Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. It is the 11th most populated country in the world with around 117 million people it’s the 14th largest country by land area. There are 31 states in Mexico as well as the capital city (Mexico City)
Imagine scores of prestigious beaches and tequila wherever you go when in Mexico. There are so many things to do to Mexico on a budget, not just all-inclusive resorts but cheap tequilas and beautiful, diverse cultures, mountains and waterfalls, forests, modern cities and charming small towns and an abundance of activities such as scuba diving and kayaking and much more.
You could spend a lifetime in Mexico for all the things I’ve mentioned and what it has to offer and many people that take a TEFL course to begin their journey teaching and often stop for a year or two before they move on to their next destination. There is everything a traveler could think of in Mexico that can assist a prolonged trip on a budget to cover most if not all the famous locations. If your thinking about taking your TEFL certification don’t forget to list Mexico as one trip you must make before you return home and let’s face it as a teacher with longer holidays and weekends available your sure to have time on your side.
One of the world’s great rail journeys, the Chihuahua al Pacifico (or ‘El Chepe’) runs 405 miles between Chihuahua and Los Mochis in northwest Mexico. It’s a step back in time and took 90 years to build. The train rumbles through the foothills of the Sierra Madre, climbing into forests of pine trees and 30ft cacti, crossing rivers on high bridges and disappearing through long The beautiful green forests and remote mountains, rivers, and valleys are ideal for outdoor activities, from hiking and climbing to biking and horse-riding.
Think about a weekend or longer vacation here because you’ll be viewing the true culture of El Chepe’ and you won’t be disappointed with the rich culture that gives you a great idea of how the Mexicans lived years ago and go about their daily lives today. In Mexico, the pace of life is slow and is open arms to teachers teaching their kids the English language and often requires new ex-pat teachers to move their existence into a lower, slower gear. There is no choice with the days were hot and the life slow and you’ll begin to feel relaxed sometimes so much so it’s hard to get to work to teach but at least you can live that all needed chilled life.
With preference given to long siestas and family priorities as opposed to work, it is normal for small shop owners to close in order to celebrate a family occasion like a birthday or Christening. In fact, in many medium and small communities, many businesses close for a couple of hours in the afternoon just like the siesta you’ve perhaps witnessed in Spain on your 1-week vacation before thinking about teaching and living in Mexico.
Cancun is an amazing place to visit If you are thinking about hitting the beach. The best times to visit Cancun Mexico – Cancun which is best-known for its white-sand beaches, near-perfect weather, and bright blue waters, is the Acapulco of Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Cancun, best-known for its white-sand beaches, near-perfect weather, and bright blue waters, is the Acapulco of Mexico’s Gulf Coast. The best time to visit Cancún is from December to April during the peak season. Even though the crowds are heavier, you’ll experience near-perfect weather and find some of the cheapest flight and room rates for a winter getaway at the beach
With all that Mexico has to offer it does mean keeping safe and away from gang type disturbances due to the high influx of narcotics that have crossed the border into the USA. It’s much better to be a teacher that learns fast and to stay safe anywhere else you travel to in the world. The salaries for teaching aren’t that bad either compared to other countries The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) calculated the average teacher’s monthly salary at 25,000 pesos, or nearly $2,000, making it the highest paid profession in the country.
With the cost of living for food, clothing, rent and all the other needs you should have enough money to save and travel each weekend or on holidays to the wonderful places that are on offer in Mexico. there are schools that pay less but you’ll need to get some groundwork done to secure a well-paid position at an International school for a higher salary. Many universities employ native English speakers. University teaching jobs can be competitive and will usually require a minimum of a Master’s degree, as well as a TEFL/TESOL certificate or diploma. There are many elementary schools and adult learning centers with a wide variety of institutions in Mexico City with offers for teaching jobs for educators at many different levels. There are some schools that require only a TEFL certificate but most of these sort after positions normally come via TEFL training schools who have the authority to place none TEFL certificate holders into positions already organized between the Mexican schools and the TEFL training centers.