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TEFL in Medellin (Colombia)

International TEFL Training Institute’s center in Medellin is accommodated in the largest private university of Medellin. It is in close proximity to El Poblado, a neighborhood which is considered to be the best in downtown Medellin. The school is recognized for its high-quality academic education using cutting-edge technology.

We offer English classes with Colombian students in an exciting, ultra-modern environment. Students can use academic and technological tools to support their studies. The school is part of the International TEFL Training Institute Group, a global teacher-training organization. The certificate you receive is your passport to your final destination–your teaching job. We offer large, comfortable classrooms to provide for a maximum learning experience. Our staff of qualified, experienced teachers will be at your side during your training process.


We offer one-hour-per-week complimentary Spanish classes for beginners and intermediate learners throughout the duration of the course

120-Hour Combined TEFL Certification 

(75% on line/25% on site)

Course Fee

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 the onsite program.  This is due to the teaching practicum that comes with the combined course.

Teaching English in Colombia as a native or non-native English speaker with the proper teaching skills is an excellent opportunity. It is a country waiting for tourism to arise, and one thing holding it back is the lack of English knowledge throughout most of the country.

Medellin used to be known for drug lords and violence, and Bogota was one of the most violent cities. Both have become popular tourist escapes. The people are welcoming to everyone, and it is easy to get sucked into the casual laid back life, wherever you are, and whether it is because you choose to teach abroad, or just visiting.

  • • Average monthly salary: $1,700

  • • Save or break even?: Save

  • • Will schools sponsor a work visa?: Yes

Teaching English as a Foreign Language is a great option for teaching in Colombia. You may also consider working at a bilingual school where you can teach other subjects in English. Your options are


  • • Bilingual Elementary, Middle and High Schools

  • • English Institutes

Elementary through high school levels have either morning or afternoon schedules. For example, a morning schedule could start at 6:00 am and end at around 12:00 noon, and an afternoon schedule could start at 12:00 noon and end around 6:00 pm. Instructions at the university level or in institutes can be anytime. The typical Colombian work day consists of a work week from Monday through Saturday.

Finding a Job
Just like you would expect anywhere in the world, finding a job can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. Colombia has large EFL institute chains. Such schools are popular places to work as a TEFL instructors. Private lessons are also a promising career move, and the average rate can be anywhere from $12-27 an hour.

When and Where to Look for Jobs
The most popular places to find jobs are in cities such as Medellin, Bogota and Barranquilla. Medellin is a booming, small city in the interior of the country.  It is the center of fashion and architecture. The Paisa people, those living in and around Medellin, have distinct qualities. They are known for their friendliness and overall love for life. Paisas are very welcoming people, and it is easy to find friends wherever you go.

Bogota is the capital city and has all the diversity of New York with distinct districts.Barranquilla is the least popular for tourism, but there are still many opportunities in this coastal city.

Throughout the country, it is not easy to find jobs on line; although, it can be accomplished. Arriving in country to find a job is risky; however, it is the best way to land the job you like.

Required Qualifications
Teachers interested in working in Colombia at a small, private language institute may only need a college degree.   To obtain a work visa and teach at a more prestigious school or university requires at least a TEFL certificate and some previous experience.

Salary & Cost of Living
A foreign teacher can expect to earn from $1,000 to $3,200 a month, depending on your qualifications and location. Larger school chains offer to pay for housing and airline tickets depending on the location you apply to and your contract with them. If housing isn’t included, just ask the school faculty whom you are applying with; everyone is friendly and happy to help make you feel comfortable in your new home.

The cost of living varies widely, depending on where in the country you reside. In Medellin, public transportation is extremely inexpensive as well as very convenient. The metro runs from one end of the city to the other costing only 0.75 cents a trip. Taxis are more expensive than in neighboring cities like Bogota but are hardly needed as the metro is more convenient most of the time.

Monthly rent can cost up to $1,200 a month for a furnished apartment or as low as $400 a month for an unfurnished.

The shopping malls in the cities are lovely, but don’t expect low prices for clothing. In fact, everything that is imported is expensive. Luckily, you can generally find a Colombian version of most things that you would need.

Classroom & Work Culture:
In general, Colombian teachers are not strict, and the education system may seem very lax. Expect meetings to start late and students to disregard the clock as they stroll in tardy. Student-teacher relationships are close and are usually on a first-name basis. Dress code is directly related to your school and can be anywhere from shorts and t-shirts to professional attire. Greetings are important to such a welcoming culture, and it is custom for women to kiss on the cheeks and men to shake hands.

Medellin is the second largest, most progressive city in Colombia. International travelers and others say, “Medellin is one of the most beautiful cities in South America.” The home of orchids, parks and tropical birds, Medellin lies cradled in the Aburra Valley, bisected by the Medellin River which runs North and South. Nightlife, called “Rumba”, takes place in many locations, beginning on Thursday night, and running “hot and heavy” through Saturday night.

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With an International (MDE), and an Inter Colombia (EOH), in-town airport, travel agencies report that Medellin serves as a popular central air hub for tourists. Buses, taxis or the world class METRO rail are all safe, inexpensive, modes of convenient transportation. You’ll find hundreds of good lodging and restaurant options to choose from. At 1,600 meters, the annual temperature is perfect. No need for A/C.

With a population of nearly three million people, Medellin now occupies the 66th place among the world’s most populated cities. Its inhabitants are called Paisas. They have a well deserved reputation as hard-working, hard-playing people of culture, sincerity and friendliness. They are filled with pride over their cities’ transportation systems, universities, parks, museums, architecture, sports teams, diversified manufacturing base, communications, shopping facilities and the area’s cleanliness. Even the efficiency of their governments and utilities will usually elicit words of praise! Most of the national beauty queens and top fashion models in Colombia call Medellin their hometown. Paisas are of many races and colors, just like the beautiful flowers which are grown around here and shipped overnight from Medellin’s International Airport to many countries around the world to bring joy to people.


Medellín features a tropical rainforest climate, albeit a noticeably cooler version of this climate that borders closely on a subtropical highland climate and also on a tropical monsoon climate. Because Medellín is located at 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level, its climate is not as hot as other cities located at the same latitude near the equator. Because of its altitude above sea level and privileged location in the Andes Range, Medellín’s weather, at times, is more characteristic of a humid subtropical climate than that of a tropical climate.

The city’s average annual temperature is 22 °C (72 °F), and because of its proximity to the equator, its temperature is constant year round, with minimal temperature variations. Temperatures range from 15 to 30 °C (59 to 86 °F). Because of the pleasant, spring-like climate all year, Medellín is known as “La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera” or “City of the Eternal Spring.” However, as the city is located in a valley and many of its districts are on slopes, temperatures can be slightly cooler on the surrounding mountains.


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