Looking for 4 candidates to start February 1st in beautiful, sunny Mexico!
Candidates with little/no teaching experience welcome, but you must have a Bachelor’s Degree!
FREE furnished housing with all amenities included
Monday – Friday work week teaching directly in the primary public schools (1st – 6th grades)
5 month contracts, non-negotiable
Intermediate-advanced Spanish skills required
See below for specific details regarding the position
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VolunQuest is recruiting 2 more interns for the current semester, start date February 1st. This is a completely unique opportunity to teach The National English Curriculum in the public schools of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, with limited, or no experience. The only requirements are a Bachelor's degree, an intermediate level of Spanish, a positive attitude, and experience working with children. All training is provided upon arrival. Upon successful completion of the contract, interns will receive an internationally recognized, accredited ESL teacher certification granted through the Mexican Ministry of Education, as well as a letter of recommendation. This allows for future teaching opportunities anywhere in the world! Former interns have gone on to teach in other cities in Central America, as a university professor in Japan, and as a representative of the British Consulate in Columbia.
VolunQuest is the first and only private organization in the Republic of Mexico that implements the National English Curriculum in the public schools, and this is the ONLY opportunity that exists for foreigners to teach in the public schools here. The value of this program is immeasurable for your future scholastic and professional goals.
ESL Teacher/Volunteer Supervisors are responsible for teaching the National English curriculum to first through sixth graders in the public primary schools of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. They are required to break down monthly lesson blocks as a team (with the director) and are also required to do individual lesson plans and material creation for their classes (all training and supervision provided). Additionally, they are required to participate in community outreach events hosted by VolunQuest, federal, state and municipal governments including the monthly artist fair, educational programs after pet sterilization and vaccination campaigns hosted by Isla Animals, donation distribution, library reading hours, holiday parties, teacher appreciation dinners, graduations etc.
Interns will be trained to and then later required to train, supervise, support and offer feedback to current volunteers and incoming volunteers. Volunteers also will help you with classroom management, grading papers, creating materials, etc. Some of the volunteer groups that we host include groups of 12-15 University Early Childhood Education students from the U.S., which require more time and coordination than individual volunteers.
Each intern will be required to write at least two 300 word blog posts a month about their experience working for VQ, living in Mexico, a special student, teacher, or volunteer, one of the current events or campaigns hosted by VQ, etc. This means that writing skills are a requirement for the position.
The typical hours for an intern are (you will have ONE of the following shifts):
Morning Class: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM
Afternoon Class: 1:00 PM-5:30 PM (PLAYA)
Sometimes during recess the intern and/or volunteer will be required to supervise and assist our library readers from the foreign resident community.
Required daily office hours in VQ offices: 5:45 PM-7:00 PM This time is meant to be used to discuss with other VQ volunteers and interns how classes went, offer feedback to your volunteers, discuss how lesson plans are working, planning for the next day, prepping materials, and meeting with the director about any special events, etc.
Additional hours are expected about twice a week for special events, cleaning and organizing the office, library and materials and for writing blog entries.
TOTAL HOURS: Class time: 5 hours daily, Lesson Prep: 1-2 hours daily, Additional Hours: 6 Hours weekly average
VolunQuest and the local government provide fully furnished shared housing for the interns in Isla Mujeres. The house includes Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, and bed linens. It is not recommended to drink the water in Mexico, so you will have to purchase drinking water. However, the house includes a large water dispenser, which can easily be refilled by a passing water truck for 16 pesos.
The housing is located in the same communities that you will be working in. Local shopping, restaurants, Laundromats and Internet cafés are all within walking distance. The housing is also either walking or biking distance to all of the schools.
Interns have access to VQ offices, library and materials. The offices have ample work space for staff, interns and volunteers, 2500 early learner English books, school supplies, a printer/copy machine, computer, printer paper, laminating machines, teaching materials, ESL teaching guides and references, prizes for the students, etc. etc. Sometimes materials run low or out, because we depend on the kindness of donations from the foreign resident community and visitors, but they are usually always replenished in a reasonable amount of time. In comparison to other ESL programs in Mexico and Central America, the offices and supplies would be considered ample and luxurious.
Interns can also be assisted in finding private tutoring classes after school and office hours where they can make 1000 pesos a week as a private contractor/tutor, if the intern decides that they would like the additional income. This can be arranged after the intern's first month on the program.
Upon completion of the internship, interns will be given an ESL teacher certificate from the Ministry of Education of Mexico and the local government for the amount of hours that they have worked teaching the national curriculum in the public schools. Additionally, they will have unlimited letters of recommendation from VQ for two years after completion and one letter a year for life.
Because VolunQuest works directly with federal, state and local governments, we often receive free entrances to Mayan Ruins, cultural events, ecological parks and excursions. Twice a semester, VolunQuest organizes a trip or event between all of the interns and volunteers in the state. Past trips have been to Valladolid, Ek Balam, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cenotes, The Pirate Dinner Cruise in Cancun and on private boats and beach clubs.
A bachelor's degree in an applicable field, an intermediate level in Spanish and experience working with primary school aged children.
Isla Mujeres is a magical place to live with incredible culture, history and people. The students literally flock to the English teachers as soon as they walk in the schools and shower you with notes, stickers and cards that they make for you. The student's parents are overjoyed and more welcoming than you can imagine. Teachers are greeted in the streets with joy and appreciation, and even become sort of local celebrities. Most of the teachers in the schools love to work with us, ask us questions about teaching methodologies and are willing to do language exchange with interns (Spanish for English).
The food is amazing, incredibly inexpensive, and the beaches are among the top 10 in the world. Most people that come here and/or live here consider it paradise.
Strong writing skills are a must and the ability to work in a team and coexist peacefully with others is essential as well.
Additional things that we would find appealing in applicants would be any experience working with children in summer camps, after school activities, swimming lessons, etc. CPR or lifeguard certifications. Dental, nutrition, helmet safety knowledge.
If this seems to be a position you can see yourself immersing in and committing to, please fill out an application today! Spaces fill up fast!