To help our students and graduates make a smooth transition to their new lives teaching English abroad, we've enlisted our ITA Ambassadors to provide us with insider facts and tips for making the most of life in major cities around the globe like Bogota Colombia.
Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), our ambassadors have actionable on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city. Please note that things change and we will do our best to keep these "Fact Sheets" updated over time and that current and future ambassadors will continue to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.
Meet our Bogota Ambassador!
|Visa Type||Work Visa|
|North American Comfort Food Locations||
Generally, the International sections at Carrulla and Jumbo have a pretty decent selection (including peanut butter!). They can be found all over the city in every neighborhood.
Transmilenio is a bus system that runs in its own lane, so you can avoid traffic. It's great because it's cheap and you can get anywhere in the city, but be warned, it does get CROWDED!
|Hospitals & Doctors (English Speaking)||
Every clinic that I have been to has at least one doctor or nurse who can speak some English. Just ask.
|Beauty Supply Stores, Hairdressers & Barbers||Beauty supplies are easy to come by, but it is a little expensive to buy North American brands of make-up, and the selection is a bit limited. Unfortunately, I have had terrible experiences with hairdressers so I don't have any great recommendations - but find someone with fabulous hair and ask them. Then just bring lots of photos to provide as examples.|
|Bank Account Location||
I haven't had to open an account.
Some restaurants I like to frequent are:
Some places I enjoy visiting during my free time include:
Azahar Cafe: Parque 93
|Permanent Housing Resources||
Bogota Short Term Rentals on Facebook is the best resource to find shared housing accommodations.
|Expat Community Resources||
Most of my friends are Colombian, but all of my expat friends I met through work or traveling during the holidays.
Colombians are great people! They will welcome you in and show you the ropes, so take advantage and enjoy it!
Don't listen to the negative things you hear about Colombia. it is a great country, with amazing people. As long as you are smart and have common sense, it is perfectly safe and people will always be ready to help you!
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- Teaching English in Colombia: Country Profile
- Teaching English in Colombia: Public School Opportunities
- Discover the Secret Allure of Colombia While Teaching English
- Teach English in Bogota, Colombia: The "Athens of Latin America"
- Colombia Alumni Facebook Group: Only enrolled students & alumni may post, but anybody can check out the conversation between ITA grads teaching English in Colombia on a wide array of topics from job tips and apartment hunting to recreational activities & social meet-ups.