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Teaching English in Mexico


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How Much Can I Earn?
Monthly Salary:
4,000 - 20,000 MXN  ?
240 - 1,190 USD
Private Tutoring per Hour:
100 - 300 MXN
10 - 20 USD
Income Tax Rate:
2 - 16%
Ability to Save per year:
500 - 5,200 USD
What Are My Benefits?
Accommodations:
Sometimes included or allowance may be given
Airfare:
Rarely included
Health Care:
Rarely included
Holidays:
Sometimes paid
What Will Teaching Be Like?
Teaching Hours:
20 - 35
Typical Contract Length:
One year or less
Typical Start Date:
Year round
Application Timeline:
1 - 3 months
What Do I Need?
Work Visa:
Employer sometimes sponsors
Education Requirements:
High School Diploma or Bachelor's Degree
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
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What to Know About Living in Mexico



Teaching English in Mexico allows ESL teachers the option of teaching in a new and culturally-rich country, that is still close to home.


The Mexican economy continues to grow since the creation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Currently, the country is ranked among the 20 most powerful in the world.Mexico is one of the most visited nations in the world with its many outstanding resorts and some of the most beautiful beaches and scenery. Mexico has become the new home to many Americans, Canadians, and Brits, as they are choosing to retire in warmer climates. It is estimated there are over one million Americans that now call Mexico home. Before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, the Aztecs and Mayans ruled the land which would become Mexico. The influence of Mexico's native civilizations can still be experienced today by sampling a dish of authentic Mexican food or by paying a visit to Chichen-Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.Housing

There is a wide range of teaching jobs in Mexico and an equally wide range of paychecks and perks offered to English teachers working in the country. Many schools will offer their English teachers accommodations, but some will not. Even if a school does not provide their teachers with housing, they will often assist in the search of an apartment. English teachers working in Mexico will find that rent is generally cheaper than home, but utility bills can often be more expensive. English teachers can expect to pay for electricity, water, and other monthly utility costs. In some areas, finding an apartment can be as simple as taking a look in a local English newspaper; however, in more popular areas, it may be almost impossible. Teachers may want to consider sharing accommodations; this is a great way to save some money. The size of a Mexican apartment is usually a lot smaller than that of an American apartment. Furnished apartments may be a good option for English teachers because they eliminate the need to ship items from home or purchase new ones.

Airfare

There are some schools that do offer to cover some or all of their teacher's airfare, but these job offers are rare and it is more likely that new ESL teachers will be paying for their own ticket. One advantage to teaching in Mexico compared to other popular ESL markets is the fact that an airplane ticket to Mexico will be much cheaper than one to Europe or Asia. The Internet is usually the best way to get a good price on a flight. Another option is to speak to a travel agent specializing in Mexican travel.

Land Travel to Mexico

Mexico is one of the few ESL destinations to which English teachers can travel by land. Driving and riding the bus are travel options for many ESL teachers if time is not an issue. There are more than 40 different commercial border crossings between Mexico and the United States.

It is recommended that all ESL teachers who want to drive in Mexico purchase local auto insurance. It is not mandatory for drivers to have insurance, but problems will result if there is an accident, as Mexican authorities will not view foreign policies as valid auto insurance. Although the laws are a little more lax than in the past, being in a car accident while in Mexico is technically an illegal act. There have been people jailed and criminally charged after being in an accident. Having Mexican auto insurance will decrease the likelihood of legal consequences occurring after an accident.

Health Benefits

Mexico does not have any agreements with other nations exchanging health benefits for their citizens. ESL teachers are not entitled to use the Mexican public health system, therefore it is highly recommended to purchase private health insurance before leaving home.

Alternatively, Mexico has a plethora of insurance companies that, for a monthly premium, will also provide you with private health coverage. In addition, Mexico's banks offer health insurance products as part of their service portfolios, although you should check the small print for any limitations.

Some ESL teachers decide to pay out-of-pocket for any medical expenses, which are usually cheaper than American treatments. This is an option, as many medical issues can be solved for a relatively small amount of money but it is still better to have insurance. There have been some ESL teachers who have assumed that the medical coverage they already own will protect them during their time in Mexico, only to find out that their policy is not valid. Half of all Mexicans also live with no health insurance, causing the death rates from prolonged exposure to poor air quality to rise, particularly in urban areas. Mexico City is well known for its difficulties with pollution; therefore, any ESL teachers considering Mexico would do well to ensure they have full health insurance coverage.

