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Working in Colombia

Colombia is one of the most economically stable countries in South America and a recognized middle-power. Because of this, increasing numbers of foreigners decide to seek employment in this nation each year.

Foreigners looking for work in Colombia have several options. The oil and mining industry is one of the most flourishing in the country, so, if this is your field of activity, you will most likely be able to secure employment. Other options include tourism, services, and administration. In addition, there are quite a few multi-national organisations that have branches in Colombia, so you could also contact one to see if they’re hiring.

The great thing is that most job interviews for foreigners are held in English. However, if you are planning on making your stay in Colombia a long term affair, you will need to take a few Spanish classes. If you already have some knowledge of this language, and a certificate to prove it, make sure you mention it in your resume, as a potential Colombian employer is bound to appreciate it.

In the larger Colombian cities, such as Bogota or Cali, there are quite a number of bilingual schools, and there are numerous well-paid job openings for people who would like to teach English. In order to be accepted for one of these jobs, you will need a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), as well as a university degree in any specialty.

Depending on the length of your employment contract and your country of origin, visa requirements may vary, so contact a local Colombian embassy for more info.


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