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Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship in Latin America

Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellowship in Latin America

Do you want to impact, inspire and educate in Latin America?
Interested in international development and increasing social mobility?
Are you ready to join a global network of inspired individuals?

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Meet the Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellows



The Atlas Corps Teaching Fellowship is an English teaching opportunity for emerging professionals. The opportunities we offer are a collaboration between Atlas Corps and our two partners in Latin America, Heart for Change and Volunteers Colombia. Together, we work with governmental agencies in Colombia and other countries, including nationwide Ministries of Education, public schools, and local vocational training programs.


Through this partnership, our mission is to facilitate the development of a prosperous Latin America where children and youth have the opportunity to receive a high-quality bilingual education.


The program we offer in Colombia specifically is the country’s largest bilingual program. In its first year, 350 Fellows taught alongside 1,050 Colombian teachers, strengthening English education for nearly 98,000 public high school students in 33 cities. Today Fellows teach English in 38 different Colombian cities.


Atlas Corps Teaching Fellows learn leadership skills in an international context while advancing English language skills in youth. The benefits of this prestigious fellowship include a living stipend, general and TEFL teacher training, ongoing professional development, and engagement in the global Atlas Corps network of over 500 leaders from 80+ countries!



Please note that currently we are only recruiting for our program in Colombia, but there is a possibility that programs in other Latin American countries will open up.

IMPORTANT NOTE: THESE PROGRAMS ARE NOT CONFIRMED so HIGH FLEXIBILITY is of great importance for those interested in participating in the English Teaching Fellowship in Colombia. We hope to update this page with specific details about 2018 programs by the end of 2017.

Once you submit your application, and pass the first screening we will start matching you with a program depending on availability. You do not get to choose the program you are selected for so please be as detailed as possible in your application to ensure a successful match!

Potential 2018 programs include:

  • Ministry of Education (MEN): co-teaching; public, secondary schools; placements throughout the country.
  • SENA: co-teaching; vocational schools; adult learners; placements throughout the country.
  • Secretaria de Educación (SED) de Barranquilla: co-teaching; public, primary schools; exclusively Barranquilla.
  • English for Opportunities (EFO) Program: co-teaching, private and independent schools; primary and secondary students; Bogotá, Isla Barú, Quibdó.
  • EFO programs include: Colsubsidio (a network of independent schools in Bogotá), Instituto San Juan de Dios (a private school in Bogotá), Fundación Mario Santo Domingo (a school serving the very vulnerable community of Santa Ana on Isla Barú) and Quibdó.

Eligibility for ALL programs:

  • At least ONE year of teaching experience and/or TEFL certificate
  • HIGH level of FLEXIBILITY and adaptability
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Clean Background Check
  • Age range of applicants is 21 to 50
  • English language skills, at native proficiency of C2 level equivalent.
    • We require English level proof for non-native speaker in the form of test results from either Cambridge, IELTS, or TOEFL.
    • Below are the qualifying scores:
      • Cambridge: C2
      • TOEFL: 96+
      • IELTSL 7.5+
  • Spanish language skills, at basic level or higher (we encourage all levels of Spanish to apply) Interest and enthusiasm for serving in an educational environment.

What is provided in all programs?

  • ~1,500,000 monthly COP stipend
  • Two week orientation, including extensive training in pedagogy/TEFL and training on logistics related to living in Latin America (visa, identification, bank accounts, mobile phones, and more)
  • Courtesy visa and ID
  • Local medical insurance
  • Transpiration from Orientation to your placement city
  • 24/7 support from Regional Coordinators and staff
  • Certificate of program completion
  • Bonus upon completion of the program

Participants are responsible for:

  • $400 Program Deposit (returned upon completing Fellowship)
  • International health insurance (~$300)
  • Round trip ticket


Atlas Corps offers concrete professional development opportunities to our English Teaching Fellows, such as:

      • A free DevEx professional development account
      • Free admission (for most days) for Alumni to our Atlas Corps Scholars program in Washington, D.C.- an intensive nonprofit management training program designed and delivered by Atlas Corps and Deloitte Consulting that allows young professionals to build their skills and global network
      • Participation in our professional development webinars.


1. Online Application: You will need to create a login, and you can save your responses so you can return to the application at any time. The application consists of background information, a personal biography, and a transcript or certificate. Again, this application allows you to be considered for any of our opportunities in Latin America, and you’ll be able to indicate your preference on the form.

2. Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by the Atlas Corps Selection Board. Atlas Corps and our partners in Colombia will both conduct Skype interviews. Our partners will then make their final recommendations to Atlas Corps, and Atlas Corps will notify the selected candidates.

3. Pre-Arrival Process: After being selected and confirming their spot, candidates will receive information about what other logistical documents they need to send in, as well as visa support if applicable.

Collaborating Organizations

Atlas Corps ( — Atlas Corps, started in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and World Economic Forum, featured in the Washington Post and Forbes as a model social entrepreneurship program, and recognized as a Top 10 International Voluntary Exchange Program by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations (like Ashoka, Peace Corps, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure), to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. Our network of Fellows includes over 500 nonprofit leaders from over 80 countries and 150 Host Organizations.

Heart for Change (

Ministry of National Education in Colombia (

Volunteers Colombia ( )

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