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    Anna

    Mexico

    Want to Teach English in Mexico?

    One of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Latin America, Oaxaca (pronounced wah-HAH-kah) was recently voted one of the top ten destinations in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine - number 1 in Latin America. Given Oaxaca's year-round spring-like climate, moderate size, and convenient proximity to outlying villages and archaeological sites, this is hardly surprising.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Mexico:

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Mexico is US$1,995

    The TESOL Plus Program Fee in Mexico is US$2,995

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in Mexico? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in Mexico.

  • Mexico Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

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    Anna

    Mexico

    Country Overview

    One of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Latin America, Oaxaca (pronounced wah-HAH-kah) was recently voted one of the top ten destinations in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine - number 1 in Latin America. Given Oaxaca's year-round spring-like climate, moderate size, and convenient proximity to outlying villages and archaeological sites, this is hardly surprising.

    The city of Oaxaca, with a population of over 500,000, is the capital of the state of Oaxaca. Renowned as one of Mexico's most beautiful cities, Oaxaca has much to offer, be it the colorful markets, local crafts, cuisine, prehispanic and contemporary art museums, convents and churches, and an active arts community.

    The Training Center is in a beautiful, quiet house in the downtown area, only eleven blocks from Oaxaca's main square, or zocalo (a 10-15 min. walk). Classes are held outside in the garden, on the terrace (with a nice view of the western part of the city), or in one of our classrooms.

    Oaxaca lies in a broad and fertile valley 5,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains. Over the years, these mountains have served to protect and preserve the cultures of the Zapotec, Mixtec and other Indian groups. Today, Oaxaca is the Mexican state most known for its rich mixture of indigenous peoples, customs, and languages.

    While Oaxaca is blessed with tremendous natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage, it is the people of Oaxaca, representing a beautiful tapestry of traditions, who are the region's greatest resource. Mexican families tend to have close relationships and live in the same city with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In general, children grow up within a broad family structure. Not surprisingly, a high value is placed on the family and on sustaining those relationships.

    At an elevation of 1,550 meters, Oaxaca has a pleasant climate year-round, though April and May are relatively warm, and June and July are relatively rainy.

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    Anna

    Mexico

    Job Prospects & Pay

    Most positions are in the city of Oaxaca, instructing secondary school students and adults at the many English Institutes, the Language Center of Oaxaca State University, and at the three private Universities. There are also a few positions in small, nearby villages, and a few in primary schools.

    It is common for Teachers to work part-time at one of the institutes or universities, and teach part-time privately. Typical school salaries range from US$150-500 a month, given a 15-hour work week. Teaching an additional 3 hours of private classes a week could supplement this by $100-400 a month. Since room and board for an individual generally run around $400 per month it is possible, though not typical, for Teachers in Oaxaca to save some money. includePay('Mexico', 'Summary');

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    Anna

    Mexico

    Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Those not adventurous enough to indulge in Oaxaca's fried grasshoppers will be delighted to know that Oaxacan cuisine is renowned for specialty cheeses (quesillo, a cheese similar to mozzarella, is delicious even served plain on a tlayuda with beans), sausages, and most notably moles. Mescal, the local drink of choice, is exported worldwide.

    Mole (mo-lay) sauces tend to be thick and smoky, with subtle flavors of dried chilies and citrus. Labor-intensive to prepare, moles combine dozens of ingredients: seeds, nuts, herbs, vegetables, spices and, of course, multiple chilies. While Mexico is not the most vegetarian-friendly nation, Oaxacan hosts are normally quite happy to show off their region's ample supply of fresh produce. Just be sure to let them know, when ordering a dish \"sin carne,\" that chicken counts as a meat.

    Water, a respected and sometimes scarce commodity, should be used conservatively in the dry season, and consumed only when bottled.

    Participants in the TESOL Certification Program are responsible for their own meals, while most meals during the training are included in the homestay for those in the TESOL Plus Program. Participants from both programs report that inexpensive and delicious restaurants - not to mention markets - are quite common throughout both the city and the surrounding area.

    Most schools in Oaxaca maintain a fairly casual environment. Linens and cottons (not shorts) are appropriate in the city. Those planning to explore rural areas are advised to put function before form.

