Paid Teach Abroad in Colombia

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Academic Programs International (API)
Academic Programs International (API) Published: November 4, 2015
Multiple Locations, Colombia
Non-native English teachers are welcome to apply
No experience necessary


API is working together with Colombian government-sponsored and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide vocational English training in job training centers and English instruction in public high schools. Student ages range from fifteen to fifty years old, with varied language skills. English training is an important step to help locals succeed in school, find better jobs, and improve communication in the global market.

Colombian students typically study English from 1st to 12th grade, however, they feel least comfortable conversing in English. It is estimated that only 10% of approximately 15,000 English teachers in Colombia are fluent in English. Thus, Colombia's Ministry of Education and NGOs have asked API to recruit and place native English speakers in teaching positions where they make a positive impact on the English fluency of Colombians.

  • Duration: 5 or 10 month commitment (Feb - June and/or June - Dec)
  • Monthly stipend: COP $1,500,000 (with COP $500,000 bonus at end of contract)
  • Two-week orientation in Bogota and one-week training in host city with shared accommodations, meals, and activities included
  • Shared accommodations in host city for your first month provided
  • National Colombian and international health insurance provided



  • Native or fluent English speaker
  • Minimum 21 years old
  • College degree or minimum 5 years professional experience without a degree
  • Previous experience working as a teacher, mentor, tutor, coach, etc. preferred, but not required
  • Excellent spoken/written English, flexibility and cultural sensitivity
  • Basic Spanish language skills helpful, but not required

Materials needed to Apply

Application materials required: Online application form, resume/CV, cover letter, and application fee. You can find out more information on how to apply by following this link: Application deadline: API does rolling admissions for this program. Final deadlines from Spring 2016 placements have been extended to December 1st, 2016. Regular application deadlines are:
  • November 20, 2015 (Jan/Feb 2016 start)
  • April 15, 2016 (June/July 2016 start)
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