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Colombian specific certification??

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:10 pm    Post subject: Colombian specific certification?? Reply with quote

An English-teaching Colombian friend of mine told me rumors of a "Colombian teaching certificate" that takes 6 months and about 5 million to obtain, and here in Colombia, it is seen as equivalent to a USA teacher's license for hiring purposes in International Schools.

However, when I spoke to the HR department of a more prestigious language school that I was having a hard time getting hired at, she told me this:

1) There is no such thing as this "Colombian teaching certificate". You need a USA license to teach subjects in High Schools, EVEN in bilingual schools.

2) I only need a TEFL to teach at her school. The reason I wasn't hired is that by hiring me she would be breaking the law, via exceeding her allowed quota of foreign teachers. (I suspect this may be why I can't find a job here in Medellin no matter how much the interviewers "like" me)

Does anyone know the truth of the matter here? Am I going to need to leave Medellin and go back to the USA to get a teaching cert if I want to teach High School Math, or is there another way?
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