Retirement Age

There is no mandatory retirement age for Mexican workers, but the typical age when people start to receive their pensions is 65. Early retirement can be taken at the age of 60. While being a member of the workforce, Mexican workers put a portion of their paychecks in the pension system. ESL teachers are not expected to contribute to the Mexican pension plan.

Technology and Advancement

The nation of Mexico is not noticed by many technology enthusiasts. ESL teachers working in most urban areas of Mexico will have access to many of the modern technologies they have at home, such as DSL Internet, digital television, cell phone service, DVD rentals, and other services. It should be noted that access to these services is sometimes fairly expensive and can be draining on a teacher's bank account. Internet can be accessed at home by subscribing to an online service provider. Urban areas usually have Internet cafes which allow ESL teachers the ability to go online at any time.

Mexico is home to the world's largest and most powerful telescope, the Gran Telescopio Milimetrico (Large Millimetre Telescope). The telescope sits atop an inactive volcano, one of Mexico's highest peaks, picking up data that other devices are not able to gain. This could be a great place to visit while teaching in Mexico and could potentially be an interesting place to bring students.

Transportation in Mexico

The goal of the Mexican transportation system is to provide citizens with reliable and convenient transportation for a very affordable price. The primary way to get around Mexico is on buses, which are known for being very large; sometimes the size of a subway train.

Teachers driving in Mexico will likely be impressed with the 132, 289 km of paved roadway and the relatively easy process of getting a Mexican driver's license. American and Canadian vehicle insurance is not valid in Mexico, so drivers will need to purchase Mexican insurance at the border.

Mexican commuters may also use trains both above and under ground to get around.

Public Transportation

Taxi

Riding in a taxi is one of the easiest ways to get around in a Mexican city. The final cost of riding a taxi is determined by the distance traveled and baggage handled; the tip is included in the total. Public taxi cars are regulated: they are white with a red stripe or gold and red, they must have four doors, and usually the front seat of the car is removed. They can be found at a taxi rank. These cabs charge a flat fee when a customer gets into a car and then charge per kilometer.

English teachers should be aware of private taxis posing as public cabs. A common sign of an illegal taxi is a brown-colored license, as this is the type of plate a private vehicle would have. It is recommended that English teachers try to avoid these cars due to the fact that they are unregulated and the drivers are unlikely to speak any form of English.

If money is not a concern, the best way to travel around is by hiring a luxury private taxi. One of the most expensive rides in Mexico, a licensed private taxi driver can usually be found around luxury hotels.

Train

In 1848, Mexico was the first Latin American nation to develop its own railway system with the creation of a rail line joining Veracruz to Mexico City. The Mexican railway system can take English teachers to various cities across Mexico for an affordable price. In addition to carrying passengers, most rail traffic is generated by the carrying of goods across the Mexican landscape and abroad. A large portion of the Mexican railroad is owned and operated by Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM). Rates vary depending on the length of a commute; in-city train rides typically cost around 15 MXN.

Subway

The Ferrocarril Suburbano de la Zona Metropolitana de Mexico (Suburban Railway of the Mexico City Metropolitan Area), Mexico's first subway, was opened for business on June 1, 2008. English teachers should be aware that metro cars in Mexico City are often crowded with commuters. The system is one of the busiest metros in the world, with almost one and a half billion commuters a year.

Bus

The bus is an excellent way to get around a Mexican city or to travel long distances. There are many long distance bus companies that are able to offer rides to customers. English teachers traveling to a Mexican city have the option of purchasing a ticket on a bus that does not make stops along the route for a higher price tag. A luxury ticket will ensure that it takes less time to get to a destination; a great option for English teachers in a rush. Depending on the length of a trip, ESL teachers can expect to pay anywhere from $120 to $1,925 MXN for a bus fare.

While in the city, English teachers can choose between various types of buses. Some people have converted vans and school buses which they use to give people rides around town. These buses are usually very inexpensive but do not have a set schedule. It is often hard to find a bus when living outside a popular area of the city. Teachers can also get rides on luxury buses which offer comforts like air conditioning, limited stops, and comfortable seating. Tracking down a bus is achieved by walking on the street and sticking an arm out as a bus approaches. Often luxury buses will not stop with this method. It is best to call the bus company ahead of time if looking for a luxury ticket.

