Teach in Colombia


Paid teaching positions throughout Colombia are available to English speakers. The Colombian government has launched a major initiative to integrate English language education into public schools for all students by 2020. This goal cannot be met from within, so international recruitment is underway. Although the positions receive a stipend, it is meant only to cover basic living expenses, so we think of it as a free volunteer program rather than a job. We work exclusively with public schools in Colombia. Most students are disadvantaged. English is a key skill to open up opportunities that might otherwise pass them by.

The Programs

Ministry of Education

English language instruction has not been available to the majority of high school students until recently.  The Ministry of Education's new initiative designates certain schools where they believe they can maximize impact that learning English will have on the students. They are located in disadvantaged areas. The students are 10th and 11th graders (ages 16-18). Questions? Click here


The National Training Service, SENA, is the Colombian government agency that deals with job training. There’s no cost to the students and the classes are meant to provide additional assistance to those who cannot afford it.  The program is so highly thought of that students frequently have jobs waiting for them upon graduating. Unlike the Ministry of Education Program SENA students are university-aged (18-24). Questions? Click here

Ministry of Education SENA
  • Teaching high school aged students, in public schools
  • Schedules vary based on school, but classes are usually around 45 mins
  • Orientation with other MEN teachers
  • Stipend 1,500,000 pesos
Upcoming Start Dates: January 2018 and July 2018
  • Teaching adults aged 18-24, in vocational schools
  • Classes are block classes, so you’ll see your students for around 2 hours at a time.
  • Orientation is usually 2 weeks after the Ministry orientation, with the other SENA teachers
  • Stipend 1,500,000 pesos
Upcoming Start Dates: February 2018 and June 2018


Why Colombia?

Whether you are a complete beginner in Spanish, or an advanced speaker, this is a great opportunity to work on your Spanish skills while learning about this fascinating country. You will also be developing your skills as a teacher. Great for your resumé! Colombia has fast been growing as a destination for travelers. The geographic and cultural diversity of the country will astound you: mountains, colonial cities, beaches, the Amazon basin. The possibilities for adventure are endless.

What are my responsibilities?

  • 25 classroom hours per week as an assistant teacher
  • 15 hours of preparation
  • 2 pedagogy workshops per semester
  • Regional meetings with other program participants
  • Periodic testing of students’ English level


Over 50 cities and towns throughout Colombia. Requests will be considered subject to availability and need.


Where Can I Go?

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