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Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship

Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship

Teach English in Colombia
Apply for a Paid Teaching Fellowship

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)

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Meet the Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellows


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!

Eligibility Details

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • English language skills, as native language proficiency or equivalent
  • Spanish language skills, at basic level or higher (we encourage all levels of Spanish to apply)
  • Interest in serving in an educational environment (we will provide the methodology, you provide the inspiration and energy)
  • Age range between 21 to 50

Program Details


Candidates have the chance to participate in 1 of 2 programs:

  1. The Ministry of Education (MEN), which serves primary and secondary schools in underserved communities throughout Colombia.
  2. El Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), which focuses on vocational training for college graduates and young adults.

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

Start Dates in 2017:

Please note that all programs have the opportunity to extend.

Currently, there is a formal contract for January 2017 MEN (a 5 month or 11 month program).

There are typically other MEN start dates in March/April and July and other SENA start dates in February, April and June but this is not yet confirmed. This page will be updated when they are.

  • Teach and/or co-teach with a local Colombia English instructor 25 hours per week of English instruction, including teaching, co-teaching, and conversation clubs
  • Participate in a two-way learning process in about 15 hours per week to improve English proficiency, which may include administrative-related activities, such as lesson planning, meetings with fellow teachers, paperwork, etc.
  • Attend local partners training days, schedule will coordinate with placement site.
  • Develop reports and follow up processes, as the supervisor requires.
  • Before arrival candidates must pay a $400 USD deposit, which will be returned to them upon successful completion of their contract.
  • Applicants must pay for their own travel to and from Colombia.
  • Participants will work at facilities throughout Colombia. Placement cities include: Bogotá, Medellín, Armenia, Manizales, Pereira, Ibagué, Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Villavicencio, Valledupar, Bucaramanga, Buga, Pasto, Popayán, Villa de Leyva, Neiva, Palmira, Itagui, Caldas and a number of small towns.
  • Applicants will learn more about specific cities during the application process. We encourage applicants to be flexible.
  • A two-week orientation in Bogotá, Colombia
  • Visa and Colombian ID
  • Training in pedagogy
  • Certificate of program completion
  • Colombian medical insurance
  • A 1,500,000 Colombian Peso (COP) monthly stipend
  • First month free accommodation
  • Bonus upon completion of the program
  • 24/7 support from Regional Coordinators
  • Co-teaching with experienced Colombian English teachers
  • Transportation from Bogotá to your placement city

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.

  • Volunteers Colombia and Heart for Change staff will support the participants throughout the entire program, including facilitating as needed conversations between Fellow and placement staff.
  • Orientation Week includes: training on English teaching techniques and logistics related to living in Colombia (visa, identification, bank accounts, mobile phones, and more)
  • Volunteers Colombia and Heart for Change staff will check in with participants regularly, and will do site visits to make sure the program is running smoothly.
Important Details:
  • Per this visa, the Colombian Government does NOT allow full-time employment in Colombia. Other volunteer (unpaid) activities are permitted if they do NOT affect Fellowship commitments.
  • Please note that selected Fellows will be responsible for covering travel to Colombia. Participants are required to be covered by valid medical and travel insurance for the duration of the Program. The participant understands that Volunteers Colombia and Heart for Change only provides local Colombian insurance with the Program. Participants are required to purchase international health insurance. Neither Volunteers Colombia nor Heart for Change will be responsible for any medical or other expenses incurred by the participant before, during, or after the program.

Collaborating Organizations

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.

Application Process:

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.


If you have any questions about the Fellowship, please email infocolombia@atlascorps.org

Host Organizations

Our U.S. Partners:
American Jewish World Service
AsianAmerican Lead
Center for Inspired Teaching
Civic Enterprises
CORE Group
Free the Slaves
Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute
Global Citizens Network
Global Fairness Initiative
Global Health Corps
Global Kids
Grameen Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
HasNa, Inc.
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
International Peace and Security Institute
International Relief and Development
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Management Systems International
National Audubon Society
New York Needs You
One World Youth Project
Operation Smile
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Partners of the Americas
Points of Light Institute
Population Action International (PAI)
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
U.S. Peace Corps

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