Day of the Dead festival in Mexico
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Applications for the English Language Assistants programme will re-open in the autumn of 2018.

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.

  • There is a range of teaching opportunities available, including at universities, language institutes and schools.
  • Posts are from early September 2018 until late June 2019.
  • Assistants will work up to 14 hours per week (although some institutions are able to offer additional hours if requested).

Am I eligible?

To be a language assistant in Mexico, you must:

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria (EU citizenship, native-level English, etc.)
  • have Spanish language skills equivalent to B1.
  • be aged 30 or under
  • Have a UK, Irish or EU passport

Where can I go?

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. 

However, you will have the opportunity to put forward your preferences. When completing your application 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 other foreigners
  • Other (please specify in the 'Reasons for preferences' section of your aplication)

It is not always possible to place applicants in their chosen locations, so you should be prepared to accept a post wherever it is located.

How much will I be paid?

The monthly allowance has been around 8,000 Mexican Pesos, and we expect this to be similar for 2018-19.

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.

Will I be interviewed?

Candidates who pass the first stage of selection for posts in Mexico will be invited to take part in a video interview before being offered a post. This further assessment will take place on a rolling basis before April.

When will I hear back?

Upon applying, you will receive an email from us confirming receipt of your application.

February to March: Successful candidates will be invited to participate in a video interview.

April: You will find out whether they have passed the assessment stage by mid-April.

June: You will find out whether you have been allocated to a country immediately or are placed on a waiting list. 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: We will tell you the location of your post.

Will there be an induction course?

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

A week-long, mandatory induction course is normally held at the British Council Mexico office in Mexico City at the end of August.

We will arrange reasonably priced accomodation for the duration of the course. However, you will need to cover the cost of this yourself. You will also need to budget a small amount for food each day.

Our overseas partner organisation will give you further details regarding the course before you travel.

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