Teach English in the Coffee Region of Columbia

Pack your bags and come to Colombia!

Come see where much of the world’s best coffee comes from, explore the beautiful tropical region not far to the west, and unpack your bags in one of the most beautiful coffee growing regions in the world tucked in the mountains of central Colombia!

Apply by: 15th March 2014

Organization: Nukanti Foundation

Position: English Teaching Volunteer

Worksite: Colombia, Risaralda Department

Type: Volunteer position (food, accommodation and internal travel costs will be covered)

Length of project: 13 months (includes three months of vacation in July, December and January)

Dates of project: April 1st, 2014 – April 30th, 2015 (shorter terms will also be considered)

Supervisor: Colombia Director

Founded in 2008, the Nukanti Foundation is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to leveraging sports and the arts as tools for engaging, educating, and empowering youth. Our programs offer skills development in critical thinking, conflict resolution, problem solving, personal wellness, cross-cultural communication, community building, and social entrepreneurship.

The 2013 recipient of Beyond Sport’s Sport for Conflict Resolution and a finalist for Peace and Sport’s 2013 NGO of the Year award, Nukanti operates chapters in Brazil, Colombia, Morocco, UK, and USA. We serve youth in communities working to address the social impacts of long-standing conflict, poverty, and human-rights violations.

Position Description:
The selected volunteers will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on, on-the-ground experience in the education sector with one of the most dynamic and impactful organizations operating today.

The volunteers will work with students and teachers in the rural areas of Colombia’s central Risaralda Department – assisting in classes and after-school activities in order to improve the English language skills of both students and local English teachers.

The volunteers will be involved in revising English teaching curricula in cooperation with local education authorities.

This way the volunteers will contribute to the project’s overall objective of enhancing local youth’s prospects of higher education and future employment in order for them to overcome typical socio-economic restrictions of rural Colombia.

Candidate Attributes:

All volunteers are required to be English native speakers.
Previous experiences in volunteer work abroad and/or education/teaching are beneficial but not necessarily required.

Basic Spanish is beneficial but not necessarily required. It will make it easier for the volunteers to integrate in the local community.

Project Details:
For the duration of the project, the volunteers will receive:
Coverage of the costs of accommodation, food and of internal travels they have to undertake while on the job.

The organization will not cover the costs of food, accommodation and travels during the vacation months of July, December and January.

To see a full job description, please view our list of current opportunities at the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN): www.internationalpeaceandconflict.org/profile/nukanti
How to apply
Please submit (in English) – by March 15, 2014 – your curriculum vitae and a letter (not to exceed 750 words) explaining why you want to be part of this project, how you can add value to it and how this will help advance your goals in terms of professional and personal development. Please also provide the names and contact details for at least one non-personal reference.

Please submit these materials via email – with the subject heading “Volunteer submission: English teacher in Risaralda, Colombia” to:volunteer@nukantifoundation.org

You can also submit questions about this opportunity to the email provided above.


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