ESL / EFL teacher
11-14 years , 15-18 years
The Sueños Compartidos semester program is a fantastic opportunity to experience the real Colombia and real Colombians. Unfortunately, the perspective of many people regarding this amazing country is inaccurate based on the one-sided media coverage we are exposed to in the United States. The reality is that the vast majority of Colombians are just like anybody else; they are good people that are full of life and want the best opportunities for their children.
The semester program is an English teaching assistant position working with public high school English teachers in-classroom and in coversational English classes. Volunteers receive housing and meals from the teachers participating in the program. The time commitment is between three and four months (we can arrange shorter stays occasionally) during the February-May semester or the August-November semester. As a volunteer, your role is not classroom management, grading, or adminstration; rather, your role is to use your native speaking ability, enthusiasm, and creativity to support Colombian teachers and students in the learning process.
We offer the semester program in Popayan, Monteria, and Pasto. The people in these communities are excited about the opportunity to host a native English speaker and they are exceptionally warm and welcoming. Once you arrive, you will quickly realize you are at home for the time of you stay in Colombia!
One of the great aspects of Sueños Compartidos is that our volunteers live with host families who provide food and housing, which keeps your costs very low. You will incur personal expenses during you stay for travel, personal items, sightseeing, etc. A realistic estimate of personal expenses is $200 per month, plus airfare. These amonts allow for personal travel/weekend excursions, including bus travel, housing, meals, and sightseeing. Additionally, for the semester program in Colombia, you might need an in-country visa extension which is approximately $60.
Once invited volunteers have been introduced to their local coordinators, we request a program fee of $25 via paypal. These proceeds contribute to our web presence and volunteer recruitment. Like the teaching, all administration is 100% volunteer!
Program qualifications are:
Two personal references
Passport (no work visa required)
International health insurance
Montería, Cordoba, Colombia
0 years (beginners, too)
BA in any subject
(one year of teaching experience OR CELTA/Oxford Seminars TESOL certificate)