Teach English in Colombia on a One or Two Semester Contract with Greenheart Travel
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Teach English in Colombia on a One or Two Semester Contract with Greenheart Travel

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)

  • 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
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
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
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
Weekly Classroom Hours
Classroom Audience
High School
Middle School
University Students
Domestic Airfare
Some Accommodation
Some Activities
Some Meals
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.

Questions & Answers

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.
I can tell you that we have lots of solo travelers on this program and have never had any serious incidents. Petty crime is common, and people do often get pickpocketed, but nothing more serious has occurred. Our placements are in the half of the country that is more developed and politically stable. We would never place a teacher in a city where we wouldn’t feel comfortable traveling and I have...

Program Reviews

based on 38 reviews
  • Benefits 9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.1
  • Facilities 7.5
  • Safety 8.8
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 10
  • Value 10
  • Difficulty 7
  • Job Assistance 10
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Greenheart Travel is the way to go

First of all, the program in Colombia is absolutely amazing. I had just done the Ministry program in Spain, and the two don't even compare. They provide you with a 9 day orientation in Bogota with all expenses paid for. They help you with the entire visa process, obtaining a bank in Colombia and the ID card. They also teach you how to teach English taught by professionals. I could not believe the support, professionalism and resources that this program has provided. Second of all, if you are going to this program, absolutely do it with Greenheart Travel. They were so incredibly organized and help you with every step of the application process. I also got placed in my first choice city which is a huge bonus. I have absolutely zero complaints and I would recommend Greenheart and this program in Colombia 100%. Just do it!!

How can this program be improved?

I would split the meal times into two groups during the meals of orientation in Bogota.

Yes, I recommend
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Sara Dorsey is the best!

I couldn't be happier with Greenheart Travel. I entered into the English Teaching Fellowship Program in Colombia and was recruited by Greenheart Travel. While things work a little differently in Colombia (everything last minute and changing), I felt confident that Greenheart was keeping me as informed as possible and I never felt hesitant about asking them questions. Sara Dorsey, who I was in communication with most during the recruitment process, is professional, solutions-oriented, and super prompt in all communication when it comes to questions and concerns. I honestly don't know how she does it. What I love most about Greenheart is that even after I was already recruited and in the program, they continued to keep in communication with us (even though they don't have to and are not really expected to). We all are on one facebook group and it really helps maintain the awesome support network we have here in colombia.

How can this program be improved?

I have no complaints about Greenheart Travels side. The only thing I got worried about when applying was how last minute things are but now that I am in Colombia, I realize that this was due to how things are in Colombia rather than by fault of Greenheart.

Yes, I recommend
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Couldn't be happier!

I've been living in Colombia for the past five months or so and I really couldn't be happier with my life here. Greenheart Travel did an excellent job in all matters pre-departure relate; from the interview process to visa application, Sara Dorsey and the Greenheart team were nothing but helpful. Anytime I had a question, they would answer in detail within a matter of hours. As a result, I never once felt uneasy or uncertain about the application or pre-departure process and could focus on feeling excited instead!

I've been teaching with the Ministry of Education in a public high school in Pereira. While there are certainly challenges, it has overall been an immensely positive experience. I've formed great relationships with my students, have gone from knowing zero Spanish to being conversational, and have made quite a few friends. After five months, Pereira feels like home, which is why I've extended my contract until December 2016.

I love Colombia and feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to live and work here. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to live in a different country, to learn a language, or to try something new!

Yes, I recommend
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Me encanta

I could not be more happy with my decision to teach English in Colombia. From the moment I started the application process, Greenheart and Volunteers Colombia have made me feel like I am an important part of something so much bigger than myself. I highly recommend SENA, disorganized though it may be, every day teaching is a blast. Not to mention, Colombia is the most beautiful country in the world, visually and in its spirit. Plenty of three-day weekends give you more than enough time to explore this magical country. If you are looking to experience a whole new world, please consider this program!

Yes, I recommend
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Loving life in Colombia

This is the second program I have done with Greenheart Travel. About 2 years ago I taught English in Thailand and I have been in Colombia teaching English for about 2 months now. Greenheart was beyond helpful in preparing me for both trips. Deciding to move abroad was a big decision for me so I really appreciated how helpful Sara and the Greenheart team were in making me more comfortable throughout this whole process. There was never a question or concern that went unanswered.

I am teaching English at Sena in Cartagena and my experience so far has been incredible. The best part of it all is my students and how much fun I'm having teaching them. Everyone at our school has been so warm and welcoming and has made us feel at home since we arrived here in Cartagena. My favorite part about living in other countries is when they finally start to feel like home because that's when you truly start to feel like a part of the community that you are living in. Colombia has officially began to feel like home and I'm really looking forward to what lies ahead these next 8 months. Through greenheart I have become more confident in my travels, I have met amazing people that I will have in my life forever, I have learned so much about myself and the world that we live in, and I have had the chance to be a teacher and a student both inside and outside of the classroom. Not only is Greenheart so helpful with all of the logistics but they continue to follow your journey throughout your whole experience which is pretty awesome :)

How can this program be improved?


Yes, I recommend
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Absolutely worth it!!!

GreenHeart is a fantastic company!! They were recommended to me by another travel friend and it was a good recommendation. They were super informative and thorough in their application process so I knew I was working with a professional company.

Prior to my departure, they were super helpful and preparing me as well as answering ALL my questions. I don't know how Sara does it, but I would receive an email response within an hour every time.

They even met us personally at our orientation and gave us free shirts. :) I feel like I have an actual relationship with my recruiters and I still communicate with them even though I'm settled and working.

If you're considering Greenheart-- do it. You won't be disappointed. I've talked with others who came through different recruiters and it seems that Greenheart was by far the best choice.

How can this program be improved?

I honestly have no complaints about this program. I feel like they did everything right and I am completely satisfied with my experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Fantastic recruiter, fantastic program.

Fantastic program. Colombia itself is a hugely diverse country with plenty to explore, and the program is extremely fulfilling. Greenheart did an amazing job of preparing its participants. I met volunteers who came through several different organizations, but the Greenheart participants were consistently the most satisfied and most informed. There was plenty of available information, responses were instantaneous, and the whole preparation process was as painless as it could be. Once in Colombia, Greenheart continued to stay in touch with their volunteers (even though technically their job was done!). Although I was in a new country with completely new people, I felt very well taken care of by both Greenheart and their partner organizations within Colombia.

How can this program be improved?


Yes, I recommend
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Cartagena, Colombia

My experience in Colombia has been nothing short of amazing. I find that as the weeks go by I am learning so much about this diverse country that I would never have expected. The two week orientation program in Bogota was a great way to get adjusted to a new country while also preparing me to teach English as a foreign language. Once at my placement site in Cartagena I have continued to meet nothing but warm and welcoming people. The other teachers at our SENA site are wonderful as well and I love my students. Having never taught English in the states or abroad I had no idea what I was getting into, but I am so thankful I decided to put my life on hold and go on this adventure. Hopefully the next couple months don't go by to fast!

How can this program be improved?

The only change I would make would be the communication during the application phase. I do realize that this is the first year of this program so I know a lot of it is just growing pains. In the future I would make sure participants had all of the program details up front.

Yes, I recommend

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