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CarolinaTHeels



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:35 pm    Post subject: Barranquilla Institutes Reply with quote

Anyone know of institutes in Quilla?
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CarolinaTHeels



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw these posted online.

Berlitz Colombia www.berlitz.com.co
British International College www.britishschool.edu.co
Centro Cultural Colombo Americano www.colomboamericano.org
ILC - International Language Center www.ilc-co.com
Instituto Meyer www.institutomeyer.com
Praxis Language School www.praxis.edu.co

Can I get a job with these with a degree (non edu) and little esl experience?
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spanglish



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd guess that just being a native speaker would make you overqualified for about any language institute in the city. You could ask around and see which has the best reputation. Berlitz has the worst rep of any institute in the country and the Colombo would probably be too low pay, so you could check out the others and see if they are worthwhile.
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Rainingsteel



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,

A little while back I got some great advice from Spanglish and Windowlicker and Iím looking for a few more answers before I arrive in Colombia.

Iíve already purchased my ticketsóin a few weeks I leave to Central America for a 2 month stay at a Spanish school because itís way cheaper there, and then on to Colombia.

Iíve decided on Barranquilla for a variety of reasons. I want to shy away from the ďgringo trail,Ē and I want to practice/be immersed in Caribbean Spanish - the dialect most commonly spoken around the area of the US where I reside. I also want to be near (I know itís a short drive) to the beach.

Like Iíve said in another thread, Iíll have a few thousand in the bank and a small, but steady income from the US in the amount of $500-600 dollars a month which I plan to use for rent (shared apartment for better language immersion) and other bills. Iím not going to Colombia to make money or start an ESL career, but rather just to experience living abroad for a year before grad school.

My main question is: With absolutely NO ESL experience (and no certification,) would I still be able to get some part time work at the institutes listed above by CarolinaTHeels? Again, Iím not looking for a career, health benefits, visa for legal work, or even a job that would support me. Iím just looking for a little supplemental income so I donít have to dip into savings as much and so I donít get bored/lazy. Iím a native US speaker with bachelors degree and I recently began reading the ďhow to teach EnglishĒ books recommended by spanglish, if that makes any difference.

Any response is appreciated. Thanks.
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spanglish



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great plan.

About any institute would be extremely excited to take on a native speaker for some classes. I think pay should be in the 25.000/hour range though I'm not really up on the Barranquilla teaching scene.

By the way, I met an American girl who was teaching at the Colombo in a different mid-size Colombian city. She seemed quite satisfied with her job and it afforded her the ability to have a modest lifestyle. Of course, I don't think she was saving much anything for a flight home or an emergency fund.
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windowlicker



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rainingsteel wrote:

My main question is: With absolutely NO ESL experience (and no certification,) would I still be able to get some part time work at the institutes listed above by CarolinaTHeels? Again, Iím not looking for a career, health benefits, visa for legal work, or even a job that would support me. Iím just looking for a little supplemental income so I donít have to dip into savings as much and so I donít get bored/lazy.


Almost certainly, yes. But no, they almost certainly will not provide you with any of the other things (health benefits, work visa). As a result, if you want to stay for a full year, you'll probably have to get a little creative with how you skirt the immigration rules.

Let us know how it goes.
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windowlicker



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, you may also be interested to know that Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla has a Spanish for foreigners program. No idea what the costs are or what the quality is like, though I do have a well-qualified friend who is an English teacher there and in general the language department has a good reputation...my guess is this would probably be the best way to get started meeting people in Barranquilla.

http://www.uninorte.edu.co/extensiones/idiomas/secciones.asp?ID=127
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Rainingsteel



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good. Thank you both for the advice. Iíll definitely look into Universidad del Norte when I get there.
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CarolinaTHeels



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

windowlicker wrote:
By the way, you may also be interested to know that Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla has a Spanish for foreigners program. No idea what the costs are or what the quality is like, though I do have a well-qualified friend who is an English teacher there and in general the language department has a good reputation...my guess is this would probably be the best way to get started meeting people in Barranquilla.

http://www.uninorte.edu.co/extensiones/idiomas/secciones.asp?ID=127


Expensive as FUG! Atleast I think so...

Better off just getting some bilingual colombian friends and just save that money. lol
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