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What is the minimum pay I should accept teaching in Medellin

 
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New2Colombia



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:27 pm    Post subject: What is the minimum pay I should accept teaching in Medellin Reply with quote

I recently have received an offer I felt was quite low.

What is the minimum amount of money I should accept per hour here in Medellin with a BA, TEFL, 6 months experience?
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spanglish



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Medellin is known as a tough place to teach English. With no CELTA, I'd say 15.000-25.000 pesos/hour should be your minimum.
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New2Colombia



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gracias!

15,000 was exactly the offer, funny enough

25,000 is on offer in Bogota for a CELTA, but not here (and I don't have a CELTA, only a TEFL)
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ And I'm sure you'd be happy to know that your pay wouldn't go up a dime if you had a CELTA if you already have a TEFL/TESOL.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're quite cynical Adriang4. Do you have much/any experience teaching in Colombia?

There is some truth in what you say, though. Many high schools that have been interested in hiring me have really only seemed to care about the fact that I was a native speaker and a friend of a friend who worked there.

Having the CELTA though, helped me to do better in the interviews and universities always seemed to know what the CELTA is and to highly respect it. I was offered a job at a good university based on my interview performance and, as the director told me flat out, 'You wouldn't even be interviewing here in the first place if you didn't have a CELTA.' I have a friend who is teaching at a very good university and he told me he was hired because he had a friend connected with it and because he had the CELTA.

So what does it come down to? Qualifications and connections. You won't get very far unless you have both.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My experience is limited to just Mexico, however, I wouldn't think that Colombia (a country that's even worse off than Mexico,) would be extremely picky about where you got certified and did your teaching assessment. In the end, it's just a month course .. I did mine through INTESOL international .. I am thinking about going to Colombia, so we'll see how that works.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, 'a country that's even worse off than Mexico' - interesting comment.

I recommend you visit the forum poorbuthappy. That will give you a very good education on Colombia.
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teacherdude



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:00 am    Post subject: Spanglish Reply with quote

Spanglish,

you seem quite knowledgeable on this topic.

I am an ESL teacher with over a decade of experience.
I have a TESL Certificate and I got my CELTA two years ago.

I am also a trained journalist with years of experience in Canadian TV and Print. I am presently a NATO journalist in Afghanistan.

I worked in Bogota for six months in 2000 for an elite primary school and I speak basic Spanish. I have also taught in Toronto and Turkey.

What kind of salary can I hope to earn.

Which are the better institutions that I should check out?
Which should I avoid?

I have always loved the Colombian people and often think of returning if I can find a decent job.

Regards,
TD
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spanglish



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This:
http://poorbuthappy.com/colombia/post/best-high-schools-in-bogota/

and this

http://video.poorbuthappy.com/colombia/post/colegio-los-nogales-anyone-work-at-or-know-someone/

should be helpful.

Top tier colegios:

Anglo Colombiano
Colegio Gran Bretana
The English School
Colegio Nueva Granada
Colegio Los Nogales

Second tier colegios:
Abraham Lincoln School
Rochester School
Colegio Vermont
Colegio San Carlos

The British Council is probably the best employer for English teaching, but they get so many application that they're able to hire only hire those with a DELTA.

For universities, you might check out La Universidad Externado, La Javeriana and La Sabana (these are all for Bogota; you can research the other cities for the equivalents).

Look for a job that pays $900-$1500/month, depending on hours. If you get lucky, you'll land a nice university job that pays $2000/month.
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teacherdude



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Spanglish.

I appreciate it.

TD
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dudeteacher



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought I would bump this thread up.

Does anyone know what's the minimum to expect these days in Medellin?

I'm talking about experienced with a CELTA.

Spanglish thanks for that info, I should've stated that I meant Medellin not Bogota.

Dude
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dudeteacher wrote:
I thought I would bump this thread up.

Does anyone know what's the minimum to expect these days in Medellin?

I'm talking about experienced with a CELTA.

Spanglish thanks for that info, I should've stated that I meant Medellin not Bogota.

Dude


A Uni just offered me 24000/hr. I am assuming that's ok.
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