If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’ve decided you want to teach English in Colombia. At the very least, you’re 90% sure about signing up and you’re just doing a little bit of extra research into the process before signing on the dotted line.
One of the things you’ll be required to do to teach English in Colombia is to submit what’s known as your placement preference form, which will give you the opportunity to state preferences related to the following:
- Type of City – urban, rural, small, large, etc.
- Weather conditions – hot, mild, cool mountain regions, etc.
- Age of students – primary school, adults, no-preference, etc.
- The element that’s most important to you – this might be the location, or the age of the students, or the climate, or something else.
- Your favorite activities – cycling, dance, painting, reading, swimming, dining in restaurants, etc.
- Your preferred method of transportation – metro, bus, on foot, cycle, car, etc.
- There’ll also be a section at the end where you can add any additional comments that you feel to be important.
Tips to bear in mind before submitting your preferences…
We highly recommend that you research into the topic before submitting your preferences. You may have teaching experience in your own country (or other foreign countries) but that doesn’t mean that you have a good understanding of what teaching English in Colombia is like.
Should you teach Adults (SENA) or High School Students (Ministry of Education)? There are a number of blogs and descriptions out there that compare the two experiences. They’re not the same and the differences between them might, or might not, be important to you and affect the kind of experience you end up having.
Where should you teach? There are so many Colombian destinations on the list now that it’s well worth the time and effort scanning through them all. Placement opportunities are developing all the time. Keep up to date with the locations available to avoid missing out on a placement in your dream location.
How flexible should you be? Bear in mind that we’re looking for flexible individuals. We do try to place everyone in their dream placement, but sometimes it just isn’t possible to tick all the boxes. What’s more, placements fill up fast, so if you’re applying later on in the application process period, you might find that you have to go with your second or third placement choice.
However, we do of course want you to be happy and so we will do our very best to offer you a placement that we think you’ll enjoy, even if it’s not your first choice. Be open minded and responsive to unexpected changes and you may even find that a placement you hadn’t considered is actually the one that best suits your needs. We’ve placed teachers in cities they’ve never even heard of and they end up never wanting to go home!
Please remember that the most important people in this entire process are the students. Colombia English students need your lessons. Your classes can make a real difference to their lives, education, job prospects, interests and more.
Be clear about your objectives. If you’re really only interested in signing up so that you can spend your time partying till all hours and sunbathing on the beach, please consider just taking a very long holiday instead. You should only apply if teaching English is your primary goal.
Get in touch…
If you’ve got any questions, just contact us and we’ll do all that we can to help you 🙂
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