Taking the CELTA in MEXICO
Mexico is an ideal place to take the Cambridge CELTA and get stuck into TEFL. The demand for learning English is high and there are plenty of EFL schools who are looking to hire well-qualified teachers. The practicalities of doing the CELTA in Mexico are that the cost of living is low, people are generally very welcoming, and there is plenty of sunshine!
English is an important language in Mexico due to the country’s proximity to the USA, so TEFL jobs are in abundance. Teaching English in Mexico is incredibly rewarding as adults and children alike are learning the language to achieve dreams and ambitions. Having the CELTA will ensure you are able to work at quality schools – in Mexico or elsewhere. It is worth noting that while having a degree is not an essential requirement for teaching English in Mexico, it is certainly preferred.
International House has 5 CELTA centres in Mexico where you can complete your teacher training. If you’d like to take the CELTA in Mexico, find out more about each below.
CELTA in Mexico City
IH Mexico City is in the capital of the country and is packed full of art and culture with many museums, including the National Museum of Anthropology (situated in the glorious Chapultepec Forest), Frida Kahlo Museum, and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC). If, while doing your CELTA in Mexico City, you don’t get a chance to visit, then keep your eyes peeled as you walk to the teacher training centre, as there is lots of art nouveau and art deco all around the different neighbourhoods.
It’s said that the best way to explore Mexico City is by bicycle thanks to recent government investment in many bike lanes.
CELTA in Riviera Maya
For anyone looking for a slice of paradise between TEFL training and teaching practice, doing your CELTA in Riviera Maya is the best bet. Located on the Caribbean coast with expansive white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, it may be a little on the touristy side, but there are still plenty undiscovered gems about. You can get up close and personal with some Mayan ruins, including Tulum, and a the lesser known Coba, Muyil and Xel-Ha. If you need some time to cool off after a hard week of CELTA training, visit one of the many cenotes (sinkholes with crystal clear waters) to feel refreshed.
CELTA in Cuernavaca
You could do your CELTA in Cuernavaca, known as the city of eternal spring because of its warm weather. Cuernavaca is a colourful and lively hub just south of Mexico City. There is plenty of elegance and charm to be found in this city, from the colonial architecture, to artisan street markets, to the tranquil Jardin de Borda gardens bursting with flora. When not preparing your lesson plans or teacher training, make time to visit Cortes Palace, the oldest conserved colonial-era building in the Americas, built in 1529 by Hernán Cortés.
CELTA in Guadalajara
Situated in the middle of the country, northwest of Mexico City, you can do your CELTA in Guadalajara. Mexico’s second largest city is known as the land of tequila and mariachi, so if you like fiesta, this could be the place for you. Along with its vibrant feel, Guadalajara has a renowned food scene and café culture, as well as numerous museums to satisfy culture cravers. There are also many opulent buildings to be seen around the city, including the double-spired Guadalajara Cathedral, Government Palace, and the Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento. Before you start your CELTA in Guadalajara, be sure to join one of the free walking tours of the city to take in its beauty.