I'm hoping to move to Bogota in January and I'd like to set up an English teaching job before I go. I'm from Glasgow so am a native speaker and have a teaching qualification plus a Masters in Journalism and a Business Studies degree. What's the best way forward? I've heard numerous different reports about where to try for work. Bilingual schools and private institutions seem to get a bit of bad press but what is the alternative? Does anyone have the names of any good schools to try? When does the school term start? I've heard January and February. Which is it? Is it worth sending out a pile of CVs to different places or should I just wait until I get there? All advice gratefully received!

Posted on December 10, 2004


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Go to eslcafe.com Daria,

go to www.eslcafe.com - a great site with tons of info.

Most ESL schools don´t advertise online, but with your qualifications you shouldn´t have a problem getting a job.

The international schools have employment fairs -not sure when though.

Absolute worst case, come to Bogota and spend a day or two visiting the schools - I´m sure someone will snap you up.

Hope it helps,

Patrick

Posted on December 10, 2004


Advice I have been traveling and teaching in Latin America for about 5 years now. The best way to find a job is to simply land and start passing out resumes to the different schools. Finding work from your home country just doesn't work.

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AGREE W/ SHANE! THat's what I did when i was visitng BOG, went around starting asking to see what the market is like. You won't get paid much at the beginning unless you have teaching degree or teaching certicate. BUT the pay is enough to live on comfortable until you start getting exp and private clients.

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Teaching in Bogota There are several bilingual schools in Bogota. Colegio Nueva Granada is an American school, they always welcome American teachers. Others: Colegio Britanico Centro Colombo Americano, (a language center). If you look in the phone book you will be able to find lots of Language center and Bilingual schools

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School term There are 3 different school calendars, or at least there were when I was living in Bogota. I know 2 of them: Calendar A it runs from February to June, and from July or August to November, Calendar B is the same as the American calendar; starting in September short break in December, and long vacation June through August.

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one of the easiest things to do is simply arrive on a toursit visa and do the rounds - mid jan is best as many private universities and schools will be starting up and should know if they need teachers or not. entering on a tourist visa will give you about 4 months to find work formally and the possibility of changing your status, which will require physically leaving colombia, if you have any questions, i've heard that a firm of lawyers in bogota could be able to help you:



scisco@cable.net.co

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Thanks for all the advice Are any of you living in Bogota at the moment?

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Is £400 per month good money for an English teacher? I have been offered a job at a private boys school in Bogota. I have been told the pay will be £400 per month. Hours are 7am - 3pm. Is this reasonable? Is it enough to live on and pay rent? I am a qualified teacher so does that mean you can negotiate?

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How much is that in dollars or peso

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It's 700 bucks (8400 per annum) and I think it's a fairly good deal. Are you getting any other benefits, Darla?

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I think I put my foot in it............. I'm still in the UK so I sent a list of questions to the head of the English Dept and asked if there was any room for negotiation, was there a contract, would I get help with arranging a working visa, could I take private students as well as working at school, are holidays paid etc. I've not heard anything since I sent those questions. Mmmmm not sure if I might be asking questions that are not appropriate. They seem fair enough to me but perhaps I'm missing something............

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no response I had same experience, schools do not respond to emails or international mail in general, but there are exceptions. You need to go there in person and knock on doors.

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english teaching go to Berlitz...

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400 hundred is good 3 years ago my wife worked in a reasonably good job for the government. She got 200 pounds a month. Someone in a supermarket here would get about 100 hundred pounds a month. You can rent a flat here for 70 pounds a month and it will be a good flat. Dont haggle take the job

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I'm in Medellin with a situation OK. Things didn't go as expected in barranquilla, so I moved on to Medellin. I now need to find a teaching position here in Medellin or in Bogota. I am certified and have my work visa. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm staying with a good friend, but will not stay in Colombia long without a job. I love it in Medellin!!! However, what a situation I am in. Help!!!

Posted on December 10, 2004