Local insurance is provided by the program, this insurance has a limited coverage so we ask candidates to purchase an international or traveler’s insurance to cover you for the duration of the program
If your home country insurance offers coverage in a foreign country, it also works, you will need to send a statement or report by the insurance company where it shows the general description of the coverage and the duration.
Yes, teachers will teach English from grades 9 to 13 and could teach up to 7 different groups. Normally each group receives 3 hours of English per week in the public school system.
Volunteers could be asked to give classes anytime from 7am until 6pm. The majority of the public schools will be open from 7am until 3pm but some will be open until 5pm.
There is high speed internet in all cities. However, volunteers should be reminded that it is not uncommon for services (water, gas, internet, etc.) to go out sometimes although it is extremely rare for this events to happen
Colombia’s reputation is currently struggling with old stereotypes that are largely outdated at this point. There are some issues with guerillas in remote jungle regions, but as long as you stay in well-traveled areas, and avoid areas that you are advised against traveling to, Colombia is quite safe. The placement cities have been selected specifically for their safety and the housing has been identified in safe areas close to the centers where participants will be teaching.
At the country level, the existing safety issues rarely involve foreigners. Colombia certainly has had its challenges over the past several decades, and like any country or major city, there are still some areas that may be dangerous. Use the same caution you’d use in any major city or foreign country.
In general, travelers find Colombians to be extremely warm, friendly and helpful. Speak with anyone who has traveled to Colombia in recent years, and you’ll likely find out that it was one of their favorite countries that they’ve ever visited, and that they felt perfectly safe.
sense, and listen to the advice of the program and the locals, and you’ll be in great shape to have a positive and safe experience in Colombia!
Upon arrival, teachers will attend a two week orientation in Bogota, followed by one week orientation in their placement sites. Accommodation and meals will be included throughout the orientation.
The orientation will include:
- An introduction to Colombia, safety training, and logistics
- Excursions to cultural sites in Bogota like Plaza Bolivar, Museo del Oro, and others
- Visits from several guest speakers
All teachers will apply for the Courtesy Visa before arrival in Colombia, via an online application. We will provide all visa paperwork needed for this application. You will officially get the visa upon arrival in Colombia at your local immigration office, and the cost will be covered by the program. The visa will allow you to stay in Colombia for the duration of your program.
This program is a volunteer position, and the stipend is meant to cover your basic living costs like rent, transportation, and meals. If you are wanting to do things outside of the program like travel, eat meals out, etc., You will need to bring extra spending money. Make sure you think ahead if you are enrolled in larger cities like Bogota, Medellín, Cartagena, Cali, and Barranquilla as these urban areas have a higher cost of living, so the stipend will not go as far.
This completely depends. Depending on the city it can be anywhere from 350.000 pesos to 750.000 (as a rough estimate)
The address of the schools along with the first month accommodation will be disclosed at orientation in the first two weeks of the program.
The deposit is required to secure your placement in the program, this is done to avoid candidates leaving the program early as well as to guarantee the placement to the candidates who pay in a “first come, first served” basis