Teaching English Project (in and around Melaque)

volunteer in teaching english project in melaque, mexico
  • Share your passion in teaching English to children and tourism students
  • Work with rural and urban schools and help shape the futures of the students
  • Immerse in the local culture through carefully-screened homestays
  • Practice Spanish while connecting with the rich history and vivid culture in Mexico in your downtime

How would you like to travel to an idyllic Mexican town and bask in the glorious beaches, picturesque landscapes and warm local hospitality while teaching English to the local children? Teach English in Mexico and be a positive impact on the local schools. A good ability to read and write in English is crucial to have in Mexico, because it can lead to securing seats in good colleges, and later on, good jobs. Due to the close proximity to the US, English, along with American movies and music are extremely popular in Mexico. As a result, the level of English in Mexico is quite decent. That said, children from poor families who go to resource-poor and understaffed schools often find it hard to improve their English. As a volunteer in Mexico, you will be helping the children in these schools to improve their English skills not just by teaching from the official curriculum, but by using your own methodology and experience as a native English speaker. Most volunteers enjoy this project as the local children are more than eager to learn from international volunteers! This is your opportunity to help the children of Mexico learn English while practicing your Spanish through exploring the exciting country!

The schools in Mexico close for 2 weeks at the end of March and starting week of April, from July to mid September and from December 20 to first week of January. During summer vacation, volunteers can teach students in a private class.

Volunteers' Responsibilities

As a volunteer teaching English in Mexico, you will be placed at the local primary schools or in the local technical school to assist in English lessons for Tourism students. You will be assisting the local educators with pre-established English curriculums, with varying timetables depending upon which school you are assigned to. on your individual interests and skills, and on the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching basic English to the students
  • Helping students to improve their Basic English and conversational skills
  • Supporting recreational and artistic activities focused on educational learning
  • Organizing and developing activities that encourage learning
  • Assisting the fulltime local teacher with class duties
  • Educating children regarding personal hygiene
  • Working alongside the local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Tutoring the students and help with their homework
How You Can Make a Difference

By teaching English and other subjects, you will play a major part in helping the children build their careers. Many students have benefitted from volunteer teachers, and many have gone on to get good grades and placements in good universities. As a volunteer, you'll also assist in developing conversational and grammatical English skills of the students. By encouraging the students to speak the English language more often, they will have more confidence is using the language outside of class, hence improving their skills significantly. Volunteers also have the option of teaching in a tourism school. Besides gaining experience in teaching in a different environment, you will also be able to pick up knowledge on the tourism industry. You'll also be able to practice your Spanish, and enjoy the best of Mexican food and culture!

Skills and Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join our volunteer English teaching in Mexico project beyond a fluency in English and a preferred basic/intermediate fluency in Spanish. If you cannot speak Spanish, we recommend enrolling in our Spanish language program. Volunteer teachers should have strong English fluency, both written and verbal, although no previous teaching experience is required. Volunteers should have a love for teaching, English and conversation. Volunteers should also be enthusiastic, reliable, flexible, patient and strive to be good role models for the students. Volunteers must also respect the locals and the host organizations, along with their rules and projects.

Project Location

The project is located in Melaque, Emiliano Zapata, and Jaluco, where the tourism school is based. Both Emiliano Zapata and Jaluco are located just 5 minutes away from Melaque. The host families are located in Melaque and in Barra de Navidad, both of which are small towns located on the Pacific Coast right next to the beach. The towns are known for its stunning beach and the pristine streets, and a popular destination for foreigners seeking refuge from the northern snow. In your free time, you can swim, surf, go cycling, horse-riding, fish, snorkel, and even learn how to boogie-board. They can also visit larger towns like Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta.

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