Colombia is beautiful, vibrant, and extremely blessed in the geographical department. What with its mountain ranges, and parts of the Amazon rainforest, and the coastlines on both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, it is clear that Colombia has much to offer to the world, and not only for the adventurous traveler.
Economically, Colombia is also one of the fastest-growing countries in South America. The nation is taking steps to become a more positive presence on the global stage and opening up to the world.
On the individual level, how can you present your personal impact on such a large initiative? If you’ve ever dreamed of changing the world, consider going to Colombia to teach English–and here are four reasons why:
Contribute to the leadership of tomorrow
The government of Colombia recently made English mandatory to be learned in private and public schools. Not only does learning English allow children the opportunities that come with being more employable when they are older, it also opens up new doors for their future that they wouldn’t have had access to without education. By teaching English in Colombia, you are helping your students to grow both personally and professionally.
The need for English teachers who are fluent in English
Obviously, English training is an important step to help locals do better in school, find better jobs, and improve communication in the global market. While Colombian students are required to study English from the first to the twelfth grades, only 6% of students at university level are able to confidently converse in English. It is also estimated that only 10% of approximately 15 000 English teachers are fluent–therefore, the need for native English speakers in Colombia is astonishingly high!
The importance of English in the global market for Colombia
While Colombia has experienced a boom in sociopolitical, economical, and technological development in recent years, the country cannot continue to grow or advance globally without knowledge of the English language. The government’s attempts to create a sort of “bilingualism” in the country will go unfounded without strong English speakers. Furthermore, it is a country waiting for tourism to arise, another national initiative that would benefit strongly from having a strong base of the English language.
Learning any language brings global perspective
Learning (or teaching) English as a foreign language not only increases cultural understanding, but also paves the way towards a more culturally diverse and tolerant society in Colombia. This is true of almost any language and culture. Since language is so tied to culture, an exchange of one will inevitably lead an exchange of the other.
In conclusion, teaching English in Colombia will not only increase the diversity of the nation, but also offer them a more competitive edge in the international market. By simply teaching, you can change someone’s life through ways that you may not have had the opportunity to do before. Take this chance to go change the world. For more information and to sign up, check out www.aiesec.ca.
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