Teaching English in Mexico
Jul 28, 2012 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) 2931 Views
Working as an English teacher in Mexico has been a very rewarding experience. I've been teaching English in Mexico for well over two years now. It's been a lot of fun and my Mexican students are generally very inquisitive and work hard to perfect their English. They are aware that they'll have more travel and career opportunities if they are able to speak English.
There are very few requirements when working as an English teacher in Mexico. You should hold a TEFL certification. TEFL is teaching English as a foreign language. You can get TEFL certified either online or through various TEFL courses offered worldwide. Depending on the institution where you'll be teaching, the TEFL certificate is probably the most that is required. However, some private schools will require a university degree.
If you are a native English speaker with TEFL certification, finding a job working as an English teacher in Mexico is pretty easy. Many English teachers choose to work in Mexico either part time or in short term stints. Typically, British or American teachers are younger college students who visit Mexico for period of a year or so and work to earn some extra spending and travel cash.
Still, many other English teachers, myself included, are past our university years and have chosen a lifestyle change. Living and working in Mexico provides a great opportunity to experience a wonderfully diverse culture. Living and working as an English teacher in Mexico is vastly different than the experience tourists get when vacationing there.
I took a TEFL certification course in Guadalajara. That was an amazing experience. At the time, I was living in Mexico City so I took a 7 hour bus ride to Guadalajara. I love Mexican bus companies. Their buses are comfortable and most of the better companies have free WiFi onboard. I was astonished by the cultural differences just between Mexico City and Guadalajara and the city itself is absolutely beautiful.
The TEFL training course was an awesome experience as well and very rewarding. It was a four week long course. The mornings were filled with classroom time where I was the student learning all about teaching methods, student learning styles, etc. In the afternoons the tables were turned as I was the teacher, working in a language school across the street. I was very nervous when I first began student-teaching, but soon became very comfortable with it. It was a high for me when I would explain something about English to my students and I could see the understanding spread across their faces.
When the four week course was completed, I returned to Mexico City and began my teaching career. I registered for the Mexican tax system (called the SAT) and began reporting taxes monthly. The Mexican tax system rocks and I'll thoroughly explain that in another article.
When you live and teach in Mexico and truly embrace the experience, you're able to witness the real lives of your students and all that goes with it. Try to leave your own culture behind and to absorb all that Mexican culture has to offer.
Working as an English teacher in Mexico has been very enjoyable. I am still a teacher and don't see that changing any time soon. I love helping my students with English and giving them the tools they need to advance themselves in their careers, expand their businesses, travel to English speaking destinations, etc. I highly recommend taking a look at teaching English as a foreign language. It might be a great fit for you!