5 Reasons to Teach English in Colombia
The Art in Colombia is as plentiful as it is diverse. There are festivals (where the masks and traditional dress are jaw-dropping), vibrant murals, sculptures and paintings by famous Colombian artists, such as Fernando Botero, and much more. Best of all, much of it is free and open to the public.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, the views in Colombia are beautiful! Living here, you encounter countless picturesque scenes by climbing to the peaks of mountains to simply taking a stroll through the neighborhoods.
3. New Family and Friends
Colombians are very warm and welcoming people. Shortly, after your arrival, you will be welcomed into their homes and into their families. Additionally, you will meet and befriend wonderful people from all over the globe who have also come to Colombia to teach. You all will share teaching techniques and you will have numerous options for travel buddies for the long weekends.
While going new places and meeting new people are wonderful, the most fulfilling part of being here in Colombia is building relationships with and teaching such wonderful students! Make no mistake, the work can be exhausting. However, every day, you will be greeted by smiling faces that scream your name on arrival and give you hugs and kisses (I hope you’re an affectionate person. There will be lots of hugs and kisses.) It is so awesome seeing new concepts finally click for students and hearing them gleefully thank you. Don’t miss that opportunity.
1. Personal Growth
Finally, the best part of teaching and working in Colombia is the opportunity to develop into a more well-rounded person. I believe that being displaced from what was familiar to me in a place with a different language has really helped me grow as an individual. I’ve learned how to be more independent and dependent simultaneously. Colombians are very friendly and family oriented. They love helping and caring for one another and visitors. Therefore, help is never a far cry away. However, there will be instances where you will be on your own, a little lost and maybe having trouble understanding the language. You will survive, you will find your way and the next time will be a breeze and you will be proud of how far you’ve come.
Author: Ivory Smith
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