Anny from United Kingdom

Teaching English in Colombia

6 months ago written by

“Once you have searched and applied for your new job teaching English in Colombia, it’s a waiting game.”

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Searching for a job teaching English in Colombia can be a daunting task due to the large choice of companies and types of work on offer. Each company offers many different work schedules, pay rates and benefits and there are a large number of employers to choose from.

Once you have searched and applied for your new job teaching English in Colombia, it’s a waiting game; while many companies will reply to emails quickly others will take weeks or even months to reply, so don’t take it personally if a company never replies to you. It’s always worth sending a follow up email to check your application status. It is possible to obtain a job teaching English in Colombia before you arrive in the country, but this is rare and usually only the private schools employ teachers before they arrive in the country. The majority of companies will want to interview you in person before offering you a job.

Once you have arrived in the country and got your interviews lined up it’s time to prepare. Here are some tips for acing your job interview and teaching English in Colombia:

1. Prepare

Before arriving at the interview make sure you have prepared some questions you want to ask, as well as answers to some questions you think they may ask. Past experience, future goals, teaching knowledge and the reasons you want to work for the company maybe good places to start.

2. Don’t be late

In Colombia it’s easy to be late and Colombians tend to be late more often than not; with the Transmillenio or bus schedules being up in the air it’s easy to be late. Plan your bus or walking route carefully and allow time for missed buses or buses being too full to get on and other unexpected delays. Arriving late to your interview looks very bad, especially in a job which requires you to be punctual. Arriving 10 minutes early looks better than being late.

3. Dress appropriately

First impressions cannot be done over, so dress smart to help you make a good first impression. While working in a job teaching English in Colombia, if you work in an company which has classes within offices, you are expected to dress smartly for every class. You are representing the company you work for and walking into sometimes multinational companies where people will wonder who you are.

4. Bring Documents

Some companies may specify documents they require you to bring to the interview, others may not. If the company doesn’t require you to bring documents, bring a copy of your CV, cover letter and teaching qualifications as this may save time because you won’t have to send them later.

5. Research the company

Researching is key: research the company who is interviewing you, where they teach, the structure, study their website in detail, and find out all the information you can. Google the company name and go through some of the google search results to find out more information. Alternatively try to find a current employee through Facebook, google or twitter and ask them about their experiences; they are, after all, working in the role you will be working in and they will be able to give you more information about day to day workings.

6. Be polite

It’s important to be polite, as soon as you enter the building, to the receptionists and everyone else you meet: it will surprise you how much difference this can make to your success or failure.

Remember you should want to find out as much information about your potential employer as they do about you. You will be working with that person for the foreseeable future, in that office and in that environment, so if you don’t have a good impression or don’t see yourself working in that environment, there are always more jobs available to start teaching English in Colombia.

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Anny from United Kingdom
My name is Anny, I am 24 years old and from a small town in the East of England. Ever since I can remember I loved to travel, my parents would take me an my sisters on different holidays every year, mostly driving around Europe at that time, it felt magical! From then on I was hooked, always helping my dad find the next exciting destination to travel to in the school holidays. Not only did I love the adventures travelling brought, I also strived off trying to find the best deal to the most exotic places and producing the most effective itineraries. As well as my passion for travelling my second love was for water skiing, ever since my dad took me to our club when I was younger I was hooked! So it only felt right that I incorporate my passions together, so when I was in my second year of college I worked for 8 weeks as a water ski instructor at Raquette Lake Camp, Raquette Lake, New York, USA. I loved it so much I went back the next summer after I graduated University. Graduating University was hard, I applied for a huge number of graduate jobs which didn't really appeal to me but I knew I had to do something. When I returned from America that summer I once again started searching for jobs which didn't interest me, when I came across another water ski instructor job, this time in Greece for an activity holiday company. I successfully got the job and left 4 days later, that was it, left my 'normal' life behind, broke up with my boyfriend of two years, said goodbye to my family again after being home two weeks and journeyed into the complete unknown. Little did I know this would be the start of my incredible graduate life, that was two and a half years ago, since then I have completed three summer seasons in Greece, a winter season snow skiing in France and a spring, summer and fall in a ski school in America, as well as many other adventures along the way.
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