10 Incredible Reasons to Teach English in Mexico

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There’s nothing not to love about the friendly, inviting, rich, vibrant culture of Mexico.

It’s the birthplace of mariachi and tequila — two things that, when put together, I’m pretty sure spell “a good time” — and it’s a country with some of the most gorgeous deserts, relaxing beaches, magical villages (really, it’s a thing), volcanoes and mountains, spicy peppers and all the tacos you can imagine.

Is there anybody who doesn’t love tacos?

That’s what I’m saying!

It’s hands-down one of my favorite countries in the world — one in which I’ve spent a lot of time — and unfortunately when I started looking into teaching English abroad, I didn’t realize I could even do it in Mexico. But you can!

And here are 10 incredible reasons to teach English in Mexico:

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You can get TEFL certified onsite in Guadalajara

Guadalajara is one of the largest cities in Mexico, which means it has everything you’re looking for in a city experience.

The TEFL course is located in the historic district, right next door to one of the oldest language institutes in the country (where you’ll do your teaching practicum, by the way), and within walking distance to some of the best restaurants and bakeries. You’ll get a quality introduction to what it’s like to live in Mexico, and then you can decide to stay or go.  

It’s a big country, with jobs in every corner!

One of the beautiful perks of the TEFL course in Mexico is that it comes with guaranteed job placement…anywhere in Mexico! You can choose your top 5 favorite locations, and the placement team will do their best to find you a job in one of those. Mexico is huge, and you’ll surely find a location and a climate that suits you.

The people are incredible

I’ve never met a more welcoming, friendly and open people in all of my travels than I have in Mexico. They welcome foreigners from all over the world without judgment and within no time  you’ll be invited into their homes, or to their hometowns for a fiesta or to the bar for a night of beer and tequila. You’ll make friends for a lifetime, and gain a truly unique insider experience into their culture and traditions.

You can learn or perfect your Spanish

Remember that Spanish you studied in high school but haven’t touched since? It’ll come back to you in no time if you want to improve your skills.

You’ll learn Spanish just by living and teaching in Mexico, because immersive experiences are the best way to force yourself to actually learn.

Of course, if you want to go the extra mile you can take Spanish language classes as well, which will only speed up the learning experience. Did I mention that you’ll get a free week of lessons included in your TEFL course tuition? Yep. Believe it.

The food is world renowned

There’s hardly a pocket of the world that doesn’t have at least a high-end restaurant touching on Mexican cuisine. It’s unique for it’s spices and combinations in a way that stands out from the rest of Latin America.

While true Mexican food differs greatly from what you’re used to in the American Mexican restaurants (still delicious), I think you’ll find it tastes better, and leaves you feeling better, too.

Try the mole dishes, or the famed pozole! And of course, tacos! Psst… it’s worth seeking out fresh-made tortillas whenever you can.

You get to learn how to dance salsa…

Want to dance the night away with your newfound friends, and your new skills? As part of the TEFL course in Mexico, you’ll get free salsa dance classes so you can impress that guy or gal you’ve had your eye on in the course…

….and drink tequila (but you already know that 😉 )

Might I suggest adding mezcal to your palate? It’s a unique and pleasant experience your mouth will love.

You can explore the magic villages

The Mexican government has declared 111 pueblos magicos, or magic villages, around the country, and each are spectacular.

The goal was to promote rich cultural heritage and history of Mexico by recognizing towns that were once overlooked (and when you see them now, you’ll wonder why). Some are recognized for their architecture, others for their food, and still others for their natural wonders, but each is worth a visit if you stay long enough! Here’s a guide to exploring them.

It’s easy to get a visa

This is a nod back to the welcoming, friendly, non-judgmental people: it’s easy even for non-native speakers to get a visa and work permit, making it an easy choice for you if you don’t want to jump through all the bureaucratic hoops some countries require, or don’t want to pay the fortune required of others.

You’ll gain international recognition

Since you’ll earn an internationally accredited TEFL certification and gain your first 6+ months of experience, you’ll essentially earn your passport to the world. With those two things on your resume, you open up thousands of doors around the globe for teaching opportunities far and wide.

Why stop now?

If you’re ready to get started on your teaching adventure in Mexico, start here.

How Teaching English In Korea Changed My Life… The Not-So-Cheesy Story

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Teaching English in Korea changed my life.

It’s true. Cheesy, but true. But I’ll try to save you from all that Cheddar, all that stringy Moz, and tell you an unsentimental version of my time abroad.

