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FAQS: Colombia Program

WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM TAKE PLACE?

Our programs run once annually during the summer between June and August. The dates vary slightly year to year. Dates for the 2024 program have not been released yet. Stay tuned for more! Sign up for our newsletter and follow-us on social media to be the first to know when the Colombia program information becomes available.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

Program prices vary slightly from year to year. For 2024, program prices are not yet available.

AM I ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

While there is no country restriction to participate in the program, all program participants must either speak English as a first language, or have near-native ability in both written and spoken English (equivalent to a CEFR C1 or higher). Ideal candidates will have conversational language skills in Spanish, equivalent to a CEFR level B1, or approximately three to four semesters of a language course. Ideal candidates will have some teaching experience, be it tutoring, coaching, as a camp counselor, or other equivalent experience. 

Please contact us if you do not match these qualifications but are still interested in applying. We will be happy to discuss your case. As long as you are willing to pursue some independent language study prior to the program and seek out a volunteer teaching opportunity, we would happily consider you as a candidate. 

 

There is no maximum age limit for the program, though you must be at least 18 years old to apply. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE PROGRAM?

Program tuition includes:

  • Three meals per day for the duration of the program

  • Cost of housing for the duration of the program

  • All domestic transportation

  • Emergency health insurance

  • Pre-departure language prep course

  • Various day trips and cultural activities

  • Multi-day vacation

The program is priced such that participants will incur no expenses while in country, other than non-essential personal expenses. These might include desserts, souvenirs, and any other purchases that would not otherwise be necessary for the successful completion of the program. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS?

A key component of all of our programs are host family accommodations. We try for each participant to have their own host family, though depending on availability two participants may end up with the same family. In addition to the time spent with host families, we will also stay in Airbnb's or hotels when we travel as a group.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can apply through the "Apply Now" link for any of our programs by navigating to the program page under the "Summer Programs" tab in the navigation bar at the top of the webpage. 

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR APPLICATIONS?

The timeline for program application is the following:

  • Rolling applications for program admission and scholarship funding: November 1st - May 15th or until spots are filled

  • Summer staff applications due: April 15th

  • Program deposit due: May 15th

  • Complete program payment due: June 1st

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis between November 1st and May 15th. Your spot is confirmed upon the receipt of your $500 non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the program tuition is due by June 1st. 

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