• Colombia
12 - 52 weeks
Classroom Audience
Adults Early Childhood High School Middle School Pre-School University Students

Program Details

  • At a minimum, a degree equivalent to a U.S. 4 year bachelor’s degree
  • Age 20-50
  • Citizen of the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
  • Native English Speaker
  • No Criminal Record, including underage drinking or DUI
Classroom Audience
Adults Early Childhood High School Middle School Pre-School University Students
Weekly Classroom Hours


Salary / Benefits
--Full time teaching placement in Colombia
--Monthly stipend to cover living expenses: 1,500,000 Colombian Pesos per month
--Visa paid for by the Colombian government
--Colombian national EPS health insurance
--Domestic flight from Bogota to placement city (domestic baggage fees are not covered if you have more than 23 kg of luggage)
--Accommodation during orientation is included in shared rooms.
--Assistance finding housing in your placement city from program regional coordinators, who know the cities and can help communicate with landlords
--Support and guidance from your Greenheart Travel program manager
--Airport Pickup
--1- 2 week orientation upon arrival in Bogota, including accommodation at a hotel and meals (orientation at the beginning of the school year is 2 weeks, for second semester it’s 1 week)
--In-country support from your regional coordinator
--24/7 Emergency Line
--“Culture Smart” Colombia Customs & Culture Guidebook
Price Details
This program is free.

There will be a $400 (USD) deposit upon acceptance to the program, but this will only be required after both interview rounds, after you have been accepted.

The deposit will be returned to you only when you complete your full program and contract term, along with your end of contract bonus. This deposit is your official commitment to participating in the program and is non refundable if you cancel or withdraw from the program at any time, for any reason. This deposit will be refunded in Colombian pesos along with your last paycheck and completion bonus, at a fixed exchange rate outlined in the Participant Agreement each teacher will sign after acceptance.
What's Included
Domestic Airfare Some Accommodation Some Activities Some Meals Visa
Jan 30, 2019
Mar 08, 2019
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About Program

Teaching English in Colombia is a unique opportunity to work abroad in South America. Responding to the Colombian government’s goal to integrate English education for all by 2020, and recognizing the importance of the English language as key to the country’s development and success in today’s global world, Colombia has launched a bilingualism initiative.

Our teach program works with Colombian education systems to raise English levels and proficiency in the classroom.

-- Free to apply!
-- One Semester or Semester contracts depending on when you start
-- 1,500,000 Colombian Pesos monthly stipend to cover living expenses
-- Placements throughout Colombia (50+ cities)
-- Co-teaching placements, with other Colombian teachers
-- Extensive orientation upon arrival, in Bogota
-- Courtesy Visa paid for by the Colombian government for the duration of your program (~$300 value)

This program is currently not being promoted on Go Overseas by its provider. Check with Greenheart for the most up-to-date information regarding the status of this program.

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Program Highlights

  • Monthly stipend to cover living expenses: 1,500,000 Colombian Pesos per month
  • Visa paid for by the Colombian government
  • Accommodation during orientation is included in shared rooms
  • Support and guidance from your Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Colombian national EPS health insurance

Program Reviews

4.80 Rating
based on 45 reviews
  • 5 rating 86.67%
  • 4 rating 11.11%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 2.22%
  • Benefits 4.7
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.65
  • Facilities 3.95
  • Safety 4.55
  • Instruction 5
  • Support 5
  • Value 5
  • Academic Rigor 4
  • Job Assistance 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Colombia

A few years ago I was searching the internet for a way to travel to another country but stay longer than a normal vacation. After weeks of searching I found Green Heart Travel's program to Colombia. I studied history and focused on Latin America so this was instantly my favorite program I'd seen. After applying and going through a few interviews, I was on my way to Colombia within 6 months. For the following 6 months I not only had an amazing time with my students and teachers at my school but also traveled the entire country which included snow and glaciers, beaches, mountains, ancient ruins, urban cities, colonial towns, and lots of beautiful hikes with waterfalls and mountains everywhere. Everywhere I went the people were so friendly and I never felt unsafe at anytime. I would highly recommend taking a chance and traveling to Colombia and would definitely recommend Green Heart Travel for all of their help and organization throughout my time there and even after returning.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
One weekend I decided to take a hiking tour up to glacier that sits in between two volcanoes. The way up was fairly easy but continued to get colder and had more snow on the ground the higher we went. After reaching the top it began snowing so the guides said to take your last pictures and start heading down (there were a lot of people and quite a few guides but the trail was clearly marked so we were able to start walking ourselves). As I started walking down it got very foggy and was hard to see which way to go. A few others caught up to me and also were unsure of the way down. A few seconds later a guide came running down to us, kind of frantically searching and talking on his walkie talkie. Eventually he was certain of the correct way down and guided us in that direction. I really enjoyed the entire hike and tour but it was a little scary not being able to see very well which direction to head knowing you could easily go the wrong way and fall off the edge... but I made it and am super happy I went on the tour!
15 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fell in Love with Colombia, Extended Contract

