TEACH in COLOMBIA Program
Cultural Embrace by API (CE by API) is working together with Colombian government-sponsored organization to provide vocational English training in job training centers and programs. Student ages range from sixteen to fifty years old, with varied language skills. English training is an important step to help locals do better in school, find better jobs, and improve communication in the global market. Colombian students typically study English from 1st to 12th grade, however, they feel least comfortable conversing in English. It is estimated that only 10% of approximately 15,000 English teachers in Colombia are fluent in English. Thus, Colombia's Ministry of Education and NGOs have asked CE by API to recruit and place native English speakers in teaching positions where they make a positive impact on the English fluency of Colombians.
In 2015, CE by API will offer ten-month (two-semester) placements that begin Feburary 1st and end in mid-December. Programs include approxmiately 3 weeks of orientation at the beginning of the program, with a short summer break inbetween semesters. Our placements are based upon the needs and availability of the partner programs in various cities in Colombia. Volun-teachers that are native English speakers with college degrees, teaching/tutoring or classroom experience, and basic Spanish-language skill are preferred, but not required. Any participant that does not have a bachelor's degree, must have a minimum of five years of full-time professional work.
Participants will have a two-week orientation in Bogotá and one-week orientation in their host city. Orientation will include shared accommodations, 3 meals per day, cultural training & country information, excursions, and cultural activities. During this orientation, the participants will receive an in-country TEFL training as well as a period of classroom observation. Placements are available in various cities in Colombia, and a domestic one-way flight from Bogotá to your host city is included, if you are not placed in or near Bogotá.
Following orientation, participants will be paid a comfortable monthly stipend of approximately US$500 for their first teaching month (housing in shared hostel included while participants get oriented to their host cities), and approximately US$800/month during the remaining teaching months (housing not included). Participants will also receive approximately US$250 bonus in June and approximately US$500 bonus in December. Stipends and bonuses are paid in Colombian Pesos, and are subject to change.
Volun-teachers are required to teach about 20-25 classroom hours per week, plus an additional 15-20 hours per week of classroom prep, grading, office hours, and staff meetings. Hurry--application deadline is November 10, 2014! Discover and be a part of Colombia's growth. Learning Transformed - Life Transforming!
Program Highlights and Benefits
Teaching in Colombia Offers:
Satisfaction in helping others
A broader perspective on world views
An economical way to live and travel abroad
Opportunity to learn other foreign cultural activities (ie: language, music, cooking, etc)
Memorable experiences while traveling and seeing exotic sites
Lifelong friends from all around the globe
Valuable work experiences that strengthens your resume
Support and development of self-confidence and personal skills
Cultural Embrace by API Offers:
Guaranteed Teaching Position Prior to Departure
CE by API pre-arranges and guarantees your teaching placement before you leave home to ensure an easy and hassle-free transition to your new life abroad.
You will receive a monthly stipend of CP$1,500,000/~US$800 per month, except for your first month's paycheck (mid-Feb to mid-March), which will be ~US$500 that includes your first month's shared accommodations and the work visa fees. All stipends are approximate and are paid in Colombian Pesos.
Participants will have housing arranged and included in their program during the two-weeks orientation in Bogota, and their first month on site in their host city. Housing will be in shared hostels. Participants will be responsible to arrange their own housing for the remainder of the program. Most volun-teachers rent a private or shared (with other volun-teachers) room or apartment from a local Colombian family. Our partner's regional coordinators will be able to assist you to determine the ideal areas to live in your host city.
At the end of the 10-month program, participants will receive CP$1,900,000/~US$900 bonus in December.
Two-week, all-inclusive orientation in Bogotá, Colombia. Shared rooms (2-4 people) and three meals per day are included during this training to orient you to Colombian culture, the educational system, working & living in Colombia, and more. Excursions and cultural activities included. In-country basic TEFL training will be included prior to your teaching, there will also be a period of classroom observations. Participants will also have a one-week orientation at their host city to learn more about their classroom and host location. Shared accommodations and three-meals a day are included during this one-week orientation.
One-Way Domestic Transfer to Host City Placement (Placements other than Bogota only)
Upon completion of the two-week orientation, a one-way domestic flight from Bogota will be included to all participants that are placed to teach in cities other than in or near Bogota. A return flight back to Bogotá is not included at the end of your program.
A set date and window of time for airport pick-up and transfer will be included in Bogotá, for the orientation, as well as for your host city placement (if applicable).
Medical, Life, and Travel Insurance
Medical and life insurance is provided for all participants during the program term. This international insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support services for medical and travel issues. You will also receive Colombia's EPS national health insurance that is included and paid for by your employer.
Participants may opt to take CE by API's affiliated online TEFL course for US$295. This course provides approximately 100-120 hours of online instruction to prepare for English-teaching classrooms.
Volun-teachers will receive the proper invitation documents needed to obtain a visa. During the orientation in Bogota, volun-teachers will go to the consulate to get their work visas approved and receive their national identification card (cedula). The ~US$250 visa fees will be included.
Cultural Embrace by API Cultural Kit:
Useful tips, advice, and information to prepare you for the amazing adventure of living and working abroad in Colombia.
CE by API provides representation in the United States and Colombia prior to, during, and after your placement.
TOMS Shoes, a One for One™ Giving Product
Upon completion of your program and online evaluations, you will receive a pair of TOMS Shoes. With every product purchased, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One™. Giving back is part of our ethos. We share the vision of the TOMS mission - to help contribute to making a positive impact abroad by providing a pair of shoes to a child in need.
If you wish to receive a certificate detailing your teaching experience, please let us know and we will provide the necessary documentation.