Other Modes of Transportation

Bicycle

With the heavy traffic, riding a bike in a large Mexican city will require strict attention, but it is an excellent mode of transportation and is good for the environment. This is an important factor if living in Mexico City because it is a member of the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, and is committed to the decrease of carbon emissions.

Motor Vehicles

While some may find driving in a Mexican city to be an exciting task, Mexican drivers are known for being aggressive and city streets are usually lined with traffic. A solution to the high amount of traffic in Mexico City was to make a law that a vehicle owner can only drive their vehicle on certain days of the week.

When crossing the American border into Mexico, visitors are required to purchase a Mexico Vehicle Permit. In order to get this permit, a teacher will need to present the vehicle's ownership and registration. If the vehicle does not belong to the driver, they will need to present a letter stating that the owner offers permission of the vehicle's usage, and offer a valid passport. American and Canadian driver's licenses are valid in Mexico.

Etiquette in Mexico

Understanding a nation's etiquette is a very important element in achieving career success and the ability to make new friends.

General Etiquette

- Mexicans usually greet one another with a handshake or a pat on the back.
- Women should do their best not to be insulted if a Mexican man makes an inappropriate comment to her. Mexican men are sometimes known for having too much machismo.
- Do not use someone's first name until you have been asked to do so.
- Gift-giving plays a large role in Mexican culture.

Business Etiquette
- Mexicans are known for talking about personal lives during business meetings; be prepared to talk about family and background.
- Business people in Mexico are not known for staring at the clock. For the most part, time and deadlines are simply guidelines.
- It may be okay for others to be late for an appointment, but those new to Mexico should not be late.
- While conducting business, dress professionally, and conservatively.
- It will often take multiple meetings before an important business deal is struck. Many Mexicans will discourage the use of the phone or email in the communication process and will prefer meeting in person.
- Business cards are important in Mexico and are usually handed out in the early stages of a business conversation. It is recommended to feature both Spanish and English on business cards and ensure the Spanish text is facing the recipient.

Mexican Eating Etiquette

- When dining with a small group, it is up to the host to do the introductions. It is acceptable to offer introductions if there is a large group getting together.
- It is considered polite to leave some food on a plate after completing a meal.
- Try to keep hands visible to others at all times during a meal. It is rude to place hands underneath a table.

Language in Mexico

Spanish is the language spoken in Mexico.

Below are some commonly used Spanish words and phrases that will be useful during an ESL teacher's first days in Mexico:

Hello
Hola

Thank you
Gracias

How much?
Cuanto

English
ingles

Where's the bathroom?
Donde esta el bano?

Please write it down
Puede escribirlo, por favor?

Excuse me
Perdon

Good morning
Buenos dias

My name is _____
Me llamo _____

How do you say _____ in Spanish?
Como se dice _____ en espanol?

Eating in Mexico

Many would be surprised to find out what common household ingredients stored in their pantries originate from Pre-Columbus Mexico. Food staples such as chocolate, maize, vanilla, and peanuts have been in the diets of the ancient Mexican peoples. It is fair to say that Mexico has left a fingerprint in the cuisine of most nations around the globe. Today's Mexican food is a hybrid between European Spanish cuisine and the food of the Mayan, Aztecs, and various other native peoples.

There are many different dishes for English teachers to sample. Northern regions of Mexico often consist of more meat-based dishes which feature a lot of beef and goat. Dishes from the central region of the country have a combination of flavors from both the North and South. The Southern regions of Mexico often incorporate a lot of chicken with spicy vegetables into their meals. Not to be forgotten, cities along the coast usually offer healthy helpings of seafood in their meals. In recent years, Mexican cuisine started to become a favorite of the international culinary arts scene and is highly regarded by some of the world's top chefs.

Some of Mexico's more popular dishes include:

- Tortilla - The staple of Mexican food is the tortilla. This corn-based flat bread outdates European explorers and has been enjoyed throughout modern Latin America. Tortillas can be made from corn or flour. Modern times have meant that tortillas are mostly produced in factories and shipped to grocery stores in Mexico and abroad. Adventurous teachers can find locals who still prefer to sell their tortillas made in the traditional fashion.

