Lying at the north-western tip of South America, Colombia was originally a massive Republic that included some of its neighbours. But even after Ecuador, Venezuela and Panama claimed independence, Colombia still lays claim to an area as big as France, Spain and Portugal combined.
Not surprisingly for such a huge country, it’s packed with a massive variety of scenery, ethnicities and cuisines. From the pristine Pacific and Caribbean coastlines to the verdant jungles; from the indigenous tribes to the Spanish colonists; from Bandeja paisa to the Caribbean-influenced dishes, there is so much to discover that you may end up staying longer than you’d planned.
- Good demand for teachers, but little competition for jobs
- Parque Nacional Tayrona – beautiful park with a stunning variety of scenery
- Cartagena - beautiful, historic city with a pleasingly laid-back vibe
- Bogotá – vibrant city with a fascinating mix of the old and the new
- Providencia – lush Caribbean island with powdery beaches and imposing mountains
Things you might not know about Teaching English in Colombia
- On the Colombian flag, Yellow represents the federation of Greater Colombia, blue symbolizes its independence from Spain, while red symbolizes courage
- 95% of the world’s emeralds are produced in Colombia
- Colombians love coffee: it’s the second-largest producer of coffee in the world, and the locals consume 1.4 million bags each year... more than any other country in the world!
- Despite its problems with crime, Colombia is the third most happy country in the world