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Colombia TEFL Program Summary
The best online course available. This TEFL program begins with an 11 week 170 hour online TEFL course that features live lectures and webinars taught by a highly qualified and experienced TEFL professor who is on hand to help you every step of the way. As part of the course you will also complete 20 hours practical teaching to gain the classroom experience you need to give you maximum confidence. Upon completion you'll receive your certificate before being guided and assisted in securing a paid teaching position in the one of the most popular TEFL locations in the world - Colombia!
Taking this TEFL course in Buenos Aires gave me a purpose to be here and I love it. I have a reason to wake up and something I need to complete every day and that is a great feeling. I have only been out of the course for a week and already have several job offers and interviews.
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Key Program Details
Colombia is nestled right at the top of South America - meaning it's the perfect point to discover Central and South America! It's world famous for the Andes mountain range, stunning rainforests, but most importantly - coffee! Producing around 11 million bags per year, it's one of the highest producers in the world. So much so, in 2011 UNESCO declared the “Coffee Cultural Landscape” of Colombia, a World Heritage site!
There are many different sides to discover, the ancient walled cities of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast boast a wealth of history within it's barriers. Bogota - the country's capital - is the perfect haven for shoppers! Small boutiques alongside national favourites, it's hard to tell whether you're lightheaded from the altitude or fashion on offer!
For beach lovers and divers, the eastern coast is home to the coral reefs of Varadero, nestled in the bay of Cartagena - around 1km square of amazing nature!
This program consists of a 170 hours of TEFL training, which you’ll complete over 11 weeks. This is split between 150 hours of online training lead by a university level instructor, and 20 hours of practical in class teaching at a location near to where you live. You will be assisted in securing this practical teaching element.
Whilst all the materials and features of the course can be accessed online at anytime, this course does include live lectures, chats and webinars for you interact and get the most from the tuition, however these do not require your mandatory attendance so it’s not a problem if you cannot make them.
Once qualified, the world is yours and you can use your TEFL certificate in other countries - there is no expiry date to the TEFL certificate. The TEFL certificate is externally accredited and accepted worldwide.
After gaining skills, making friends in this period is what it is all about. In addition to the TEFL friends you’ll make during the training, there are also specific in country teacher networks and alumni ambassadors, all of which are in place to help you make friends and settle into life abroad more easily. Everyone wants to support each other. It's one of the great benefits of starting your journey teaching abroad in this way
During the TEFL training period you will receive hands on job placement assistance from an expert placement advisor, helping you to secure type of job you’re looking..
In Colombia, most teaching jobs are in language centers, so typically you will be teaching adults, with some younger classes, depending on the employer. It's also common to travel to corporate locations and teach company staff English, as well as have private students to tutor.
Contract lengths are for around 6 months or more. Salaries vary, but are around the equivalent of 500 - 1000 US dollars per month, which is about how much it costs for living costs but there is a chance to save some money if you budget well.
Whilst essentially anyone can come on this course and teach English in Colombia, it’s important to note that there are specific requirements. Non native English speakers wishing to do the course must submit a written essay at the application stage, in order for us to assess their written English skills. If successful at this stage, like all successful applicants you will be invited to an online video interview, at which point your spoken English will also be assessed as part of the interview process.
In terms of the job placement services, through our experience we know those who are native English speaking and who hold a bachelor's degree (any subject) will normally secure jobs within 30 days after the end of the training - and in most cases this is shorter.
Those who are not native English speaking or do not hold a bachelor’s degree can also attend this course (having met the criteria stated above) but must be aware that employers will often be looking for native English speakers primarily, and so we advise them to be as flexible as possible as to salary and location. Native English speaking teachers are preferred in Colombia but many employers will accept non-native English speakers as long as they meet their requirements. Non-native English speakers may have to wait a little longer to get a job in their desired location. See more about eligibility on this page.
Accommodation in Colombia averages between 150 - 250 USD per month, for a shared apartment, small studio, or a room in a shared house.
Since most job s are located in bigger cities such as Bogota and Medellin, you have to be savvy with your accommodation! Our team will advise you and point you in the right direction of affordable accommodations.
Start dates for this TEFL Program are generally every month and places fill up fast. Colombia is a popular location for teaching English abroad, so we suggest you apply early in order to get your desired start date.
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The course really helped me get settled in Buenos Aires. I have had no shortage of job offers - it's really amazing.
TEFL Teacher Buenos Aires
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In life, relationships matter! Your relationship with your students will be the thing you treasure the most in your time abroad.
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