Window shutters in Colombia.
Window shutters in Colombia. Photo ©

ShonEjai, licensed under CC0 1.0 and adapted from the original. 

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are now closed.

Why choose Colombia?

A post in Colombia will expose you to a culture far removed from that of the UK. Those who are willing to adapt to a different way of life can enjoy discovering Colombia and its warm and welcoming people.

  • The majority of posts in Colombia are at university level, teaching English to students who are eager to develop their proficiency in the language. A post in Colombia is therefore perfect if you want to gain further teaching experience.
  • You will also be offered opportunities to take on more responsibility in the classroom, which will add to your professional development.
  • Posts in Colombia run from July to May
  • You will be working 12-18 hours per week

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Colombia, you must:

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria (EU citizenship, native-level English, etc.)
  • have Spanish language skills equivalent to B1.
  • Be studying/have studied languages or Latin American literature/culture/history
  • Be at least 20 years of age by the time posts commence
  • Have some teaching experience

Where can I go?

The location of the posts available in Colombia varies from year to year, depending on the needs of the host institutions and a range of other factors affecting the region. Therefore, it is not possible for applicants to state regional preferences within Colombia. For details about recent locations, please read the 'Latin America - Supplementary Information' document at the end of this page.

How much will I be paid?

The monthly allowance in previous years has been around $1,768,500, and we expect this to be similar for 2018-19.

Will I be interviewed?

If you pass the first stage of selection, you will be invited to take part in a video interview before being offered a post. These interviews will take place on a rolling basis before April.

When will I hear back?

Upon applying, you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.

February - March: You will be invited to participate in a video interview.

April: You will find out whether you have passed the assessment stage by mid-April.

June: You will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or are placed on a waiting list (We have previously been able to allocate everyone from the waiting list throughout the summer, and hope to be able to do the same this year).

July: We or our overseas partners will tell you the location of your post.

Will there be an induction course?

We will invite you to a one-day pre-departure briefing in London in late June or early July.

Induction courses are normally held at the British Council Colombia offices in Bogot√° or at the employing institution. Our overseas partner organisation will give you details regarding the induction course before you travel.

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