TEFL jobs in Colombia
Colombia is a great destination for the adventurous TEFL teacher looking for a destination a bit off the beaten track. Its reputation as a dangerous country is shedding with the passing of a peace agreement in 2016 making the country much safer to live and work in than it previously was.
The TEFL market in Colombia is developing and growing and you’ll find business English skills are in high demand. But there are opportunities to teach a variety of learners, especially with a more recent emphasis on English language education for children.
Where to find work in Colombia
Although the TEFL industry is not quite as well developed as in other countries, you will still find a warm welcome and a high demand for native English and qualified TEFL teachers to teach here. The best time to find work is around February/March and July/August. You may want to time your arrival in the country with the start of the school term in order to give you the best chance at securing a TEFL job. You can apply for a work permit from within the country, but if you’re arriving without a job you should at least arrange where you’ll be staying before you arrive, as you’ll need to give an address when you come through immigration.
Employers in Colombia
Berlitz is a global TEFL employer which looks for TEFL qualified teachers with a BA. Contracts are for 6-12 months, working 40 hours a week, Monday-Saturday. Salary is 2,000,000 pesos plus a housing allowance and flight money. Online teacher training is provided before you arrive. Healthcare, life insurance, and visa fees are also covered.
Bogota Business English is located in the capital and looks for teachers with a TEFL certificate (with an observed practice element) or a minimum of one year’s teaching experience. 1-year contracts and pay is 2,000,000 pesos per month. Predominantly Business English but they also run ‘vacation courses’ for kids.
Darlington English prefers candidates who are already in Colombia and have TEFL experience. Contracts are for 2-years at one of their five branches, teaching English immersion to adults or Business English.
The English Teaching Fellowship Program is founded by the Colombian National Ministry of Education. Receive a stipend of 1.5 million pesos per month. You need to be 21-55 years old, a fluent English speaker, have a degree, and preferably a TEFL.
Footprints is a TEFL recruiter that sometimes has positions in Colombia.
Global Language Training offers an internship teaching in Colombia for 5, 6, or 11-month contracts. Receive a monthly stipend of 1.5 million pesos, domestic flights from Bogota, and training. You’ll be co-teaching for around 25-hours per week at local middle schools, high schools, and universities. TEFL preferred but no experience necessary.
International Volunteer HQ is one of the most popular volunteer teaching programs in Colombia. The program fee is $470 for 2 weeks (minimum length) – accommodation and meals provided. You’ll be teaching from 3 to 5 hours per day. You must be at least 18 years old, have a criminal records check, and adequate insurance.
Minga Teachers features a variety of teaching jobs in Colombia, with salaries ranging from 3 to 5 million pesos per month. Experienced teachers can apply for positions in IB schools (International Baccalaureate).
Native Tongue is a Canadian-owned company that prefers Canadian applicants but will consider Americans. You need 1-year of overseas teaching experience and it’s beneficial if you speak Spanish. Contracts of 11-months teaching 28 hours per week. Salary is 1.5 million to 2 million pesos per month. Fill out an application form on their website.
Volunteer with the Nuluka Program teaching kids aged 5 to 16 at rural schools.
At Personal Growth, teach kids, teens, and adults at a number of locations. Native speakers with experience preferred. You need at least a 120-hour TEFL course, and to already be located in Colombia.
SENA is a free English program for poor students in Colombia, and the initiative partners with companies such as Bridge to find TEFL teachers.
Check out the The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Colombia.
At the Universidad Del Norte you need to be a native speaker with a Master’s degree in TESOL, Linguistics, Education, English or other related areas, as well as a TEFL certificate and experience gained outside the USA. 1-year minimum contract working 8-hours a day, usually 9am-5pm. Salary plus living allowance of around $200.