- Guacamole - One of Mexico's staple appetizers, guacamole, is a dip made of avocado used for corn chips and tortillas that has its origin traced back to the days of the Aztecs.

- Salsa - Salsa is served in red or green varieties and can be found on any Mexican restaurant's menu, as well as on the shelf of any supermarket around the world. The word "salsa" literally translates to the word "sauce". It comes in many varieties but always features tomatoes and various vegetables, herbs, and spices. The wide array of ingredients allows for salsa to be both mild and hot.

Climate in Mexico

Mexico is not only a popular destination for English teachers, but it is also one of the world's most popular tourism hot spots. Part of the reason why so many people travel to Mexico is to experience the nation's weather. The climate in Mexico is fairly diverse; winters in the North feature cooler temperatures, whereas the South is known for having tropical weather with little seasonal change. Many tourists make their way to Southern Mexico from October to May; these months are usually the less humid times of the year.

Natural Disasters in Mexico

The overall risk of natural disasters in Mexico is similar to many regions of North America. Mexico has experienced hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. The 1985 Mexico City earthquake was arguably one of the worst quakes in North American history; it could even be felt by residents of Los Angeles. Building technology improved greatly in post-quake Mexico, structures have since been constructed to better outlast a major earthquake. Cities now also have disaster plans in case of another major quake.

Pollution

Mexico City is surrounded by mountains on three sides of the city. These mountains treat citizens of the city to a nice view, but they also help make Mexico City one of the most polluted cities in the world. Much of the pollution generated by the 9 million inhabitants in the city core gets trapped by the surrounding mountains. There have been multiple environmental programs created to curb the issue since the '80s, but pollution is still a concern for many living in Mexico. English teachers should therefore be cautious of the effects of air pollution, especially in summer months.

National Holidays in Mexico

Mexicans are known as fun-loving people and this is displayed during Mexican holidays. Most holidays in Mexico result in celebrations which include tasty feasts and spending time with family and loved ones.

- January 1st - New Year's Day (Ano nuevo) is a holiday that celebrates the first day of the calendar year.

- January 6th - Day of the Holy Kings (Dia de los Santos Reyes) is a Christian holiday celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Men.

- February 5th - Constitution Day (Dia de la Constitucion) celebrates the anniversary of the Mexican constitution in 1917.

- February 24th - Flag Day (Dia de la Bandera) is a day of pride for Mexicans, not only for their flag but for their national identity.

- March 21st - Benito Juarez's birthday (Natalicio de Benito Juarez) marks the birthday of Mexican President Benito Juarez, who was born on this day in 1806.

- April 30th - Children's Day (Dia del Nino) is, like many nations around the world, a holiday that serves as a day to pay tribute to the children of the country. Some also view this holiday as a religious event.

- May 1st - Labor Day (Dia del Trabajo) is a day set aside to recognize the accomplishments of Mexican workers.

- May 5th - Cinco de Mayo (Batalla de Puebla) commemorates the 1862 Mexican forces defeat of the French in a legendary battle in Puebla. The anniversary of this victory is celebrated nation-wide, but is only an official holiday in the state of Puebla.

- May 15th - Teacher's Day (Dia del Maestro) is when students across Mexico pay tribute to the nation's teachers through gifts, cards, and by giving thanks.

- May 23rd - Student's Day (Dia del estudiante) pays tribute to the nation's students.

- September 13th - Boy Heroes Day (Dia de los Ninos Heroes) marks the anniversary of an important battle in the War of Mexico that was fought against the United States. The holiday is entitled Boy Heroes as a tribute to the six teenage cadets who lost their lives during the battle.

- September 15th - Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores) is a day marked to pay tribute to Mexican independence. The holiday celebrates the night prior to Mexicans declaring a war for independence against the Spanish in 1810.

- September 16th - Independence Day (Dia de la Independencia) celebrates the anniversary of the first day of the Mexican War of Independence against the Spanish in 1810.

- Second Monday in October - Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza): Arguably, there is no other day as influential on Mexican history as the day Columbus discovered America in 1492. The Mexican people take this day to remember an important day in the nation's history.

- November 1st - All Saints' Day (Dia de todos los Santos) is a time when Mexicans traditionally honor loved ones who have passed away with candles, food, and other offerings.

