8 Things to Consider Before Teaching English in Vietnam

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Do you want to teach English in Vietnam? Are you ready to experience a new country and explore a new culture, all while making a difference teaching English? You are in the right place!

Beyond being a unique country filled with a rich history of art, culture, cuisine, and mesmerizing landscapes, you are sure to make a positive impact in the lives of those you encounter through teaching English in Vietnam.

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What to Consider Before Teaching English in Mexico 

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If teaching English in Mexico is on your radar, I couldn’t be happier for you.

The country is one of my all-time favorite countries in the 30+ I’ve visited, and for more reasons than one: the culture is friendly and inviting, the people are lovely, the food is one of the most unique and varied in the world, and it’s absolutely stunning, with a landscape to suit any desire. If you still need some convincing, here are 10 reasons why you should teach English in Mexico.

If you’re already sold, keep reading.

With such a large and varied country, it’s important to do your research before you go. There are many questions to consider, like “what are the teaching jobs in Mexico like?” and “how much money can I earn teaching English in Mexico?” to name a few.

I’ve done my best to provide you with answers to all of these start-up questions, so you can consider yourself fully informed to make the best decision for you. 

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Are you qualified to teach English in Mexico?

For starters, it’s always good to compare your qualifications with the country/ies you’re interested in teaching in. Mexico is a rare jewel in the teach abroad industry because it’s one of the countries that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree, but you can still get a work permit to ensure you’re working legally, and for as long as you’re happily employed.

Another common requirement is TEFL certification. It may be possible to find a job if you’re not TEFL certified, but it’s becoming more and more difficult. The benefits of certification are plenty:

  1. You’ll demonstrate that you’re a serious teacher, not just a backpacker looking to make extra cash
  2. You’ll be more confident and fully prepared to step foot in the classroom, thus improving your experience and those of your students
  3. If you get certified through globalU, you’ll have guaranteed job placement in one of your top 5 chosen cities.
  4. You only ever have to take the course once, and it’s internationally recognized so you can teach around the world.

In short, you must be at least 18 years old, hold a high school diploma and speak fluent English (non-native speakers are encouraged to apply).

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What are the teaching jobs in Mexico like?

There are many kinds of schools to teach in while teaching English in Mexico. A TEFL certified teacher can find work in public schools, language institutes, universities or freelance.

While one-year contracts are the most common, many employers only ask that you commit to at least six months.


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An English teacher may work an average of 30-40 hours per week (teaching approximately 5-7 classes per day), though 25-30 hours is usually enough to support you. Your schedule will be arranged between you and the school.

You may find work in any of the following:

Public Schools

Perhaps the rarest option is to teach English in a public school in Mexico, but TEFL certified teachers can find work in elementary and high schools around the country. These positions will be contingent on the academic calendar (August through July) and will offer a Monday-Friday work schedule with all public and school holidays off (though usually not paid).

Private Language Institutes

Most teachers in Mexico work in language institutes where you’ll find decent salaries, flexible hours and year-round opportunity. Language institutes are usually open seven days per week, and allow the teacher to tailor his/her own schedule. Most students will be present during evenings and weekends since they’re studying English in addition to work or school, so you’ll want to keep that in mind. Language institutes offer the opportunity to work with all ages, or to specialize in one.

Universities

Often the most lucrative opportunities for teaching English in Mexico are in the universities. They typically require both a master’s degree and a TEFL certificate.

Freelance/Private Tutoring

It’s common for teachers who prefer to set their own schedules to earn a living by freelancing their teaching skills. Whether its teaching business professionals in their offices, or meeting with students one-on-one at a local café, teachers can often earn $12-$20 USD/hour and can do this full time, or in addition to another teaching opportunity.

Keep in mind that while the above mentioned employee options will typically include fringe benefits such as health care and opportunities for loans/credits from the government, they will also keep a part of your paycheck for taxes. Freelancing will not come with fringe benefits, yet it does mean you get to keep 100% of what you earn.

How do I get a work permit to teach English in Mexico?

If traveling from the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Western Europe, you only need the standard tourist visa issued upon entry to Mexico, for starters.

A 30-day visa allows enough time to complete a TEFL training course or arrive already certified and search for a job, but you may also request a 60-, 90- or 180-day visa instead if you think you’ll need more time.

