Teaching English in Mexico: Teaching Abroad

If you’re one of those crazies who can’t get enough of Mexico, why not make your love affair a little more permanent by teaching English in Mexico?

Mexico has it all—sandy beaches, killer street food, and ancient monuments that are sure to blow your mind. It’s no wonder so many people are obsessed with this colorful country.

You’ll get to live in the Land of Enchantment while also having a job—it’s a win-win!

So if you’re thinking of making a career out of teaching English abroad, read on to find the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door—and maybe even your whole leg, if you’re feeling adventurous.

Why is Teaching English in Mexico so Popular?

The requirements for teaching in Mexico are much more lax compared to other countries like Japan and Thailand, so even if you don’t have a degree, you still have a chance at snagging an employment opportunity.

If you’re ready to salsa your way into the hearts of Mexican students and learn about the legend of the Chupacabra while chowing down on delicious, spicy cuisine, then Mexico might be the perfect place for you to teach English!

Listed below are a few pros and cons for you to consider when making a move to Mexico:

Pros of teaching English in Mexico:

  • Low cost of living: The cost of living in Mexico is lower than in the Western world, allowing you to stretch your pay further while still being able to afford necessities. English teaching salaries in Mexico may be lower, but the lower cost of living can offset this.
  • No degree required: Of course, it wouldn’t hurt to have one. Many private schools prefer to hire teachers with a degree. But if you don’t have one, don’t despair! You can still snag a teaching gig in Mexico.

Cons of teaching English in Mexico:

  • Documentation: Just a heads-up, you’ll need a work permit/visa to teach in Mexico, and it’ll cost you around 150 bucks.  There’s also a bunch of paperwork involved in the application process that can often be super tedious.
  • Low Salaries: While the cost of living is low, the salaries for English teachers in Mexico aren’t exactly high. If you’re more interested in experiencing the culture and lifestyle of Mexico, then the lower salary might be worth it for you.

How much does an English teacher make in Mexico?

The average salary is between 500-800 USD per month. But you might be able to score a higher-paying gig at an international school or university. Private language schools are a common type of teaching job in Mexico. It can be found in cities and tourist hotspots like Cancun. Just be prepared for an inconsistent schedule, with teaching hours in the mornings, late afternoons, and on weekends.

Universities in Mexico also hire English instructors but the competition is fierce. You might need a Master’s degree and teaching certification to snag one of these jobs. And if you’re looking to earn a little extra cash, private tutoring is always an option, with rates typically ranging from 7-15 USD per hour depending on your location

How to become an English teacher in Mexico?

You have to make sure you’ve got an ESL teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, etc.), an FM3 work visa, and all the necessary documentation for your immigration application.

Don’t forget to bring some start-up cash too. 1,300-1,800 USD, to hold you over while you are job hunting or waiting for your first paycheck. And if you want to rent a long-stay apartment, be prepared to put down a deposit and pay two months’ rent upfront

Where can I teach in Mexico?

Do you want to live in the vibrant capital of Mexico City, the bustling city of Guadalajara, the tourist paradise of Cancun, or go off the beaten path in a rural town or village?

Image of a town in Mexico. You can live a small town for teaching english in Mexico

No matter where you end up, you can expect the cost of living to be lower than in the Western world. But salaries for English tutors may vary. In Mexico City and Guadalajara, salaries can range from 500-800 USD per month. While in Cancun, international schools and universities may offer higher salaries. Private tutors in Mexico City can charge as much as 20 USD per hour. Additionally, rural schools may offer benefits like free housing.

Final Thoughts About Teaching English in Mexico

Mexico can be a little chaotic at times. You’ll need to roll with the punches if you want to thrive, whether it’s a last-minute change in plans or a power outage, just go with the flow and you’ll be fine.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun! Teaching English in Mexico is an amazing opportunity. You’ll be making a real difference in the lives of your students.

Your students will respond much better to interactive and hands-on activities. So don’t be afraid to break out the flashcards, games, and craft supplies.

And remember, it’s perfectly acceptable (and expected) to take a break in the afternoon for a little siesta (or a quick nap). So don’t be surprised if your students start snoring in the middle of class. Just let them sleep it off and pick up where you left off when they wake up.

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