Hello! My name is Paul and I am a second-year teacher at ECA. While I initially came to ECA intending to teach solely PE and work as an administrative assistant, I am grateful for the opportunity for my roles to expand beyond that. Now, I am coaching soccer, discipling students, and teaching personal finance in addition to the roles above. Outside of ECA, I have been able to travel with my coworkers and friends to some amazing places in South America including Machu Picchu, the Middle of the World, and Patagonia, not to mention the beautifully diverse landscape all across Colombia.
Paul, PE teacher
ECA has a great support system for first-year teachers. While the principals push us to grow professionally, they are also incredibly supportive and understanding, remembering what it’s like to start out teaching. Having a teacher aide is also wonderful. They have so much to teach us and offer. They allow us to grow in classroom management, but not have to do it by ourselves, so that we can focus more on instruction. It’s a great first teaching job.
Ilana, 2nd grade teacher
ECA is a great place to teach right out of college because your principal is easy to access. You don’t have to compete with like 20 other elementary teachers for input as you would at a public school. You can get feedback from administrators and work closely with specialists to figure out how to best meet the needs of our students. It’s a super supportive environment. You get to live with other teachers who understand what you’re going through with your first year and can provide support, as well as friendship.
Hannah, 3rd grade teacher
Located in the center of the country at an altitude of about 8,660 feet, Bogotá enjoys an almost perfect climate with average highs from 60-70°F and lows in the 40’s and 50’s.
The Role of the Family
- The family takes center stage in the social structure.
- It acts as a source of support and advice, and therefore great loyalty is shown among family members. Although extended families rarely live under one roof (aside from in rural areas), many still live very close and frequent one another’s houses often.
- It is still common for children to remain at home until they marry.
- The elderly are generally revered for their age and experience.
Colombia has 18 national holidays throughout the year, often on long weekends, which are ideal times to travel around the country. While serving in Colombia, make time to travel to a new city, the countryside, the coasts, or even the Amazon rain forest.
Ciclovía. Each Sunday and holiday from 7:00-2:00p many main streets in Bogotá and other big cities are blocked off for runners, skaters, and bicyclists to use. At that time, platforms are set up in the city for aerobics and line dancing. Bogotá has South America’s largest network of bike paths – over 300 km.
Pico y placa. To ease congestion, vehicles are restricted certain hours M-F, depending on the license plate’s last digit.
Streets are numbered, not named, with a few exceptions. North-to-south streets are Calles, and east-to-west are Carreras.
As one of the largest coffee producers in the world, you’re never too far from a delicious freshly brewed cup of coffee in Bogotá!
Bogotá hosts music festivals throughout the year. In 2013 Bogotá was named the City of Music by UNESCO.
Bogotá is famous for its Gold Museum – with more than 55,000 gold items, the majority being pre-Columbian!
There is easy access to bakeries boasting fresh bread, and a large variety of affordable fruits and vegetables available year round.
Temperatures are near perfect year round.