Teach English in Colombia

With an emerging economy and famous for its eco-tourism, Colombia offers the perfect blend of urban living and tropical rainforest getaways. It is the ideal choice for ESL teachers to gain teaching experience while enjoying the many adventures Colombia offers.

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Jobs in Colombia

Earn a TEFL Certification to Teach English in Colombia

Earn an Ofqual Level 5 TEFL Certification

The TEFL Academy 168-Hour
Level 5 Online TEFL Certification

What to Know about Teaching English in Colombia

Employment Requirements


A bachelor degree or higher is preferred but not required to teach English in Colombia.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is often required. A minimum of 120-hour TEFL certification is recommended.

Citizenship Requirements

Citizens of USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa are often preferred to teach English in Colombia. Citizens of other countries who are fluent English speakers, satisfy the educational requirements and have a TEFL certification may also find jobs.

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

Mainly public schools, universities and private schools, and language schools

Teaching Hours

20-30 teaching hours and lesson preparation time


Varies by employer, plus national holidays

Contract Period

Most contracts are for 12 - 24 months, depending on type of employer

Income and Living Costs


$500 - 1100 per month

Living Costs

$600 - 1000 per month

Savings Potential


Startup Cost

$1000 - 1500


Not provided in most cases


Not provided in most cases

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply

Year-round. Peak hiring seasons are January, February, July and August

Hiring Process

1-2 interviews by phone or online, followed by job offer and contract if successful (typically one month)


To teach English in China legally, you must obtain a Z Visa from your country of origin or current residence (varies between 2-3 months)

Getting Hired

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