|Life in Colombia|
A lot of teachers of English keep away from Colombia for many definite reasons. It is the country with the near civil war waged for almost 40 years. Crime and violence rates here are among the highest in the world together with the drug problem. It is obviously that nobody even thinks about coming here to teach English.
On the other hand it is a land of year-round warm weather and an even warmer welcome. There are hundreds of varieties of flowers perfume the air, even in winter. Pantries are plentiful with exotic fruits like Guayaba and Carambolo. Colombia's strong, black coffee, supposed to be the world's richest, is served everywhere.
The majority of conflicts in this country take place in the countryside. While this can make inter-city travel risky at times, residents inside major cities like Bogota, Cali, and Medellin feel little impact and live fairly normally. Adjusting to power failures, phone or water outages, and rainy season flooding is more of a nuisance than life-threatening. Larger cities are practically well policed and typically safe, if you are careful.
Cali, with two million residents, is known as the "Salsa capital of the world". The two largest shopping malls house multi-cinema complexes featuring first-run U.S. films in English with Spanish subtitles. English publications are willingly obtainable at bookstores and newsstands. Material in English can be borrowed free from the Universidad Santiago de Cali and for a $3 annual fee from the Centro Cultural Colombo Americano.
The Municipal Theatre, Tertulia Arts Complex, and Jorge Isaacs Theatre offer regular productions in Spanish. Ethnic restaurants specializing in Latin American and Mediterranean cuisines continually tempt Caleño palettes. Holiday celebrations take place year-round.