Bordering five different countries, Colombia has a wide-range of climates. These vary from lush coffee regions, Amazonian jungles, warm beaches, cool valleys, tropical rainforests and everything in between. With a major international airport located within the city, Bogotá is a perfect travel hub to easily reach various parts of the country. While buses are accessible to travel to other regions, you will find that flights are very affordable and the quickest option. As the capital of Colombia, Bogotá is also its largest city with a population of approximately 8 million. Bogotá is known for its traffic. While Bogotá is becoming an increasingly safer place to visit, it is still advised to be cautious when walking around at night. As a central hub of Colombia, Bogotá has many activities, nice restaurants and shopping areas, and fun attractions to visit. It is possible to find some American products in high-end stores, but they tend to be a bit pricier and you may find similar Colombian products at a lower cost. Living in Colombia can be very cost-effective, as the U.S. dollar is strong against the Colombian peso.
Host Institution: Centro Colombo Americano Bogotá
The Centro Colombo Americano in Bogotá is a non-profit bi-national center (BNC) whose main objective is to promote cultural and academic exchange between the United States, Colombia, and other countries. While it is a Colombian institution, the BNC operates under the auspices of and in close cooperation with the U.S. Embassy. Established in 1942, the BNC achieves its mission through: teaching the English language at all levels; promoting academic exchanges, educational opportunities, and advising through the EducationUSA office; hosting public library services through the BNC Bilingual Library; and offering events to highlight American culture that take place in the Gallery and the Tairona auditorium. More than 10,000 students are enrolled monthly in the face-to-face and blended English courses. Facilities and premises of the Centro Colombo Americano include spacious and modern rooms for students to enhance their learning process with virtual platforms, practice labs, libraries, reading rooms, and free Wi-Fi access.
- The Fellow will conduct ELT training on current methods and techniques for pre-service and in-service teachers in Bogotá and, through occasional travel, in the eight other Colombian cities that host BNCs.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Mentor and conduct ELT training for Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) and Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs).
- Participate in or facilitate webinars conducted by the Regional English Language Office (RELO) or U.S. Embassy.
- Assist with language learning and culture-related activities for U.S. Embassy-supported programs like the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access).
- Provide advice to Ministry of Education staff on innovative TEFL approaches.