a intensive course but it´s really worth !!Willam is a good administrator. Thanks for all the help and support. 🙂
Tanya Bhagat
11:41 18 May 18
The course is very intensive but IT IS REALY WORTH! If you are looking for a course that teaches you how to become an English teacher, well this is the best one. You really get the better skills for teaching English at all levels with a clear knowledge about what you are doing. The staff of the course is really nice and helpful. He is a really nice person who helps you whatever you need.Teachers here at really good and they really know how to train you as a English teacher very well.
Dro !
11:24 18 May 18
I am very pleased with my experience at EBC Madrid. Professor John was an amazing mentor that really prepared my classmates and I to teach English. I feel confident going into the job market and finding a teaching job.
Elizabeth Wohlford
15:28 08 Mar 18
EBC Madrid had equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills I need to be better in teaching. William is so nice and is very accommodating to us students. And, John is the best teacher who can simplify and make the students understand even the most complicated grammatical concept. Kudos!
Anne Marnelli
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is very intensive but it helps a lot to bring out the best in me. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. I'm very thankful for all the guidance and help that I received from EBC. I highly recommend it.
Roxanne A.
14:42 08 Mar 18
The course is really useful. It makes you equipped with the right knowledge, training and attitude. Things you need to have that confidence to go out and face the world as an English teacher. Highly recommended!
Pedi Dela Cruz
14:25 08 Mar 18
This is a great place to get your TEFL certification. The staff is kind, organized and very helpful. It was such a comfortable learning environment that I enjoyed very much. I liked the personalized attention and I got a lot more confidence and experience to be an English teacher. Thanks for everything!
Victoria Metz
10:35 02 Feb 18
I found the instruction throughout the course to be very effective and I finished the course feeling excited and prepared to begin teaching. There is nothing fancy about the EBC facility, however this doesn't in any way reduce the overall quality of the course. John, the instructor, has extensive experience (both as an TEFL teacher and a TEFL course trainer), which is evident in the thoughtful organization of the course. My class had only five students, which created lots of time for personal attention and advice. Make sure you come prepared to work hard!
Adam Schreiber
12:06 14 Dec 17
It was a great and intensive course! I learned and enjoyed this whole learning how to teach experience. Thank you very much for your time and knowledge. I feel well-prepared now. EBC Madrid, 2017.
Michele Buitron
11:57 14 Dec 17
I've just finished my EBC TEFL course. It was a great experience. I definitely recommend this course. John is an amazing teacher and he is very professional. It was just a pleasure. Thank you so much and good luck!
Natalia Egorova
15:04 10 Nov 17
The course has been really useful and the teacher, John, made the classes so much fun and very interesting. It is has been a great experience and has helped me realise how much I really enjoy teaching. It has also been a bit intense at times but I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to become an English teacher.
Natasha Jimenez
20:17 05 Oct 17
Class of August 2017.It's been a busy stressful 4 weeks but I am happy the group and I have all made it and we have TEFL certificates to show for all our hard-work and sleepless nights. Much thanks to our trainer John for his patience and ability to find solutions and guidance to help you find your way and energy throughout the course. EBC international is the best place to learn and share your knowledge of teaching. And for people like me who has no idea how to teach things like grammar and also to learn the grammar...this is the place to be!
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