Fancy a Colombia Teaching Placement? We’re looking for hardworking, motivated individuals to work as part of our team.
The non-profit ‘Marina Orth Foundation’ works to enhance education received in public schools in and around Medellin, Colombia. Our foundation has dedicated itself to creating an education model that can be replicated so that primary and secondary students in Colombia and elsewhere, no matter their race, gender or economic background, can compete globally and make a positive contribution to the world.
Stay duration: Minimum stay is one school semester
Places available: 6 volunteers
Hours & roster: 40 hours a week, week-ends free
What’s included? Free accommodation, all meals & stipend
What’s Not Included? Flights, travel health insurance, visa
Colombia Teaching Placement – Help Required
Volunteers are usually expected to stay with the foundation for a minimum of one school semester, working a full work week (school hours) for the foundation. Work primarily consists of taking charge of afterschool clubs (based on existing clubs and volunteer skills and interests), assisting the English teacher in their classes and possibly helping the foundation on other projects. The following attributes, experience and skills are preferable but not required:
- Experience working with children.
- Teaching experience.
- English teaching certification (TEFL etc.).
- Knowledge of technology.
- B1/B2 level of Spanish.
Desired characteristics and personal qualities:
- Ability to work in a team and independently.
- Good communication skills.
- Fluent English speaker.
- Open to new cultural experiences and accepting of cultural differences.
- Individually responsible for planning and leading several after school clubs.
- Expected to be present to help out during school hours in class.
- Help plan events for the schools (e.g. Valentine’s Day celebration, Easter egg hunt) to help expand the students’ cultural understanding.
- Expected to summarise the foundation’s activities within the school for the monthly report.
Why volunteer with us:
- Gain new skills, knowledge and experience.
- Use your professional experience to benefit others.
- Enhance your CV and improve your employment opportunities.
- Meet new people and make new friends.
- Get to know a new community.
- Give something back.
- Help make a positive difference.
- Gain confidence & self-esteem.
- Feel valued.
- Be part of a team.
- Have the opportunity to live in a rich, warm Latin American culture.
Colombia Teaching Placement – Hours & Roster
- 40 hours a week – full work week (school hours).
- Minimum stay length is one school semester (6 months) or longer.
- Request application form: Fill in the Application Form and return to us.
- Interview: If your application is of interest, you will be invited to interview. The interviews can take place over Skype for applicants overseas.
- Application acceptance: You will be advised if your application has been successful. Conversations (through email or Skype) with past or current volunteers can be facilitated if you have further questions and you will receive a FAQ document to answer some of your questions about the volunteer experience.
- Acceptance of volunteer position: You will write an email to the foundation to confirm your acceptance. This email will explicitly state the type of volunteer role you are accepting and your anticipated length of stay.
- Acceptance pack: You will receive an Acceptance Pack via email with information to help you prepare for your time in Colombia, including several documents from the foundation you will need to apply for your visa.
- Visa application: Start gathering the requirements for the visa and complete the process in your country of residency. This will require a trip to the nearest Colombian consulate or embassy before your departure.
- Induction and orientation: When you arrive you will be introduced to both the school where you will be volunteering and the main office. After arriving in Colombia you will have 15 days to present your passport in the Migration office in Medellin, to register your visa and apply for your cédula (identification card). We will help you gather the documents required to apply for your cédula, as well as give you the Welcome Pack.
- Finalisation of your timetable and responsibilities: You will receive a schedule with the clubs and classes you are responsible for, as well as any other projects you will be participating in.
Sleeping: Chosen candidates will be provided with room and board through a host family, as well as receiving a modest monthly stipend. This provides volunteers with a full cultural immersion and the opportunity to improve their Spanish at home.
Linen & Laundry: All linen and towels are included, as well as on-site laundry facilities.
Eating: The host families prepare three meals a day for volunteers. Breakfast and dinner are usually given in the home and lunch is packed to be taken to work.
Transport: Volunteers are expected to arrive in Medellín independently. They will be met at the airport or the bus terminal.
Colombia Teaching Placement – Amenities & Preferences
- Accommodate up to 6 volunteers at any one time.
- Male and female helpers accepted.
- 21 + age preference.
- Single travellers, two friends, couples are welcomed and accommodated.
- Open to the idea of hosting families.
- Spanish language learning: As a volunteer, you will enjoy a full cultural immersion and the opportunity to improve your Spanish.
- Sightseeing & attractions: Colombia is a truly fantastic country that has so much to see and do.