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Need advice from people teaching in Colombia

 
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owen358



Joined: 14 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:14 am    Post subject: Need advice from people teaching in Colombia Reply with quote

I am a native English speaker. Been teaching in Medellin for a few months but just signed contract. 24 hours per week for 1 million pesos per month (minus health 80000). Now they're telling me I must do the cambridge or ielts exam because the teachers must have an English qualification. On top I must pay 500000 pesos for the fee. Nevermind the fact that I have been teaching these classes for 5 years. I have 2 university degrees from English universities and the celta. This seems beyond insanity. Obviously for non native I would expect it. My question is has anyone else had to do this? I would rather not pay half a month's salary for a completely useless qualification. Any comments much appreciated.
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nomad soul



Joined: 31 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:42 am    Post subject: Re: Need advice from people teaching in Colombia Reply with quote

owen358 wrote:
They're telling me I must do the cambridge or ielts exam because the teachers must have an English qualification.
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I have 2 university degrees from English universities and the celta.

I don't teach in Colombia but am curious as to what specific Cambridge exam they're referring to. Your CELTA, university degrees, and the fact that you're a native-speaker should be enough.
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currentaffairs



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a new job.
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G22



Joined: 25 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If they're only offering you 24 hours a week and 1 million a month, I'd laugh in their faces and walk out.
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leretif9



Joined: 24 Mar 2013
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the name of this place? I want to avoid applying there...
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PittsburghSound



Joined: 27 Aug 2014
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Location: Colombia

PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look for a new job.

I'm in Bucaramanga, a much smaller city than Medellin. I just signed a contract for 24,000 COP per hour for 24 hours a week. Comes out to about 2.3 million COP per month. This is a language institute.
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leretif9



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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2016 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PittsburgSound:

How do you like Bucaramanga?

Have you spent time in Medellin? If so, how would you compare the two?

Also, what are your quals. for the gig you've got now?

Thanks.
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alovelylifex



Joined: 24 Jan 2015
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G22 wrote:
If they're only offering you 24 hours a week and 1 million a month, I'd laugh in their faces and walk out.


Well stated. Very Happy
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