My name is Laura, I am running a pre-school and primary school in Bogota, Colombia.
I love to travel but found myself taking on this exciting project. I want to offer a better and more conscious education to children.
I love to walk in the mountains (which are easily accessed from the city), practice yoga and meditation. I also love to work with the children in the school.
The schools were founded over thirty years ago and I am now changing the curriculum to encompass more creativity, positive experience and free play.
Bogota is a very unique place. There is opportunity to meet many different people and hear many stories. The history of Colombia is full of bloodshed but now is a time for positive change, where the youth protest and campaign for the future they want to create. There is a strong DIY culture here from building extensions on your house to starting your own activist groups. This could be an opportunity to be included in many different activities through out the city and beyond.
Colombia was colonized by the Spanish who brought with them Catholicism. Colombia gained independence but still practices Catholicism. There are many churches and holidays for the various saints. Some of these holidays include events that can be very interesting and beautiful to see.
If you are interested in teaching English but do not have experience this could be a great opportunity for you to learn about your self as a professional teacher/English teacher and receive guidance and help along the way as well as a reference at the end.
If you have some experience in teaching but never had the opportunity to explore your own methods of teaching English in a relaxed and creative atmosphere, this could be ideal for you.
You will have access to the school after working hours. This gives you the space to engage in projects or hobbies of your own. You could spend time on artistic endeavours or start your own adult English classes to experience running your own business and make some extra cash to explore the country even more!
Spanish is spoken by the students, teachers and locals. If you are looking to learn Spanish you will immersed in practice.
Fresh fruit and vegetables pour into the city everyday. There is also opportunity to try tasty snacks from each region of Colombia, the coast bringing a fishy form of the usual suspects like the empanada.
You would be THE English teacher. You would visit classes and assist the teacher to teach English. You would have a maximum of 20 hours of lessons a week. The classes are small with 6-12 pre-school children in a class to 10-15 primary school children in a class. There are cameras in the classrooms for everyone's safety.
The amount of work required also depends on how much planning you would like to put into the lessons. Here we like to be creative so there is opportunity to create your own lessons and ideas for a course. We use music, dance, paint, drawing, sculpture, yoga, cooking and anything else we feel would enhance our students learning and experience at the school. You would be free to craft your lessons with guidance should you need it. The school is open from Monday to Friday. We would love to help you plan your classes and give you advice and guidance.
Spanish, French, English and Portugese.
The accommodation is inside the school. There is a bedroom with bathroom. The kitchen is fully equiped. The school is located in a nice area with view to the mountain, there are parks and shops near by.
We will provide a hearty vegan lunch from Monday to Friday.
The mountains offer many hours of hiking trails, with different vegetation, there are pine forests brought by the Spanish, the native trees and on the top some very strange vegetation.
There are many sporting activities available, and also many free yoga classes in the parks.
Leaving Bogota and descending down the mountain the climate becomes very hot and tropical. There are waterfalls to cool down in and can be enjoyed over the weekend. We have some longer holidays during the school year and this would be a good opportunity to explore some of the other places Colombia has to offer whether it's the amazon region, snow capped mountains and hot springs, Caribbean golden sands and islands or whale watching in the pacific. There is also good surf on the Caribbean and pacific coast.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week