"Building Values, Changing Lives"
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
These are some general questions majority of teachers ask before they arrive to the country.
If you have other questions or if you still have concerns please don´t hesitate to contact us:
A/ You will receive an email confirming your acceptance, and explaining all the process.
You must book your flight to Bogota.
Upon arrival a Demo class might be necessary.
WORK VISA AND CEDULA (Colombian ID):
A/ If you wish you can apply from your home country or another country or your visa will be issued in Colombia. We provide all assistance.
Please visit the following link to know if Colombia requires a tourist visa for your country:
If you are accepted for a position please let us know if you want to apply for a work visa from outside of the country.
A/ The Cedula is an ID Card used here in Colombia for most legal errands. You as a foreigner also have to get one. The cost for it is $162,000 Colombian pesos (approx) and you can get it the same day you get the VISA.
A/ The visa is $ 295 USD approx. (however the payment has to be done in Colombian Pesos to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.)
A/ Your passport.
Entry stamp or prior visa if you are already in Colombia.
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Resume and certificates or diplomas. Hopefully a TEFL, CELTA or TESOL certificate.
We provide all the other documents.
A/ Now the process is online, no matter if you are applying from a diffrent country. It can take up to 5 days sometimes to get an answer.
A/ You need your passport, visa, two photos with blue background and your blood type.
A/ Yes, however you will need an international certification: TEFL, CELTA, TESOL.
We are in charge of preparing all legal documents for the visa.
A/ No, each person covers their own relocation expenses.
A/ Even if you are going to work in a city different than Bogota, you should arrive to Bogota first because it is the only city in the country were you can get your work visa.
A/ Pesos can be exchanged at the airport upon arrival, but we recommend to exchange only 100 USD, because there are other places in the city that have better exchange rate than the Exchange company at the airport.
A/ We can help with a home stay close to our company. The cost is approximately $250 USD per month for a furnished private room, and it includes wifi, and linens.
A/ No. There are many places that would ask you for a deposit, but have in mind that the homestay we offer stays in Galerías and doesn´t aks for a deposit.
A/ No. We only provide assistance with homestay.
A/ No. It should be paid to the landlord the same day of arrival, and in pesos.
A/ Pet is normally not accepted in many home stays and apartments in Colombia, so it would be complicated to find a place that would allow you to have one.
CONTRACT AND PAY:
A/you should sign the contract few days after your arrival.
A/ we use a standard service contract or laboral contract.
A/ It depends on the date of your arrival and it can be from 3 months up to 10 months,however your work visa with us would be for 1 year, and it depends on what was offer from the moment of the acceptance.
A/ we do electronic deposit to your account every 10th of the month, except in specific situations when you did not deliver your invoice on time, or when it is a holiday or weekend.
A/ No, the money that we offer at the beginning is what you are going to earn. No taxes are deducted!
A/ The Invoice is a format that you have to print, fill, sign, and send back to us every 1st day of the month, for you to get your pay. We will give you that format when you sign the contract.
A/ In Colombia there are many institutions that are putting teachers to sign a contract without a work visa, this is not valid, nor legal. We can send you a SAMPLE of the contract, but the legal contract is only valid when you have a work visa. In fact, one of the legal documents for the work visa is the notarized contract or resume of the contract, so please don´t ask that your name be on a contract before your arrival. Upon arrival each teacher signs a contract in Spanish after reading it in English. The contract has to be in Spanish which is the legal language of the country.
A/ Yes, by law all workers should be affiliated to a medical insurance. If you do have an international insurance you can use it, in case you have a service contract.
If you sign a laboral contract with us then we will cover your health insurance plus other benefits.
A/ It covers medication, specialist, dental plan. It is the second cheapest and second best after Cuba.
A/ We do the deposits only to a Colombian Bank were we have all our teaches affiliated.
A/ Yes, after you sign your contract we will provide a letter and assistance to open your bank account here in Colombia. You don’t need to make any deposits to open it. It is a pay roll account and it is free of charge to open it.
A/ As you might know, we are a non seasonal country, so the weather depends on the city you would be working, for example Bogota has a weather similar to autumn all year round.
A/ The class length is 45 minutes, you might have a block that is a 90 minutes class.
A/ From 1 student up to 30.
A/ In Colombia you should dress casual to work. Men with pants, shirt and shoes, and women with blouse, skirt or pants and closed shoes, flats are allowed, and if you rather wear high heels make sure they are not too high.
A/ The kids and teens in Colombia are very happy, because Colombia is known as one of the happiest country in the world, so they will laugh, play, talk a lot, and will demand a lot of attention. Class management is very important!
Not all kids are the same, however have in mind that it is a very nice experience to teach in Colombia. Kids and teens get very attached to their teachers and they are very affectionate, so be ready to have fun and to use good techniques to keep them engaged
If you have any other questions that are not listed here please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org