Living abroad in Mexico will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in everything this country has to offer on this government-sponsored program.
Greenheart Travel is excited to offer a NEW program with the Ministry of Education of Mexico to provide English teachers to Mexican public schools! Our program works with Mexican public institutions, with students from under-served communities, in order to attempt to raise their English levels and proficiency. Learning English is a gateway to careers and jobs outside of what some of these students might have access to without this education. This program aims to make a big impact in each community where teachers are placed, as well as in each student’s life.
Spend your weekends exploring colonial cities, trekking to ancient ruins, or basking in the sands of the Caribbean beaches – all while perfecting your Spanish, and contributing to Mexico’s development!
At a Glance:
*$400 refundable commitment deposit required
IMPORTANT: This program is NOT yet confirmed. We are still waiting on final confirmation and a contract. We are hoping to start with a pilot program in January. We have opened the application, but we will not begin interviews until the program is confirmed. We are waiting for details to be finalized. Spots are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis once the program is confirmed. Submit your application to be the first to receive updates.
This will be a pilot program, so applicants should be prepared to be flexible and understanding as we work to establish the program and get it running smoothly. Greenheart Travel and our partner organization are highly experienced in implementing this type of program. However, due to the nature of this being a new government program, last minute information and changes are likely.
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Upcoming Start Dates
January 2020 (PILOT PROGRAM)
This is a semester (7 month) teaching contract.
There will be an orientation and training upon arrival (also in Mexico City).
**Dates are subject to change
Before applying, be sure that you meet the eligibility requirements below.
We will be looking for experienced and dedicated teachers who have the passion for positively impacting the lives students in Mexico. This is a new and important government initiative, so we will need teachers who are hard working and committed to the program’s success to ensure that the program can continue and expand in order to impact the lives of more Mexican students.
Still need your TEFL/TESOL certificate?
A TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification is required unless you have a teaching license. A certificate will also make your life a whole lot easier when you get to Mexico if you’ve never taught before. Learning how to navigate a classroom of students who are at different levels is a skill that can only be learned from hands-on experience and we highly recommend that you obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before teaching abroad.
Greenheart Travel offers an excellent TEFL Certification course. Learn more here!
A $400 commitment deposit is due after you are accepted to the program. This deposit is your commitment to joining the program on your selected intake, and reserves your spot on the program. Spaces are limited on the program, and you are not guaranteed a spot until we receive your deposit.
Once we have the deposit we will start on all of the preparations for you to arrive, like your visa paperwork, accommodation, and all placement details. The deposit is also meant to guarantee your commitment to the program, as your school is counting on you to show up on the first day of school.
In the past we had some people apply for a program like this because it was free, just as a backup plan and then decide a few days before the start date that they didn’t want to participate. This put us (and especially the schools and students) in a really hard spot, which is why we require the commitment deposit. You will receive the deposit back at the end of your teaching contract, as long as you show up for orientation and complete your contract commitment.
As with any long term international experience, this program demands a high degree of maturity, dedication, and an ability to adapt to new environments and unexpected changes in plans. Please understand that while you will have opportunities to travel and enjoy all that Mexico has to offer, this job is not meant to finance your backpacking. Rather, it represents a serious commitment to improving the lives of Mexico’s youth.
You will be a representative of your home country, but also of the program and this Education initiative. The program is funded by the Mexican government and the Ministry of Education, which means that all Mexican people are investing in it. Remember that your actions reflect on the program and how their investments are being handled.
The program mission and purpose is not about funding your travels, this is about meeting the needs of the program and the people who are benefiting the most – the students.
Placements will be in Mexico City. Teachers will be placed based on their skill set and the needs of the school.
Placements for our January 2020 Pilot Program will be in elementary schools, in the pre-school, first grade, and second grade levels. Teachers will work alongside Mexican co-teachers. Applicants must be comfortable working with young children.
Can I talk with alumni or current participants from the program?
This is a pilot program and our first time offering it, so we do not have any alumni or current participants yet. You will be the first!
What type of visa will I need?
Your visa will be arranged through the program. We are awaiting specific details on the visa and necessary paperwork.
What kind of “startup” money will I need?
Before you go, you’ll need to plan to pay for your one-way flight to Mexico (~$150 USD from the USA) and your travel insurance plan. As the orientation is fairly “all-inclusive”, you won’t have many costs until you arrive at your placement site. You’ll want to bring extra money for meals, cultural activities, and other free time opportunities. We recommend bringing around $1000 as spending money or as “emergency funds” in case something comes up. Our teachers are able to support themselves on the stipend, without dipping into personal savings, once they begin teaching.
Please note that you will not receive your first stipend until the end of your first month working. You will need enough money to cover your personal expenses until the first stipend is received.
Is the stipend enough to live off in Mexico?
Yes. The stipend is meant to cover your living costs like rent, transportation, and meals. All of our teachers are able to live off of the stipend amount, but it will require living on a modest budget and adapting to a local lifestyle and diet. Placements in larger cities like Mexico City will have a higher cost of living, so the stipend will not go as far in more urban areas like these.
