Teach English in Mexico

With an abundance of ancient ruins, mouthwatering cuisine, and more than 9000km of coastline, Mexico offers ESL teachers incredible opportunities to explore this magical place, meet genuinely friendly locals and gain valuable teaching experience.

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What to Know about Teaching English in Mexico

Employment Requirements


A minimum university bachelor degree is not required but highly preferred by many employers.

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification is usually required by employers. A minimum of 120-hour TEFL certification is recommended.

Citizenship Requirements

No specific citizenship requirements. Some employers may indicate a preference for specific nationalities based on their hiring needs.

Contract Hours and Terms

Types of Jobs

Language schools, international schools and universities

Teaching Hours

20-25 teaching hours and lesson preparation time


Paid vacation days vary by employer

Contract Period

12 months

Income and Living Costs


$500 - $800 per month

Living Costs

$500 - $800 per month

Savings Potential


Startup Cost

$1300 - 1800


Housing is not typically offered


Housing is not typically offered

Health Insurance

Legally employed teachers are enrolled in the national health care program.

Getting Hired

Best Time to Apply


Hiring Process

Many employers prefer to interview in-person in Mexico. Some employers will interview over the phone in advance.


To teach English in Mexico legally, one must obtain an FM3 work visa.

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