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Teaching English in Colombia  – Cheapest Volunteer Program in Colombia

Teach English in Colombia At a Glance:

  • Location: Ibagué

  • Available all year round – limited spaces!!

  • Start dates: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month

  • Accommodation; Teacher’s bedroom with its own bathroom & terrace

  • The Cheapest Volunteer Program in Colombia: U$ 300 for 4 weeks; the 4 following weeks only U$ 250; more weeks US$ 75.00 each, from the 13th week US$ 50.00.

  • Included: airport or bus terminal pickup, orientation, placement & program supervision, emergency support, one meal per day, daily Spanish classes, Salsa workshop & weekend excursions free;

  • Minimum commitment: 4 weeks teaching 4 hours per day

Teach English in Colombia as a Foreign Language!

Ibagué in flowers - Musical Capital of Colombia
Ibagué in flowers – Musical Capital of Colombia

Volunteer teaching English in Colombia! As a volunteer teacher, you will be working within a small English Institute in the beautiful city Ibagué. The capital of the department of Tolima is located in Western Colombia, just south of the famous Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados.

English Classes at different levels

During the day, you will be teaching English and also improving the conversational skills of your students. Since the English Institute offers a variety of classes on different levels and age groups, you may be responsible for teaching different classes. Your teaching schedule as a volunteer in Colombia will be 4 hours a day, from Monday thru Friday.

This is an incredible opportunity for you to volunteer in Colombia, both to gain some real teaching experience and to explore real Colombia.

You will be living among local people and will get all the benefits of a profound cultural exchange while helping to broaden the opportunities of your students.

In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, all of your accommodation, plus one meal a day and extra activities are incredibly affordable!

Learn Spanish while Teaching English in Ibagué

And you also receive free Spanish classes, and usually, volunteers spend their weekends enjoying a variety of outdoor activities with all transportation included, such as rock climbing, rafting, Salsa classes, rappelling, horse riding, and partying with the local people!


Volunteer Trip to Fascinating Colombia

Teaching English in Colombia


Colombia still is often vastly underestimated, counting with a reputation which has not always been overtly positive.

Over the last decade, the security situation had changed dramatically for the better, and so you can enjoy your trip to volunteer in Colombia.

Don’t miss out on this charming country for your volunteer vacations!

Colombia is blessed with natural beauty; Andean summits, Amazonian jungle, Caribbean coastline, and hillside coffee plantations.


Fascinating History, Colonial Architecture: A Gem in South America

There are many more Enjoy amazing beaches while volunteering in Colombiawondrous things to see, from colonial city architecture to ancient archaeological ruins: La Cuidad Perdida is second only to Machu Picchu and is only one of the many hidden treasures you will come across trekking through Colombia.

And culturally too, there is a wealth of incredible experiences waiting for you, and friends to be made here. Teaching English as a volunteer in Colombia you will meet the Colombian people, who are some of the kindest, most tranquil and most welcoming of the world.

It is not uncommon for passers-by to welcome you into the street.


Volunteer in Colombia: Trip to an Emerging Country in South America

Since Colombia has left behind its troubled history, it has started thriving during recent years, turning over a new leaf, Colombia has blossomed.

Nowadays, tourism is increasing and art lines in the streets. 2016 marked the signing of a treaty in a historic peace process between the FARC and the government in which they agreed to a ceasefire and to surrender their weapons. Colombia is blessed with natural beauty

As a consequence, Bogotá is now awash with new restaurants, boutiques and other small businesses capitalizing on the country’s status of peace. There is so much to discover!

On your volunteer trip to Colombia, you will not only gain professional experience with your teaching but also benefit from the cultural exchange.

Finally, you will get a deeper understanding of this fascinating and culturally rich country.

Why is Volunteering in Colombia so cheap with IKPVA?

Different from other volunteer organizations, Iko Poran’s office is based in a developing country. We are a non-profit organization that understands how best to place volunteers to the mutual benefit of everyone involved.

We do our best to keep our program costs as low as possible, so more people can benefit from participating in our valuable, rewarding and community-building projects worldwide.

And because we believe in the ideals of honesty and do our best enabling you to help others, we keep the costs at the bare minimum, and perfectly transparent.

So, we went into an extra effort to provide you with this absolutely affordable teaching English program to volunteer in Colombia!

Our organization does not receive any government funding or private donations. All fees paid by volunteers are used to cover administrative and development costs, accommodation, etc.


Volunteer teaching English in Colombia with Iko Poran and explore all the beauty and culture that Colombia has to offer, with the world’s most affordable fee!!


Teach English in Colombia: Program Details

Please Note:

    • The Cheapest Volunteer Program in Colombia: U$ 300 for 4 weeks; the 4 following weeks only U$ 250; more weeks US$ 75.00 each, from the 13th week US$ 50.00.
    • You will also have to pay a one-time registration fee of U$ 149 to cover administration and marketing costs.
    • The registration fee for the program in Colombia is not refundable.

What does the Volunteer in Colombia program include?

  • Airport or bus terminal pickup in Ibagué city
  • In-Country Program Orientation
  • Accommodation 
  • One meal per day from Monday to Saturday
  • Daily Spanish classes
  • Salsa lessons
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • Local administration costs
  • Excursions on all the weekend

It does not get better than this. Apply now! Limited Spaces!!

What is not included in the Volunteer Program to teach English in Colombia?

  • Flights to and from Colombia
  • Vaccinations (make sure you consult your GP at least 6 weeks before departure)
  • Travel & Health Insurance (Obligatory)
  • Other meals not included (breakfast and dinner)
  • All other personal expenses and tours & activities

Note: Iko Poran prides itself on transparency and always strives to keep all fees as low as possible in order to enable more people to actively participate in volunteering. We assure you that there are no hidden costs other than those listed above.

Volunteer Teaching English in Colombia – Project details


This project to volunteer in Colombia as an English teacher is situated in Ibagué. The musical capital of Colombia, Ibagué is a beautiful city, which is much safer and cheaper than either Bogotá or Medellin. Moreover, you will find broad areas of natural beauty and wildlife close to Ibagué.

Accommodation & Meals for you as a volunteer teacher in Colombia

During your stay as a volunteer in Colombia, you will be living on the third floor of the English Institute or in an apartment exclusive for volunteers.

Volunteers can use a kitchen with all utensils, microwave, fridge and washing machine, available. You can buy food from a supermarket 2 blocks away from the institute and prepare your own meals, for the meals not already included.

Start & Duration of the World’s Most Affordable Program to Volunteer in Colombia

Start dates are the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.
Participants may choose to volunteer from 4 to 24 weeks.
If you choose to stay more then 12 weeks, remember to renew your visa and pay U$30 at the immigration office.

Orientation for the volunteer teachers in Ibagué

Orientation takes place on Sunday after the arrival date.

Requirements to volunteer in Colombia

  • You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement and due to athletic activities during the weekends, such as climbing, rafting, hiking, and others, there is an age limit of 35 years old;
  • You must speak fluent English;
  • Volunteers must stay for a minimum of four weeks and may extend up to 24 weeks;
  • All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.



During your stay as a volunteer in Colombia, you will have competent support and advice from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of an emergency.

Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience as a volunteer in Colombia.