Native Tongue is Canadian owned and operated, in its tenth year of operation in Colombia and is registered with the Secretary of Education. We operate two schools in different cities, Ibague and Pereira.
Ibague is 200 km. South-West of Bogota with 600,000 inhabitants and most modern amenities. The city is situated in a valley surrounded by tropical mountains and has a climate that is near perfect, normally reaching 28 and dropping to 18 at night.
Pereira is 140 km North-West of Ibague, in the rolling hills of the coffee growing region. Including the surrounding towns, it has a population of around 1,000,000 and is quite modern. The climate is also very comfortable, more tropical with a slightly cooler daytime average temperature of 23.
Although Colombia does have some political and economic problems, safety is no more a concern than it would be in any large North American city. The people are very sociable and both theses cities are vibrant with activity and nightlife. The classrooms, equipment and ideas are all modern and classes are very dynamic for both the student and teacher.
We are looking for experienced CANADIAN teachers to start work in January 2012. A clear voice with a neutral “North American” accent is important. An outgoing, energetic person is a must. Spanish is not necessary.
-A salary of 1,200,000 Colombian Pesos monthly (approx. $650.00 Canadian).
-Airfare compensation of 3,300,000 Colombian Pesos (approx. $1,800.00 Canadian), paid upon completion of an eleven-month contract.
-A written contract which meets all local standards and practices.
-Full assistance in obtaining a work-visa, paid for by the school. All foreign teachers at Native Tongue require a work-visa. For your own security please do not accept positions at other schools without a visa, as it is illegal and has serious consequences in Colombia.
-Medical insurance arranged and paid in part by the school. This is a broad coverage including emergency and regular care as well as drug and dental.
-Home stay or assistance in finding an apartment, with cost supplemented by Native Tongue.
-Two weeks paid vacation, one at Easter and one in late June.
-Full academic support including the direction and materials needed to teach your classes.
-Possible contract renewals including other school locations and management positions.
-A native English speaker willing to sign an eleven-month contract.
-Experience in teaching English, preferably EFL overseas.
-An English teaching certificate is a must (TESOL etc.). No degree is required.
-28 hours per week of in-class teaching at various times from 7:00am – 9:00pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm. There are no classes on Sundays. You may be required to work “split-shifts”, for example mornings and evenings.
-One to teach classes of all levels and ages. The majority of students are young adults and class sizes are typically up to 15 (occasionally special groups are larger).
-A professional attitude. Although teaching overseas is all about the experience of travelling and being immersed into new cultures, Native Tongue abides by its contracts and expects teachers to do the same.
The cost of living in Ibague or Pereira is relatively low, even compared to Bogota. The salary is sufficient to live comfortably including regular eating-out and entertainment, however one shouldn’t expect to leave with savings or pay previous debts.
To be considered for a position:
Send by e-mail a cover letter and complete resume including a telephone number and your photo. Do not include certificates, diplomas or letters of reference (these may be requested at a later time).
Your e-mail will be reviewed ONLY if you follow these instructions.
Please be prepared to demonstrate your English by phone. If English is not your first language please do not apply.
If you are not serious about accepting this position, or are not available when required please do not apply at this time.
If you qualify you will be contacted, at which time we will answer any questions you may have. Due to the volume of e-mails received, not all applicants will be contacted, but please watch for future job postings and re-apply.