There’s just something about Colombia. It’s a beautiful, colourful, friendly, welcoming, fun, energetic and lovable country.
Colombia offers numerous outdoors pursuits and adventure activities, from hiking to surfing and scuba-diving, incredible nature and an eclectic mix of ancient Mayan and Spanish culture – from food to sightseeing.
Spend your weekends exploring colonial cities, trekking through the Amazon, or basking in the sands of the Caribbean beaches – all while perfecting your Spanish, and contributing to Colombia’s development!
The long palm-fringed coastline on the Caribbean Sea offers stereotypical coastal paradise and the Pacific coastline is renowned for its magnificent meeting of thick jungle and ocean, complete with waterfalls, thermal pools and tiny fishing villages. Inland, verdant coffee-growing areas and rainforests rise up into the magnificent Andes mountain range.
Forget Colombia’s conflict-ridden past, it’s now a popular tourist destination for many. In 2015 nearly 3 million foreigners visited Colombia. Discover what has even the most seasoned of travellers proclaiming Colombia as one of their favourite destinations and a highlight of their travels in South America.
The Only Risk Is Wanting To Stay!
Join this FREE program run by the Colombian government and change lives! Since its launch in January 2015, more than 500 individuals have helped provide English education to more than 30,000 public school students. You too can make a global difference and help improve lives for these individuals from unprivileged backgrounds, who in years to come will have the opportunity to compete in the global marketplace.
Next Ministry of Education Program Dates:
Next SENA Program Dates:
Native English speaker or non-native English speaker with Level C1 certified
Bachelor’s degree or 4 year equivalent
Age 20-50 (up to 55 for specific program)
Police clearance report
International medical insurance
Refundable deposit of $400/£300
$1,500,000 Colombian Pesos monthly stipend to cover living expenses
Visa paid for by the Colombian government
Placements throughout Colombia (50+ cities)
5, 6, and 11 month contracts
Co-teaching placements, with other Colombian teachers
End of semester or end of year completion bonuses
Colombian national EPS health insurance
Domestic flight from Bogota to placement city
Accommodation during orientation in Bogota
In-country support from the program organisers
Please note: Flights to Colombia are not included
Is Colombia safe?
Colombia is safe! Until recently Colombia was largely avoided by tourists due to concerns over violence, drug trafficking and the country’s ongoing civil war. Today, however, it’s a different story, Colombia is now a vibrant and largely peaceful country.
Tens of thousands of foreigners visit Colombia each year for tourism, business, university studies and volunteer work. Security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, including in tourist and business travel destinations such as Bogotá, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Medellin, and Cali. The number of international tourist arrivals in Colombia has quadrupled during the past decade. Use the same safety precautions you would in any major city or country.
Is the monthly stipend enough to live off in Colombia?
Overall Colombia has a low cost of living. Your monthly stipend will be more than sufficient to cover your rent, transport and meals. Should you choose a placement in the larger cities like Bogota, Medellin, Cali, Cartagena and Barranquilla you can expect a much higher cost of living
When should I apply?
As this program is very popular we suggest you register your interest immediately.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
Not at all! In the classroom you will only be using English. However, we recommend you learn some basic Spanish to enhance your personal life in Colombia.
Should you have any other questions, please contact us.
Is accommodation included?
Accommodation is included during orientation in Bogota. After orientation, the teachers will need to find their own accommodation with the support of the program’s regional coordinators who know the neighbourhoods and can help communicate with landlords. Teachers normally stay in homestays as they are more affordable and come with all the facilities you will need to live comfortably. We recommend the following website www.homestay.com.