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Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:08 am
by violet
Nicaragua
Mexico
Cuba
Laos
Myanmar (I know this has come up recently in another thread)
Iceland


any opinions/experiences to share?

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:09 pm
by salvajeuno
I taught in Mexico from 2007 to 2012. The first year was as a volunteer for an NGO. After that I taught private classes in my home and part time English, art and cooking classes for an NGO as a volunteer.

I’m not sure what the going rate is now but back then it was around $10.00 U.S. per hour. The pay is somewhat better at the university level and can include some perks. You will need a work permit to teach in a school, university, or language school.

The cost of living is similar to Cambodia… depending on your lifestyle of course. Transportation: taxis and buses. I had a car for the first year and then relied on buses and taxis.

IMO: I enjoyed living in Mexico. The people are friendly and the food is fantastic. Medical care is good and if you speak Spanish is much less expensive. For example: In my pueblo a consult with a English speaking family doctor was about $20.00 as opposed to $2.50 for a Spanish speaking family doctor. Same service. There are very good hospitals that cater to foreigners as well as the local type.

There are a few expat communities in various places. If you want western food stores then you need to be close to an expat community or in a city like Guadalajara, Monterrey or Mexico City. Where I lived we had a tianguis (open-air market) once a week… it had just about anything you could want. I would stay away from U.S. border towns as this is where a vast majority of drug cartel related crime seems to happen. I always felt safe there but as always being street wise helps. Well, there you have it. Can’t really think of anything else at the moment but if you have questions then just ask away.

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:36 pm
by johntpartee
I came here from Mexico City in April. Transportation wise, there's also the subway (much improved from when I was there in 2011-12). Housing is very cheap; I lived in a full-service hotel for 210 pesos per night (right downtown). Once you get to know your way around, it's a pretty good place to live; if I don't get something going here soon I'm thinking of returning.

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:48 pm
by springrain
I'm afraid my info on Myanmar will be very outdated, but I'm happy to share experiences if anyone has any questions. I taught in Mandalay 1997 - 1999. Good salary, which went very far, though Myanmar is much more expensive these days, by all accounts.

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:49 pm
by horace
Interesting answers as I had always assumed that Mexico was a no go these days. I did travel the country late 90s and had some gun pointing difficult moments well away fron the border towns.

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:53 pm
by johntpartee
Very little crime in Mexico City. Police EVERYWHERE 24/7. I could go out walking around at 3:00 am without any trepidation. Some people will play little games with the gringos, but nothing serious.

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:10 pm
by angsta
johntpartee wrote: Some people will play little games with the gringos, but nothing serious.
What does that mean?

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:24 pm
by johntpartee
They might try to overcharge you for goods, they come running up to you very quickly to see if you'll flinch, some of them refuse to serve you at food stands...stuff like that. Nothing major.

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:59 pm
by simon44
I taught in Luang Prabang, Laos about 4 years ago. Actually, I was the Headmaster at the new 'international' school. Resigned when the school director overturned every sensible policy that I tried to introduce. Very nice town though.

I taught in Myanmar in 2012/2013 and again more recently in 2016/2017 - I'm teaching in Naypyidaw now. Accommodation costs are not an issue because my school pays to put me up in a hotel.

I'm also doing online teaching in the evening - mostly kids in Hanoi of all places.

Day-to-day costs are extremely low for me, I'm currently saving $2,500 USD in my bank every month, about $2,000 from my day job and $500 from the online teaching.

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:34 am
by Fa Canal

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:57 pm
by AnassRamaIV
Burma. it was a bit of a joke, no ATMs, no banks etc. 1000$ for a SIM card.

Used to get 30$ an hour from an oil company. great to work for but just not worth it in such a dysfunctional state. maybe better now

Re: Anyone teaching/taught English (TEFL/TESOL etc) in any of the following...

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:48 pm
by PayalT
That was some great answers to the question.