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TEFL TESOL Course Colombia - Medellin

Colombia is the country of Gabriel García Márquez and his famous novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” a story as magical as the country itself. Colombia bears the name of Christopher Columbus and is one of the most spectacular and colorful countries in South America.

The only country on the continent with both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, Colombia features the Andes at their most dramatic as well as the impressive jungle and Amazon region in the south. The magnificence of the landscape is equaled by some of the most beautiful colonial towns in South America, and among the richest flora and fauna life found in the world. And, of course, you will find some of the world’s best coffee and amazingly warm and happy people throughout all of Colombia.

medellinskylineMedellín is the second largest city in Colombia and is located in the Aburrá Valley, one of the more northern regions of the Andes in South America. It has a population of 2.4 million inhabitants. Most of the national beauty queens and top fashion models in Colombia, call Medellin their hometown. Paisas (people from Medellín) are of many races and colors, as in their beautiful flowers which are grown and shipped over night, from Medellín's International Airport. Medellín was founded in 1616 by the Spaniard Francisco Herrera y Campuzano as Poblado de San Lorenzo (Saint Lawrence Town) in the nowadays El Poblado District. The residents are very hospitable and are great hosts when it comes to showing off their country to foreign visitors.

Colombia is known to have some of South America's friendliest and sophisticated people who seem to enjoy life to the fullest. There is a lot to see and do in Medellín depending upon how long you have to visit the city. There is Botero Plaza with its famous Botero Sculptures. Enjoy a beautiful view of Medellín from the top of the mountainside, or visit Pueblito Paisa to learn what life was like 100 years ago. The local zoo has over 1,000 species of animals, many indigenous only to Colombia. Cool down at the Parque de las Aguas (Water Park), or visit Estadia, the local stadium and Atanasio Girardot sports complex (has a large Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, and more).

Nightlife, called "Rumba", takes place in many locations, beginning in earnest on Thursday night, and running "hot and heavy" through Saturday night. During that time (and many Sundays in some clubs), Medellín is a party town. The discos are jammed, wall to wall with attractive local paisas. The music is generally loud. So loud you can barely hear yourself speak.

Climate

Because of its high elevation, the climate of Medellín is humid and subtropical, even though it is located near the equator. The average annual temperature is around 22ºC (72º F) year round with minimal temperature variations. Temperatures range from 15ºC (52ºF) to 30º C (86ºF). The pleasant spring-like climate year round makes it known as "La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera" or "City of the Eternal Spring".

The city has always had rainy and dry seasons that have been affected lately somehow due to construction booms and global warming. But generally speaking, the sun, more often than not, shows itself in every corner of the city. The coolest and rainiest months are between November and March, and the dry season is between June and August, when the city takes advantage of the weather to take the party out onto the streets.

Clothing: since the weather is spring-like year round, visitors can wear comfortable casual or formal clothing, depending on the activities they do during the day. Jeans and long-sleeved shirts are preferred by students.


How to get to Medellin


By Air

Medellín is served by José María Córdoba International Airport, located in the city of Rionegro. Flights arrive here from Madrid, Bogotá, Miami, and New York City (among other places.) There are taxis or a minibus that will take you down to the city from Rionegro to the city. The minibus to downtown Medellín takes approximately one hour.

By Bus

It’s about an 8-9 hours ride from the Transport Terminal (terminal de transportes) in Bogota. A bus ticket is about 35000-45000 pesos (16-20 dollars) depending on the bus type (with A/C, first-class).

About the School

Our center in Medellin works in alliance with Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia at the Envigado's Branch. It is very close to the El Poblado neighborhood downtown Medellin. The school is recognized for its high-quality academic education using cutting-edge technology.

We offer English classes with Colombian students in an exciting and kind environment. Students can use academic and technological tools to support their studies.

The school is part of the TESOL International Group, a global teacher-training institute. The certificate you receive is your passport to your final destination--your teaching job.

We offer big, comfortable classrooms to provide for maximum learning experience. Our staff of qualified, experienced teachers will be at your side during your training process. Friendly, professional administrative assistants are waiting to support you for a comfortable stay.

Why Medellin?

  • Medellin is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in South America. It is also one of the safest South American cities.
  • Considered the flower capital of the world, Medellin, the Capital City of the State of Antioquia, embraces the Paisa population and culture.
  • Breathtaking evergreen forests, parks, lakes, rivers, recreational, tourist, historic, and cultural facilities and attractions are waiting to be discovered.

Optional Activities

Throughout the year, Medellin is home to many festivals and fairs. Some of the most important are Colombiamoda (a fashion show) in July, the Annual Flower Show and the Colombian Film Festival in August, the International Jazz Festival and Music of the World in September, and the Christmas Lighting in December. There are shows and festivals for almost any interest group.

FlowerfestVenture into the catacomb shops and street vendor stalls in El Centro (El Hueco, La Palacia Nacional etc) for a truly unique shopping experience and great wholesale bargains. Whatever their asking price, negotiate usually 15-20% off their first offer. If they won't budge, just walk away. You will find the exact same or similar item down the street or a few shops away.


Accommodation

Home-stay with a family: Share your daily life with a Spanish-speaking family. Breakfast and dinner are included. There is a washing machine available, or your clothes will be washed once a week. Families are chosen carefully, and during your stay you will be another member of the family. We visit the families regularly, and we assess their human qualities and the location of their dwelling. Rate: USD 140/week

Apartment: If you want more privacy or are planning to come with your family, we can get you an apartment starting USD 50/day.

Hotel: We have special agreements with hotels. There are hotels for all budgets, ranging from USD 20/night to five-star hotels. The hotels we recommend are always well located, and they have been rated as satisfactory by other students, regardless of the hotel's price. We have also contacts with excellent B&Bs (Bed & Breakfast).


Most accommodation is in the vicinity of the school; from here you can easily access public transportation to get to other places.

Please be assured that any special requests or requirements regarding accommodation will be taken into consideration, and TESOL International will make efforts to honor such requests.

 

Who

  • Fellow trainee teachers from a various countries and backgrounds and of various ages
  • Qualified and internationally experienced, professional and supportive trainers
  • Helpful, courteous support staff will assist you wherever possible.
  • Real local students for Teaching practice

  • How to apply

  • Fill out an application form and take that next step towards learning amidst the historical beauty of Medellin.




    Medellin Course Schedule

    • 06 Apr - 01 May 2009
    • 04 May - 29 May 2009
    • 01 Jun - 26 Jun 2009
    • 29 Jun - 24 Jul 2009
    • 03 Aug - 28 Aug 2009
    • 07 Sep - 02 Oct 2009
    • 12 Oct - 06 Nov 2009
    • 09 Nov - 04 Dec 2009
    • 04 Jan - 29 Jan 2010
    • 01 Febr - 26 Feb 2010
    • 01 Mar - 26 Mar 2010
    • 02 Apr - 30 Apr 2010
    • 03 May - 28 May 2010
    • 04 Jun - 02 Jul 2010
    • 05 Jul - 30 Jul 2010
    • 02 Aug- 27 Aug 2010
    • 03 Sept - 01 Oct 2010
    • 04 Oct - 29 Oct 2010
    • 01 Nov - 26 Nov 2010

    How to Apply

    Fill out an application form and take that next step towards learning amidst the stunning natural beauty of Medellin.

    Costs

    • US$ 1990 (excluding accommodation)
    • Accommodation from
      US$ 100 per week
    • US$ 200 discount in April!

     

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