Teaching English in Mexico

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Teaching English in Mexico

The Largest Spanish Speaking Nation in the World

Mexicans need English to conduct business with the States.

Mexico is situated between the Gulf of Mexico on the east coast, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It is the largest Spanish speaking nation in the world. The majority of Mexicans live in Mexico City, which has a population of 17 million people. It is also one of the largest oil producers in the world, and heavily exports goods to its neighbour to the north; the US. Many visitors mistakenly believe that Mexico is situated in South America, when in fact it belongs in North America. 

Mexico has a strong cultural identity, which has been embodied by leading artistic and cultural figures who have become prominently known in the West. Frida Kahlo (the painter), Diego Rivera (the muralist), and Georgia O’Keefe (the writer) are some well-known examples. In fact, the art hub of Mexico rivals that of London and New York. Mexico is also home to the ancient Maya and Aztec cultures. Most travellers visit the splendour of the Mayan City, Chichen Itza, while others prefer the Southern Mayan city, Palenque, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Apart from art, literature and ancient historical sites, Mexico is also rich in regional dance, as the dance troupe, Ballet Folklorico, demonstrate in their lively folk-style recitals.

Teaching Opportunities

Due to Mexico’s location on the US border, Mexicans need English to conduct business with the States, and is now a professional requirement for many in the business sector. This means that the demand for EFL is high. Students are highly motivated and eager to learn. There are opportunities not only to teach business English, but also general English and even young learners. Jobs are available in private language institutions, corporations and state schools. The majority of opportunities are located in Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Queretaro and Guadalajara. Teachers will need to have a 120-hour TEFL certificate to secure a job. 

Finding work in Mexico is difficult from abroad. Much of the job information that is posted online is generally inaccurate. Instead, you will need to enter the country on a tourist visa and search for possible jobs, visiting schools and asking for interviews. While private language schools employ all year round, for those considering public schools you will need to begin your application process in May or June for an August start. Once you have secured a job, you need to convert your tourist visa to a FM3 immigration document that will then allow you to work.  The visa process in Mexico is extremely laborious and difficult, and you will need to take charge of your paper-work. This means making sure that you leave your country with all the required documents that you need, including your certificates and so on.  

Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Not required 6 – 12 months May - August Work visa Business professionals, children 3,870 - 9,100 MXP (185 - 435 GBP) 5,230 - 19,460 MXP (250 - 930 GBP)
Work visa
Business professionals, children
5,230 - 19,460 MXP (250 - 930 GBP)

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