MEXICO

Employment

Restrictions lie on many nationalities entering Mexico: those from the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, amongst others must have a tourist card (''tarjeta de turista'') to enter, which lasts up to 90 days. Furthermore, it is illegal for tourists to find work in Mexico, so the range of job opportunities is particularly limited to either teaching English, or volunteer work.

Teaching English

Mexico City is the most flourishing city in terms of people wanting to learn English: The News and Mexico City Times are both good places to start looking for vacancy details. Work is available in schools, universities, and general work places where employers enrol their workers in language classes. Because of restrictions on international workers, many schools employ foreign teachers in scholarships, otherwise you will need a CV in Spanish, with TEFL and university certificates to obtain a work permit. For more information on the TEFL qualification, see their website listed below. The average monthly pay for teachers of English as a foreign language is the equivalent of US$ 400 (approx. 252), and often expenses for accommodation are provided.

Volunteering

GAP Activity Projects Ltd runs placements for volunteers in Mexico as language tutors, work with disabled and children, and also conservational projects. GAP provides accommodation and pocket money but volunteers are expected to pay an initial registration fee. Projects can last for anything from four to eleven months and vary considerably in content. Since most people will speak Spanish in the areas that GAP projects operate, knowledge of this language is necessary.

For more opportunities in teaching English as a foreign language, Teaching and Overseas Projects for Volunteers run one month or more long programmes where volunteers spend eighteen hours each week teaching English to schoolchildren, taking part in animal care, or even work in the local media. Accommodation is provided either with host families, or living with other teachers in local hostels.

Useful Links

TEFL are one of the leading organisations for teaching English abroad

GAP are by far the most popular organisers of year abroad schemes

www.teaching-abroad.co.uk