Some people prefer the traditional classroom courses in order to get familiar with the place they would like to teach and be able to interact face to face with their teachers and peers.
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Medellin, with its population of 3.8 million, is Colombia’s second largest city. Its residents, known as Paisas, have a reputation for being hard-working, hard-playing and welcoming to foreigners. Whether TEFL training or teaching English, you’ll find plenty of chances to interact with Paisas on the weekends, as they are known for frequenting the city’s many bars and salsa clubs until the early hours of the morning.
Medellin is known as “The City of Eternal Spring” due to its temperate climate throughout the year, where temperatures are consistently between 64 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 28 degrees Celsius). Take advantage of the mild weather on a day trip to El Penol or Guatape to enjoy the outdoors, fishing, hiking and basking in the Colombian sun. Or walk around this historic and fascinating city and visit the Museo de Antioquia where you’ll find many works of native Medellin artist, Fernando Botero.
Medellin has turned itself into one of the safest and most pleasant cities in Latin America and also hosts a number of world-class events such as the Flower Festival, the International Poetry Festival, the International Tango Festival, the Medellin Book Fair and Colombiamoda.
CELTA graduates are in high demand due to a scarcity of native English speaking teachers in Colombia. Colombia’s biggest cities, such as Bogotá, Medellin, and Cali, offer the most English language teaching jobs, where language institutes and universities seek native speakers and pay reasonable salaries. TEFL teachers can also find work in private, bilingual high schools throughout the country. Life in Colombia is inexpensive, so English teachers can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle.
To get TEFL certified and easily find work in Medellin, Bridge recommends taking the CELTA certification course at our TEFL school there. Students get 6-8 hours of teaching practice and can apply for jobs in-person after graduation, giving them an advantage over applicants still overseas. Graduates of the IDELT Online, our intensive e-learning TEFL certification course offered part-time online, also qualify for EFL jobs throughout Colombia.