TEACH in MEXICO Program
Cultural Embrace by API has partnered with an English language academies in León and Los Reyes to help improve the English skills of the local people. Teachers in these schools will have the opportunity to work with both children and adults to help improve their English. These schools prefer for teachers to have teaching certification or classroom experience, though we do offer a TEFL course for participants who do not have this experience.
Teach in Mexico with Cultural Embrace by API and have an unforgettable experience while sharing a bit of yourself and your culture with a safe, warm, and welcoming Mexican community. Read our blogs of current and past participants that are living, teaching, and immersing themselves with the local community.
Program Highlights and Benefits
CE by API’s Teach in Mexico Program Highlights:
- The satisfaction of helping others.
- An opportunity to broaden your perspective and world-view.
- An economical way to live and travel abroad.
- An opportunity to participate in and engage with local cultural activities (e.g. language, music, dancing, cooking).
- Memorable travel experiences with the chance to see exotic sites you have always dreamed about.
- The chance to make lifelong friends from around the world.
- Valuable, marketable work experience that strengthens your resume.
- A great way to develop and support your self-confidence and interpersonal skills
Cultural Embrace by API Includes:
Guaranteed Teaching Position Prior to Departure
Cultural Embrace by API pre-arranges your teaching placement before you leave home to ensure an easy, hassle-free transition to your new life abroad.
While each destination and school has a different budget, we will negotiate the best possible compensation package. Current positions offer MP$8,800 (~US$720) - MP$15,400 (US$1,200) per month for ~20-35 hours of teaching/week (respectively). Additional wage + bonus for more teaching and tutoring hours. This is enough to support yourself in Mexico.
The academy/school will find different housing options for teachers before they arrive to Mexico, and the teacher can choose which option they like best (options typically include shared apartments or homestays with host families). Teachers are repsonsible for paying rent, which is around MP$2500 (US$195)/month and normally includes utilities.
Medical, Life, and Travel Insurance
Medical and life insurance is provided for all participants. This insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support service for medical and travel issues.
Teachers will travel on a FM3 work visa which the school will provide proper invitation documentation to help you extend or change into a work visa in-country or prior to arriving in to Mexico. Visa fees (~MP$3000/US$225) are typically shared between teacher and school and good for one year. Teachers staying longer than a year: the school will pay for all visa costs.
Airport pick-up and transfer will be organized from the closest airport or bus station from your school. Transfer to your accommodations will be arranged by the school or C.E. by API representatives.
Cultural Embrace by API's Teacher's Kit
Useful tips, advice, and information to prepare you for the amazing adventure of living and working abroad.
Cultural Embrace by API provides full-time English-speaking representation in the United States and in Mexico prior to, during, and after your placement.
TOMS Shoes, a One for One™ Giving Product
Upon completion of your program and online evaluations, you will receive a pair of TOMS Shoes. With every product purchased, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One™. Giving back is part of our ethos. We share the vision of the TOMS mission - to help contribute to making a positive impact abroad by providing a pair of shoes to a child in need.
Optional TEFL Certification
Preparation of skills and techniques useful for inexperienced teachers, but not required. Learn at the leisure of your own schedule and computer with our online course. This 20-unit course requires approximately 80-100 hours of attention and costs $295.
Optional international mobile plan with data coverage
Opt for an AT&T mobile plan that offers low international rates, no roaming charges in over 150 countries, and bundled data and text. Current AT&T customers may simply add the coverage to their current plan and billing. Non-AT&T customers may use their own phone and swap with an AT&T SIM card.
- Good command of the English language; Spanish knowledge helpful, but NOT required
- Bachelor's degree in any discipline; Education majors and classroom experience preferred by some schools and for certain positions, but not required for all (note: students and applicants without degrees will be considered for teacher's assistant positions)
- 21 years old and above
- Enjoy leading groups and teaching children and/or adults
- Good lesson planning and organization skills
- Attendance at staff meetings
- Open to foreign cultures and living abroad
- High level of responsibility
- Dedication to the full term of commitment
- A criminal background check may be required by some schools and positions
2014 Program Fees
|1 school year||US $1,655|
**Can$, Aus$, Br£, Euros€ may be accepted with an additional service charge for currency conversion.
***Shorter-term (unpaid) placements are available with our volunteer program for less than 2 months of teaching/tutoring.
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Want a quick glance view and comparison of all our programs and destinations? Click here to view C.E.'s 2014 catalog.
How to Apply
1. Obtain the CE by API Preliminary Application in one of three ways:
(a) Download the Preliminary Application (pdf).
(b) Fill out an online information request form and specify that you would like to be sent an application.
(c) Call Cultural Embrace by API at 1-512-469-9089, US/Canada toll-free 1-800-844-4124; or Skype: Cultural.Embrace to have the forms mailed to you in 3-5 days.
2. Read the instructions carefully and submit:
a) Preliminary Application Form
c) US$150 Applicaiton Deposit (credited towards your program fee) to:
CULTURAL EMBRACE BY API
301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746 USA
or email your application form, resume/CV, and payment (credit card payment form attached to application form) to [email protected].
Application and Post-Acceptance Process
Start dates vary for each school, but fall semester typically begins in mid or late August and ends in December, and spring semester starts in early or mid January and ends in early or mid-June. You can start your year-long program in Fall or Spring.
Please apply by November 15th for a January start date or by May 1 to begin teaching in August.
Upon receipt of your application, a Cultural Embrace by API coordinator will contact you for a 20-30 minute phone or Skype interview to learn more about your skills, experience, needs, and also to discuss the program details and expectations. Prior to your interview, you will receive an online placement preference form that you will need to complete beforehand.
If you are accepted into the program, you will receive a billing statement and a list of required supplemental materials after your interview. Half of your program fee and all of the required supplemental materials will be due two (2) weeks following your interview. Once we have received at least half of your program fee, we will be able to send your information to our partners abroad to begin the placement process. After we have received your program fee in full, you will receive your placement confirmation and details, pre-departure information, arrival details, and your insurance card.
*Expedited applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Cultural Embrace by API requires an additional expediting fee of US$180 if your complete application is received less than eight (8) weeks prior to your desired date of departure. If you do not have all the application materials readily available, we recommend that you begin the application process as soon as possible and submit as much information as early as you are able.
To follow and know what our current and past participants have experienced abroad, join our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and CE BLOG community. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or you may call us at 1-512-469-9089 or Skype: Cultural.Embrace.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) Why should I pay to teach abroad, and where does my money go to with Cultural Embrace by API?
CE by API and our local partners in Mexico specialize in arranging a guaranteed teach placement, housing options, and insurance prior to your departure. This will alleviate the troubles and stress of getting everything organized in a new country, so you will have more time and energy to spend on your teach placement and living abroad. Your time abroad will still be an independent and memorable one, but we are here to guide you to a safe, healthy and comfortable experience before, during, and after your adventure.
17.) What is the carbon offset program I read about on the website?
CE by API wants to positively impact our world. We have partnered with Carbon Clear, one of the largest providers of carbon offset credits, to address the environmental effect of their travels abroad. CE by API has chosen projects that participants may elect to sponsor for US$15. Past projects include: methane capture landfill project in Valparaiso, Chile; energy efficient railways in Delhi, India; and a biomass cogeneration project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more details about this program, follow this link:http://www.apistudyabroad.com/about/green/.