English Teaching Volunteer Projects in Mexico
- Placement locations: Guadalajara, Ciudad Guzman
- Types of schools: Secondary, University
- Age of students: 11 - 26
- Class sizes: 30+ or individual/small group tuition
- Role: Teacher or teaching assistant (English, French, German, Italian, Japanese at University)
- Extra-curricular roles: Art, Drama, Music, Sport
- Accommodation: Host families
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 4 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
With rich natural resources, a mix of indigenous peoples and stunning coastlines, Mexico is a fascinating Central American country. It has a strong tourist industry and Mexicans are keen to embrace the opportunities that come from living next door to the United States. With so much trade and interaction with the US, a good command of the English language opens up many opportunities for jobs, commerce and travel.
Living so close to the United States has also meant that plenty of US culture also flows into the country in the form of television and music, and this makes the English language even more attractive. Therefore we see schools and universities in the areas we work in Mexico are increasingly keen to benefit from the opportunities a native English-speaking volunteer brings.
Volunteer Teaching in Mexico is an ideal way to learn about and explore Mexico and its people. You do not need to have had any previous teaching experience and we do not require you to have undergone TEFL training. Whether you want to volunteer as an English teacher during your gap year, career break or extended holiday, your presence at the school or university in which you work will be valued and you will receive ongoing support from our local staff.
Teach English Language in schools and university with Projects Abroad
The office of Projects Abroad in Mexico is based in Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico after the capital, Mexico City. The schools in Guadalajara often struggle to get teachers who speak fluent English. The most suitable candidates are often tempted away by higher salaries in the private sector.
The main focus is on building your students' confidence in communicating in English. You will find that the students want to hear what life is like in your hometown, and why you have chosen to come to Mexico.
Our volunteers can choose to work in secondary schools or at the University of Guadalajara. If you want to go to a smaller, more traditional Mexican town why not consider Ciudad Guzman which is situated about two hours away from Guadalajara. You will soon find yourself known as one of the few 'gringos' in town!
In secondary schools the students are aged from 11 to 18 years old. At the university students are usually aged from about 18 to 26. The average size of a class in a secondary school is about thirty students and volunteers are expected to teach for up to four hours per day from Monday to Friday.
Volunteering on a Teaching Project in Mexico
As a volunteer in Mexico on one of our Teaching placements, you can provide effective, practical help with spoken English to a large number of students. You will generally start your placement supporting a teacher, but you will probably feel confident enough to take your own classes before long. It is always important to achieve a balance with your teaching colleagues as any one-to-one work you do with the students will help them improve rapidly.
It is always worth talking to your supervisors about any ideas you may have for the students. If you have other language skills such as German or French we would be interested to hear from you as well. There are always skills that our volunteers have that we could use on our Teaching projects; volunteers who are budding musicians, artists and actors have all added to the richness of our students' education in the recent past.
Before you arrive in Mexico you will have access to a teaching ideas guide on your personal webpage, that has plenty of suggestions for games and activities that you could try in your classes. We always welcome new ideas and we hope that you will take the time to prepare and structure lessons. Being well prepared will help to give you confidence and ensure that both you and your students get the most out of the experience.
To give extra support to teaching volunteers during their time in Mexico, a member of Projects Abroad staff organises regular workshops. The workshops will provide you with a valuable insight into the educational system in Mexico and the background of the school where you are working. You will also receive guidance and suggestions regarding planning lessons and activities to carry out at your teaching placement.
Volunteers taking part in our teaching programme in Mexico will also be given the opportunity to take part in our exciting new Global Shark Campaign, which is taking place in 18 countries in 4 continents. As education is so important in conservation we are calling for the help of our teaching volunteers! This help will involve implementing our special shark conservation curriculum to children of a wide range of ages in schools around the world. This curriculum aims to raise the awareness of the importance of sharks and reverse the negative connotations associated with these animals. The teaching methods range from art activities for the younger children to conservation debates for the older students!
All volunteers taking part on any project in Mexico now have the opportunity to add a 1 Week Conservation Add-On to the end of their main placement.