About Teaching English in Colombia
To teach English in Colombia, you will need a TEFL certificate. A 4-year college degree is not required but is strongly preferred. Native English proficiency is also expected to find a TEFL job. The average salary for an English teacher in Colombia is about $500 - $1,050 USD per month.
With the region's fast-growing economy, TEFL certified teachers are in high demand in Colombia. With over 45 million inhabitants, Colombia has the second largest population in South America. It is also home to the fourth-largest number of Spanish speakers in the world after Mexico, the United States, and Spain, which means it provides for a great opportunity to perfect your Spanish while teaching English in Colombia.
Twenty years ago, Colombia was a virtual no-go zone, but in recent decades the nation has become one of the most dynamic countries in Latin America and it has become much safer as well, as evidenced by its huge growth in tourism.
English teaching jobs in Colombia typically start in January - March, and July - August time periods. Most positions are for teaching English in private language schools, primarily to adults (business types, university students, tourism, etc.).
The English teaching job market in Colombia is very strong in Bogota, Medellin, and other larger cities. Colombia is a break-even market, which allows teachers to live comfortably while teaching 20-30 hours per week.