Optional international mobile plan with data coverage
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Preference will be given to applicants with the following attributes:
- Native English speaker
- Teaching/tutoring or classroom experience
- Basic Spanish language skills (not required, but helpful)
- Bachelor's degree in any discipline (or minimum five years full-time professional experience without a BA degree)
- Enjoy leading groups and teaching young adults and/or professionals
- Lesson planning and organization skills
- High degree of professionalism and flexibility
- Open to foreign cultures and living abroad
- Dedication to the full term of commitment
- A criminal background check
2015 Program Fees
No program fee! You only have to pay the application fee*.
*The application fee for teach programs is $400. This is non-refundable unless we are not able to place you after acceptance, in which you will receive full refund.
November 10: Application Deadline
February 1-15: Orientation in Bogota with TEFL training
February 15-22: Orientation in host city location
February 23 ~ December 19*: 10-month contract with ~2 weeks off June/July semester break & 1 week off for Holy Week.
*End date varies depending on each center's schedule
How to Apply
1. Obtain the CE by API Preliminary Application in one of two ways:
(a) Download the Preliminary Application (pdf).
(b) Call Cultural Embrace by API at 1-512-469-9089, US/Canada toll-free 1-800-844-4124; or Skype: Cultural.Embrace to have the forms mailed to you in 3-5 days.
2. Read the instructions carefully and submit:
a) Preliminary Application Form
c) US$400 Application Fee to:
CULTURAL EMBRACE BY API
301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746 USA
or email your application form, resume/CV, and payment (credit card payment form is attached to application) to email@example.com.
Application deadline ends on November 10, 2014, however, we recommend that you apply as early as possible since we have a limit of 50 placements. All applicants will be interviewed by our Austin Program Coordinator and the directors in Colombia, whom will make the final decision of the teachers they want.
Upon receipt of your application, a Cultural Embrace by API coordinator will contact you for a 20-30 minute phone or Skype interview to learn more about your skills, experience, needs, and also to discuss the program details and expectations.
If you are accepted into the program, you will receive a billing statement and a list of required supplemental materials after your interview. The required supplemental materials include: signed program agreement form, copy of your passport info page, cover letter explaining your motivation for going on this program, one letter of recommendation, doctor's note certifying that you are in excellent physical and mental health, police background security check, two passport-sized photos.
The required supplemental materials will be due two (2) weeks following your interview. Once we have received these things, we will be able to send your information to our partners abroad to begin the review process. You will have at least one Skype interview with representatives from Colombia to determine if this is going to be a mutually beneficial placement. Upon acceptance and placement confirmation, we will send you pre-departure information, arrival details, your international insurance card, and details needed for you to buy your airfare to Bogota.
*Expedited applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Cultural Embrace by API requires an additional expediting fee of US$180 if your complete application is received less than eight (8) weeks prior to your desired date of departure. If you do not have all the application materials readily available, we recommend that you begin the application process as soon as possible and submit as much information as early as you are able.
To follow and know what our current and past participants have experienced abroad, join our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and CE BLOG community. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call us at 1-512-469-9089 or Skype: Cultural.Embrace.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)
1) Why should I pay to teach abroad, and where does my money go to with Cultural Embrace by API?
CE by API and our local partners in Colombia specialize in arranging a guaranteed teach placement, orientation, and insurance prior to your departure. This will alleviate the troubles and stress of getting everything organized in a new country, so you will have more time and energy to spend on your teach placement and living abroad. Your time abroad will still be an independent and memorable one, but we are here to guide you to a safe, healthy and comfortable experience before, during, and after your adventure.
You will be assigned an experienced Program Coordinator from our Austin, Texas office. He/She will provide personalized attention to help pre-arrange your teach placement, housing and travel needs. Our Program Coordinator will work with our local representative to match your requests and background skills with the availability and needs of the local organizations and institutions. Once you go abroad, you will be assisted by our local representative, and will usually have a direct supervisor (the organization or institution's English program supervisor) for your teach placement, as well.
Your application fee of $400 includes a guaranteed teach placement, housing for at least the first month upon arrival then a monthly stipend of US$800 during teaching months ($500 during the first month), a bonus of US$750 at the end of the year, and a two-week, all-inclusive, in-country training in Bogotá, airport pick-up/transfer, medical, life & travel insurance including evacuation and repatriation, and all of the administrative and logistical costs to set up your placement in the States and Colombia. You may opt to take our affiliated online TEFL course for US$295.
Our program is being subsidized by the Colombian governmental organization with whom we are working so that the program can be more affordable to native English speakers who would be interested in teaching in Colombia.
4.) Will I lose my application deposit if I am not accepted into the program?
While the $400 is nonrefundable, the only reason you would not be accepted into the program is if you did not meet the requirements listed above or if you failed to submit your required supplemental materials (police background check, doctor’s note, etc), or if these materials did not prove to be satisfactory. If we are not able to place you after acceptance because of the program being full, we will refund your application deposit.
After the two-week-long, all-inclusive orientation in Bogota, you will move to your program site. We will arrange housing for everone in a shared hostel for the 1st month on-site, while you look for housing on your own.
18.) What is the carbon offset program I read about on the website?
CE by API wants to positively impact our world. We have partnered with Carbon Clear, one of the largest providers of carbon offset credits, to address the environmental effect of their travels abroad. CE by API has chosen projects that participants may elect to sponsor for US$15. Past projects include: methane capture landfill project in Valparaiso, Chile; energy efficient railways in Delhi, India; and a biomass cogeneration project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more details about this program, follow this link: http://www.apistudyabroad.com/about/green/.