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 $8,000  to $12,000 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 - 200 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.


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.


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.

Wall Street Institute

When TESOL graduates start doing to their Mexican job search, it's hard for them to ignore the Wall Street Institute, with schools in just under 20 regions in Mexico.

International House Schools

With locations in Mexico City, Monterrey, Queretaro, Riviera Maya, and Veracruz, the International House Schools 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 5724 7900
Fax: 52 55 5724 7980
Web Site: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca
Email: mxico@international.gc.ca
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:15 pm

Consulate General of Canada in Monterrey
Consulate General of Canada
Torre Gomez Morin 955
Ave. Gomez Morin No. 955, Suite 404
Col. Montebello
66279 San Pedro Garza Garcia, N.L. - Mexico
City: Monterrey
81 8378-0240
Fax: 81 8356-9965
Email: monterrey@international.gc.ca
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 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
City: Acapulco
Phone: 52 74 4484 1305
Fax: 52 74 4484 1306
Email: aplco@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Consulate of Canada in Cancún
Consular Agency of Canada
Centro Empresarial Oficina E7
Blvd. Kukulkán km.12, Zona Hotelera
77599 Cancún, Quintana Roo
City: Cancún
Phone: 52 99 8883 3360
Fax: 52 99 8883 3232
Email: cncun@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in Mazatlán
Consular Agency of Canada
Centro Comercial La Marina Business and Life
Blvd. Marina Mazatlán 2302, Office 41
82103 Mazatlán, Sinaloa
City: Mazatlán
Phone: 52 66 9913 7320
Fax: 52 66 9914 6655
Email: mztln@international.gc.ca
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Consulate of Canada in Oaxaca
Consular Agency of Canada
Pino Suárez 700, Local 11B
Multiplaza Brena
Col. Centro
68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
City: Oaxaca
Phone: 52 95 1513 3777
Fax: 52 95 1515 2147
Email: oxaca@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Consulate 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
City: Puerto Vallarta
Phone: 52 32 2293 0098
Fax: 52 32 2293 2894
Email: pvrta@international.gc.ca
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Consulate of Canada in San José del Cabo
Consular Agency of Canada
Plaza San Lucas
Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 0.5, Local 82
Col. El Tezal
23400 San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur
Phone: 52 62 4142 4333
Fax: 52 62 4142 4262
Email: loscabos@canada.org.mx
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Consulate of Canada in Puerto Tijuana
Consulate of Canada
Germán Gedovius 10411-101
Condominio del Parque, Zona Río
22320 Tijuana, Baja California Norte
City: Tijuana
Phone: 52 66 4684 0461
Fax: 52 66 4684 0301
Email: tjuna@international.gc.ca 
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm


American Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

American Embassy in Mexico City
American Embassy in Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtemoc
06500 Mexico, D.F.
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 5080 2000
Fax: 52 55 5525 5040
Web Site: http://mexico.usembassy.gov/
Email: acsmexicocity@state.gov
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Consulate General of the United States in Ciudad Juarez
Av. Lopez Mateos 924 Nte.
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
City: Ciudad Juarez
Phone: 52 65 6227 3000
Visa Phone: 1 900 476 1212
Fax: 52 65 6616 9056
Web Site: http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov/
Email: djamericancitizens@state.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Hermosillo
Consulado Americano
Monterrey #141 entre las calles
Rosales y Galeana
Col. Esqueda, C.P. 83000
Hermosillo, Sonora, México
City: Hermosillo
Phone: 52 662 289 3500
Web Site: http://hermosillo.usconsulate.gov
Email: hermoniv@state.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Consulate General of the United States in Matamoros
Calls Primera #2002, Col. Jardin,
Matamoros, Tamps, 87330, México
City: Matamoros
Phone: 52 86 8812 4402
Fax: 52 86 8812 2171
Web Site: http://matamoros.usconsulate.gov/
Normal Hours: 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. Alcala Martin
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050
City: Merida
Phone: 52 99 9942 5700
Fax: 52 99 9942 5759
Web Site: http://merida.usconsulate.gov/
Email: meridacons@state.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Monterrey
Ave. Constitución 411 Pte.
Monterrey, Nuevo León. México 64000
City: Monterrey
Phone: 52 81 8047 3100
Web Site: http://monterrey.usconsulate.gov
Email: webamcgmtr@state.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Nogales
Calle San José s/n
Fraccionamiento los Alamos
C. P. 84065 Nogales, Sonora.
City: Nogales
Phone: 52 63 1311 8150
Fax: 52 63 1313 4652
Web Site: http://nogales.usconsulate.gov
Email: nogalesACS@state.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Nuevo Laredo
3330 Allende St
Colonia Jardin
Nuevo Laredo, Tamps Mexico 88260
City: Nuevo Laredo
Phone: 52 86 7714 0512
Fax: 52 86 7714 6075
Web Site: http://nuevolaredo.usconsulate.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Tijuana
Ave. Tapachula # 96
Colonia Hipodromo, 22420
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
City: Tijuana
Phone: 52 66 4977 2000
Fax: 52 66 4681 8592
Web Site: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/
Email: ACSTijuana@state.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 16:15 pm

