Published: 10 January, 2016  |  Last updated: 10 January, 2016

Teaching English in La Primavera, Mexico

La Primavera, Mexico


Report submitted on 29 November, 2015 by Muskoka.

Teaching English in La Primavera, Mexico:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in La Primavera, Mexico?
Volunteer position. The public schools do not have money for English teachers.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Many opportunities for volunteer positions. Most public schools can barely afford supplies, let alone an English teacher. The reward is in the love you receive back from the kids and community families.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
ESL as a Second Language.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
ESL as a Second Language.

What are the levels of payment?
No payment.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
4 days per week

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
8 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
You do not work holidays.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to La Primavera, Mexico to teach English?
Be patient. It takes time to build trust. Most teachers are only in rural schools for 1 year, then they move on.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in La Primavera, Mexico?
The joy and excitement of the children. They are eager to learn and try their best.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in La Primavera, Mexico?
Lack of teaching materials.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in La Primavera, Mexico?
Is difficult getting students to speak. They are afraid of making mistakes and disappointing you.


Living in La Primavera, Mexico:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Mexico?
Would require an FM2.

What is the cost of living like in Mexico?
Lodging can be very inexpensive to expensive, depending on how you like to live. Food is inexpensive.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
That would be up to the individual.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in La Primavera, Mexico?
Friendly people, great culture.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in La Primavera, Mexico?
None that I can think of.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to La Primavera, Mexico?
Live there first before you make a commitment.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
A good steak.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave La Primavera, Mexico?
The kids.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Pencils, paper, coloured paper, reading books.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Muskoka

Nationality: Canadian

Students I’ve taught in Mexico: pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), adults.

Where I teach: Volunteer position in La Primavera. Working here for 4 years.

How I found my current teaching job(s): A friend who is a teacher here asked me to help her class learn English. It just continued from there.

My school facilities: Inadequate – No access to technology. Few books, no school library.

Teacher support at my school: none.


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