Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship in Latin America

Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship in Latin America


The Atlas Corps Teaching Fellowship is an English teaching opportunity for emerging professionals. The opportunities we offer are a collaboration between Atlas Corps and our two partners in Latin America – Heart for Change and Volunteers Colombia, who work with different governmental agencies in Colombia and other countries – from nationwide Ministries of Education and public schools to local vocational training programs.


Through this collaboration, our mission is to facilitate the development of a prosperous Latin America where children and youth have the opportunity to receive a high-quality bilingual education.

The program we offer in Colombia specifically is the country’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. Today Fellows teach English in 38 different Colombian cities.


Atlas Corps Teaching Fellows learn leadership skills in an international context while advancing English language skills in youth. The benefits of this prestigious fellowship include a living stipend, general and TEFL teacher training, ongoing professional development, and engagement in the global Atlas Corps network of over 500 leaders from 80+ countries!



Please note that currently we are only recruiting for our program in Colombia, but there is a possibility that programs in other Latin American countries will open up.


Ministry of Education in Colombia


Secretary of Education in Bogotá


Travel4Change (through Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism)


What will you do?

Co-teach in cities across Colombia (big and small!) in public schools through the Ministry of Education

25 hours/week instruction

15 hours/week planning

Co-teach in public schools in Colombia’s capital of Bogotá

25 hours/week teaching

15 hours/week planning

Travel4Change is part of the “English for Tourism” strategy of the Ministry of commerce, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT), which aims to train staff linked to tourism in other languages, through programs specially designed for the sector that combine virtual and face-to-face education.

The placements are mostly for small touristic cities and capital cities: Cali, Medellin, Cartagena, Bogotá, Ibagué, Pereira, Yopal.

Rural tourism locations include: Buga, SanGil, Santa Rosa de Cabal, Salento, Ipiales, Lorica, Nuquí, Mompox y Villa de Leyva.

30 hours/week teaching

10 hour/week planning

Application Deadline

FINAL: June 2, 2017



Start Date

July 2, 2017

June 22, 2017

To be confirmed – website will be updated when start date is known

Specific eligibility requirements?

See ELIGIBILITY (for ALL programs) below

  • Teaching certificate OR 1-year of full time teaching

PLUS See ELIGIBILITY (for ALL programs) below

  • Experience or degree in tourism industry

PLUS See ELIGIBILITY (for ALL programs) below

What does the specific program provide?

~1,500,000 monthly COP stipend

~1,500,000 monthly COP stipend

~1,500,000 monthly COP stipend

What is provided in ALL programs?

  • Two-week orientation, including extensive training in pedagogy/TEFL and training on logistics related to living in Latin America (visa, identification, bank accounts, mobile phones, and more)

  • Courtesy visa and ID

  • Local medical insurance

  • Transportation from Orientation to your placement city

  • 24/7 support from Regional Coordinators and staff

  • Certificate of program completion

  • Bonus upon completion of the program

  • Atlas Corps specific benefits! More details below.

What does the Fellow pay?

$400 Program Deposit (returned upon completing Fellowship)

International health insurance (~$300)

Round trip ticket (cost depending on location)

$400 Program Deposit (returned upon completing Fellowship)

International health insurance (~$300)

Round trip ticket (cost depending on location)

$400 Program Deposit (returned upon completing Fellowship)

International health insurance (~$300)

Round trip ticket (cost depending on location)



Here is the general overview of the Application Process, but please read ALL the steps by clicking this link: Process and Procedures – Atlas Corps Teaching Fellowship

1. Online Application : 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, a personal biography, and a transcript or certificate. Again, this application allows you to be considered for any of our opportunities in Latin America, and you’ll be able to indicate your preference on the form.


2. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by the Atlas Corps Selection Board. 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. Pre-Arrival Process: After being selected and confirming their spot, candidates will receive information about what other logistical documents they need to send in, as well as visa support if applicable.

ELIGIBILITY (for ALL programs)

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

  • Clean Background Check

  • Age range of applicants is 21 to 50

  • English language skills, at native language proficiency or C2 level equivalent.

    • We require English level proof for non-native speakers in the form of test results from either Cambridge, IELTS or TOEFL. (We do NOT accept TEFL or CELTA certificates as proof of English level)

    • Below are the qualifying scores:

      • Cambridge: C2

      • TOEFL: 96+

      • IELTS: 7.5+

  • Spanish language skills, at basic level or higher (we encourage all levels of Spanish to apply)

  • High level of flexibility and adaptability

  • Interest and enthusiasm for serving in an educational environment (we will provide the methodology, you provide the inspiration and energy)


Atlas Corps offers concrete professional development opportunities to our English Teaching Fellows, such as:

  • A free DevEx professional development account

  • Free admission (for most days) for Alumni to our Atlas Corps Scholars program in Washington, D.C.- an intensive nonprofit management training program designed and delivered by Atlas Corps and Deloitte Consulting that allows young professionals to build their skills and global network

  • Participation in our professional development webinars.

  • Eligibility for special partnerships with graduate programs

Collaborating Organizations

Atlas Corps ( — 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 500 nonprofit leaders from 83 countries and 150 Host Organizations.

Heart for Change (

Ministry of National Education in Colombia (

Volunteers Colombia ( )

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