Information for Prospective English Teachers
The Universidad de Chalcatongo (UNICHA) in Chalcatongo de Hidalgo, Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico, is always in search of qualified EFL teachers. If you're interested in working here, you may send your resume to the contact email shown at the bottom of the page. Our ideal candidate is a mature, patient, tolerant, and relaxed individual with at least one year teaching experience and some experience in Latin America. They must be able to adapt to the rural Oaxacan pace of life, and the relatively isolated location of the university. Applicants with at least a lower-intermediate Spanish speaking ability are preferred, but by no means must a candidate be bilingual. Please read the following description before sending us your resume.
UNICHA is a public, government-funded university with most students on grants. As of 2018, there are approximately 435 students, ages 18
to 25, that come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Student ability and motivation vary greatly. The students are interesting, charming, fun and friendly, and place a high value on their families and the community. The university is located about two miles (three kilometers) outside of the town of Chalcatongo, at an elevation of about 9,000 feet. Teachers should arrive at the university several weeks prior to starting the semester. This is due to the necessity of completing final visa preparations, and will also allow time to locate a place to live. Unlike some Mexican institutions, UNICHA will not allow foreigners to work until the visa process has been completed. Additional information regarding the visa application process will be provided with the official job offer.
Language teachers are expected to be on campus about 40 hours per week and teach four to six classes a day. Classes are 55 minutes
long, and are comprised of anywhere from 6 to 30 students. Students range from absolute beginners to high-intermediate. Upon graduation, the expectation is that students will be prepared to take the TOEFL exam or an equivalent. Students receive eight semesters of English during their 10-semester undergraduate career. Teachers work on campus 8 hours per day, Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 (or 8:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00). The university operates a biometric 'clock in/out' system to which the entire staff is subject. Teachers are assigned their own office with a late-model computer. Each office has both wired and wireless internet access. There is a cafeteria on site which provides cheap breakfasts, lunches, and snacks.
Compensation and Benefits
The basic salary and benefits are second to none in this region and highly competitive for an EFL teacher in Mexico. Paid twice a month via direct deposit, EFL teachers take home approximately $14,649 MXN net per month. This is after tax, savings scheme and social security deductions. In December, up to 30 days of salary (i.e., a holiday bonus) is paid depending on length of employment within the previous year. Each July, an employer-matched savings plan is returned with interest, amounting to a yearly sum of approximately $38,500 MXN (i.e., another bonus). During the first pay period of each month, all employees receive approximately $325 MXN on a rechargeable debit card which can be used at large retailers. Employees are also automatically entitled to a retirement plan and credit toward a governmentsubsidized home loan. Employees are entitled to the Mexican national health service, IMSS, from the first day of employment. Long-term employees will also receive additional benefits, including additional vacation ("prima vacacional") and loyalty ("quinquenio") bonuses. In addition to national holidays, we receive 5 weeks paid vacation a year: two weeks in the winter, one in the spring, and two weeks in July.
If you think you'd be interested in teaching English here at UNICHA, please contact us at email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.