Teaching English in Medellin, Colombia
Report submitted on 6 Mar, 2016 by LIBARDO GONZALEZ ALVAREZ
Teaching English in Medellin, Colombia:
How can teachers find teaching jobs in Medellin, Colombia?
It is really easy, just go to academies and that would be all.
The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at companies, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.).
What are the minimum teaching requirements?
TESOL or TKT certificate plus english proficiency test.
What teaching requirements would you recommend?
TKT modules 1, 2 and 3
IELTS, TOEFL or TOEIC
What are the levels of payment?
From 5 to 20 US dollars an hour.
How many teaching days a week is normal?
6 days per week.
How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
8 hours per week.
What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
It depends in the school.
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Medellin, Colombia to teach English?
It is interesting.
What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Medellin, Colombia?
It is needed, it is an obligation for many people.
What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Medellin, Colombia?
What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Adapt to local customs.
Living in Medellin, Colombia:
Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Colombia?
What is the cost of living like in Colombia?
Around 60% of what you make as a teacher is spent in these.
What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Accommodation is easy to find.
Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Medellin, Colombia?
Nice weather, good people, beautiful women, good friends, good food.
Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Medellin, Colombia?
Violence in some areas.
What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Medellin, Colombia?
Be ready to make a lot of friends.
What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
As you say, my family.
What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
A lot of cultural knowledge.
About Me and My Work:
My Name: LIBARDO GONZALEZ ALVAREZ
Students I’ve taught in Colombia: Toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), university, adults, business.
Where I teach: THE MARYMOUNT SCHOOL, HIGH CLASS PART. Working here for 10 years.
My school facilities: Adequate.
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