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Sep 21

Getting started as an expat in Bogotá, Colombia

Colombia Travel

Saying goodbye to your homeland can be tough (but scenic)

Moving to a new place can be a tough gig. Leaving your old friends, family and work behind for pastures new is exciting, sure, but is also nerve-wracking. Where, for example, will you find new friends? New work? New places to hang out? A decent place to watch a match of football? All equally important questions. Lucky for you, the Colombia Travel Blog is here to try and ease some of those more anxious moments as you settle into life in Bogotá.


Welcome to Bogotá

First things first: it’s important to know people. Here in Bogotá there are some great ways to do that. Firstly, has a forum specifically dedicated to Colombia’s capital city, and the community there do a great deal to organize meet-ups among expats in Bogotá. It’s a good place to start, even before you arrive in the big city. Secondly you can try La Villa (Kr. 14a # 83 – 56) on a Tuesdays. From 8pm you can enjoy a language exchange attended by all kinds of people from all over the world (plus before 10pm beers are 2×1!).

If you want to socialize AND make a little money on the side, look no further than Native Speakers, who offer English-speakers the chance to get paid for wandering around Bogotá chatting to locals in English… Easy, right?


Bogotá’s urban sprawl from above

Which brings us nicely on to work. Many people come to Bogotá with a vague notion that they want to teach English in Colombia. Frankly, it’s the best way to make money unless you’re looking to invest in serious business, and the same can be said for teaching in Medellín. Opportunities abound, both working for institutions and in private classes. Of course, working private classes pays more, but offers less security and the travelling can be horrendous (Bogotá especially is a huge city).

Either way, taking just 10 classes a week can afford you a comfortable lifestyle here in Colombia. This will entail travelling and preparing, but still many of the teachers I know are extremely comfortable and happy with their life here. You don’t even need to worry too much about qualifications; if you’ve followed the first half of this article and made contacts, you’ll be finding work in no time.

Any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask us.


P.S. As far as football is concerned, fear not. Almost every bar in Zona T shows it.

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14 Comments on “Getting started as an expat in Bogotá, Colombia

Cayd Meier says:

Am I understanding this correctly. You can teach English there without knowing Spanish?
Thanks, Cayd

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    Chris says:

    Hi Cayd,

    You definitely can over here: most classes want teachers who only speak to their students in English. However, with no Spanish you might be a bit restricted to the lower paying jobs or find living here a little trickier. Brush up on the basics and you’re good to go :)

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    Chris says:

    Hi Cayd,

    You definitely can, but with no Spanish it might make living here a little trickier. Brush up on the basics and you’re good to go I’d say :)

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Adi Gaischeg says:

Hello all,
I am merried with very good and nice Colombian woman who I like to give good life. Sincé May 2014 we are in Bogota. Please all who know for good job, let me know. I will be very greatful. (Intensive I learn Spanish)

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ANDRES says:

Good blog to start, with nice people to take the ride.
I have a place to stay at Bogota ( 4 Short or long term) Photos:
Best regards to all, Andres

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Geraldine says:

thanks for info. Id like more info on teaching English. cheers

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Grace says:

I’m moving to Colombia, specifically bogota in a few weeks. I have many years teaching experience, where can I look for a part time job?

Would Ieper appreciate your advice,
Many thanks

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Michael Holland says:

I am getting married in Bogota in the next couple of months and plan on moving there. I would like more information for teaching English to the people there. Can you help?

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Michael Holland says:

I’m moving to Bogota to get married and I understand that I am able to teach English. I would lik additional information on this opportunity. Thank you

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Shelly B. says:

Thanks for the blog – love the marriage proposal video! I am one of those looking to teach English, and I actually am a licensed English teacher here in the states. I’ll be in Bogota again in late January/early February for a short visit with friends. I have a feeling I’ll be visiting your site quite a bit!

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