My name is James and I was part of the English Teaching Fellowship programme for the 5 month period and I was based in Cali. Like most of you, I didn´t really know what to expect from the programme or actually living in Colombia, so I hope this will help and answer any questions or quell any worries you may have.
The past five months of my life have been an ongoing adventure. I rode a horse to an UNESCO World Heritage Site, hiked through the world’s largest palm trees, eaten way past the point of being full, bathed in natural hot springs, taken a bus without fully knowing my destination, bodysurfed in the Pacific Ocean for the first time, averaged around three cups of delicious coffee a day, watched the sunset from the top of a mountain, and got lost way too many times to count. Continue reading
It is hard to believe that I am already entering my third month as an English Teaching Fellow here in the beautiful city of Cali! For those readers new to my story, the Connecting Worlds Latin America team helped me pursue my passion for all things Latin America and in early January 2016 I arrived in Colombia to work as an English Language Teacher in a public high school. I will remain in Colombia for one year and I sincerely hope to make as big of an impact on my students as they have already left on me! Continue reading
Choosing the right Teaching English Program to sign up to is important. It’s naive to think that all programs are the same or require the same kind of experience. What’s more, you’ll need to think very carefully about the place you want to teach in. If you’re going to spend a number of months in the destination of your choice, it has to be a place that interests you on a number of levels. Continue reading
One of the questions that we’re regularly asked is whether or not it’s necessary to study towards a TEFL qualification if you want to teach English in Colombia. The short answer, is “yes”! It’s really important to have a TEFL qualification, particularly if you don’t have any formal teaching experience of any kind, and you’ll find it a lot easier to land your dream placement with a certified qualification in your pocket. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Hola de Colombia! My name is Sara French and I am an English Teaching Fellow in Colombia, South America. I graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina this past May with the daunting thought of “what am I going to do with my life?” I think this crosses every college graduates’ mind at some point. I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during Spring 2014 and always knew I wanted to return to South America. Continue reading