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Our course in Chiapas de Corzo is located in the south of Mexico. It also borders Guatemala and flanks the Pacific Ocean.
According to Lonely Planet, Chiapas de Corzo is a town with an “easy-going, provincial air”. The summary is accurate but the town is overlooked by most tourists—which is great for sustaining authentic local customs.
Our center is in a small town but we’ve got big plans for all trainees who take our course. On the weekends you can tour up a nearby mountain to San Cristobal. The town is home to ancient ruins and beautiful lakes.
For those who wish to take a longer trip, the world-renowned Mayan ruins of Palenque are only a seven-hour drive away from Chiapas de Corzo. Day trips to waterfalls such as El Chorreadero and El Chiflon are also great options.
Chiapas de Corzo is very relaxed so nightlife is fairly laid back but there are some cafés and bars in town where you can enjoy the local scenery after a challenging day of teaching. Big-city malls, discos and clubs can be reached by taking a 20-minute bus journey to Tuxtla Gutierrez.
In addition to certifying trainees as TEFL teachers, we also offer worldwide lifetime job support so we can help course graduates find teaching work in Mexico or anywhere else there is demand for qualified EFL teachers.
Apply now, and you could soon be living and teaching in Mexico.
The page links below will direct you to helpful information about accommodation, course fees, starting dates and more. We encourage you to read over those pages and contact us with any further questions you may have. If we’re online, please feel free to open up a chat line and we’ll answer your questions immediately.
Our training center in Chiapa de Corzo is located within two blocks of the town’s main square and within a short walk of all home stays, cafés, restaurants and other facilities.
With the help of our experienced training staff, you’ll deliver lessons to real EFL students who do not speak English as their native language. Students are enthusiastic and provide a supportive environment in which to learn the skills needed to become an effective teacher. In addition to the trainers and students, our office staff are helpful, diligent and will make every effort to help you throughout your training.
While on the course, you’ll enjoy free Wi-Fi, access to photocopiers and our wonderful ESL resource library. Computers are limited so we recommend you bring your laptop, if possible.
Benefits of our program include:
If you have any questions concerning our TEFL training center in Mexico, please feel free to chat with us online by opening a chat line. If we are not available, please contact us.
Our TEFL training course offers free home stay accommodation with a local family. You will have a private bedroom and bathroom, as well as a cleaning service. You will also have access to the family kitchen where you are free to cook for yourself if you wish. Meals and laundry services are not included and there is a small charge of 250 pesos for internet access if required. All host families are located very near the center so you don’t have to worry about transport.
Our host families have all completed a full screening to ensure that they provide guests with everything that is promised and all housing facilities are regularly inspected by our staff. This might be your first experience in a home stay setting, but you can be sure that all our families are friendly and eager to make you feel like a member of the family.
If you don’t feel a home stay experience is for you, we can arrange alternative options. There are a variety of hostels and hotels in the area. Once you reserve your spot on the course by paying the course deposit, we’ll send you a detailed list of alternative accommodation options.
If you have any questions concerning accommodation, please feel free to chat with us online by opening a chat line. If we are not available, please contact us.
What are the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: US$ 1,090
(For the most up-to-date currency exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com.)
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Chiapas itself.
The balance of course fees is payable via credit card before, or on the first day of the course. Bank transfers are also accepted but must be completed at least two weeks before the first day of the course. Participants with checking accounts in the US may pay by personal check, but payments must be cleared within two weeks of the course’s start date.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
For obvious reasons, our most popular accommodation choice is our free home stay option. You will have a private bedroom and bathroom, with access to shared kitchen facilities (where you can cook for yourself) and living room areas. Internet is also available with a one off charge of 250 pesos.
Hostels and Guesthouses are also available (US$ 350 and up) and can be arranged prior to your arrival. There are numerous hostels and hotels in the area with varying prices.
Your accommodation is available from 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the course begins through to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the final week. We hope you will plan to arrive in Chiapa de Corzo by Saturday as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings before the course begins.
What travel documents will I need for mexico?Expand
All visitors to Mexico are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date.
Visitors to Mexico from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand can stay in Mexico for a maximum of 180 days with a tourist visa. Post course, if you wish to stay and work in Mexico your employer will assist you with obtaining a work permit.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Mexican consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
Class time is generally 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a mid morning break. Then you will return for a second session from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You will start teaching on the second day of class. By the end of the first week you will have taught your first complete one hour lessons. Between class work, teacher observation and homework you can count on being busy for about seven hours a day.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We use local students for the trainees’ teaching practice. The class sizes vary, but rarely exceed ten, so the teaching practice is generally with small groups. The groups are also divided by age and by language level, allowing trainees to practice on a wide range of abilities.
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will also receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
We accept ten trainees per group, if there are more than this then the group is divided to ensure maximum trainer-trainee attention. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.