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izzie_ca



Joined: 31 May 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:40 am    Post subject: Bogota Job Help Reply with quote

Hello,

I plan on moving to Bogota this fall. I have spent the last two years teaching ESL in South Korea. I do not have a TESL certification. I am wondering what kinds of jobs I can expect to get based on my experience. I think its also worth mentioning that I was born and raised in Canada by a Colombian mother. Therefore, I hold dual citizenship. This means I wont need a work visa. Will this make it easier for me to find a job?

Thanks for the help,

Isabel
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windowlicker



Joined: 05 Jun 2008
Posts: 183
Location: Bogotá, Colombia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With 2 years experience in Korea and dual citizenship, you'll have no problem. Personally, if I were you I'd start by looking for a job in a high school or university...only look at an institute if you have no luck with the high schools, but if you already have permission to work here I don't think you'll have any problem finding something with a high school.

I have a Canadian friend who was here with no college degree, no experience and a no-name online TESL Cert, and he got a job at a high school because his wife was Colombian and therefore the school didn't need to go through the hassle of getting him a visa...pay wasn't great because his credentials weren't great, but he was definitely making more and had better benefits than at an institute.

If you have a college degree, I think you could get a job making about 3 million pesos a month or more at a high school. You should be able to save close to half of that without much problem. Check your inbox...I sent you a PM with a little extra info.
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izzie_ca



Joined: 31 May 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info above. I didn't get the PM. Is there a place you can suggest for job postings? Newspapers, websites etc?

Thanks!
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windowlicker



Joined: 05 Jun 2008
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Location: Bogotá, Colombia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasn't expecting you to reply so fast! replied to the thread before sending the PM...check again.

Every once in a while a job post comes up on eslbase.com or tefl.com, but they're usually for institutes. lots of jobs are posted in el tiempo (eltiempo.com) but it seems like the best jobs aren't ever posted online...only the print version. the PM has some extra info about the job search.
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TravellingAround



Joined: 12 Nov 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On here...http://www.colombianblog.com/....there is a list of schools and contact details in one of the forums. Ring them up, send them your CV, visit them etc. Some schools will be on holiday for the summer whereas some other schools have their main breaks in the winter.

Not needing a work visa will be your main asset and although the better schools demand teaching accreditation (as in qualified to teach in your own country) this can be overlooked by some.

Your main problem may be if they try and pay you as a local teacher rather than a foreign teacher. As in much of the world there is, in many places, a big difference between what the local teachers receive and what the western teachers do.
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ottoman79



Joined: 06 Aug 2009
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Location: Arizona

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TravellingAround wrote:
On here...http://www.colombianblog.com/....t



Thanks for this. Really helps a lot!
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ru4real



Joined: 08 Sep 2007
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Location: china

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:52 am    Post subject: windowlicker Reply with quote

I was reading this thread and I also found it very interesting. I am in a similar boat as the starter of this thread has stated. I have almost 3 years experience in ESL in China, Ukraine, and most recently in Ethiopia. I do have a TEFL certification. I was born in the states, but also carry a Columbian passport. I also looking for work here in Columbia and I am interested in Medellin. Due to the PMing restrictions I am also not able to PM anyone here, but I hope that you could Email me with the information given to the poster. My email is RU14real60555(at) yahoo (dot) com. I will look forward to hearing from you or anyone that would be able to help me secure meaningful employment.

I think the only difference might be that I do not currently have a degree, but I am working on it.
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tinydizzy



Joined: 05 Sep 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, you have a TEFL but no college degree. It's normally the other way around.

I'm in Medellěn teaching right now, although I'm not making anywhere near the 3 million figure that someone else quoted (maybe that's just for Bogotá!).

The government is demanding that all English teachers be accredtited, normally with the TKTS test which is only administered in Colombia, but also the CELTA and TEFL are thought to be considered valid. (like everything else in Colombia, no one seems really sure about anything). I only needed a college degree to get my work visa (which you won't need). Nonetheless I think without a college degree you might have a very hard time finding work in a college or university. Your best bet would be with a private institute (Colombo, ULA, Berlitz, etc...). If you get the degree, you could probably land a job nearly anywhere in Medellěn.

Timing is also really important. Almost all jobs begin in January or Frebruary, and November and December are the most important times to be looking for them.
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