Do you want to impact, inspire and educate in Latin America?
Interested in international development and increasing social mobility?
Are you ready to join a global network of inspired individuals?
Opportunities in throughout 2017, especially January 2017 (see below for more start dates)
The Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship (ETF) is an English teaching opportunity in Colombia for emerging professionals. This opportunity is a new collaboration between Atlas Corps, Heart for Change, Volunteers Colombia, the Ministry of Education and Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) to facilitate the development of a prosperous Colombia where children and youth have the opportunity to receive a high-quality bilingual education. It is Colombia’s largest bilingual program. In its first year, 350 Fellows taught alongside 1,050 Colombian teachers, strengthening English education for nearly 98,000 public high school students in 33 cities.
Fellows learn leadership skills in an international context while inspiring English language skills in Colombian youth. Benefits of this prestigious fellowship program include a living stipend, health insurance, teacher training, ongoing professional development, and engagement in the global Atlas Corps network of over 400 leaders from 75 countries!
Candidates have the chance to participate in 1 of 2 programs:
This unique overseas experience is an opportunity to enhance your own professional portfolio while inspiring a generation of learners in Colombia. The details of the Fellowship are outlined below!
Priority Deadline for January 2017: September 1, 2016
Final Deadline for January 2017: October 15, 2016
Please note that all programs have the opportunity to extend.
In addition, Atlas Corps offers concrete professional development opportunities to our English Teaching Fellows, such as access to our network of over 400 social change leaders from 75 countries, live-streaming of the VIP speakers at our Global Leadership Lab and participation in our professional development webinars.Support:
Atlas Corps (www.atlascorps.org) — Atlas Corps, started in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and World Economic Forum, featured in the Washington Post and Forbes as a model social entrepreneurship program, and recognized as a Top 10 International Voluntary Exchange Program by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations (like Ashoka, Peace Corps, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure), to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. Our network of Fellows includes over 400 nonprofit leaders from 75 countries and 150 Host Organizations.
Heart for Change (www.heartforchange.org) Heart for Change, Colombia Volunteer Program is a social business that encourages intercultural exchange by bringing volunteers from around the world to work in development programs in Colombia. The mission of Heart for Change is to provide support to social impact projects through volunteer programs. We want to create ambassadors for our social causes so that volunteers share a positive image of Colombia. Through our programs, we will empower and strengthen local organizations with the knowledge, vision, and innovation that volunteers bring. We want to enhance the field of "Voluntourism" in Colombia to attract more socially committed people to our country.
Ministry of National Education in Colombia (www.mineducacion.gov.co) — The Ministry of National Education is responsible for overseeing the instruction and education of the Colombian people, the mission made by the body itself is to "guarantee the right to education based on equity, quality and effectiveness, forming honest citizens, competent, responsible and able to build a happy, equitable, productive, competitive, supportive and proud of herself." Its services are the definition of policies and regulations, distribution and monitoring of funds, project development, technical assistance, care quality assurance procedures in higher education, the provision and dissemination of information.
Volunteers COLOMBIA (www.volunteerscolombia.org)— Volunteers Colombia is a Colombian nonprofit founded in 2008 with the mission of expanding English language proficiency and educational opportunity among Colombian underserved communities. Our vision is to create a Colombia that is competitive and prosperous by ensuring that children and youth receive high-quality bilingual education. Thanks to the success of our English for Opportunities and Competitiveness (EFOC) program, we have gone from welcoming five volunteer English teachers in 2009 to 550 volunteer teachers as of 2015. City governments nationwide increasingly request our services, allowing us to plan for a rapid expansion to more than 400 volunteers by 2016. Corps members are high-quality native English speakers invested in education and international development. Volunteers COLOMBIA is run by U.S. educated, Colombian professionals who understand the contexts and expectations of both U.S. and Colombian settings. Volunteers Colombia’s founders have also launched successful international businesses and established Enseña por Colombia, member of the Teach for All Network.
1. Online Application: All applications need to be submitted online. We will not accept applications via email or mail. You will need to create a login and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. The application consists of background information and a personal biography.
2. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Board—a trained group of professionals that includes representatives from Atlas Corps, Volunteers Colombia and Heart for Change. Atlas Corps and our partners in Colombia will both conduct Skype Interviews. Our partners will then make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates.
3. Visa Process: After being selected, candidates will receive information about how to apply for a TP-1 visa online. Volunteers Colombia and Heart for Change will provide support in obtaining this visa.
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