SOY ELE FOCALAE

The ELE FOCALAE initiative was born in 2012 with the visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patti Londoño Jaramillo, to some countries of Southeast Asia. During this visit, tourism authorities in the region highlighted the increase in tourists coming from Spanish-speaking countries and asked the Colombian Government for their collaboration to train their tour guides in Spanish.

Thus, in 2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia convened the Colombian International Cooperation Agency APC-Colombia, ICETEX, Instituto Caro y Cuervo and institutions of higher education with recognized programs of teaching Spanish as a language to develop the initiative, which has been carried out since 2013 thanks to the joint work of these entities and receives each year 60 fellows to learn Spanish in Colombia.

In 2016, in the fourth version of the initiative, 32 tour guides and 28 students came from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Cambodia, South Korea, Brunei and New Zealand. The host universities were the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga and Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino in Bucaramanga; EAFIT and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín; Universidad la Gran Colombia in Armenia; Universidad de Caldas in Manizales; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad de la Sabana in Bogotá.

A total of 223 tourist guides, journalists with an emphasis on tourism, and undergraduate and graduate students from East Asia have been benefited by the initiative, which opens the door to cultural and commercial exchange and the growth of tourism from Asia to Colombia. In addition, it seeks to contribute to the internationalization of Colombian educational institutions and consolidate the country's offer in Spanish language teaching.


Duration: July 2017 - November 2017

Application cost: Free
  • Be nationals from East Asian countries that are members of FEALAC.
  • Be tourist guides duly certified or students who have outstanding academic results and are enrolled in the last academic year of their undergraduate course or in a postgraduate course.
  • Have a good knowledge of English (level B1).
  • Have good physical and mental health.
  • Have been born between January 1, 1977 and December 31, 1997.
  • Accept and carry out the rules of this 2017 initiative, submitted as Annex I of this document.
  • Have the necessary resources to cover the costs of the first month of their stay in Colombia. It is suggested a minimum amount of $600 (six hundred) US dollars.
  • Preferably have basic knowledge of Spanish (level A1).
  • Have not participated in past versions of this initiative, developed since 2013.
  • Round trip, air ticket in economy class from the capital of the home country to the Colombian city where the course will take place. The Colombian government will be responsible for assigning the placement city.
  • Monthly stipend of one million six hundred (1.600.000) Colombian pesos for the beneficiary in order to cover basic living expenses, such as accommodation, local transport, and the cost of meals in Colombia. The monthly stipend will be proportional to the number of days of the beneficiaries’ stay in Colombia, and will be paid once per month in arrears subject to the assistance to the Spanish lessons by the beneficiary. It will be checked through report, which will be submitted by the University to the Colombian authorities. Point 9 below presents detailed information about the monthly payments.
  • Tuition scholarship for the Spanish as a foreign language course.
  • International Health Insurance.
  • Courtesy Visa during the progress of the course, which be granted for a time of three (3) months and renovated in Colombia before its expiry date.
  • SIELE exam to obtain Spanish as a foreign language certification.

Note: Any extracurricular activities that trainees wish to do at Colombian host universities must be carried out on their account and will not be financed by the Government of Colombia.

  • Application form completed, which will be available on the webpage of the Colombian Embassies in the member countries of FEALAC. Point 8 below has the list of Colombian Diplomatic Missions with their contact details.
  • A recent passport photo (3.5 x 4 cms).
  • Copy of the principal passport page, containing biographical information. The passport must have a minimum validity of one year after the start of the program.
  • Just for tourist guides: Acceptance letter or authorization of enrollment issued by the National Tourism Authority or Competent Authorities of their countries.
  • Just for undergraduate and postgraduate students: Cover letter issued by University where enrolled that includes the Grade Point Average (GPA) of the candidate.
  • For postgraduate students: copy of Undergraduate diploma.
  • Medical certificate in English, signed by a doctor, certifying that the candidate is in good physical and mental health in order to take the course in Colombia.
  • Documents evidencing the candidate has a proficient knowledge of English, equal or greater than B1, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Letter of acceptance signed by the candidate

Documents must be sent to the following e-mail: elefocalae@heartforchange.org

The ELE FOCALAE initiative was born in 2012 with the visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patti Londoño Jaramillo, to some countries of Southeast Asia. During this visit, tourism authorities in the region highlighted the increase in tourists coming from Spanish-speaking countries and asked the Colombian Government for their collaboration to train their tour guides in Spanish.

Thus, in 2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia convened the Colombian International Cooperation Agency APC-Colombia, ICETEX, Instituto Caro y Cuervo and institutions of higher education with recognized programs of teaching Spanish as a language to develop the initiative, which has been carried out since 2013 thanks to the joint work of these entities and receives each year 60 fellows to learn Spanish in Colombia.

In 2016, in the fourth version of the initiative, 32 tour guides and 28 students came from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Cambodia, South Korea, Brunei and New Zealand. The host universities were the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga and Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino in Bucaramanga; EAFIT and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín; Universidad la Gran Colombia in Armenia; Universidad de Caldas in Manizales; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad de la Sabana in Bogotá.

A total of 223 tourist guides, journalists with an emphasis on tourism, and undergraduate and graduate students from East Asia have been benefited by the initiative, which opens the door to cultural and commercial exchange and the growth of tourism from Asia to Colombia. In addition, it seeks to contribute to the internationalization of Colombian educational institutions and consolidate the country's offer in Spanish language teaching.


Duration: July 2017 - November 2017

Application cost: Free

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