Teaching ESL in Mexico

Teaching ESL in Mexico

Teaching English in Mexico will not offer as much money or as many benefits as an ESL job in China or Korea. Those teaching English in Mexico can expect to earn $4,000  to $20,000 MXN per month.

Living and Teaching in Mexico
Mexico: At a Glance
Mexico: Living in Mexico
Mexico: Teaching ESL in Mexico
Mexico: Financial Snapshot

 

Peak ESL Hiring Season in Mexico
How to find Jobs Teaching English in Mexico
Additional ESL Resources to Help English in Mexico
Largest Chain Schools in Mexico
Tips for ESL Teachers in Mexico
Teaching Requirements for Canadians in Mexico
Embassy and Consulate Information in Mexico


Peak ESL Hiring Season in Mexico

There is a demand for English teachers in Mexico at all times during the year. The autumn months are especially busy hiring seasons for English teachers looking to teach in Mexican schools. Teaching jobs in Mexico can be found in a wide range of places. There are openings in small private English schools, post secondary institutions, businesses, and other places.

Public and Private Schools

English schools in Mexico are very diverse and they offer a wide range of teaching jobs to TESOL graduates. There are some schools that require English teachers to have a university degree, teaching experience, and a TESOL certificate, while other schools are happy to have teachers only with their TESOL certificate.

The range of pay varies by a large amount, depending on the size of the school, location, and a teacher's experience. The highest paying jobs are with Mexican post-secondary schools. University jobs not only offer higher pay, but they also offer much more job security than private language schools do.

Private Lessons

Teaching English in a Mexican school may not pay well, so some ESL teachers find that teaching private lessons is a great way to help with the bills. If employed at a school, it is important to be honest about any intention of teaching private English lessons. Many schools will be concerned that teachers interested in offering lessons will try to steal students away from the school. It is highly recommended to respect the wishes of a school, and remember that they have the ability to have the visas of their employees cancelled. On average, ESL teachers can make between 100 - 400 MXN an hour for their tutoring.

English teachers with an understanding of the Spanish language will be able to charge more for their services than someone who does not have this competency. Many teachers can generate business by posting advertising in local print and online media, by placing up posters, and through word of mouth.

Business English

Another popular way to find work teaching English in Mexico is by teaching business English for Mexican companies trying to improve their employees knowledge. The most common way to find work teaching business English is by becoming a freelance teacher for one of the companies that offer this service, many teachers find the rate of pay to be better than many jobs at school, but the hours can sometimes be unpredictable and holidays come with no pay.

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How to Find Jobs Teaching English in Mexico

ESL teachers should factor in which elements of teaching in Mexico are important to them and determine what type of teaching job is the best fit. By answering the following questions, it may be possible to gain some insight into what kind of teaching job will offer the best experience:

  • Do students need to have a good understanding of English already?
  • Which appeals more: an urban or rural location?
  • What size of classroom would allow for the perfect teaching environment?
  • What age range would the ideal classroom have?
  • Is the use of public transportation a concern?
  • Will there be any family members travelling to Mexico?
  • How important is time off?
  • Does a job with a higher paycheque appeal more than a job that is enjoyable?

Resources that may include ESL teaching jobs are:

Major Mexican Newspapers (written in English):

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Largest Chain Schools in Mexico

Since NAFTA was formed, the ability for Mexicans to communicate in English has become an important competency. Many Mexican parents feel that introducing their children to English at an early age will increase their future career options. There are many large chain schools that do their best to educate both children and adults in understanding English.

Harmon Hall

One of the largest chain schools in Mexico is Harmon Hall, with over 100 locations. During its 42-year history, Harmon Hall has gained a reputation for providing their students with English skills that can be transferred to future goals.
http://www.harmonhall.com/

Berlitz

Berlitz is known throughout the TESOL market as one of the largest international schools in the world. With 38 schools located in Mexico, Berlitz is a popular destination for many students and ESL teachers.
http://www.berlitz.com.mx/

Wall Street Institute

When TESOL graduates start doing to their Mexican job search, it's hard for them to ignore Wall Street English, with schools in approximately 20 regions in Mexico.
http://wallstreetenglish.com.mx/

International House Schools

With locations in Aguascalientes, Cancun, Cuernavaca, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Queretaro, Riviera Maya, Torreon, and Veracruz, International House has a heavy presence in Mexico. The International House Schools are an excellent place for ESL teachers to look for work teaching English in Mexico.
http://www.ihworld.com/

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Additional ESL Resources to Help Teach English in Mexico

Mexico is a country that may not seem far away, but upon arriving, many ESL teachers can often experience varying degrees of culture shock. Before leaving, it is best to take some time and not only research job opportunities, but read about Mexico, its people, and traditions. Plan out trips to places that appear interesting and read what other ESL teachers have experienced while teaching in Mexico.