- Third Monday of November - Revolution Day (Dia de la Revolucion) marks the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution in 1910.

- December 1st - Change of Federal Government (Transmision del Poder Ejecutivo Federal): every six years a new President of Mexico is sworn in on this holiday.

- December 12th - Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe) is a religious holiday which celebrates the day Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican Virgin Mary) appeared on Tepeyac hill.

- December 12th to December 24th - The Inns (Las Posadas) when some Mexicans prepare for Christmas by celebrating Las Posadas, a biblical holiday that recalls the search that Joseph and Mary made for shelter in the story of the Nativity.

- December 24th - Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) is a night of celebration. Family and friends gather and sample foods such as tamales and break pinatas.

- December 25th - Christmas (Navidad)

- December 28th - Day of the Innocents (Dia de los Santos Inocentes) is much like the holiday of April Fools Day. Mexicans play jokes and pranks on one another.

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Teaching English in Mexico will not offer as much money or as many benefits as an ESL job in China or Korea. Teachers in Mexico can expect to earn $8,000 - $12,000 MXN per month.

Peak ESL Hiring Season in Mexico


There is a demand for English teachers in Mexico at all times during the year (peak hiring season: January or August to September). 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.

Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Mexico

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 canceled. 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 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 language schools, 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 provide 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 traveling to Mexico?
- How important is time off?
- Does a job with a higher paycheck appeal more than a job that is enjoyable?

Resources that may include ESL teaching jobs are:

- http://www.eslcafe.com/joblist/
- https://geo.craigslist.org/iso/mx
- https://www.visitmexico.com/

Major Mexican Newspapers (written in English):

- http://www.theguadalajarareporter.com/
- https://www.gringogazette.com/

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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 their Mexican job search, it's hard for them to ignore the Wall Street Institute, with schools in just under 20 regions in Mexico.
http://www.wallstreetinstitute.com.mx

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

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.

- Lonely Planet - http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/mexico/
- Expedia - http://expedia.com
- Wikipedia article on Mexico - https:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico

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 Mexican employers 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 job 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.

Requirements for ESL Teachers 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 the right to pay taxes). Be aware that those who are not citizens of Mexico do not have the right to vote. The Mexican visa process has undergone a major overhaul in recent years. There are two types of Mexican visas for which English teachers typically apply, which one you choose 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 days) 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 F2Articles 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 the document
- 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
- 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 Consular Information for Mexico


American Embassy and Consulate Offices in Mexico

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 5080 2834
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
Paseo de la Victoria #3650
Fracc. Partido Senecu
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahu 32453, Mexico
City: Ciudad Juarez
Phone: 52 65 6227 3000
Web Site: http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.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, Mexico
City: Hermosillo
Phone: 52 662 289 3500
Web Site: http://hermosillo.usconsulate.gov
Email: hermosillovisas@state.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Consulate General of the United States in Matamoros
Calle Primera #2002, Col. Jardin
Matamoros, Tamaulipas, 87330, Mexico
City: Matamoros
Phone: 52 868 208 2000
Fax: 52 868 812 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: 52 999 942 5700
Fax: 52 99 9942 5777
Web Site: http://merida.usconsulate.gov/
Email: meridacons@state.gov

Consulate General of the United States in Monterrey
Prolongacion Ave. Alfonso Reyes No.150
Col. valle Poniente
Nuevo Leon, Mexico 66196
City: Santa Catarina
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 Jose 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 Tijuana
Paseo de las Culturas s/n
Mesa de Otay
Delegacion Centenario C.P. 22425
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
City: Tijuana
Phone: 52 66 4977 2000
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: acsgdl@state.gov
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/mexico-mexique/contact-contactez.aspx?lang=eng
Email: mexico@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
Phone:
52 81 2088 3200

Fax: 52 81 2088 3230
Email: monterrey@international.gc.ca
Web Site: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/mexico-mexique/contact-contactez.aspx?lang=eng
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 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 Aleman 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 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 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 Oaxaca
Consular Agency of Canada
Pino Suarez 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 Puerto Tijuana
Consulate of Canada
German Gedovius 10411-101
Condominio del Parque, Zona Rio
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