I had just come from teaching English in Thailand and wanted a challenge. Wow, was Colombia a challenge! When I got my city assignment I was initially a little nervous as I was going to be in one of the smallest cities they had teachers in. Arriving and speaking no Spanish was a challenge, and I found it really hard to adjust to the culture for some reason. However, due to the AMAZING support of the teachers I was surrounded by and the amazing coordinators, I stuck it out and fell so much in love with the country that I extended my contract for another semester and now live there part-time permanently. I can't recommend Colombia enough and teaching English there. Literally, if any part of you wants to do it, DO IT NOW. It's so incredibly rewarding and the experiences I had there have made me who I am today.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Take advantage of ALL of the travel opportunities available to you. Colombia is so incredibly diverse that you'll never be left without something to do or see. Visit as many departments as you can and really immerse yourself in the culture!
14 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Fell in Love with Colombia, Extended Contract

I was assigned to one of the smaller cities in the coffee region, Armenia, and initially had a really rough time adjusting to Colombia. I spoke no Spanish and found the culture to be even more shocking to me than when I went to Thailand. However, due to the fantastic group of teachers I was with and our fantastic coordinators, I ended up sticking it out and fell so much in love with Colombia that I extended my contract for another semester. I cannot describe HOW AMAZING Colombia ended up being for me and how rewarding the entire experience was. I've taught in Thailand and Spain as well but Colombia is by far the most rewarding of the three. HIGHLY recommended. If you're thinking about going just DO IT and don't worry about your placement. Anywhere in Colombia is great!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Take advantage of all of the amazing travel opportunities at your fingertips. Colombia is SO diverse that you'll never run out of things to do.
15 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Patience is a virtue

During my stay in Valledupar, Colombia, I learned that I am capable of more than I have ever thought. Culture shock can be a challenge, especially in a place that averages 100 degrees each day. I moved to Colombia to not only experience a new culture, but to see if teaching was something I wanted to pursue further. I worked for a very low-income school in higher-risk area and loved it. The teaching was extremely difficult because of lack of materials and lack of funds for materials for the school and my students English levels were zero. However, I took it as an opportunity to really immerse myself. I built incredible relationships with my teachers and faculty, despite the language barrier. I was invited to their homes and leisure activities and leaving was a very emotional day for all of us. Colombia is an amazing country with natural beauty in every direction, but the people have the most beautiful souls I have encountered. I encourage anyone remotely thinking about going to go and to go without high expectations. Surprises are inevitable and giving a smaller, less known town a chance, may be the best decision you’ll ever make.

What would you improve about this program?
Better communication between the schools and the ministry.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


This program will provide a very different experience based on what part of Colombia one is sent to, but no matter where you go it is a beautiful country with extremely kind and charismatic people and it's an amazing opportunity to explore Colombia. Colombia is full of natural geographic beauty from the coast to the mountains and coffee region. Not to mention, each different region and even city has a distinct culture with different food, accents and personalities. Colombia is on the rise and it's a great time to visit and explore.

What would you improve about this program?
Stagger payments for more expensive cities
15 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

My time I Colombia

I did the SENA 9 month program for Volunteers Colombia through Greenheart travel. The Greenheart travel organization can be hard to deal with and it depends on who you get as your coordinator. I thought the long training and orientation was unnecessary. However, I had a great time in Colombia. The country is absolutely gorgeous with lush rolling green hills. The people are also so sweet and welcoming. Our landlady immediately wanted to be my friend and I’s madre colombiana. Also, teaching at SENA is fun. The students love doing games and activities. They will get very involved in whatever you give them. I found that they all had a desire to learn English and tried in class. I also liked my coteachers and I had a positive experience working with three different coteachers. It is easy to make friends. Students will want to hang out with you as well as other teachers. In my city we had an English/Spanish night at the local university and students from the university as well as the volunteachers would meet up to practice each others’ languages. Additionally, the monthly stipend we received was enough to live on. A high wage in Colombia is $1000/month and we made half of that. I spent all of my money there because I wanted to make sure I supported their economy. Once you are in Colombia you won’t want to come back. I miss it everyday and am planning another trip back.