Take a look at the websites listed below for teaching resources that may be useful.

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Tips for ESL Teachers in Mexico

  • Teachers who travel to Mexico and perform a job search often have better luck than those applying from their home country. This is due to the fact that Mexicans prefer to meet in person.
  • Spanish is one of the most widely taught languages in North America. Try to find some time to take some Spanish lessons. This will make life in Mexico much easier and will improve teaching prospects.
  • It is most likely that English teachers wishing to teach in Mexico will be responsible for paying for their own plane ticket.
  • Be open-minded: Mexico is world-renowned for their culture, history, and food. Don’t be afraid to go out and experience what Mexico has to offer.
  • Moving to Mexico to teach English means that teachers must find someone they trust to manage their finances while they are gone. Some choose friends/family that they know and trust, while others opt to speak to a professional financial advisor. Many services can be suspended until a teacher returns from Mexico.

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Teaching Requirements for Canadians in Mexico

A Mexican working visa allows Americans the ability to work and live in Mexico and have all of the same rights that native Mexicans have (including to right to pay taxes). Be aware that those whom are not citizens of Mexico do not have the right to vote. The  Mexican visa process has under gone a major overhaul in recent years. There are two types of Mexican visas that English teachers typically apply for. Which one depends on your time frame in Mexico. The Visitor Authorized to Conduct Lucrative Activities Visa is meant for teachers interested in teaching for a period of time not to exceed 180 days, and can be extended for up to five years. For those interested in gaining a Mexican citizenship, the Permanent Resident - Formerly  F2 - visa is a better option. The Permanent Resident Visa allows teachers to have immigrant status after a five-year probation period, following which teachers can apply for Mexican citizenship. Mexican officials are seeing a large portion of the former T2 visa applications coming from older expats hoping to retire south of the border.

Getting a Mexican Visa

The Mexican government wants to ensure that all persons entering the country for a long stay have substantial savings. Applicants will be required to have $2,000 MXN in their bank account and must provide bank transaction records to prove this upon applying for a visa. ESL teachers interested in gaining a visa can apply at a Mexican embassy or consulate office. Mexican visas can no longer be applied for in Mexico. Be sure to call the appropriate office before applying to ensure that all documentation, information, and money for application fees are brought.

The long-recognized FM-3 and FM-2 visa designations are now officially replaced with new work and residence categories.

Temporary Resident Visa: Lucrative Activity (Paid from Mexican company payroll) - Formerly F3

Temporary Resident Visa: Non-Lucrative (Paid from home company payroll) - Formerly F3

  • Valid up to four years.
  • Tied to the sponsoring Mexican company.
  • In general, after four years of Temporary Residence status, if an employee is willing to be paid from Mexican payroll, he or she is eligible to convert status to Permanent Resident.
  • Any foreign national receiving direct payment of professional fees or salary from a Mexican host company to perform any activity for any period of time must apply and receive a pre-approved "Lucrativo" visa. The Mexican host company must apply for the pre-approval with the appropriate INM office

The old FM-3 Business/Technical Visitor Visa (Negocios or Tecnico) are abolished. The following catergories now apply to ESL teachers and are divided by type of visitor activity:

Visitante con permiso para realizar actividades remuneradas (Visitor Authorized to Conduct Lucrative Activities)

  • For any period of stay (from 1-180 day stay) if paid from Mexican company payroll.
  • For any activity if paid from Mexican company payroll.
  • Requires prior work permit approval from the INM.
  • For all nationals, a Lucrative Visitor Visa must be issued by a Mexican consular post prior to entry to Mexico.

Foreign nationals requiring an entry visa must obtain an entry visa ("Visa Consular") from their nearest Mexican consular post, with duration of stay denoted on the visa.

Permanent Resident - Formerly  F2

Articles 124 and 125 of the new law are to institute a new points-based system for conferring Permanent Residence status for holders of FM-2 status and for new applications. The general concepts are understood to be as follows:

  • Status will be valid indefinitely.
  • Can apply based on family-based status (e.g., marriage to a Mexican national) or, after four consecutive years of maintaining valid Temporary Residence status, a foreign national may apply on a points-based system for unrestricted work authorization. (Please note that any changes to a Permanent Residence holder's place of employment in Mexico must be reported by the residence holder to the INM.)
  • For employment-based applicants, example criteria for assessing points are as follows: the applicant's education level, the applicant's prior professional experience in specialized occupation or high-demand skills (e.g., science and technology), persons coming as investors or individuals with international recognition in their field or industry.

At this time, the INM has yet to finalize definitive guidance on how the new points-based system will be implemented in addition to assigning point values to the above-referenced criteria.

