Bridge Selected by Partners of the Americas to Provide English Teachers for Colombia’s ‘Teach English Colombia’ (TEC) Program

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Bridge helps support the Colombian government in educating fully bilingual citizens by providing teachers to the TEC, which is funded by the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA).

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Bridge is honored to have been chosen by Partners of the Americas, and SENA, to help further foster effective communication and understanding across cultures worldwide.

To support the goal of the Colombian government in educating fully bilingual citizens, Bridge® will recruit English teachers to travel to Colombia beginning June 8, 2014. The Teach English Colombia program, funded by the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), a Colombian Government agency, operates with the international coordination of Partners of the Americas and in Colombia by Heart for Change, a Colombian non-profit organization.     

“The opportunity to provide SENA with volunteer English teachers is a perfect example of how we, at Bridge, fulfill our mission: to transform lives and organizations by delivering excellence in language and education abroad. We are honored to have been chosen by Partners of the Americas, and SENA, to help with this initiative and to further foster effective communication and understanding across cultures worldwide, which is our main purpose at Bridge,” said Matthew Clark, Director of BridgeTEFL®.

“Partners of the Americas is proud of our rich relationship with SENA and is honored to work with them to provide the citizens of Colombia with a comprehensive, free, vocational education. We are excited to partner with Bridge to help fulfill our role in supplying SENA with the best volunteer English teachers available,” said Steve Vetter, Partners’ President and CEO.

With more than 25 years of experience in the language and education fields, Bridge offers a full spectrum of language-related products and services, including TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) courses. Bridge’s TEFL division is the largest provider of TEFL courses in the United States and as such is uniquely qualified to recruit teachers that meet the standards of the SENA program.

Native English speakers are now welcome to apply to teaching opportunities in the Colombian cities of Manizales, Bogotá, Cartagena, Medellín and Barranquilla. Participants will be assigned, in advance, to a specified SENA center with three other volunteers and will be teaching students between the ages of 18-23 who have already had six months of English instruction. The program includes a three week, in-depth orientation and training, and the six-month teaching contract comes with housing and a monthly stipend.

Both TEFL certified and non-TEFL certified applicants are encouraged to apply. For those who are not already TEFL certified, Bridge will provide a TEFL certification, medical insurance, and lifetime English teaching job placement assistance. Live virtual Spanish classes will be provided pre-departure to help facilitate participants’ communication with students and community members during their time in Colombia. To learn more about the program, please click here or contact Jennifer Collis at jcollis(at)bridge(dot)edu.


About BridgeTEFL: A division of Bridge, BridgeTEFL is the largest provider of TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) courses in the United States, training over 3,000 teachers annually.

About Bridge: Founded in 1983, Bridge Linguatec, Inc d/b/a/Bridge is a world leader in language, education and travel. An international company with headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and affiliate centers in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, Bridge offers a wide spectrum of language related products and services, including language training and immersion programs, teacher training and development courses, language testing, translation and interpretation services, and cross-cultural travel programs including international service learning, language study and teaching English abroad. Learn more at

About SENA: SENA was established in 1957 as a joint initiative among workers, industry owners and the Catholic Church to provide vocational education to the country’s workforce. Since its creation, SENA has expanded its operations and now maintains 33 regional centers nationwide in order to serve Colombia’s citizens. SENA recognizes the importance of the English language as key to the country’s development and success in today’s global world.

About Partners of the Americas: Partners’ mission is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems. Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, DC. Learn more at or via Twitter @partnersamerica.

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