Contemplating a destination to go abroad for teaching English as a Foreign Language can be a decision that takes people months, especially for first time travelers or people who really don’t know what to expect from the experience. This article helps blow away some of the fog by highlighting what you can expect from teaching English in Mexico.
First of all, why Mexico?
Mexico is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist countries in the world. Mexico’s top draw is its beaches, like Puerto Vallarta for example. If the resort scene isn’t what you are looking for, there are countless smaller towns along the coast or inland where you’ll be able to relax and take a different perspective on life. Whether you prefer to swim in the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the Caribbean Sea, you’re spoiled for choice in this country.
However, there is much more to Mexico than just beaches. From dense jungles to impressive volcanoes to expanses of desert, Mexico’s natural wonders stretch across every region of the country. Furthermore, no visit to Mexico is complete without at least trip to admire the many existing ancient ruins sites such as Chichen Itza, which has been voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A visit here gives all visitors a look at the nation’s glorious pre-Columbian past. Mexico’s ancient civilizations produced awe-inspiring architecture, while writers and artists – both past and present – have created world-renowned works.
Let’s of course not forget Mexican cuisine, with its smoky, spicy flavor, has permeated all over the world. Typical dishes can vary by region, but usually feature meat, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, and of course chili peppers.
Teaching English in Mexico also gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy local Mexican culture everyday. Shop for fresh produce in local markets, and discover more about indigenous folk art. City squares from all colonial cities contain fantastic architecture and often host large, loud fiestas on national holidays.
What about Jobs?
The demand for English teachers in Mexico has never been higher. As English becomes a more important part of Mexican society, business, entertainment, and international communications so does the number of schools looking for English teachers to satisfy the growing demand.
One of the many advantages presented by Teaching English in Mexico includes the visa process for English teachers which is very simply to acquire in comparison to other Latin American countries and other countries around the world. A TEFL certified teacher can expect to secure a work visa within 4 to 6 weeks of being offered a teaching position.
Employment options are available throughout the year however, the hiring season does peak during the summer months and again for the month of January since it is when the school year begins and resumes from Christmas Vacation. All teaching jobs will require a minimum commitment of 6 months from teachers but employers will prefer that their teacher commit for a full 12 month contract. Of course, the longer the duration of the contract the better your salary and benefits will be.
The types of jobs available vary considerably according to the background of the teacher. The typical school English teachers can expect to work for include:
- Language Schools: Schools that specialize in teaching only English as a Foreign Language
- K-12 Schools: Both private and public schools require teachings to teach English as well as Content Language Integrated Lessons in English.
- Universities: Virtually all universities in Mexico today require their students to speak English to some extent with some private universities even making it a requirement to graduate.
The culture, the location, the logistics and much more make Mexico one of the best destinations for English teachers both experienced and newcomers. These and more and some of the reasons why hundreds of English teacher choose Mexico as their target country every year.