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Review International: Native Tongue - NT Institute of English SAS - Colombia

Native Tongue, NT Institute of English SAS is a Canadian Institute of English language teaching located in Tolima, Colombia.

 

Address: IBAGUE, No BIS 35-05 Carrera 4ªA, Neighborhood Cadiz Ibague, Tolima, Colombia.

Address: PEREIRA, Esquina Calle, 12 Carrera ,15 Neighborhood Alps.

Website: Native Tongue, NT Institute of English SAS

5.0/5 from 3 ratings.
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I'm so glad I work at NT!
3 years ago.
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I currently work at NT, a Colombian English school in at little city called Ibague. As we all know, there are so many great places and schools to choose from, and yet I am so glad that I ended up working here. Ibague is a cool little city, right in the middle of the country, making it a good home-base from which to explore. And the day trips from here are incredible. You can hop on a city bus, and within an hour, you can be in a cool climate with thermals and a snow-capped mountain, or in a hot climate, swimming beside beautiful waterfalls.

The day-to-day work at the school is also a joy. NT has their own textbooks, which saves a lot of time, but we are also encouraged to be creative and we are given a lot of freedom in the design of our lesson plans. This makes it easy to plan fun, effective classes.

Also, the school is incredibly supportive. We are, of course, expected to be independent and professional, but the Visa is sponsored and paid for, and there is help if you need it in terms of finding housing or a doctor or if you just need advice. You couldn't ask for friendlier, more supportive management and office staff. And the support doesn't stop just because the work day is over. There are NT "chivas" (parties on buses- a Colombian thing) and trips to fincas to swim and relax with your co-workers.

All in all, working at NT, here in Ibague is a great choice. You'll find supportive management, great co-workers, wonderful students, and a city that has everything you need, surrounded by beautiful, diverse country-side.
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Cadiz, Ibague, Tolima, Colombia
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New ESL teacher at Native Tongue
3 years ago.
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I recently worked for Native Tongue English Institute in Ibague and my experience was amazing! The institute prides itself on having both Colombian and “Native” teachers from Canada and the United States making it a truly unique teaching experience in Colombia. I would have to say my favourite part about teaching here was the friends I made through the school with my fellow teachers. We would go out as a group after work for drinks or have dinner parties at each others homes. One of the teachers also gave me private Spanish lessons!

Beyond the friends I made, the teachers and the managerial staff were so supportive. This was my first ESL teaching experience and I was really nervous. But they were so welcoming and helpful. Native Tongue has developed their own curriculum and textbooks, which made lesson planning so much easier. Further, when I arrived to Colombia, the director of the school allowed me to stay with her until I was settled and could find my own apartment. I could not believe the staff went out of their way to make my experience I pleasant one.

While I did not go home with plenty of money at the end of my contract, the pay was definitely enough to live in Ibague comfortably. I was able to rent an apartment, take a taxi to get around, and still have money left over for recreation! I was even able to take a trip and visit other parts of Colombia such as the hot springs in Armenia.

I highly recommend this school for both new and experienced ESL teachers. You won’t be disappointed!
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Ibague, Colombia
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Exploitation, Mismanagement, and Discrimination in Ibague, Colombia.
4 years ago.
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I personally worked for this school in 2014, and they changed the terms of my contract after I had already completed three months of my first one. Luckily they were too disorganized to notice that I never actually signed the second contract, so I had the option of leaving without consequence. 

The consequences of breaking the contract amount to paying the administration more money than what you have earned from them. This happened to one teacher from Canada when she decided to leave mid contract due to frustration with the mismanagement of this working environment. 

The management style of this Institute is based in negative feedback. They tell you when you are doing something wrong, and make you feel like you are a bad teacher and person, but do not give you any thanks or encouragement when you perform well. 

The owner of this Business is named Sean Miranda, and he is a businessman in Canada who is also owner of a security camera company. He uses scare tactics and threats as management tecniques. 

After the school year of 2014, all of the teachers quit because of the poor management and work environment, including the head teacher after having taught with Native Tongue since its outset. 

The director of the Ibague campus has poor English, and is not always comprehensible, yet she is in charge of providing information about pay, feedback, human resources etc. Look at the website, she wrote the text for it, to get an idea of her English. 

I overheard a meeting between Sean Miranda, who is the owner of the school, with the director of the school, and the head teacher, in an offical meeting about teacher performance and pay, and the three were discussing the racial appearance and how they pay the teachers on different scales based on their "Native" seeming appearance, meaning how white the teacher looks and sounds. 

Moreover, Sean was doing all the talking while the director and head teacher laughed uncomfortably and contributed to the topic, but they did not speak up to mention how racist and illegal what he was saying was. I am speaking up now. 

They are currently in a law suit with a teacher from that year about discrimination. 

I do not recommend working for this school. Work for Oxford English Institute instead, or find an English teaching gig online, or just volunteer helping kids in need to learn English while you travel and learn Spanish.

Have fun on your English teaching journeys. The one solace in all of this, of course, are the students whose lives you change by teaching, and they shine through all the terrible administrations out there.





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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
  • Shawn 3 years ago.
    This review is full of inaccurate information. It was obviously from a disgruntled ex-employee.

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