TEFL in Guadalajara / TESOL in Guadalajara (Mexico)
One of the many advantages of taking the International TEFL Training Institute’s TEFL/TESOL certification in Guadalajara is that it gives you the hands-on experience needed to make a smooth transition from student to teacher. The unusually high number of teaching practices (exceeding international standards) during the course also gives you the authentic EFL/ESL teaching experience sought by potential employers in this expanding global industry.
Our TEFL training center is situated in the historic downtown area of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second city, located 300 km from the Pacific coast in Central Western Mexico. We offer a location that is vibrant, rich in culture and accessible. What better reasons for choosing a TEFL/TESOL course than first-class training, plenty of EFL/ESL teaching experience with genuine EFL students, following an official curriculum. The latter is extremely important, since many other training centers around the world recruit volunteers for trainees’ teaching practices. To all that has been said, add a beautiful, historical location where you gain a true reflection of teaching English in a foreign country.
Our relationship does not end on the final day of the course. Upon successful academic completion of the TEFL/TESOL Program, the International Teacher Training Organization provides lifelong job guidance worldwide, and guarantees graduates paid employment in Mexico. Direct employment contacts are provided for virtually any world destination. With literally thousands of school contact details from all around the world, you may rest assured that your requests for TEFL job placement/guidance, after your TEFL/TESOL course will be efficiently met.
- Excursion to Puerto Vallarta during the winter months
120-HOUR ON-SITE TESOL CERTIFICATION
(100% on-site training)
COURSE DATES in 2017
- • Total course fee: $1,495
- • Deposit: US $510 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $985 (due 30 days before the first course day)
Speaking English is an absolute must for Mexican citizens who wish to advance in a professional field. Because of close ties with the United States, many Mexican companies conduct a certain amount of their business in English. So, if you’ve decided to teach English in Mexico, you can rest assured that you’ve chosen a profession that’s high in demand. In order to teach English in Mexico, you must have a TEFL/TESOL certificate. This certificate qualifies native English speakers to teach in a classroom setting. Getting certified is easy and fast.
Most importantly, you will be required to get a work permit in order to work in Mexico. It’s vital to make sure your immigration papers are in order, because working illegally in Mexico leaves you open to deportation. Keep in mind that most Mexican work passes are good for only up to six months; at that point, you will most likely have to cross back into the US. Even entering the US for a matter of hours will reset your pass, and you’ll be able to re-enter for another six months.
Application requirements in Mexico are sometimes inconsistent, and it’s best to be over-prepared. Arrive with all possible paperwork in hand (bring your birth certificate, college transcripts, reference letters, and anything else you might possibly need). It’s difficult to predict what you’ll be asked for, and you’ll want to spare yourself the expense and trouble of having to return home for something you didn’t bring. Finding a job
Those who plan to teach in Mexico should not plan on being hired before they arrive. Although in other countries you can often find a job before you head over, this is not common in Mexico. Your best bet is to research possible employment before you leave, and then get ready to interview, once you arrive in Mexico.
Most English teachers in Mexico are employed by schools. English is taught from elementary school on up through college, and native English speakers are always in high demand as teachers if they possess teaching skills. There are also other options. Some companies will hire English teachers to train their employees in English communication. There are also numerous private language institutions that hold English classes, which any citizen can attend.
Depending on what type of teaching you wish to do, you may want to centralize your job search around a particular area. Mexico City and other large metro areas are the easiest places to find English teaching jobs. This is also where you’re most likely to find good pay, decent hours and acceptable housing.
There is no real shortcut when it comes to finding a teaching job in Mexico. There are plenty of jobs available, but information is sometimes unreliable and you won’t really know what you’re getting into until you actually arrive at the location and apply for the job. This is another reason why finding a job before you get to Mexico just isn’t feasible. So prepare yourself to do some legwork once you arrive.
Teaching English in Mexico is a real challenge, and you should be prepared for some obstacles. If you can secure yourself a good job, if you have a sense of adventure and aren’t afraid of some new experiences, it can be an amazing time. Our best advice is to arrive prepared… and don’t give up!
The enchanting city of Guadalajara is truly a feast for the senses. It will more than live up to anyone’s expectations of how colorful and vibrant a Mexican city can be. The climate is idyllic, Guadalajara is known as the “City of Roses” or “The Pearl of the West”, with an average year round temperature of 75 degrees F. The atmosphere is lively and exciting, relaxed and friendly.
This is the birthplace of Tequila, the sombrero hat dance and Mariachi music. It is therefore clear to understand why Guadalajara is regarded as Mexico’s most Mexican city. Every week is call for another celebration here, and each one gives the visitor an opportunity to experience Mexican culture at its finest.
Soaking up the atmosphere in the stand-filled streets and fascinating markets is a cultural experience in itself. It’s a leisurely siesta time spent “people watching” in any of the city’s many beautiful plazas or parks.
A stroll through the city to admire Guadalajara’s wonderful colonial architecture is another not-to-be-missed experience. The cathedral, in the city center, is justifiably the pride of the local people. It is noted for its spires, predominantly in the neogothical style but with baroque, Moorish and neoclassical influences. The surrounding squares house many splendid museums in which the visitor can explore and investigate Guadalajara’s rich and colorful history which spans over 460 years.
Cultural events abound in Guadalajara. Clowns or dancers entertain the crowds in the streets. Beautiful ballet or classical music performances take place at the breathtaking Teatro Degollado. Art exhibitions and films can be found at the equally stunning Instituto Cabañas (World Heritage, UNESCO, 1997). Even poetry and live music performed on public transport delights the visitors.
Mexican food is diverse and able to suit any budget. Carnivores and vegetarians alike will find an abundance of places to enjoy traditional Mexican food, as well as having few problems finding the international dishes they are more accustomed to.
Wherever one chooses to dine, one will invariably be greeted with a friendly smile. Tapatios, as Guadalajarans are known, are famed for their warmth and openness. As one enters the city through Los Arcos Vallarta, the inscription on the structure translates as “Welcome to Hospitable Guadalajara.”
Yet, another great reason to visit Guadalajara is its proximity to beautiful picture postcard destinations on the Pacific Coast. The tropical beach resort of Puerto Vallarta is only a few-hour drive away, and there are many more Pacific beaches in the region where the pace of life is somewhat slower.
Guadalajara is a large, modern cosmopolitan city with a small, provincial, traditional town atmosphere. It is, therefore, the ideal place to study TEFL while experiencing Mexican culture. Taking the ITTI TEFL course here is an unforgettable experience indeed.
Guadalajara has a humid subtropical climate that is quite similar to a tropical climate, featuring dry, mild winters and warm, wet summers. Guadalajara’s climate is influenced by its high altitude and the general precipitation patterns in western North America. Although the temperature is warm year round, Guadalajara has very strong seasonal variation in precipitation. There is a great deal of rain in the summer months, whereas for the rest of the year, the climate is rather dry. The extra moisture in the wet months moderates the temperatures, resulting in cooler days and nights during this period. The highest temperatures are usually reached in May averaging 33° C (91° F), but can reach up to 39° C (102° F) just before the onset of the wet season. March tends to be the driest month and July the wettest.
Winters are relatively warm despite the city’s altitude, with January daytime temperatures reaching about 25° C (77° F) and nighttime temperatures about 10° C (50° F). However, the outskirts of the city (generally those close to the Primavera Forest) experience in average cooler temperatures than the city itself. There, temperatures around − 4° C (25° F) can be recorded during the coldest nights. Frost may also occur during the coldest nights, but temperatures rarely fall below 0° C (32° F) in the city, making it an uncommon phenomenon.