Teaching English in Mexico


Living in Mexico Teaching English


Living as a local, you'll have the chance to truly recognize the extent of Mexico’s awe-inspiring cultural and natural attractions. Whether browsing the wares of street vendors in Mexico City, soaking up the sun in Acapulco, or exploring ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum, the history and culture of Mexico are among the most captivating in the Western Hemisphere.

Boasting broad cultural and natural diversity, Mexico offers one of the largest job markets for English teachers. Instructors typically find work in February through March and again in June through August. While there are many opportunities to interview in advance over the phone and via e-mail, most English teachers interview in person and are responsible for airfare and housing. Most English teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers.

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers the opportunity to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Schools typically offer around 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. While English teachers are not required to have a bachelor’s degree to teach in Mexico, it is preferred. TEFL TESOL certification is essential. Most English teaching jobs are found in the larger cities of Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Juarez, and León.  


English Teaching Requirements in Mexico


  • Peak hiring months: All year round
  • Types of jobs: English language schools and adults
  • Typical hiring process: in-person interview; some e-mail/phone in advance
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
  • Types of students: business professionals
  • Cost of living per month: 800-1,200 USD; 10,000–12,000 MXN
  • Average monthly pay: 800–1,200 USD; 10,000–12,000 MXN
  • Start-up cost: 1,200–1,600 USD
  • Potential to save or break even: break even
  • Accommodation/housing benefits paid:no
  • Flight reimbursement: no


Interesting Facts About Life in Mexico


        • Mexico City is the third-largest city in the world, boasting more than 21 million citizens. 
        • The Baja Peninsula is known for its excellent surfing conditions and also hosts one of the largest off-road auto races. 
        • The Mexican television station Televisa is the largest producer of Spanish-language television programming.
        • Mexico is home to the world’s largest Spanish-speaking population. 
        • Mexico is a leading manufacturer of smart phones.
        • Mexico boasts the eleventh-largest economy in the world.



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