Australian Embassy and Consular Offices in Mexico


Australian Embassy Mexico City
Ruben Dario 55
Col. Bosque de Chapultepec, CP
Mexico City 11580
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 1101 2200
Fax: 52 55 1101 2201
Web Site: http://www.mexico.embassy.gov.au/

Australian Consulate in Monterrey
Parque Corporativo
Equus Torre Sur
Mexanine Avenida
Richard Margain 444
San Pedro, Garza Garcia 66265
City: San Pedro
Phone: 52 81 8158 0791
Fax: 52 81 8158 0799
Website: https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-locatiosn/missions/Pages/australian-consulate-in-monterrey-nuevo-leon-mexico.aspx


British Embassy and Consular Offices in Mexico

British Embassy in Mexico City
British Embassy
Rio Lerma 71
Col Cuauhtemoc
06500 Mexico DF
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 1670 3200
Fax: 52 55 5242 8517
Web Site: www.gov.uk/government/world/mexico
Email: ukin.mexico@fco.gov.uk
Normal Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (closes at 2:00 pm on Fridays)

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 8244
Email: consular.mexico@fco.gov.uk

British Consulate in Tijuana
Blvd Salinas, No. 1500
Fracc Aviacion 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
Casa Consular
Centro Internacional Acapulco
Costera Miguel Aleman
39851 Acapulco, Guerrero
City: Acapulco
Phone: 52 744 484 1735
Fax: 52 744 481 2533
Email: gbconsul_aca@hotmail.com

Irish Embassy and Consular 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
Web Site: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/mexico/

Irish Consulate in Cancun
Honorary Consulate of Ireland
Av. Coba 15
Mza.8
SM22
Cancun 77500 Quintana Roo
City: Cancun
Phone: 52 998 112 5436
Fax: 52 998 884 9940
Web Site: https://www.dfa.ie/embassies/irish-embassies-abroad/north-and-central-america/mexico
Email: consul@gruporoyale.com


New Zealand's Embassy and Consular Offices in Mexico


New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City
Jaime Balmes 8 - Piso 4-404A
Col. Los Morales Polanco
C.P. 11510 Mexico, D.F.
City: Mexico City
Phone: 52 55 5283 9460
Fax: 52 55 5283 9480
Email: nzmexico@mfat.gov.nz
Web Site: http://www.nzembassy.com/mexico
Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm and to 5:00 pm


Embassy and Consular Information Outside Mexico

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

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
Email: info@embamexcan.com
Website: http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/canada_eng/
Consular 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 Canada can be found at:
http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/toronto/.


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Knowing how the banking system works and expected costs, such as prices for apartments and groceries, makes the Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certified teacher more informed.



Expected Apartment Costs in Mexico

Like many places around the world, the price to rent in a popular city will cost more than rent outside the center of a city or in a neighboring rural area. It is estimated that most English teachers in Mexico will spend between $3,000 and $5,000 MXN per month on the costs of day-to-day living.

Banking in Mexico

English teachers who want to set up a bank account in a Mexican bank will have the option to have the money in their account in the form of American dollars or Mexican pesos. Money can be transferred to accounts throughout Mexico or abroad. In order to get a Mexican bank account, ESL teachers must show the following:

- A valid passport
- A Temporary Resident or Permanent Resident Visa
- At least one reference from a bank or creditor (Mexican or abroad)
- Proof of address

Food Costs in Mexico

Mexican cities are filled with restaurants and street vendors selling a wide assortment of food. One of the reasons many ESL teachers decide upon teaching English in Mexico is the access to a diet of well-known foods. Eating out is relatively inexpensive compared to America, but eating at home can help English teachers save even more money. It is highly recommended that foreigners avoid tap water, fruits peeled by others, and salads. Always wash all food with bottled water (which is extremely easy to find and cheap to purchase), as it usually takes months before the digestive systems of ESL teachers adjusts to Mexican water. The same thing occurs to Mexicans when they travel north of their border. Before leaving home, it is recommended to consult a family physician about drinking and eating while in Mexico.

Below are some examples of typical Mexican food prices:

- 1.5L bottle of water - $12.75 MXN

- Taco from a street vendor
- $10.20 MXN

- Tortillas (pack of 36) - $5.59 MXN

- Bottle of Beer - $20.00 MXN

- Big Mac - $37 MXN