Consulate General of the United States in Guadalajara
U.S. Consulate Guadalajara
Progreso 175
Col. Americana
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
City: Guadalajara
Phone: 52 33 3268 2100
Fax: 52 33 3826 6549
Web Site: http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov
Email: usconsulategdl@state.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


Australian Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

Australian Embassy Mexico City
Ruben Dario 55
Col. Polanco
Mexico City 11580
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 1101 2200
Fax: 52 55 1101 2201
Web Site: www.mexico.embassy.gov.au/

Australian Consulate in Monterrey
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Batallon De San Patricio No. 111, Piso 16, Desp. 1602
Condominio Torre Comercial America Col. Valle Oriente
66269 Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
City: Nuevo Leon
Phone: 52 81 8158 0791
Fax: 52 81 8158 0799


British Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

British Embassy in Mexico City
British Embassy
Río Lerma 71
Col Cuauhtémoc
06500 México DF
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 1670 3200
Fax: 52 55 1670 3224
Web Site: http://ukinmexico.fco.gov.uk/en/
Email: ukin.mexico@fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday, 14:00 to 22:00, Friday,14:00 to 19:30

British Consulate in Cancun
The Royal Sands
Blvd Kukulkan, Km 13.5,
Zona Hotelera,
77500, Cancun,
Quintana Roo
City: Cancun
Phone: 52 998 881 0100
Fax: 52 998 848 8229 
Email: consular.mexico@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate in Tijuana
Blvd Salinas, No. 1500
Fracc Aviación Tijuana,
22420, Tijuana,
Baja California
City: Tijuana
Phone: 52 664 686 5320
Fax: 52 664 681 8402
Email: consular.mexico@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate in Acapulco
Plaza Arrecife,
Costera Miguel Alemán, 2408
Suite 105,
Fraccionamiento Club Deportivo,
39690, Acapulco, Guerrero
City: Acapulco
Phone: 52 744 484 3331
Fax: 52 744 484 2809
Email: consular.mexico@fco.gov.uk


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.
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 5520 5803
Fax: 52 55 5520 5892
Web Site: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/mexico/#
Email: mexicoembassy@dfa.ie

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


New Zealand's Embassy and Consulates Offices in Mexico

New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City
Jaime Balmes 8 - 4th Floor
Col. Los Morales Polanco
C.P. 11510 Mexico, D.F.
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 5283 9460
52 55 5283 9480
Email: kiwimexico@prodigy.net.mx
Web Site: http://www.nzembassy.com/home.cfm?c=50
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm; 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

New Zealand Consulate in Guatemala
13 Calle 7-71
Zona 10
Guatemala City 01010
City: Guatemala
Phone: 502 2431 1705
Fax: 502 2431 3742
Email: kiwiguatemala@gmail.com

New Zealand Consulate in El Salvador
Edificio Fusades
Blvd. y Urbanización Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuscatlán
San Salvador
City: El Salvador
Phone: 503 2278 3372
Fax: 503 2278 3587
Email: acabrales@fusades.org


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
City: Ottawa
Phone: 1 613 233 8988
Fax: 1 613 235 9123
Website: http://www.sre.gob.mx/canadaingles/
Email: Form on website

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. 

Mexican Embassy and Consulates Offices in the United States

Embassy of Mexico in the United States of America
1911 Pennsylvania AV
Washington DC, 20006
City: Washington, D.C.
Phone: 1 202 728 1600
Web Site: http://www.embassyofmexico.org
Email: Form on website

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 in the US can be found at: http://www.vec.ca/english/10/consulates-usa.cfm


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