Teach English in Colombia

Date posted:2013-11-18 | Writer: Native Tongue | Email: [email protected]

 Native Tongue is Canadian owned and operated, in its twelfth year of operation in Colombia and is registered with the Secretary of Education. We operate schools in the cities of Ibague and Pereira and have regular opportunities for TEFL qualified teachers, although we are currently looking for teachers available to start in January 2014. A clear voice with a neutral “North American” accent is important. An outgoing, energetic person is a must. Spanish is an asset, however not necessary.

Although Colombia does have some political and economic problems, safety is no more a concern than it would be in any large North American city. The people are very sociable and both these cities are vibrant with activity and nightlife. The classrooms, equipment and ideas are all modern and classes are very dynamic for both the student and teacher.

We offer:
-A salary of 1,100,000 Colombian Pesos monthly (approx. $620.00 Canadian).
-Airfare compensation bonus of 300,000 Colombian Pesos (approx. $170.00 Canadian) per month, paid upon completion of your contract.
-A written contract which meets all local standards and practices.
-Full assistance in obtaining a work-visa, paid for by the school. All foreign teachers at Native Tongue require a work-visa. For your own security please do not accept positions at other schools without a visa. It is illegal and has serious consequences in Colombia.
-Medical insurance (after 60 days) arranged for and paid in part by the school. This is a broad coverage including emergency and regular care as well as drug and dental.
-Apartment rental supplement of $375,000 Colombian Pesos paid by Native Tongue.
-Full academic support including the direction and materials needed to teach your classes.
-Possible contract renewals including other school locations and management positions.

We require:
-A native English speaker willing to sign an 11 month contract.
-Experience in teaching English, preferably EFL overseas.
-An English teaching certificate is a must (TESOL etc.). No degree is required.
-28 hours per week of in-class teaching at various times from 7:00am - 9:00pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm. There are no classes on Sundays. You may be required to work “split-shifts”, for example mornings and evenings.
-One to teach classes of all levels and ages. The majority of students are young adults and class sizes are typically up to 15 (occasionally special groups are larger).
-A professional attitude. Although teaching overseas is all about the experience of travelling and being immersed into new cultures, Native Tongue abides by its contracts and expects teachers to do the same.

The cost of living in Ibague or Pereira is relatively low, even compared to Bogota. Our salary is sufficient to live comfortably including regular eating-out and entertainment, however one shouldn’t expect to leave with savings or pay previous debts.

To be considered for a position:

Send by e-mail a cover letter and complete resume including a telephone number and your photo.

DO NOT attach certificates, diplomas or letters of reference (these may be requested at a later time).

Your e-mail will be reviewed ONLY if you follow these instructions.

If you qualify you will be contacted, at which time we will answer any questions you may have. Due to the volume of e-mails received, not all applicants will be contacted, but please watch for future job postings and re-apply. Please be prepared to demonstrate your English by phone. 
Address : Cra. 4A bis No. 35-05
Tolima 0037
Phone : +57(8)2727332

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


There are so many types teaching equipment out there, and as a teacher, we should know about them and when it would be effective to use in your classroom. The most popular teaching equipment is the white/blackboard. The interactive whiteboard is getting more popular all over the world. Computers are being used more and more throughout the world, so it is important as a teacher to know how to use it.Classroom management is one of the most important aspects of a teacher's job. Students need to feel like they are in a safe environment with someone who knows what they are doing. If students feel safe they will be more excited and eager to learn which makes the teachers job easier. Providing a safe environment is the first responsibility of a teacher, everything else is built on that foundation.