Documentation needed from the English teacher

  • A valid six-month passport and a clear photocopy of it
  • Two passport-size photographs (from a photographer, not from a booth)
  • Letter from the bank on their company letterhead with proof that there is $2,000 MXN (per dependant) in the bank account
  • Bring copies of bank statements that show the account's transaction history for the last six months
  • Completed visa application form, or fill one out at the office
  • Cash for application fees; no other form of payment is acceptable, be sure to call ahead for the proper amount

Requirements for EU Citizens to Teach English in Mexico

Mexico has opened its doors to people from all around the world. Compared to other nations around the world, acquiring a Mexican working visa is a fairly easy process. The rules are the same for citizens of America as they are for people coming from a European Union (EU) nation. Please review the visa application process outlined above for detailed information on how to get a visa.

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Embassy and Consulate Information for Mexico

Canadian Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

Canadian Embassy in Mexico City
Embassy of Canada
Schiller 529, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec (Polanco)
Del. Miguel Hidalgo
11580 Mexico City, D.F.
Phone: 52 55 5724 7900
Fax: 52 55 5724 7943
Web Site: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/mexico-mexique/index.aspx?lang=eng
Email: mxico@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Consulate General of Canada in Monterrey
Consulate General of Canada
Torre Gomez Morin 955
Ave. Gomez Morin No. 955
Suite 404 - 4th floor
66279 San Pedro Garza Garcia, N.L. - Mexico
Phone:
52 81 2088 3200 and 51 81 2088 3201
Fax: 52 81 2088 3230
Email: mntry@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara
Consulate of Canada
World Trade Center
Av. Mariano Otero 1249
Piso 8, Torre Pacífico
Col. Rinconada del Bosque
44530 Guadalajara, Jalisco - Mexico
Phone: 52 33 1818 4200
Fax: 52 33 1818 4210
Email: gjara@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in Acapulco
Consular Agency of Canada
Pasaje Diana
Avenida Costera Miguel Alemán 121, L-16
Fracc. Magallanes
39670 Acapulco, Guerrero - Mexico
Phone: 52 744 484 1305 and 52 744 481 1349
Fax: 52 744 484 1306
Email: aplco@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Consular Agency of Canada in Cabo San Lucas
Consular Agency of Canada
Plaza San Lucas
Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 0.5, Local 82
Col. El Tezal
23454 Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur - Mexico
Phone: 52 624 142 4333
Fax: 52 624 142 4262
Email: lcabo@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Consular Agency of Canada in Cancún
Consular Agency of Canada
Centro Empresarial Oficina E7
Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12
Zona Hotelera
77599 Cancún, Quintana Roo - Mexico
Phone: 52 998 883 3360 and 52 998 883 3361
Fax: 52 998 883 3232
Email: cncun@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Consular Agency of Canada in Mazatlán
Consular Agency of Canada
Centro Comercial La Marina Business and Life
Blvd. Marina Mazatlán 2302, Office 41
Col. Marina Mazatlán
82103 Mazatlán, Sinaloa - Mexico
Phone: 52 669 913 7320
Fax: 52 669 914 6655
Email: mztln@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation
: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Consular Agency of Canada in Playa del Carmen
Consular Agency of Canada
Plaza Paraíso Caribe, Modulo C, Planta 2, Oficina C21 - 24
Av. 10 Sur entre Calle 3 y 5 Sur, M-35, Lote 1
Colonia Centro
77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo - Mexico
Phone: 52 984 803 2411
Fax: 52 984 803 2665
Email: crmen@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Consular Agency of Canada in Puerto Vallarta
Consular Agency of Canada
Plaza Peninsula, Local Sub F
Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio 2485
Zona Hotelera Norte
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco - Mexico
Phone: 52 322 293 0098 and 52 322 293 0099
Fax: 52 322 293 2894
Email: pvrta@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 09:00 am - 1:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in Tijuana
Consulate of Canada
Germán Gedovius 10411-101
Condominio del Parque
Zona Río
22320 Tijuana, Baja California Norte - Mexico
Phone: 52 664 684 0461
Fax: 52 664 684 0301
Email: tjuna@international.gc.ca
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

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American Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

American Embassy in Mexico City
Embassy of the United States in Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtemoc
06500 Mexico, D.F.
Phone: 52 55 5080 2000
Fax: 52 55 5080 2005
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/embassy/

Consulate General of the United States in Ciudad Juarez
Av. Lopez Mateos 924 Nte.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Phone: 52 (656) 227-3000
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/ciudad-juarez/
Email: CDJSCS@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:45pm

Consulate General of the United States in Guadalajara
Consulate General Guadalajara
Progreso 175
Col. Americana
Codigo Postal 44160
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Phone: 52 33 3268 2100
Fax: 52 33 3825 1951
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/guadalajara/
Email: acsgdl@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm

