Teaching in Mexico in a traditional Mexican village
Teaching in Mexico is a combination of teaching opportunities in small community based schools, run by the Ministry of Education, but in relatively remote locations that still offer volunteers the opportunity to immerse themselves in traditional, rural living.
The schools are on the coast, some three hours away from the bustle of Puerto Vallarta around the Bay of Banderas. Each school may have 50-75 students and two or three staff members.
Volunteers can divide their time between the village kindergarten, primary and secondary schools. Teaching English is the focus along with supporting extra-curricular activities, whether arts and music clubs, after school English clubs or even teaching interested parents and villagers.
teaching in Mexico is an incredible opportunity to become fully immersed in a traditional way of life, long since forgotten in more forward thinking and sophisticated parts of Mexico (such as PV). The way of life is changing. Communication with the villages is now easier. The road is properly made up, internet connection is OK and with this the traditions are disappearing. However horses are still more common than cars, clothes are still washed in buckets, there are no tourists and good old fashioned family values are treasured.
This is the best possible opportunity for volunteers teaching in Mexico to embrace traditional Mexican culture and fully immerse themselves in a different way of living and learn Spanish.
It is popular with students volunteering in a gap year, but is suitable for volunteers of all ages including qualified teachers.
When teaching in mexico the activity of volunteers will vary according to the school and the requirements agreed locally with staff, but the primary activity of volunteers is to help teach English. Support can be offered in other subject classes and activities depending on the confidence and proficiency of volunteers.
Volunteers will support or lead English lessons, provide support to small groups and are encouraged to run English after school clubs, or provide individual tuition to the older exam students.
Volunteers can also contribute to what is currently a very limited range of recreational activities. Ideas and support for sports activities, games, music, drama and arts & crafts will all use the talents of volunteers to the max and boost the limited curriculum.
The experience of living a traditional way of life brings with it other opportunities, so volunteers teaching in Mexico may well find themselves helping their host family with work on farm or fishing.
Children have to learn English and need to pass an exam in the subject to enter tertiary education. The other staff don’t speak English and a teacher shortage means that classes can be taught by satellite / video rather than an actual person. Volunteers can help bring learning English to life, providing the real opportunity to learn and practice with native speakers.
I’m hoping you remember me …. I was just looking at your website and remembering what a fantastic time I had there. One that will stay in my memory forever, Student, Mexico