CANCUN JOBS: There’s a TON of work in this town…
We’ll start off in this article with listings of some principal institutes and Bilingual schools. Native speakers are always welcomed, although the competition for jobs having minimal qualifications can be stiff, especially during the Summer months, when the ever-present hordes of gringo tourists inundate the tourist segments of the city. You don’t think you’re the ONLY one who’d like to “hang out" for an endless Summer here, do you? With a TEFL certificate and some experience you’ll be OK though. So, let’s rock…
Xicalango Escuela de Ingles
Av. Nader and Uxmal Cancun
884 – 1065
At this institute all levels of English are taught for children to adults. Classes are normally scheduled from 7:30 am to 12 noon and then again from 4:30 to 9:00pm. Stop by and check them out during one of these periods to get a good feel for the types of students they have. You should be allowed to stick your head in to a couple of classes to see how they’re conducted as well. Be sure to ask. Pay varies according to their needs and your qualifications.
CETEC (computation and English)
Av. Xel – Ha Lotes 59 and 60 sm 24 Cancun
887 – 0909
E-mail: email@example.com. mx
Part of a chain of computer / English institutes with about 25 locations throughout Mexico that is very aggressive and busy with a lot of emphasis on a multi-media approach in their classes. Young adults and children as well as adult business classes are taught. Their programs can run up to 3 years in length with most students registering for at least a year. They don’t currently have any native speakers, so an experienced teacher with TEFL certification and a dynamic manner should have a good shot at a position right away.
Harmon Hall Cancún
Avenida Tulum (around on the side of the cinema complex near the bus terminal)
Director: Lisa Hausler
887 – 1116, 887 – 1110
With about 100 locations throughout Mexico, you’d rightfully expect a presence here in Cancun. A cookie-cutter methodology and pay scales make living off the salary here a daunting task, so figure on private classes or another income-booster if this is your principal. Business is brisk, so there’s plenty of work. The entry level training process takes nearly a month to complete, with NO PAY during that time. So be prepared to support yourself off savings for at least TWO months - MINIMUM. Take note!
Avenida Uxmal (near the corner of Av. Yaxchilan) Cancun
The world-wide language giant has a location here, which is not surprising. You’ll need to complete a training program on using their particular methodology before receiving a job offer, but once you do, you’ll be able to work at virtually any of the locations in a number of countries. Pay is commensurate with background and experience and native speakers are preferred. For the latest information on openings and requisites, go to the Berlitz website listed above.
Universidad LaSalle Cancún
886 – 2202 (with numbers in sequence up to 886 - 2207)
Telefax: 886 – 2201
Website: www.ulsa. edu. mx
E-mail: ulsarcc@vmulsa. ulsa. mx
For those with more serious intentions (and qualifications), you should consider trying a class or two here. Faculty requirements can vary widely from semester to semester, so a visit to their website and a subsequent e-mail for more information would definitely be in order.
Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an ELT Teacher Trainer, English language learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. He has published more than 350 articles and academic papers and presented at numerous EFL teacher training and TEFL conferences throughout North America, South America and Europe. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org