Our TEFL center in Cartagena is located just four blocks away from the main entrance to the fortified city in one of the most typical and most colorful neighborhoods of the city. The school is near places of historical importance: the Old City, Plaza de la Trinidad, the Church of San Pedro Claver, and Plaza de Santo Domingo.
It is accommodated in a colonial building that has retained its original character. You can enjoy a nice, comfortable environment while taking your intensive course. Classrooms are cozy and air-conditioned. Our staff of qualified, experienced teachers will be at your side during your training process. Friendly, professional administrative assistants are waiting to support you for a comfortable stay.
- Airport transfer (one way): US $40
- Scuba Excursion to The Islands of Rosario: US $200 for one day
- Snorkeling Excursion: US $100 for one day
(75% on line/25% on site)
Total course fee: US $1,800
- • Deposit: US $600 (due upon registration)
- • Balance payment: US $1,200 (due 2 weeks before the first day of the teaching practice)
2017 Teaching Practice Dates
- 9 January – 18 January
- 6 February – 14 February
- 6 March – 14 March
- 3 April – 11 April
- 8 May – 16 May
- 5 June – 13 June
- 3 July – 11 July
- 7 August – 15 August
- 4 September – 13 September
- 2 October – 11 October
- 30 October – 7 November
- 27 November – 5 December
The certificate is the same as the one issued upon completion of a four-week onsite program. This is due to the teaching practicum that comes with the combined course.
In this part of the world, American English is preferred; though the good news for teachers is that the schools are not really in a position to be too selective. Colombia’s infamous past keeps many prospective teachers away, and teachers of many nationalities are hired. English-teaching qualifications are obviously an advantage. What is also necessary is a good amount of patience to get the visa and a good contract.
The easiest and fastest place to find a teaching job is in one of the many small independent colleges or “English Clubs” that are found in all the major suburbs of Cartagena. Their rates of pay are low, and visa help is minimal or non-existent. Some teachers simply work until their 3-month tourist visa expires, and then move on to a neighboring country. Contracts with these types of schools are rare.
Private lessons are easy to set up, though cancellations are common as is non-payment of tuition. It’s important to protect yourself by working smartly in terms of collecting your pay. Rates go up to $15 an hour.
Primary, secondary and tertiary education institutes pay the best and actively recruit at job fairs overseas. Contract conditions may vary however, and you are well advised to check them before you sign your contract. Many have a clause which allows the school to vary the hours taught (i.e., upwards). Some even specify after-school and Saturday lessons. Some schools pay an hourly rate for after-school work or extra hours, others do not. Flights home, excess baggage and housing allowances, paid vacation, contract completion bonus and weekly teaching hours are all negotiable.
One of the main benefits of living in Colombia is the low cost of living. And what’s more, it’s a low cost of living in a country that offers many of the first-world amenities and infrastructure that you’d expect in a much more expensive location.
In other words, Colombia’s a good value from the perspective of an expat or second home buyer.
If you move to Colombia, count on spending at least $1,300 per month for two people if you own your property. You spend approximately $1,700 per month if you’re renting an unfurnished apartment. A full-time maid will cost more, as will owning a car.
Here is a sample budget for a couple renting an unfurnished apartment:
Allow about $300 if a full-time maid is required.
Cartagena is an awe-inspiring city that guards the secrets of history in its walls, balconies, buildings, and narrow-cobbled streets. It is said that you do not know the Caribbean until you know Cartagena, its people, and their culture. In the Old City, you are going to find fabulous restaurants, clubs, and museums. You may go on a sight-seeing tour or admire Cartagena’s architecture by walking through the city. The New. City features ultra modern houses, fabulous white beaches, and gourmet-food restaurants. The beaches invite for swimming, relaxing, and all kinds of water sports that is usually found in beach areas.
Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage City, and on the “must see” lists of millions of world travelers. Ramparts and walls were built all around the city in historical times in order to protect it from pirate attacks. The forts of San José and San Sebastián and the castles of San Felipe de Barajas and San Fernando y Las Bóvedas are still standing today. Now, nearly 500 years old, this majestic city on the South-western Caribbean, retains much of the charm, history, architecture, romance, and adventure of days gone by.
Here are some ideas of what you can do in Cartagena:
Learn about the colonial city of Cartagena.This town was the main shipping port for the gold collected by the Spaniards all over the South American continent. Historically, Cartagena was one of the main ports for the trade of slaves in South America as well. Today, students can visit a beautiful church built in remembrance of Saint Pedro Claver, a famous “slave of slaves” that lived here.
Stroll through the National Coffee Park.The National Coffee Park is a theme park that is unmatched in Latin America. Here visitors learn about the rich history of this important commercial product and the life cycle from the coffee plant to the coffee pot. The park is also home to beautiful landscapes and interesting exhibits of fauna and flora.
Experience the natural beauty of El Rosario Islands. These islands near Cartagena are widely known for their marvelous beaches and incredible Caribbean coral reefs. Students can select between scuba lessons or snorkeling to study the amazing marine life protected in the national park. Additionally, our teacher that leads a fantastic weekend diving excursion is a professional biologist and provides extensive explanations on the wonders found in this unique ecosystem.
Relax with a trip to El Totumo. “El Totumo” is a mud volcano approximately 15 meters high. Here you can take a break from your TEFL classes and enjoy a relaxing mud bath locally believed to provide health benefits.
Celebrate in “La Chiva Party” style. . La Chiva is a traditional public transportation bus which today is still found in use by peasants in the countryside. In big cities, it is has become a custom to go on a festive “La Chiva” city tour, where party goers tour the city in one of these colorful buses, dancing and enjoying popular music.
Bingo contests, movies, karaoke, parties to dance salsa, merengue or vallenato. Our school’s goal is to provide a wide variety of activities aimed at having fun and getting to know your fellow students.
Delight your senses with Colombian fruits and flowers. . In Colombia, it is common to enjoy fresh fruit juice during meals. What makes this unique for our guests is that the fruits are unknown in much of the rest of the world. They have unusual names such as curuba, lulo, zapote, guanábana, pithaya, uchuva, feijoa, níspero, tamarindo, and maracuyá. Here too, a visit to the market will awaken your senses of sight and smell with an amazing diversity of tropical flowers. Colombia is home to the largest number of orchids in the world, with the national flower being the Cattleya trianae orchid.
Book an excursion to other Colombian archaeological or natural parks Colombia is a special place that, due to its geographical location, offers a wide variety of parks with unique natural and archaeological diversity. Our TEFL school in Cartagena makes it a priority to offer our students the opportunity to get away from the city and gain a better appreciation of the beautiful country that is home to over 45 million people.
Cartagena’s climate is typically Caribbean; its average annual temperature of 28°C changes very little. Although the days are hot, a fresh breeze blows in the evening, making this a pleasant time to stroll around the city. Theoretically, the driest period is from December to April, while October and November are the wettest months.