    When teaching, women should cover their shoulders (sleeveless shirts are appropriate, but very thin straps or tank tops are not). No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Open-toed shoes are acceptable.

    Male Teachers should wear long pants (usually not jeans), a short- or long-sleeved shirt with a collar, and loafers or dress shoes. Long hair should be neatly tied into a ponytail.

    Housing & Communication

    For TESOL Plus participants, comfortable housing will be provided at a local host family during training.

    After training, most Teachers live in small apartments, usually shared with other Teachers. Others choose to rent rooms with private baths in the larger Oaxacan houses. Housing costs typically run US$200-400 per month.

    High speed internet connections are common in Oaxaca, as are internet caf�s - some wireless ready for those with laptops.

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    Anna

    Mexico

    Excursions

    Oaxaca has something for everyone, whether your interest is ancient civilizations, indigenous culture, colonial architecture, gastronomy, arts and handicrafts, or local color and festivities. The city is beautiful and peaceful and the locals are friendly, fascinating, and eager to interact with foreign guests.

    Monte Alban, one of the most important pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Mesoamerica and symbol of the Zapotec people, is only 16 kilometres from the city of Oaxaca. Another famous site is Mitla, an ancient Mixtec city that once controlled the entire valley of Oaxaca.

    More recent inhabitants, the Spaniards, built the town of Antequera (i.e. Oaxaca City) in 1529. The second city of New Spain, Oaxaca boasts magnificent churches and monasteries.

    Other attractions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the vibrant music and nightlife scene, and numerous fiestas. The most important of the last are La Guelaguetza, a harvest festival in late July, and La Noche de Rabanos, the \"Night of the Radishes,\" on December 23.

    Nearby are the pueblos in which Oaxacans make the state's famous black pottery (San Bartolo de Coyotepec) and beautiful rugs (Teotitlan).

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    Anna

    Mexico

    Travel Resources

    We're still working on getting these up, but check back soon or email us at info@languagecorps.com and we will send you some.

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    Anna

    Mexico

    Frequently Asked Questions

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • You respond almost as fast as my parents, and you're certainly more tuned into the newsstream. I hope you had a chance to look at the interview Jed recommended me for. I had nothing but good words for LanguageCorps... I still consider you guys the Massachusetts equivalent of my family, and am proud to be reporting to you about the situation.

    Anna

    Mexico

    TESOL Certification Program, Mexico

    The TESOL Certification Program combines TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification with a streamlined set of support services. The intensive, four-week TESOL training and certification course conducted in Oaxaca, Mexico provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in TESOL methodology, as well as teaching practice with local EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. The TESOL Certificate you will earn is internationally recognized and will allow you to teach English in any overseas location. During training, the staff will provide counsel and guidance on CV (resume) development, what Mexican employers are looking for, and schools that have teaching positions. Teaching positions are readily available throughout Oaxaca, and elsewhere in Mexico.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Mexico is US$1,995

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

  • You respond almost as fast as my parents, and you're certainly more tuned into the newsstream. I hope you had a chance to look at the interview Jed recommended me for. I had nothing but good words for LanguageCorps... I still consider you guys the Massachusetts equivalent of my family, and am proud to be reporting to you about the situation.

    Anna

    Mexico

    TESOL Plus Program, Mexico

    The TESOL Pus Program combines TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification with a more comprehensive set of support services than the basic TESOL Certification program. The Oaxaca-based program begins with a week of Spanish language and cultural training, directed to your level of Spanish ability. During this week you can become familiar with the city of Oaxaca, brush up on or learn Spanish, and become acquainted with your Oaxacan host family. This is followed by an intensive four-week TESOL training and certification course that provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in TESOL methodology, as well as teaching practice with local EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students. The TESOL Certificate you will earn is internationally recognized and will allow you to teach English in any overseas location. During training, the staff will provide counsel and guidance on CV (resume) development, what Mexican employers are looking for, and schools that have teaching positions. Teaching positions are readily available throughout Oaxaca, and elsewhere in Mexico. Home stay accommodations are included during the five weeks of training. Other support services are included as well, such as a one year travel insurance policy and a re-entry package that helps you leverage your experience abroad as you look towards employment or furthering your education when you return to your home country.

    The TESOL Plus Program Fee in Mexico is US$2,995

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.