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Teach in Colombia!

API Abroad
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Teach in Colombia!

Opt to teach conversational English to adult students that attend a free vocational school to help teach them skills to obtain better jobs; or, co-teach with a local Colombian teacher to 9-12th grade students at public school classrooms.

Be part of the change and goal to help Colombia be the most educated and bilingual Latin American country by 2025. Prior teaching experience and Spanish language skills are helpful, but not required. In-country TEFL training and a classroom observation period are included in the program fee. Participants are required to teach 20-25 classroom hours and put in an additional 15-20 hours of classroom prep, grading, office hours, and staff meetings per week.

API Program Includes:

*Guaranteed Teaching Position Prior to Departure

Confirmed placement prior to departure in a city approved by US State Department Overseas Security Council and API.

*Monthly Stipend

You will receive a monthly stipend of CP$1,500,000/~US$630 per month


Participants will receive shared accommodations during the two-weeks orientation near Bogota; and then for the first month at a hostel in their host placement. After this month, participants will be responsible to arrange their own housing for the remainder of the program. Most volun-teachers rent a private or shared (with other volun-teachers) room or apartment from a local Colombian family. Our partner's regional coordinators will be able to assist you to determine the ideal areas to live in your host city. Rent typically ranges from US$150-$400, depending on location and amenities.


At the end of your 5-month term, participants will receive CP$500,000/~US$230 bonus in December.


Two-week, all-inclusive orientation in Bogotá, Colombia. Shared rooms (2-4 people) and three meals per day are included during this training to orient you to Colombian culture, the educational system, working & living in Colombia, and more. Excursions and cultural activities included. In-country basic TEFL training will be included prior to your teaching, there will also be a period of classroom observations. Participants will also have a one-week orientation at their host city to learn more about their classroom and host location. Shared accommodations and three-meals a day are included during this one-week orientation.

*One-Way Domestic Transfer to Host City Placement (Placements other than Bogota only)

Upon completion of the two-week orientation, a one-way domestic flight from Bogota will be included to all participants that are placed to teach in cities other than in or near Bogota. A return flight back to Bogotá is not included at the end of your program.

*Airport Pickup and Transfer

A set date and window of time for airport pick-up and transfer will be included in Bogotá, for the orientation, as well as for your host city placement (if applicable).

*Colombian National Medical Insurance

All participants will receive the Colombian national health insurance that is included and paid for by your employer.

*International Medical, Life, and Travel Insurance

CE by API includes the required international medical and life insurance for all our participants during the program term. This international insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support services for medical and travel issues.

*TEFL Certification

Participants may opt to take CE by API's affiliated online TEFL course for only US$295. This course provides approximately 100-120 hours of online instruction to prepare for English-teaching classrooms. This course or certification is not required to join this Teach in Colombia program. All participants will receive informal TEFL training during the 2-weeks orientation.

*Visa Assistance

Volun-teachers will receive the proper invitation documents needed to obtain a visa. During the orientation in Bogota, volun-teachers will go to the consulate to get their work visas approved and receive their national identification card (cedula). All visa fees will be included in your program.

*API Cultural Kit:

Useful tips, advice, and information to prepare you for the amazing adventure of living and working abroad in Colombia.

*Full-time Representation

API provides representation in the United States and Colombia prior to, during, and after your placement.

*TOMS Shoes, a One for One™ Giving Product

Upon completion of your program and online evaluations, you will receive a pair of TOMS Shoes. With every product purchased, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One™. Giving back is part of our ethos. We share the vision of the TOMS mission - to help contribute to making a positive impact abroad by providing a pair of shoes to a child in need.


If you wish to receive a certificate detailing your teaching experience, please let us know and we will provide the necessary documentation.

*Optional international mobile plan with data coverage

Opt for an AT&T mobile plan that offers low international rates, no roaming charges in over 150 countries, and bundled data and text. Current AT&T customers may simply add the coverage to their current plan and billing. Non-AT&T customers may use their own phone and swap with an AT&T SIM card.

*Opportunity to extend your contract to teach through 2016.

Program Requirements:

-Minimum 21 years old, Maximum 55 years old (or healthy and experienced Seniors)

-Native or Fluent English speaker

-Teaching/tutoring or classroom experience

-Basic Spanish language skills (not required, but helpful)

-Bachelor's degree in any discipline (or minimum five years full-time professional experience without a BA degree)

-Enjoy leading groups and teaching young adults and/or professionals

-Lesson planning and organization skills

-High degree of professionalism and flexibility

-Open to foreign cultures and living abroad

-Dedication to the full term of commitment

-A criminal background check

2015 Dates: June 21, 2015 to November 26, 2015 for co-teaching at public high schools.

June 14 to mid-December, 2015 for lead teaching at adult vocational college.

Application Fee: only US$400, which includes all the benefits listed above, including the required international medical insurance.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015, limited positions, first-come, first-approved, first-placed! So, apply now! Positions throughout Colombia.

For more information, check out our webpage:, or call +1.512.46.9089; or email:

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