Peak ESL Hiring Season in Mexico
Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Mexico
How to find Jobs Teaching English in Mexico
Largest Chain Schools in Mexico
Tips for ESL Teachers in Mexico
Requirements for ESL Teachers in Mexico
Embassy and Consulate Information 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.
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, it is estimated that ESL teachers can make between 150 - 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.
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.
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:
Resources that may include ESL teaching jobs are:
Major Mexican Newspapers (written in English):
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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.
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 English
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.
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.
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.
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, however, that those who are not citizens of Mexico do not have the right to vote. The Mexican visa process has undergone several major changes in recent years. Whereas previously teachers could enter Mexico on a 180-day tourist visa, and then apply for a work visa, teachers must now begin the visa application process from their home country. There several types of Mexican visas available, depending on the purpose of your visit and intended length of stay. For teachers who will be working for - and be paid by - an employer in Mexico, they will need to apply for a Visitor Authorized to Conduct Lucrative Activities Visa (previously known as 'FM3' visa). This visa is intended for those planning to work in Mexico, for a domestic employer, for a period of up to 365 days. This visa is typically granted for one year, and can be renewed annually. After four consecutive renewals, or 5 consecutive years holding a 'Temporary Resident Visa', those intending to stay on permanently in Mexico are eligible to apply for a 'Permanent Resident Visa' (previously known as 'FM2' visa).
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 Permanent Resident Visa applications coming from older expats hoping to retire south of the border.
Getting a Mexican Visa
Visa requirements and application procedures change frequently, and can even vary from one embassy or consular office to another. It is important to determine which Mexican embassy or consular office has jurisdiction over the area you are living in when you apply for your visa. Be sure to check their website and - if needed - contact them directly by phone or email, to ensure you have the most current, detailed information on visa application requirements and procedures at the time of your application. Mexican visas can no longer be applied for in Mexico.
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
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)
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:
Documentation needed from the English teacher for visa application (check your regional embassy or consulate's website before applying)
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. Though specific application procedures may vary regionally, the basic rules are essentially the same for American citizens as they are for people coming from a European Union (EU) nation. Please review the visa application process outlined above, and contact the Mexican embassy or consular office you'll be applying to, for detailed information on how to get a visa.
American Embassy Offices in Mexico
American Embassy in Mexico City
Embassy of the United States in Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 305
06500 Mexico, D.F.
Phone: 52 55 5080 2000
Fax: 52 55 5080 2005
Web Site: https://mx.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/embassy/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Canadian Embassy 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
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Australian Embassy Offices in Mexico
Australian Embassy Mexico City
Rubén Darío 55, Col. Bosque de Chapultepec,
11580 Mexico D.F.
Phone: 52 55 1101 2200
Fax: 52 55 1101 2201
Web Site: http://mexico.embassy.gov.au/
British Embassy Offices in Mexico
British Embassy in Mexico City
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
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Irish Embassy 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/#
Hours of Operation: By Appointment Only, Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
New Zealand Embassy 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
Web Site: https://www.mfat.govt.nz/tw/countries-and-regions/americas/mexico/new-zealand-embassy/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm; 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mexican Embassy 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/en/
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mexican Embassy in Canada
Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1A4
Phone: 1 613 233 8988
Fax: 1 613 235 9123
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm