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Is Colombia right for me - if so which city?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:21 pm    Post subject: Is Colombia right for me - if so which city? Reply with quote

I am 24 years old and I was born in Scotland, though I am now living in Ireland. I am considering moving to Colombia for 6/12 months in late 2018/early 2019. I'd like to experience living in the country and pick up some Spanish. I am currently doing a TEFL course. I don't have a degree, though I can probably get an associates degree by completing a few exams that I have to do. I currently have no experience in teaching, though after I complete my TEFL course, I plan on doing some volunteering in India if possible to gain some experience. I'll be going there in November for 4-5 months, so I'll have ample time to gain some experience.

I don't intend on going to Colombia to make money, rather just to help fund my stay (for however long that may be). I will probably go over with 4-5 thousand euros. I don't mind working full time or just doing private lessons in person or online. Basically, what I want to know is, would I get a job over there at a school or language institute with no degree? I may have an associate degree by time it comes around though. If so, which city would you recommend for me? Medellin, Cali and Barranquilla are the three that interest me the most (in that order).

If not, do you think it would be possible for me to make some cash by doing private lessons online or in person - or would I find it hard to find clients with my lack of qualifications and experience. I'd be more than willing to do lessons at $5 dollar an hour, just for some extra cash.

As an extra, what are some things one can do to become more employable in TEFL in Colombia. I plan on having intermediate Spanish upon arrival. I am also willing to do a CELTA course, perhaps in Colombia, if it would increase my chances of earning money.

Thanks, guys!
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