I'm American born and raised in the Sunshine State, but my family is from Cali. I really wish to live there in about a year. I was told i could teach english at the ''Colegios'', however I dont have a degree in Linguistics nor English; I was wondering if teaching would be a possiblity and if not what sudjestions do you have for me. Thanx.

Posted on March 2, 2009


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My "sudjestion" is to not teach English. That would be like not knowing anything about cars and taking a job as a mechanic.
Good Luck, I am sure someone on here will have some good advice.

Posted on March 2, 2009


My ex girl had a highschool dimploma, has some college is young, pretty, smart, intelligent. She has passed out at LEAST 40-50 ojas de vida, and still has NO JOB.. Jobs are very scarce in Cali and has NOT worked in 2 years.

Posted on March 2, 2009


Oh,, there is a work permit required but you probably have or can get a Colombian Passport,, that's the best,, then you can stay and starve in Colombia w/o a hassle from DAS.

Posted on March 2, 2009


some english language institutes in Cali will hire native english speakers without any teaching experience/credentials at all.during the years that i have been living here in Cali i have had the opportunity to work at two different institutes.but the pay isnt good.you are probably better off teaching english on your own...independently

Posted on March 2, 2009


I need to ask about this,, someone in Colombia,, anyway,, I remember hearing the teachers wouldn't be getting a pension ?

Now that seems strange,,, maybe they meant a free or paid pension ?

Oh, well, the point is that it is almost impossible to get a job that pays a pension. I doubt a Colombian with a high school education will find one,, maybe the Police / Military but I can't think of many other jobs,, even the electric company is using contractors,, that goes for the water company and gas company, telephone company,, etc.

Posted on March 2, 2009


I believe the situation is that there are two tracks of teacher positions.

The most common employment as a teacher consists of one year contracts that are renewable at the pleasure of the City or government employing the teacher. These contracts have no scope for any pension.

Most teachers strive to get the equivalent of tenure. These teaching positions do lead to a pension, albeit a modest one. It is very difficult to get tenure, unless one has connections. My novia taught for close to ten years before getting tenure.

Only the most expensive private colegios offer pensions to teachers. A public school teacher's salary is very low - about $400 a month, inclusive of supplements.

Posted on March 2, 2009


I have been in Cali for 2 months looking for work as an English teacher. Employment is scarce but not impossible to find. If you want to teach English it would help if you´re TEFL certified that way you can get a job in a language centre. Generally they pay very poorly ($10000 pesos an hour). A friend who was on the TEFL course with me has found a job in a high school though and is getting paid 2 million a month so its not impossible to find something decent. I agree with the above statement that your best bet is teaching independantly.

Posted on March 2, 2009