Why choose Mexico?

From beaches to ancient ruins and colonial era towns, Mexico is a beautiful country with warm and welcoming people and exciting cultural traditions. Working in Mexico provides assistants with the chance to explore this truly remarkable and varied country. 

What will I do?

There are a range of teaching opportunities available in Mexico including universities, language institutes and schools. Assistants in Mexico can expect to be allocated to a range of posts including big cities, small towns, coastal areas and everything in between, offering a diverse experience for all our Assistants.

How does it all work?

Posts are from early September 2016 until late June 2017.

Assistants will work up to 14 hours per week (although some institutions are able to offer additional hours if requested).

You must have Spanish language skills equivalent to B1.  

Where can I go in Mexico?

The location of the posts available in Mexico varies from year to year, depending on the needs of the host institutions and on a range of other factors.Therefore it is not possible for applicants to select specific regional preferences within Mexico.

You could be placed in locations such as Mexico City or in smaller areas such as Aguascalientes, offering a chance to have unique experiences while in Mexico.

Following assessment, candidates will be offered the opportunity to put forward their  preferences. You will be asked to rank the following criteria from 1 to 12 (in order of preference):

  • Near an indigenous community
  • Coastal region
  • Tourist area
  • Mild temperature
  • Lack of other foreigners
  • Close to other Language Assistants
  • Historical area
  • Industrial area
  • Good transport links
  • Humid temperature
  • Near to other foreigners
  • Other (please specify in the 'reasons for preferences section of your aplication)

Please note it is not always possible to place applicants in their chosen locations, so you should be prepared to accept a post wherever they are allocated. 

Candidates should expect to be allocated anywhere within the given regions, and should do their research before applying.

Will I be interviewed?

Shortlisted candidates may be requested to attend an interview in person or over the phone.

Will there be an induction course?

Pre-departure brief

You will be invited to a one-day pre-departure briefing in London in late June or early July.

Induction course

A week-long, mandatory induction course is normally held at the British Council Mexico office in Mexico City. The British Council will arrange reasonably priced accomodation for the duration of the course, however the cost of this will need to be covered by language assistants themselves. You will also need to budget a small amount for food each day. Further details regarding the course will be provided by our overseas partner organisation prior to departure.


How much will I be paid?

The monthly allowance for Language Assistants in Mexico in 2015-2016 was 8,000 Mexican Pesos, and we expect this to be similar for 2016-2017. 

Areas such as Mexico City, Cancun, La Paz, Bacalar and Cozumel have a slightly higher cost of living, and assistants in these areas may find they will need to supplement this monthly allowance to maintain a comfortable standard of living. 

When will I hear back?

Email confirmation - You will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your online application once this has been submitted. 

February to March 2017 - Assessment days will be held at British Council offices in the UK. 

April 2017 - Candidates will find out if they have passed the assessment stage by mid-April.

June 2017 - You will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or are placed on a waiting list. Please note that we have previously been able to allocate everyone from the waiting list throughout the summer, and hope to be able to do the same this year.

July 2017 - You will be told the location of your post from the British Council in the UK and/or from your host country.