Mexico A diverse country of exquisite beauty and fascinating history, Mexico offers up desert
landscapes, serene beaches, ancient ruins, colonial cities, and endless opportunities for exploration
Teaching English in Mexico
Language students in Mexico run the gamut from young children learning English in school to adults studying for professional or personal reasons. Most Mexican residents learn basic English in school, but don’t have the opportunity to practice the language in conversation—especially with native speakers. Many Mexican citizens earn higher wages if they speak English, so there is a high demand for teachers throughout the country.
Most teaching jobs in Mexico are found in the booming capital of Mexico City, or in the nearby city of Guadalajara, where businesses, universities and public schools create a growing need for certified TEFL teachers. Positions are also readily available in the coastal cities of Veracruz and Merida, and some can be found in rural areas throughout the country. With the low cost of living in Mexico, a TEFL teacher’s salary allows you to live a modest but pleasant lifestyle. It is also possible to supplement your income by teaching private EFL students, a lucrative option that can allow you to save while living abroad.
Mexico TEFL Facts:
Your English Students •K-12 •University •Adults
Best Time to Get Hired •August and December
Typical Start Dates • September, January and May
Length of Commitment •5- to 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules •Part-time
Average Pay and Benefits •$400 - $1000 USD per month •Free housing (in rural schools with a smaller salary)
Average Cost of Living •$300 - $600 USD per month depending
on lifestyle and location
Requirements •TEFL certification (see recommended courses above) •Native speaker or fluent in English
Mexico is a vast nation with an immensely varied landscape. High plateaus, snow-capped volcanoes, impressive mountain ranges, expansive deserts, and fertile jungles are hemmed in by over 8,000 miles of spectacular coastline. These unrivaled landscapes—and beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico—continually attract nature lovers and sports enthusiasts from around the globe.
With over 95 million people claiming Mexico as home, the country’s diversity of geography is matched only by its diversity of people. The contemporary population is a blend of indigenous and Spanish cultures that mixed in the 16th century, giving rise to a new people and a new nation. Today, there are still more than 50 distinct native cultures in Mexico—each with unique music, cuisine, and customs that offer visitors an authentic glimpse into ancient indigenous life within a modernizing country.
Notes from the Field
Robert Chasse Los Angeles, CA USA
Teaching in Huauchinango, Mexico
“To live and work in another culture was amazing. I traveled, studied and made friends in places I never knew existed. I learned a lot about who I was and what I wanted to become. It was beneficial to work in another country, because I was learning a foreign language and teaching a foreign language simultaneously. I could empathize with my students, while keeping them motivated with their practice.
“My favorite thing about living in Huauchinango was having the ability to explore Mexico. That is something I will keep with me forever. My favorite thing about working in Huauchinango was watching my students progress linguistically in a town where no one spoke English. My students were very friendly and engaged, but at times they required a lot of discipline. The majority of my time in Huauchinango was spent teaching during the weekdays and traveling with my friends— locals and fellow teachers—on the weekends."
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The TEFL Life
Mexico at a Glance
Capital: Mexico City Population:107,029,000 Currency:Mexican Peso Language(s):Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl and other indigenous languages Literacy Rate:92% Life Expectancy:75 years
Mexico Fun Facts
•Pre-Hispanic Mexico introduced chocolate to the world. •Mexico’s border with the United States is the second-longest border in the world. •Mexico is the most populous Spanish speaking country on the planet. •Mexico City is built on top of an underground reservoir and is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year. •Mexico City is the second-largest city in the world.
Regions & Weather
Mexico is situated in the subtropical and temperate regions of North America. The topography of Mexico ranges from lowland coastal to high mountain areas, a diversity in geography that leads to variable climatic patterns. January temperatures range from 41ºF (5ºC) in the north to 82ºF (28ºC) in the southern regions. July temperatures range from 55ºF (13ºC) in the highland regions to 88ºF (31ºC) in arid regions. The variability of the Mexican climate allows the country to support diverse vegetation, including desert, tropical, subtropical, temperate and mountainous.