The night I arrived in Mexico to start my first English-teaching job…the sky lit up with fireworks! I asked the taxi driver what holiday it was. He responded that it was not a holiday, but likely a birthday of someone in the neighborhood. Mexico likes to celebrate.
I decided right then and there, I had come to the right country.
There is a great demand for English teachers in Mexico…and many other countries of the world you may wish to move to…Brazil…China…Colombia. However, demand varies depending on the type of clientele you wish to serve.
If you want to teach at a primary or secondary school and teach children, there are jobs almost everywhere.
If you want to teach business English to professionals at a private company, well then you will be looking at major urban areas and the pool of potential jobs is much smaller.
If you would like to be a private tutor servicing a wide variety of people wanting to learn English, then you can do that almost anywhere.
Most people find jobs through online job boards, but there are fewer job postings on there for Latin America than say, Asia or the Middle East.
The yearly salary will vary dramatically depending on which region of the world you wish to live in and what type of work you would like to do. You can make more than $60,000 a year working in parts of Asia, where as you may make as little as $6,000 a year in Mexico.
The important thing to keep in mind is the cost of living in the country you are in and also what the school might be providing you with in addition to your salary (living expenses, health insurance, transportation, holiday bonus, etc).
Living in Mexico is much cheaper than living in the U.S. I pay $300 a month in rent in a place that could easily cost $1,300 in a similar location in the U.S. I pay about $35 for good Internet and about $20 for electric and water. The cost of food, health care, and transportation are also extremely low.
My workday ended at 3.10 p.m., giving me enough time to explore my new city in the afternoons. And just about every month had a three-day weekend. There was more than two weeks off for Christmas and Easter. And, because there were no classes in the summer, that also meant several months off to explore nearby countries…or far off countries, for that matter!
My adventures with the Mexican culture started at my hometown market and slowly expanded as the school year raced by. By spring break, I had already explored Mexico City, Puebla, and the Riviera Maya. So, I decided to board a bus to the Pacific coast town of Puerto Escondido for 10 days of fun in the sun!
There are so many things I want to share with prospective teachers…and I will do so at the Fund Your Life Overseas Conference in Phoenix.
But, above all, I want to tell you about the rewards of being a teacher and giving back to people who want to improve their lives by learning English.
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