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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



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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



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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



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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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