About

This blog, which was launched in September 2020, aims to provide information about teaching English in Colombia. I intend to share practical tips for those thinking of moving to this country, and I also want to deal with topics that may interest developing teachers. My website doesn’t aspire to be a comprehensive resource because its content is based mainly on my own experience. You may have a completely different point of view, which is perfectly fine. I will be happy to read what you think, so feel free to leave a comment.

I am currently based in Envigado and work for IH Medellín and IH Bogotá as an independent contractor. In addition, I provide a variety of services for both students and teachers. I previously spent four years teaching English at Centro Colombo Americano (in Manizales and Bucaramanga) and four months in Villa de Leyva as a volunteer with Heart for Change.

I grew up in the Czech Republic, where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Media studies. After spending several years in unrelated jobs, I decided to get into teaching. I completed a CELTA course at CELT Athens in June 2017 and bought a one-way ticket to Colombia.

In June 2019, I passed Delta Module One at the British Council Colombia. A year later, I successfully completed Module Three with an assignment titled Teaching monolingual classes in Colombia, which I submitted through NILE. In 2021, I took the Train the Trainer course with IH Lima and obtained a full Delta certificate after passing a Module Two course delivered by IH Mexico.

Please note that all views expressed on the TEFL in Colombia blog are my own and don’t necessarily represent those of the organisations I am associated with.

Martin Hajek
@martinhajek_ELT