TEACH in COLOMBIA Program
Cultural Embrace by API (CE by API) is working together with Colombian government-sponsored and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 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.
Year-long placements are available. 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 experience, and Spanish-language skill are preferred. Any participant that does not have an education degree or classroom teaching background is strongly encouraged to take a TEFL/TOEFL/TESL prior to departure.
Participants will have an orientation in Bogotá, including a shared room, meals, cultural training & country information, excursions, and cultural activities. Afterwards, they will receive an in-country TEFL training as well as a period of classroom observation. Placements are available in various cities in Colombia (a domestic one-way flight from Bogotá to your host city is included if you are not placed in 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 a bonus at the end of the year-long program. Stipends and bonuses are paid in Colombian Pesos.
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. Discover and be a part of Colombia's growth. Learning transformed. Life transforming.
We are currently accepting applications for January 2015! Applications will close on November 3rd, 2014.
**Program details (such as stipend, bonus, and other specifics) are up-to-date as of September 9, 2014, but are subject to change until all details are confirmed with our Colombian partner.**
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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 US$500 during your first teaching month (housing in a shared hostel included) and US$800 during the remaining teaching months. Stipends are approximate and are paid in Colombian Pesos.
Participants will have housing arranged and included in their program during orientation in Bogota, and their first month on site in their host city. Housing will be in shared hostels. Participants will arrange their own housing for the remainder of the program.
At the end of the year-long program, participants will receive a US$750 bonus.
Two-week, all-inclusive orientation in Bogotá, Colombia. Shared rooms (2-4 people) and meals 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.
Participants may opt to take CE by API's affiliated online TEFL course for US$295. This course provides approximately 120 hours of online instruction to prepare for English-teaching classrooms.
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 Bogota. A return flight back to Bogotá is not included at the end of your program.
CE by API will provide you with the proper paperwork needed to obtain a visa, but we have no control or the ability to guarantee government issuance and/or visa availability.
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 insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support services for medical and travel issues.
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
Opt for an AT&T mobile plan that offers low international rates, no roaming charges in over 150 countries, and bundled data and text. Current AT&T customers may simply add the coverage to their current plan and billing. Non-AT&T customers may use their own phone and swap with an AT&T SIM card.
- Preference will be given to applicants with the following attributes:
- Native English speaker
- Spanish language skills
- Bachelor's degree in any discipline; Education majors preferred
- Teaching, tutoring, or mentoring experience
- 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 $400. This is non-refundable unless we are not able to place you after acceptance.
Final program dates will be determined in fall 2014.**Can$, Aus$, Br£, Euros€ can be accepted with an additional service charge for currency conversion.
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$150 Application Deposit (credited towards your program fee) to:
CULTURAL EMBRACE BY API
301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746 USA
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 remainder of your program fee and all of 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 placement process. After we have received your program fee in full, you will receive your placement confirmation and details, pre-departure information, arrival details, and your insurance card.
*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 email@example.com 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/.