What would you improve about this program?
Some coordinators were not very helpful when it came to housing and other situations. Also, the training was repetitive.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My experience

I spent ten months in Neiva teaching English at SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje, a network of free, nationwide, vocational training colleges in Colombia), on a co-teaching programme organised by Greenheart Travel in collaboration with an organisation called Volunteers Colombia. I studied Spanish at university, partly because I had always wanted to go to Latin America. The programme allowed me to make that happen with the security of a job, a Regional Coordinator to direct any worries or questions to, and a monthly stipend. They provided lots of help with visa documentation and other heavily paperwork-based tasks such as getting a bank account, which was much appreciated as it was my first time having to do all that (I am British, and had previously only lived abroad in Europe). Neiva is a small, not particularly well-known city, which I liked as it was easy to feel at home in a short time, and hardly anyone spoke English. I loved it because it is hot all year round, and there are interesting places to visit nearby, most notably the Tatacoa Desert (highly recommended). Living there was a world of new experiences and insights in to Colombian culture, as well as a lot of staring at my blonde hair and tall frame, which stemmed from curiosity as to why I was there. I think it's important to be open to being placed anywhere, and to remember that there are pros and cons to each city/town. I probably wouldn't have been able to fund weekend trips with my stipend so easily if I had been placed in a bigger, more expensive city. At SENA I taught young people and adults who were training to work in accountancy and business, subjects which I know almost nothing about, but that was OK because most of the English classes we gave were basic, general English. Occasionally we would do a subject-specific class or activity, and I would have to do my research in advance! I was lucky to work with really supportive and enthusiastic teachers, who understood the co-teaching model (ie. they didn't usually leave me to teach the class alone, or not include me in their lesson planning). Your experience can depend a lot on who you work with, but you shouldn't let that put you off. The most important thing I learnt was how to be flexible and open to last-minute changes of plan, which happen a lot in Colombia.. I fell in love with the country and I am still here more than a year later, now working in Pereira on a different educational project. I would definitely recommend Greenheart programmes as an accessible way to move abroad and experience something new, with support when you need it.

What would you improve about this program?
There were some initial issues regarding the provision of information about our start date; I had to book my flight from the UK to Colombia with only two weeks' notice, which was not ideal. However I recognise that this stemmed from the programme's dependence on the government (as SENA is a public institution) and I had the impression that they were doing what they could to help us. I was lucky in that I was one of the only ones that was granted the shorter contract; most people who had applied for it were told they could only join the programme if they opted for the longer contract (in the end I actually ended up extending and doing 10 months anyway). I feel that the programme could have been more transparent about this issue.
13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Challenging but rewarding experience

If you are looking for a comfortable and fun experience making an extreme impact easily, this one is not for you. If you are looking to go out of your comfort zone, struggle but learn from it, change your perspective on many things, and put in a ton of work to make small impacts then this is a great program. You need to be very flexible as several important factors (dates and times for important events, daily schedule, placement city, school, etc.) are not revealed until the last minute and often change. This is a co-teaching program which presents a whole new set of necessary skills. You need to put cultural differences aside and work with Colombian co-teachers to find the best way to teach your students as much as possible without stepping on any toes. I have found in speaking with others that your satisfaction with the program is highly dependent on things that are out of your control (ex. school, co teachers, placement city). In my personal experience, I had a lot of challenges in adjusting to the new living situation (not having several things that I once considered necessities such as hot water) and the school environment which lacked resources and comfort. However, I have grown so much as a person and learned a great deal that will help me throughout the rest of my life. Therefore, I have no regrets. I recommend going into this program with an extremely open mind and always trying to see other perspectives. Be aware that "different" isn't always bad.

What would you improve about this program?
Getting information (dates, placement cities) finalized and organized faster. Giving the co-teachers an orientation.
17 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Mark. This program is no longer offered, sorry!

Hmmm...Ok, I'll go check out your site. Thanks!

You are provided with about 40 hours of Teaching English in Colombia training that is specific for the situations you might encounter within classrooms here, but that is the only formal instruction the program offers. Heart for Change will supposedly be offering a discount on an online TEFL certification program for the upcoming semesters, but that is optional and independent from your duties as a...

Ok, thank you for your answers. I'm still interested in the experience of teaching in Colombia. Thank you again. I will review the Greenheart site for a future possibility. I'm interested in the TEFL hours and the volunteer experience. However, I'd like to do it part time only.