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Anybody heard anything about Native Tongue english school in Ibagué? They are looking for teachers, but I haven't been able to find out much about them here on the web, or from them. Sounds like a cuento to me... any consejos would be greatly appreciated...

Posted on July 19, 2005


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I was in contact with the owner, but when I asked him about the contract and working conditions I never heard from him again. Pretty dodgy. Besides that, Ibague is a complete armpit of a city, and having been there now I´m glad I never went there. If you have some experienve and a CELTA, come down to Bogota and look for work, it´s not too difficult to find.

Posted on July 19, 2005


Ibague "Besides that, Ibague is a complete armpit of a city'



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I found that comment quite interesting. Can you tell why Do you think so?. Did you have a bad experience there?. I have some friends in Ibague that I'm planning to visit in DEC, but would like to hear your opinion about "sunny" Ibague. Are there any interesting places to visit?. How's the people?. Anything good about that city?

Posted on July 19, 2005


I haven´t had any bad experiences there, but it is just an ugly, dirty, rundown city with no sights, no attractions, and really nothing to do. That said I have never lived there for any amount of time, but most Colombian people I have talked to seem to share that opinion. Why would anyone move there when you could live in awesome cities like Bogota, Cali, Medellin, etc.



If you can, try to get ahold of the older versions of Lonely Planet Colombia guides, they have info on a lot of cities that the newest editions have edited out for some reason, Ibague included.



Another thing I noticed about the job in Ibague is that you have to live with the owner in his apartment, yeah that sounds like fun.

Posted on July 19, 2005


DC Shoe company, I´ve been to Ibague only for a very short time and didn´t find anything amazing as well. But do you really consider Bogota to be awesome? I mean it´s ok, but awesome? I don´t know.

Posted on July 19, 2005


bufalo, maybe awesome is pushing it.

Posted on July 19, 2005


Wouldn't call it an armpit... ..but you're right about the guy, as soon as I started asking too many 'questions' ie: where is the apartment, can I have more information about the school... I never heard back. And apparently this guy was ready to contract me for August? Sounds like a real cuentero to me... Looks like he tries to run his game on people and when he realized I was probably more of a 'vivo' than him, he backed out. btw- the apartment was to be shared with HIM? Yeah, that's happening. Anyway, my advice- stay away.

Oh and by the way, Ibague is a small 'pueblito' according to my father, where he used to go as a child to get away from the city... Nice, but not very metropolitan, guess it all depends what you're after.

Posted on July 19, 2005


I take it you´ve never been there? It´s a city of 500 000, I think times have changed since your father was a child.

Posted on July 19, 2005


Native Tongue, Ibague I don't normally participate in these types of discussions but after reading the previous comments about Ibague and specifically, the owner of Native Tongue, I had to post something.

I am the owner of Native Tongue and have lived (part of the year) in Ibague for the last six years. If I have not given anyone the response they deserve after applying for a teaching position, I appologize, however there was likely a reason. When I post an opening at Native Tongue I will receive between 20 and 50 related e-mails daily. I ask in the post that anyone interested please send a resume and photo. If you are qualified for the position I will respond to your e-mail answering any questions and asking a few myself. If a contract is still a possibility I will call you by phone to further interview you. It would not be possible to respond to all e-mails and if you haven't sent your resume or you don't qualify for the position, I am even less likely to respond. My job postings are quite descriptive and I do realize that people will have more questions but please wait until I (or any school) responds favourably to your resume before asking all of your questions. When you do have questions be specific. "What's the city like?" or "Tell me about the position." are difficult to answer.

As for Ibague, it is one of the nicest cities in Colombia (I know most of them), for its weather and even more so for the people. The weather is perfect. Not too hot, not too cold and just enough rain to remain lush. Bogota is an international city but most people I have met who want to "teach and travel" aren't looking for just another big city. If you want to experience the true Colombian culture (one you will fall in love with) I suggest you get away from the big cities. Ibague is just one of many beautiful suggestions. There are things to do in Ibague plus it is central to many other sites. It's not a town. 500,000 people and everything you could need.

Just one more point. No, my teachers do not live with me. They live in an apartment owned by me. I mention it because having all of the comforts of home (washer, dryer, hot water!, high speed etc.) is not very common throughout Colombia.

Posted on July 19, 2005