Consulate General of the United States in Hermosillo
U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo
Calle Monterrey 141 Pte. Colonia Esqueda
C.P. 83000
Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Phone: 52 81 8047 3145
Fax: 52 662 217 2571
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/hermosillo/
Email: HermoACS@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Consulate General of the United States in Matamoros
Calls Primera #2002, Col. Jardin,
Matamoros, Tampaulipas, 87330, Mexico
Phone: 52 86 8812 4402
Fax: 52 86 8812 2171
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/matamoros/
Email: MatamorosUSCitizens@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Consulate General of the United States in Merida
Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31
Col. Alcalá Martín
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050
Phone: 52 999 942 5700
Fax: 52 999 942 5758
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/merida/
Email: AskMeridaACS@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm

Consulate General of the United States in Monterrey
Prolongación Avenida Alfonso Reyes No. 150
Col. Valle Poniente, Santa Catarina, N.L
México 66196
Phone: 52 81 8047 3100
Fax: 52 81 8342 5433
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/monterrey/
Email: MonterreyACS@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Consulate General of the United States in Nogales
Calle San Jose s/n
Fracc. Los Alamos
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico CP 84065
Phone: 52 631 311 8150
Fax: 52 631 313 4652
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nogales/
Email: NogalesACS@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Consulate General of the United States in Nuevo Laredo
3330 Allende St
Colonia Jardin
Nuevo Laredo, Tamps
Mexico 88260
Phone: 52 867 714 0512
Fax: 52 867 715 4526
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/nuevo-laredo/
Email: NuevoLaredo-ACS@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Consulate General of the United States in Tijuana
Paseo de las Culturas S/N
Mesa de Otay
Delegación Centenario C.P. 22425
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Phone: 52 664 977 2000
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/tijuana/
Email: ACSTijuana@state.gov
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 4:15pm

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Australian Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

Australian Embassy Mexico City
Rubén Darío 55, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec,
11580 Mexico D.F.
Mexico 
Phone: 52 55 1101 2200
Fax: 52 55 1101 2201
Web Site: www.mexico.embassy.gov.au/
Email: consularpassports.mexico@dfat.gov.au

Australian Consulate in Cancún
Av. Nader No 28, tercer piso
Cancún, Quintana Roo
77500, Mexico
Phone: 52 998 1900 x213
Email: consul.australia@gmail.com

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British Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

British Embassy in Mexico City
British Embassy
Río Lerma, No. 71
Col. Cuauhtémoc, CP. 06500
Mexico City, Mexico
Phone: 52 55 1670 3200
Web Site: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-mexico-city
Email: ukinmexico@fco.gov.uk
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, Friday,8:00am to 2:00pm

British Consulate in Cancun
Torre Europea
Office 202
Blvd. Kukulcan KM 12.5
Cancun Hotel Zone

77500 Cancun
Mexico
Phone: 52 551 670 3200
Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-cancun
Email:

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Irish Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

Irish Embassy in Mexico City
Cda. Blvd. Avila Camacho, 76-3
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 Mexico D.F., Mexico
Phone: 52 55 5520 5803
Fax: 52 55 5520 5892
Web Site: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/mexico/#

Irish Consulate in Cancún
Honorary Consulate of Ireland
Av. Coba 15
Mza.8
SM22, Cancún, Mexico
Phone: 52 998 112 5436
Fax: 52 998 884 9940
Email: consul@gruporoyale.com

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New Zealand's Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City
Corporativo Polanco, 8 Avenida Jaime Balmes
Polanco I Sección 11510
Mexico City, Miguel Hidalgo
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Phone: 52 55 5283 9460
Fax:
52 55 5283 9480
Email: nzmexico@mfat.govt.nz
Web Site: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/countries-and-regions/latin-america/mexico/embajada-de-nueva-zelandia
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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Embassy and Consulate Information Outside Mexico

Mexican Embassy and Consulates Offices in Canada

Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa
45 O'Connor
Suite 1000
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1A4
Phone: 1 613 233 8988
Fax: 1 613 235 9123
Website: https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/canada/index.php/es/
Email: infocan@sre.gob.mx
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Mexican consulates can be found at: https://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/consulados-de-mexico-en-el-exterior

Mexican Embassy and Consulates Offices in the United States

Embassy of Mexico in the United States of America
1911 Pennsylvania AV
Washington DC, 20006
Phone: 1 202 728 1600
Web Site: https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/eua/index.php/es/
Email: mexembusa@sre.gob.mx
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm

Consulate general offices are located in major cities and offer full services including consular services. Honourary consulates offer a limited range of services including consular services. A full list of Mexican consulates can be found at: https://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/consulados-de-mexico-en-el-exterior

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