The capital city of Colombia cannot be excluded from this list. Teaching opportunities here are plentiful and diverse and apart from schools you can teach for companies and do private classes.
If you like to rise with the sun, classes start at 7am, and don’t mind a little chaos Bogota is a place you’ll love. Students are friendly and the many public holidays give you lots of opportunities to explore the rest of the country. Bogota is a great location to travel from, as the capital city is connected to almost all places in the country. Making friends to take all these cool trips with shouldn’t be a problem, as there are many other expats in the city.
On normal weekdays, after you’ve finished teaching, the city has enough fun and entertainment to offer. Your taste buds will go crazy for the local food, museums will teach you a thing or two about the rich history of your new hometown and walking around on the streets packed with old colonial buildings will be a feast for the eyes.
The pay may be less, and the costs may even be higher, but Medellin is worth it according to many English teachers who chose this city over all other places. Finding a house may also not be a piece of cake, but isn’t that the case in most popular places?
It’s a fairly large city, but nowhere as crazy as Bogota. Expect a salary of about $500 for a 24hrs teaching job, so you will have some time to make a few extra bucks doing private tutoring. Or you could choose to spend your free time enjoying the peaceful life in the valley, in a place that’s called ‘City of Eternal Spring’ for a very good reason.
Beach lovers listen up, Santa Marta might be the place you’ve been dreaming of. The number of English teaching positions is increasing, so now is the perfect time to settle down on the Caribbean coast.
Don’t expect to leave this place with bags of money, wealth is not what you will gain here and chances are you’re going to need your full salary to cover your living expenses.
But in return you get a good dose of colonial charm, beautiful surroundings to explore and hot air accompanied by a soothing ocean breeze.
As development spreads throughout the country, so do teaching opportunities and that makes Cartagena one of your options as an English teacher.
It’s an idyllic city with an old town that’s honoured with a spot on Unesco’s World Heritage list and a charm that makes you want to stay forever.
It’s also very hot and humid, so if you can’t stand the heat stay out of Cartagena. But should you decide to settle down and teach, you have different options. High schools and paid volunteering for example, but plan ahead as the number of teaching positions is not endless in this relatively small city.