Are you interested in living a year in Latin America? Do you know at least basic Spanish?
Are you ready to join a global network of inspired individuals?
The Atlas Corps 2015 English Teaching Fellowship (ETF) is an 11-month English teaching opportunity in Colombia for emerging professionals. This opportunity is a new collaboration between Atlas Corps, Heart for Change, Ministry of Education, SENA, and Volunteers Colombia to facilitate the development of a prosperous Colombia where children and youth have the opportunity to receive a high-quality bilingual education. The model builds on the success of both organizations—together, they have engaged more than 300 volunteers in long-term professional experience overseas. In addition, this initiative Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. Fellows learn leadership skills in an international context while inspiring English language skills in Colombian youth. In addition to full-time teaching, Fellows participate in ongoing professional development activities offered by Atlas Corps through the Global Leadership Lab and Volunteers COLOMBIA. Benefits for this prestigious 11-month fellowship program, include a living stipend, health insurance, teacher training, and ongoing professional development.
The English Teaching Fellows is divided into two unique programs, one starts in January and the other in February. The benefits and responsibilities are similar. The major distinction is the start date. On your application, you will be able to indicate your preference to apply for January, February, and/or both. We recommend applicants be flexible with start dates to increase the likelihood of being placed.
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 206 nonprofit leaders from 54 countries and 100 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 (Colombia) — 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.
SENA (www.sena.edu.co)—SENA is a Governmental Agency that provides vocational training to Colombia’s work force. It serves millions of Colombians that couldn’t afford a university degree. The goal of SENA is to train its students with practical skills that are demanded by the different industries and sectors in Colombia. Therefore, it bridges the needs of the companies (in terms of skills) and the Colombian citizens who are seeking a job. SENA is known for being recognized as the agency Colombians “love the most.” Within its portfolio or services, SENA offers some programs that are English-intensive, such as BPO (business process outsourcing), logistics, and tourism and hotel management. As one of the most ambitious bilingual programs of Colombian Government ever, SENA partnered with Volunteers Colombia to recruit native English speakers that become English Teachers and English Teaching Assistants in SENA’s institutions for one academic year.
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 grown from 5 volunteer English teachers in 2009, to 50 volunteer teachers in 2013. Over the last 5 years, we have brought more than 150 volunteer teachers. Moreover, city governments nationwide increasingly request our services, allowing us to plan for a rapid expansion to more than 100 volunteers by 2014. 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.
Note: Application deadline is October 30, 2014, to be considered for placement in January 2015.
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, personal biography, essays, and letters of recommendation.
2. Letters of Recommendation: Atlas Corps and Volunteers Colombia require two (up to three) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you in a professional capacity and can write about your skills and experiences as well as your potential for success as an Volunteers Colombia Fellow. You will need to send your request for a letter of recommendation directly through the application system. Your recommender will receive an email that asks for a recommendation. NOTE: These recommendation requests will NOT be sent until your application is submitted. Applications without at least two recommendations will NOT be considered.
3. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Board—a trained group of professionals that includes representatives from Atlas Corps, Volunteers Colombia, and nonprofit sector, government, and business leaders from multiple countries. Phone interviews and Spanish/English writing tests will be requested from semi-finalists. Placement sites will conduct Skype video interviews with selected finalists. Placement sites will make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates.
4. Visa Process: After being selected, candidates will go to the appropriate Consulate in their respective countries to apply for a Visa. Atlas Corps will provide support in obtaining this visa.
|September to November||Application process opens|
|October 30||Deadline to apply|
|November 1 to 20||Language Tests and Interviews for Semi-Finalists|
|December 12||Final Fellow Selection Date (approximate)|
|January or February||Orientation Week in Bogota, Colombia (approximate)|
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