API is working together with Colombia’s Ministry of Education and a Colombian public institution, National Service of Learning (SENA), to provide conversational English training in job training centers and schools. English training is an important step to help locals succeed in school, find better jobs, and improve communication in the global market. This program will not only give you invaluable international work experience, but will also help the Colombian population improve their lives!
Placements are available to teach conversational English in one of two ways: co-teach with a local Colombian teacher in 9-11th grade public school classrooms or at adult vocational training centers. 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.
Six-month, eight-month, and full-year placements are available. Our placements are based upon the needs and availability of the partner programs in various cities in Colombia.
Enroll now for our March/April 2017 intake!
Teaching in Colombia Offers:
* Satisfaction in helping others
* A broader perspective on world views
* An economical way to live and travel abroad
* Opportunity to enjoy other foreign cultural activities (e.g., language, music, cooking, etc)
* Memorable experiences while traveling and seeing exotic sites
* Lifelong friends from all around the globe
* Valuable work experiences that strengthens your resume
* Support and development of self-confidence and personal skills
*Guaranteed Teaching Position Prior to Departure:
API pre-arranges and guarantees your teaching placement before you leave home to ensure an easy and hassle-free transition to your new life abroad.
You will receive a monthly stipend of $1,500,000 Colombian Pesos during all teaching months.
Participants will have housing arranged and included in their program during orientation in Bogota, and their first month on site in their host city. Housing will be in shared hostels. Participants will arrange their own housing for the remainder of the program.
At the end of the program, 6 or 8-month participants will receive a COP$500,000
bonus, while full-year participants will receive a COP $1,500,000 bonus.
Two-week, all-inclusive orientation in Bogota, Colombia. Shared rooms (2-4 people) and meals 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, and there will be a period of classroom observations. Participants will also have a one-week orientation at their host city to learn more about their classroom.
Participants may opt to take API's affiliated online TEFL course for US$295. This course provides approximately 120 hours of online instruction to prepare for English-teaching classrooms.
*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 Bogota. A return flight back to Bogotá is not included at the end of your program.
API will provide you with the proper paperwork needed to obtain a visa, and will assist you with the application process, but we have no control or the ability to guarantee government issuance and/or visa availability.
Airport pick-up and transfer will be included in Bogotá, for the orientation, as well as for your host city placement (if applicable).
*International Medical, Life, and Travel Insurance:
Medical and life insurance is provided for all participants during the program term. This insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support services for medical and travel issues.
*API Pre-Departure Orientation Handbook:
Useful tips, advice, and information to prepare you for the amazing adventure of living and working abroad in Colombia.
API provides representation in the United States and Colombia prior to, during, and after your placement.
*A Pair of TOMS shoes or a Krama Wheel scarf:
API knows that your adventures abroad wouldn't be possible without generous hosts welcoming you on your arrival and supporting you throughout your stay. As a way to give back to communities around the world, we want to wrap up your experience and honor your commitment by paying it forward. All participants who complete our series of program reflection questionnaires will receive a gift from an organization whose mission resonates with our own, and this gift will in turn provide a product or service for someone in need. Visit our website to read more about these two organizations and their wonderful missions of giving back to communities around the world!