ELC Worldwide

The Department of Education in Colombia has set an ambitious goal of raising English standards of all school leavers. To help them to achieve this, ELC provides teachers to work in Government schools and technical colleges to co-teach and take speaking and listening classes and activities.

Highlights and benefits

  • Work on a Colombian government sponsored project
  • No experience necessary
  • Group arrival
  • 2 week in-country orientation with accommodation and meals

  • 6 weeks of paid accommodation and then assistance finding your own
  • One or two semester commitment
  • In-country support and professional development

The program

The Colombian government has established a nationwide program designed to improve levels of English for students in government schools and technical training centres, with a particular focus on students from lower income areas. Foreign teachers are sponsored to teach English in a range of educational establishments that serve lower and middle-income students and communities.

This is an ideal program for newly qualified teachers seeking their first teaching experience in a supported program. They will have a thorough 2-week orientation with practical training in Bogota and then gain valuable professional development and support during the program. It is also suitable for teachers with some previous experience wishing to make a valuable contribution to their students and the Colombian local community. This is also a unique opportunity to have an amazing cultural immersion experience with likeminded international teachers.

The SENA program (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje) is a branch of the Colombian government that is responsible for providing professional training to youth and adults.

The MEN program is organised and sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Colombia responsible for teaching in primary and secondary schools.

Key facts

Contract Length

5 months (1 semester) or 10 months (2 semesters)

Start Dates

January and July


Bogota, Medellin, Armenia, Manizales, Pereira, Ibague, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Villavicencio, Bucaramanga, Buga, Pasto, Popoyan, Villa de Leyba Neiva, Santa Marta, Cucuta, Valledupar, Tunja, as well as a number of small towns.


  • Pre-departure support
  • Two week in-country orientation with accommodation & meals
  • Transport to placement school
  • Salary of Colombian pesos 1,500,000 per month
  • Completion bonus (dependent on contract length 1 or 2 semesters)

  • Accommodation included for 6 weeks
  • Work visa arranged
  • Welfare & emergency support
  • Academic support

Not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (as applicable)
  • Meals (except during orientation)


  • Teaching up to 25 hours face to face per week
  • Non-teaching tasks of up to 15 hours per week (marking, reports, materials development etc.).
  • Some teachers will be co-teaching with a Colombian counterpart, while others will teach their classes independently.


  • Degree (any subject)
  • TESOL or TEFL qualification (min. 120 hours)
  • No experience required
  • Age 21-55
  • Clean police record

  • Sense of adventure
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Previous travel experience
  • Proficient in English (non native English speakers can be considered but must have advanced English and clear accent)

Thank you for your interest in taking part in a teaching program with ELC.

The Teach Abroad team will be in touch.

Program Enquiry

Do you have a TESOL qualification?