Hi. I’m Steve. In 2012 I graduated from the University of Missouri, had no idea what to do with my life, and hopped on a plane to South Korea.  

Does that story sound a bit familiar to you?

It should. If you’ve ever met an ESL teacher abroad, especially in East Asia, that’s one of their basic character traits. And let’s be honest, it’s not as terribly irresponsible as so many folks like to claim.

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10 Fabulous Reasons to Teach English in Guatemala

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If you ask us, there are at least 1,000 reasons to teach English in Guatemala, but we know you don’t have all day!

Of all the places to teach English in Central America, Guatemala is perhaps the most beautiful. It’s a land of volcanoes, friendly people, and gorgeous lakes. It’s also one of the easiest and most affordable countries in which to learn Spanish. But it’s so much more than what appears on the surface. Continue reading

Tips for Retired Folks Seeking Teaching Jobs Abroad

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People often think of teach abroad opportunities as a short stint for young, 20-somethings to experience in their gap years, or to broaden their horizons and learn who they are. It is a great way to do all of that and more, but it doesn’t mean those in their later years should rule it out. It can be a life-changing experience at any age. Continue reading

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Teaching English Abroad

There’s a new trend on the rise, and you may want to jump on board. Along with globalization came cheaper and more accessible travel, cross-cultural connections (made easy with international social media channels) and an ever-increasing desire to speak the English language. With demand comes supply, and fluent English speakers are now traveling all over the globe to teach something they know well: English. Continue reading

Teaching English in Europe: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

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When it comes to teaching English in Europe, the continent is so diverse with different cultures and vibes that it’s difficult to pick just one country, isn’t it?

If you’re not sure where to start, you’re not alone! You’ve got the castles and pubs of the Czech Republic, the rich colonial history of Spain, iconic fashion and culture in France, and plenty of countries in between attracting adventurers and bucket listers alike.

We know we’re a bit ambitious trying to cover a region consisting of 50 countries — well, technically only 45 if you don’t count the five that are transcontinental (or share territory with other continents): Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia — in this one guide to teaching English in Europe…

…but, the continent overall is the second smallest on Planet Earth (next to Oceana), and that is precisely why it’s such an ideal place to live abroad.

Europe has a ton of heart in each of its corners. Perhaps choosing one place to live and teach English is a tough decision, but take comfort in knowing you’ve got easy and quick access to the rest of Europe no matter where you end up! Continue reading

Why Prague is the Best Place to Teach English in Europe

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Imagine sipping wine from a castle vineyard, overlooking one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the world.

Imagine strolling cobblestone streets, through colorful, narrow alleys and picturesque doorways, toward beautiful bridges, majestic buildings or your favorite cuisine.

Imagine going on vacation and never having to leave.

Teaching English abroad, even if only for a short time, is your answer. And if the above sounds like you, you’re going to fall in love with Prague like we did. Here’s why Prague is the best place to teach English in Europe (or, perhaps, the world). Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Central America

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Whether you’re looking for a short-term cultural exchange opportunity or a place to hang your hat in your retirement years, teaching English in Central America is your destination. From pristine beaches and tropical paradises, to cloud forests and inland adventures, there’s something to offer everyone who may want to call this part of the globe their home (even if it’s only for a short while).

While it may be a small region, Central America packs a big punch when it comes to sheer beauty, fascinating history, rich culture and friendly people. From Guatemala and Belize in the north to Panama in the south, and Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras in the middle, the countries that make up Central America are as unique and varied as the people who seek to move there.

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Why We Teach the English Language

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Why has English language become a powerful language? Why do many people want to learn English? Why has the demand for English language courses and tests like IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC increased? Chinese is spoken by more people than English but why are more Chinese people learning English than vise versa? The advancement of the internet, the demand for quality education, the increase in global travel, and international relations among other factors have contributed to this trend. Continue reading

Teaching English in China: An ESL Insider’s Guide

Ahh, China. The land of ultimate dichotomy, fascinating controversy and governmental conflict is also a land of outrageous landscapes, rich culture and family traditions, and a seemingly endless history.

When I was getting started teaching English abroad, I saw China as dollar signs. It wasn’t a place to get rich as a teacher, necessarily, but the benefits TEFL teachers in China are often afforded can mean a quite comfortable lifestyle with a pretty laid back schedule and the potential to save enough to pay your bills back home.

That sounded good enough to me. Continue reading