Are you considering moving to Mexico but wondering how to pay for your lifestyle? Have you considered teaching English? Would that be a good idea? The short answer is: probably not.
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Consider these points:
- English teaching in Mexico is not well paid. This is especially true in language schools, where you’ll be making just enough money to live poorly.
- In larger cities, employers may send you around town to give classes in companies. This means spending much of your day on public transportation. That gets old fast.
- Classes are usually held early morning, before the workday begins, or in the evening, after work. This split schedule will wear you down.
- You will encounter students who are unmotivated and unwilling to put in the work outside of class to take their English to the next level.
- Building up a roster of private students takes time and perseverance. These students will unfortunately cancel on you due to last-minute demands on their time at work or home.
- Working as an English teacher is a poor way to improve your Spanish language skills, since your daily worklife will be spent using English.
If you’re an experienced teacher with overseas experience and a masters in Teaching English as a Second Language, this advice doesn’t apply to you. Otherwise, I recommend alternatives such as working as a professional in your area, working online, or saving up at home and living off your savings once you get here.