A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!

Rosana

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someone asked about teaching English in Mexico. When we were in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, a few years ago, I had an interesting conversation about that, with an American man who was living there. He said that then-Presidente Vicente Fox had set in motion the process of teaching every child English in the Mexican school system. My friend said that this was creating quite a need for teachers who could teach the teachers!

In addition, he said that there was teaching available through the university there in Cd. Victoria. If Kelly and I had wanted to stay longer, he would have introduced us. He asked about my level of education, and when I said I had a Master’s degree and a California teaching credential, he thought I would be considerably more employable than Kelly who has no degrees. The kind of teaching I could get would likely pay around 100 pesos an hour, which was very close to $10US an hour. Cd. Victoria is a prosperous, modern city. My friend also mentioned the state of Guanajuato and another state I have since forgotten, as likely places for teaching English, because the governors of those states had college degrees from the US and fully understand how knowing our language could open doors.

I would have been tempted to have a go at teaching there, as I’ve done volunteer ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching several times and greatly enjoyed it. But our trip was just a few weeks and so I didn’t follow up on that.

Amazon.com: Books: Handbook for Teaching English in Mexico and Central America

I have this book and think it’s quite thorough. I’m sure that there are lots of resources on the net for teaching ESL in Mexico. Here’s one very good site for ESL worldwide:

http://www.daveseslcafe.com/

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