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 simply enter Mexico on a 30, 60 or 90-day tourist visa and once your employer extends a job offer, you can go to the consulate and apply for a working visa (this costs about $200 USD).

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.

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The good news? It’s still entirely worth it. Continue reading

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We felt the same way, too.

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We’re so glad you asked. Continue reading