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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Teach English in Colombia

What to Know about Teaching English in Colombia

Employment Requirements

  • Education

    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

  • Vacation

    Varies by employer, plus national holidays

  • Contract Period

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

Income and Living Costs

  • Salary

    $500 - 1100 per month

  • Living Costs

    $600 - 1000 per month

  • Savings Potential


  • Startup Cost

    $1000 - 1500

  • Housing

    Not provided in most cases

  • Airfare

    Not provided in most cases

Getting Hired

  • Best Time to Apply


  • Hiring Process

    Peak hiring seasons are January, February, July and August

  • Visas

    Some employers arrange work visas. Please check with prospective employers beforehand.

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