Volunteer in Mexico to teach English to school and university students. You’ll support local teachers in the classroom, and take the lead with helping students improve their conversation skills. This project will give you plenty of hands-on teaching experience, which can be valuable to your future career.
In Mexico, many teachers in more rural areas have low English levels, and there are not enough teachers focused on English conversation. It’s an important skill in Mexico, and we need your help. You’ll be able to help students with their pronunciation, encourage them to practice speaking, and raise their confidence. You’ll plan your own classes and activities
You’ll be based in Guadalajara and stay with a local host family. Mexico offers some awe-inspiring sites to see in your free time, like mountains and volcanoes, deserts, beaches, and ancient ruins.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1300 132 831 for more info.
When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Transport to and from your work placement
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is the Teaching Project in Mexico right for me?
This project is great for those who want to gain practical teaching experience, especially if you’re considering a career in teaching. Use it to add relevant work experience to your CV. It will also give you interesting points to talk about in interviews.
As a volunteer teaching English in Mexico, you’ll sharpen your skills in leadership, planning, and management. These specific skills are useful for any career.
If you don’t have previous teaching experience, don’t worry. You’ll receive a full induction from your project supervisor before you start, and our staff are there to guide you. We also run regular workshops for all Teaching volunteers, where you can brainstorm ideas and discuss challenges. You can also take a look at our extensive online database for ideas.
This project runs year round, and you can join at any time. However, schools are closed over the Easter and Christmas holidays. You can join from a minimum of four weeks, we encourage you to stay as long as possible to make a bigger impact on students.
Please be aware that if you choose to volunteer with us during the school summer holidays, we do arrange alternatives. Contact us to learn more about this option.
What will I do at my volunteer teaching placement in Mexico?
You'll gain teaching work experience in Mexico, at a school or university and focus on teaching English. You can also expect to get involved with the following activities at your placement:
- Support local teachers at a secondary school during English classes
- Teach conversational English to university students
- Attend workshops to learn more about the education system in Mexico
Your work will follow on the following areas:
Support local teachers at a secondary school during English classes
You can play a major role in helping local teachers with their English classes. First, you’ll start off by observing. Once you’ve gained confidence, you can lead your own classes. Your focus is on improving conversation, and giving students confidence with speaking.
Teach conversational English to university students
You can give conversational English lessons to students at the University of Guadalajara. You’ll teach small groups of about ten students at a time. These students have chosen to take part in optional English courses. They will be motivated to learn, and excited to speak with you.
Attend workshops to learn more about the education system in Mexico
We organise regular workshops so you can receive insight into the educational system in Mexico. You will also learn more about the background of the school or university where you’re working. Any other advice you need can be given at these workshops, and you can exchange ideas and discuss challenges.
Where you work on the Teaching Project in Mexico
Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico, with a population of five million people. The central plaza is filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops, making for a fun day trip. If it’s the season, you can attend a local football match. We also recommend taking an evening to go watch traditional lucha libre (dramatic Mexican wrestling)!
You’ll work at schools or universities, where there is a shortage in English teachers who focus on improving conversation.
Typical day on the Teaching Project in Mexico
You’ll begin your day with breakfast at your host family’s home. Then you’ll take public transport or walk to your placement, depending on how close you are. On your first day, our staff will be there to show you the way.
If you work at a secondary school, you’ll begin your day at about 7am. You’ll work with teachers while they give their English classes, or you can lead your own lessons. Your main focus will be on encouraging students to practice speaking through activities and games. In one day, you’ll be involved with about four hours of English teaching.
If you teach at a university, you will teach for around six to eight a day. Classes run between 7:00am to 1:00pm. You’ll work with small groups of students, focusing on conversation.
In the afternoons, you can attend workshops to learn more about the school or university where you are working, or about the education system in Mexico. We also encourage you to use your afternoons to plan classes or activities for the next day.
After your busy day, you can return to your host family for dinner. Over your meals you can share the exciting stories of your day with your host family or other volunteers.
In your free time, you can explore. Why not try as many different Mexican meals as you can, like tortas ahogadas - pork rolls drenched in chilli sauce? Your weekends will be free to explore more of Mexico. Mexico is a paradise with amazing sites to discover. Marvel at its mountains and volcanoes, deserts, beaches, and ancient historical ruins.
Aims and Impact of the Teaching Project in Mexico
The aim of this project is to improve English among school and university students in Mexico.
In Mexico, English is an important skill because of the thriving tourism industry, and because it’s the language of international business. This is especially important because Mexico has a strong trade relationship with the United States of America. Students are eager to learn from English speakers, so they can improve their conversation. In more rural areas, teachers’ English levels are much lower, and they struggle to help students practice speaking.
Your role is to help students gain confidence speaking English, and interacting with people from around the world. You’ll also become a source of support for local teachers in the classroom. In turn, you’ll also benefit the teachers by giving them the opportunity to practice speaking with you.
We work toward four long-term goals at our Teaching Project in Mexico:
- Improve English
- Increase literacy
- Improve classroom support
- Encourage learning through creativity
Join us as we strive to achieve these goals, while experiencing life in Mexico.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I was teaching adults who were a little more advanced, at times completely unassisted. As daunting as it first seemed, I’m thrilled that I got the chance to gain a wider range of teaching experience.
Volunteer Teaching Project in Mexico
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