Is Mexico safe?
Mexico’s reputation is currently struggling with stereotypes that are generalized, while safety issues are occurring in specific areas of the country. There are some issues with violence in some Mexican states, but as long as you stay in well-traveled areas, and avoid areas that you are advised against traveling in, Mexico is quite safe.
Mexico has certainly had its challenges over the past several decades, and like any country or major city, there are still some areas that may be dangerous. Use the same caution you’d use in any major city or foreign country.
In general, travelers find Mexicans to be extremely open, warm, friendly and helpful. Use common sense, and listen to the advice of the program and the locals, and you’ll be in great shape to have a positive and safe experience in Mexico!
Can I bring my children? Pets?
No, children and pets are not allowed.
Do I need a TEFL/TESOL certification?
Yes, if you are not a certified teacher, and TEFL or TESOL. Greenheart Travel highly recommends that you obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before teaching abroad. By taking the course, you’re setting yourself up for success in your new teaching job!
When should I apply?
As soon as possible. Positions are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis. We do not yet know whether or not we will have start dates in 2020. You are welcome to apply for 2020, and we will update you as soon as we have more information.
Why does Greenheart Travel charge a $400 deposit?
Your deposit will serve as a way to show your commitment to the program. Once we have the deposit we will start on all of the preparations for you to arrive, like your visa paperwork, accommodation, and all placement details. The deposit is also meant to guarantee your commitment to the program, as the school is counting on every single teacher to show up on the first day of school. In the past we had some people apply for the program since it was free, just as a backup plan and then decide a few days before the start date that they didn’t want to participate. This put us (and especially the schools and students) in a really hard spot, which is why we now require the commitment deposit. You will receive the deposit back at the end of your teaching contract, as long as you show up for orientation and complete the contract.
Are there any required vaccinations for Mexico?
While there are no required vaccinations for Mexico, we highly recommend that you see a doctor or travel clinic for advice on vaccinations. You can find more details about the recommended vaccinations on the CDC website.
Are flights included and booked for me?
No, flights are not included in the program, and you are responsible for arranging your own flights/transportation to Mexico.
When should I book my flight?
You may book your flights once you’re accepted onto the program and the official start date has been confirmed. We will let you know when you can do so!
Will there be a coursebook or syllabus to follow?
Yes, there will be a curriculum for you to follow, but this is still very new and you will have creativity within this as well.
What is the most common level of English ability with the students?
Age can often be a deceiving indicator of English ability among students. The pilot program will be teaching young elementary school students (Pre-school – 2nd grade). Expect the students to know little to know English.
What is the dress code for teaching?
You can dress business casual for teaching, but still try to look your best.
Will I have a phone?
You can bring your own phone to use in Mexico, as long as it is unlocked and able to use a new SIM card. If you aren’t bringing your own phone, you can buy one in Mexico.
What if I don’t speak Spanish?
No problemo! It is preferred that you only use English in the classroom to create a complete immersion experience for the students. While it is not required to speak Spanish to apply for this program, it would definitely be a useful skill to have. Having some knowledge of Spanish will of course benefit your day-to-day life, help you negotiate, understand the culture and allow you to connect with your students, co-teacher and people in your community.
What holidays will I have off?
You will be off for any school breaks or national holidays.
Can I use my credit card in Mexico?
Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Mexico, but the ideal method of payment is cash. Plan on using cash for most transactions, especially in more rural areas.
Our spaces for this program are limited. Applicants will be screened and accepted on a rolling basis. We recommend submitting your application and documents as early as possible to secure a position.
Completing Your Application
You should plan on completing the online application in one sitting. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner we can start reviewing your application, set up your interview, and hear about your acceptance. With your application out of the way, you can start planning your upcoming adventure!
Required Documents To Apply:
Greenheart Travel has been offering cultural exchange programs for over 30 years, including large governmental programs like this one, and there are advantages of applying for this program through us:
We also have some unique offerings to our Greenheart Travel teachers and alumni!
Greenheart Grants are funds awarded to Greenheart Travel participants to use for community development projects in their host or home country. A Greenheart Grant is the opportunity to create, improve, or maintain an impactful, community-focused project abroad or at home. Grant funds could be applied to supporting women’s cooperatives, schools, community centers, or health clinics, for example. Grant winners will be featured on our website, social media, and blog. You can see our past winners on our blog here.
Greenheart Alumni Program
We created the Greenheart Travel Alumni Program to provide resources and a community to support alumni in their advancement as global leaders, and a way to celebrate and reward our participants for being ambitious, inspiring catalysts of cultural exchange!
Greenheart Global Leaders Conference
Each August Greenheart offers full ride scholarships to over 40 alumni to attend our annual conference in Washington, DC. Participants even get a chance to advocate for cultural exchange in a presentation to the US Department of State. You can see more about what GGLC is and what you could do at the conference here.
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