Rodney Evans’ tale of wanderlust includes midnight buses through Tijuana, Mexico…traveling around Europe and the Americas, making friends and playing music.
Along the way he taught English in Spain and elsewhere. If you like Europe and its history…its romance and culture…then where better to base yourself with a live-anywhere income like teaching English than Spain?
“I found it fun helping people learn English,” he says of his time in Spain. Rodney even found it was an outlet for his creativity.
He eventually settled in San Miguel del Allende, Mexico and started giving private English classes there. “I was making really good money,” he says.
And he loved his new home in San Miguel, a city replete with foreign influence and international flavor.
“Where else in Mexico can you eat Indian food and see a Czech puppet show?” he asks.
When Rodney met his wife, Harmeet, a fellow expat also living in Mexico, the two moved to Guanajuato where Rodney was able to continue teaching English, both privately and at a local language school, until they decided to move back to San Miguel permanently after the birth of their twin boys.
The life of a freelance teacher was fun and easy, he says, but when he started thinking about supporting a family, he realized he needed a more reliable income stream.
Back in San Miguel, Rodney started looking for a steady position teaching English, trying out a local Waldorf school at first and then settling into his current position at the bilingual Jóse Vascocelos school.
When he had to apply for his working visa, the school did all the heavy lifting and paid for it. Although his days are more structured, he raves about the quality of life he has compared to being a private teacher.
“There is something to be said about being at an established institution,” he says. “They get things done, and the kids leave here really smart. The school is so well organized. Sure, I don’t have the flexibility I had before, but now I get paid regularly and I have health insurance. Plus, it’s sunny and beautiful all year round in Mexico.”
Working at the school has given him and his family the stability they needed and the quality of life they want.
But the demand for English language classes is such that he can earn even more with a few extra hours, from time to time. Right now, he’s earning extra cash by teaching English to a group of service employees two evenings a week—great earning power for a simple skill.
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