Day of the Dead festival in Mexico
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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.

  • Teaching opportunities are  available at universities and upper secondary schools, as well as one or two lower secondary schools.
  • Posts run from early September 2019 until late June 2020.
  • 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 
  • have B1-level Spanish
  • be available for the full period September 2019 to late June 2020
  • be aged 30 or under at the start of your post
  • be flexible about the location of your post.

Where can I go?

Around 22 posts are available in Mexico each year. The location of the posts 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 application).

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

How much will I be paid?

The monthly allowance has usually been around MXN $8,000 and we expect this to be similar for 2019-20.

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.

What is the application timeline?

  • February-April: applicants who pass the first stage of selection are invited to participate in a video interview. Applicants who are not successful at video interview may instead be offered a post in Spain.
  • April: applicants find out whether they have passed the assessment stage.
  • June: applicants find out whether or not they have been allocated to a country. Some may be placed on a waiting list.

Successful candidates take up their post in September 2019.

For more information, download our English Language Assistant lifecyle (PDF 800KB)

Will there be an induction course?

There will be a one-day pre-departure briefing in London on 24 June 2019. You will be expected to cover your own travel costs to and from the briefing. 

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

We will arrange reasonably priced accommodation 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 before you travel.

I'm currently a language assistant in Mexico – can I apply again?

If you are currently working as an English Language Assistant in Mexico, you can apply for a consecutive year. For more information and to find out how to apply, read the 'Mexico consecutive year guidance notes' in the downloads section below.

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