To obtain either one you will only need your passport. If in doubt please contact the nearest Mexican consulate.

Once an employer extends a job offer to you, you may apply for a working visa. The fee is approximately $3,600 Mexican pesos ($200 USD), and you’ll be responsible for paying for this to ensure you’re working legally. You can simply go to the local consulate to apply.

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How much money can I earn teaching English in Mexico?

A TEFL certified teacher in Mexico can expect to earn between $500 – $800 US dollars a month with their first job. This is enough to live on in most places in Mexico. Compare the cost of living here.

How can I supplement my teaching salary in Mexico?

As with teaching English abroad anywhere these days, there is ample opportunity to supplement your teaching salary with private tutoring and teaching English online. In Mexico, private tutoring is relatively easy to arrange with a little advertising, and you can expect to charge between $8-15 USD per hour.

There are a growing number of online teaching opportunities these days, and many offer flexible enough hours that you can do it in addition to your onsite job, either early in the morning or in the evening.

What should I pack for teaching?

Make sure you bring the latest copy of your C.V./resume, your birth certificate or a notarized copy and a copy of any degrees/certificates you may have.

You’ll also want to have your own laptop computer for lesson planning, etc.

You will be expected to dress professionally when teaching, so be prepared with proper clothing (sandals, shorts, torn items, T-shirts, low collar blouses, short skirts, tennis shoes or sneakers are not acceptable).

Tips for Retired Folks Seeking to Teach English Overseas

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People often think of teaching english overseas 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

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

7 Tips for Dealing with Reluctant Parents Before Moving Abroad

Sharing the news with your parents that you’ll be moving abroad, is usually not an easy task for anyone. When your parents meet you with a thousand questions, strong emotions, and disbelief, it’s easy to get caught up in their reaction instead of focusing on why you decided to move abroad in the first place. Going to travel the world for a year? Becoming an expat in your favorite culture? Maybe you found the perfect TEFL certification course for a year abroad, and you plan to stay there after it ends (do your parents know that part?). No matter why you’ve decided to pick up your life and head somewhere new, these six tips and tricks will help you! Continue reading

7 Creative Ways to Pay for Your TEFL Certification Course

One of our latest blog posts gave you seven reasons why it’s not smart to consider teaching English abroad without a TEFL certification, and now we’re back to let you in on seven little ways to take care of the cost of that TEFL certification course (you’re welcome). The benefits of TEFL certification (as outlined here) are plenty, but we also understand that almost every endeavor worth its salt comes with a necessary upfront investment. Sometimes that can be difficult to come up with, and we thought of a few ways to help you out.   Continue reading

7 Reasons Why You’ll Fail Teaching English Abroad Without Certification

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If you’ve been thinking about teaching English abroad but don’t yet have a TEFL certification, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can make it work without one!

It’s tempting to jump in with both feet before being fully prepared, but thinking you’ll just figure it out along the way might actually set you back.

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Best Places to Teach English Abroad in 2019

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Each year, we like to compile our list of the best places to teach English abroad and this year is no different…though our list is.

If teaching English abroad has recently crossed your radar as a likely opportunity, then you’re probably already asking yourself the hardest question of all — where? Will you head to Latin America? Asia? The Middle East or maybe Europe?

No matter which corner of the world interests you most, each has an experience of a lifetime awaiting you. As the demand for Native English speakers continues to climb, more countries are entering the scene and each year different countries make our list for the best places to teach English abroad.

We know that choosing a country is often the hardest part of teaching English abroad, so we hope this list will help you narrow it down. To compare 60 countries around the world, download our Country Comparison Chart here. 

So, without further adieu, we introduce the top places to teach abroad in 2019:
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Pros and Cons of Taking Your TEFL Certification Course Online vs. Abroad

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So, you know you want to teach English abroad, and you’ve done the preliminary research and realized that being TEFL certified will put you above other applicants who aren’t…which brought you to this question: where do I take my TEFL certification course? There are two options: you can complete the TEFL certification online in your home country, or you can complete it abroad in a specific country—one you know you’re interested in, or one you want to learn more about.

Here’s a list of pros and cons to help your weigh options, getting you closer to choosing the best type of TEFL course for you! Continue reading