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Teachers Needed in Ibague, Colombia

Posted By: Native Tongue <smiranda@cogeco.ca>
Date: Friday, 15 November 2013, at 3:24 p.m.

Native Tongue is Canadian owned and operated, in its 12th year of operation in Colombia and is registered with the Secretary of Education. We operate schools in the cities of Ibague and Pereira.

Ibague is 200 km. South-West of Bogotá with 600,000 inhabitants and has 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 daily 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, there is a population of around 1,000,000 and the city is quite modern. The climate is also very comfortable, more tropical with a slightly cooler daytime average temperature of 23.

Although Colombia does still have some political and economic problems, safety has improved dramatically in recent years and is no more a concern than it would be in any large North American city. The people are very sociable and both these 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 teachers to start work in JANUARY 2014. A clear voice with a neutral “North American” accent is important. An outgoing, energetic person is a must. Spanish is an asset, however not necessary.

Please note: There are positions available in Ibague and Pereira. Although you may be required to teach various different levels and age groups, we are specifically looking for teachers who are comfortable teaching young children.

We offer:
-A salary of 1,100,000 Colombian Pesos monthly (approx. $620.00 Canadian).
-Airfare compensation bonus of 300,000 Colombian Pesos (approx. $170.00 Canadian) per month, paid upon completion of your contract.
-Apartment rental supplement of $375,000 Colombian Pesos (approx. $210.00 Canadian) paid by Native Tongue.
-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. It is illegal and has serious consequences in Colombia.
-Medical insurance (after 60 days) arranged for and paid in part by the school. The policy has broad coverage including emergency and regular care as well as drug and dental.
-Full academic support including the direction and materials needed to teach your classes.
-Possible contract renewals including other school locations and management positions.

We require:
-A native English speaker willing to sign up to an 11 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. The school is closed 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.

Note:
The cost of living in Ibague or Pereira is relatively low, even compared to Bogota. Our salary is very competitive and 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, an e-mail address and your photo.
DO NOT attach 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.

*Applicants without an English teaching certificate may also apply, however must agree to be trained through Native Tongue’s “Teacher Preparation and Placement” department at their own cost.

E-mail: smiranda@cogeco.ca

Shawn Miranda,
Canadian Operations,
Native Tongue,
Colombia.

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