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TEFL TESOL Course Mexico - Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas

TEFL International Mexico is based in the little town of Chiapa de Corzo. It is a hidden treasure offering much to do in the town and in the surrounding area, and hardly anyone knows about it. During the high seasons there is quite a bit of day tourism, as many tour-bus companies have the town on their route, but our teachers and volunteers are quickly recognized as part of the community after having been seen more than 2 days in a row! Situated on the banks of the Grijalva River, and at the mouth of the Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa has plenty to offer for short term, as well as longer term stays.

We are 20 minutes away from Tuxtla Gutierrez the state capital of Chiapas. This is where the closest major airport is located. Weekends can be easily taken up exploring the surrounding countryside and other towns close-by. Just an hour and a half up the mountain you can get a break from the heat in the picturesque, colonial town of San Cristóbal.

Not far from San Cristobal is Comitán, with ruins and lakes that can be easily seen in a weekend. A longer trip, about 7 hours from Chiapa, are the world renowned Mayan ruins of Palenque, an unforgettable experience. Day trips to waterfalls like El Chorreadero and El Chiflón, are well worth it, as well. Weeknights, and night life in general , in Chiapa tend to be fairly laid-back. There are some cafes and bars in town that let you enjoy a nice relaxed atmosphere after a long day of teaching! But, if you are into the occasional trip to malls, discos, big screen movie theaters, etc. that is all within a 20 minute hassle-free bus ride to Tuxtla Gutierrez. Realistically, night life isn't Chiapa's strong point, but culture is. Every single Chiapacorceño will sit down with you for hours and proudly talk about the traditional Feria de Enero. Not to mention all the other days commemorating saints, battles, the dead, etc. scattered throughout the year! You can partake in many of the traditions and traditional handicrafts by enrolling in the free workshops that the Cultural Center, Casa Escuela de Tradiciones, has to offer.



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The  School

  • Located two blocks from the main square
  • Within walking distance to all the homestays, cafes, restaurants, etc.
  • Wi-fi access
  • Well resourced and equipped teaching centre.

  • Volunteer teach

    We believe that experience is everything; in teacher training, and in the time that you spend here. Accordingly, all our courses and programs aim to give you the most hands-on approach that you will find anywhere, which will prepare you perfectly and give you the confidence needed for the future.  This program is a great way to become fully trained and get a good taste for teaching before making a long term commitment.  This course requires an 8 week commitment: the first 4 weeks for the TEFL course and a subsequent 4 weeks of volunteer teaching

    Accommodation.  

    We can offer homestays with local families, all within walking distance of the Training Center. All homestays offer private rooms and bath, with maid service, but do not provide meals. You will be able to use the family kitchen to cook for yourself. You are also responsible for your own laundry. This has an additional cost of 210 USD. The host families have all been pre-screened and interviewed. This may be your first experience with a homestay situation, but all our families are friendly and eager to make you feel at home. Alternatively, if you are more comfortable in a hotel or a hostel, we will arrange your stay there prior to your arrival. This has an additional cost starting at 420 USD. There are varying hostels and hotels in the area with varying prices.

What

  • An internationally recognised qualification meeting or exceeding industry standards
  • Course administered by highly trained staff with extensive local knowledge
  • Organized classes and a curriculum that has been proven successful and effective
  • Low student to teacher ratio

Why

  • Small class sizes of a maximum of 6 people, giving you customized, personal attention
  • Over 60 hours observing and participating with novice and experienced teachers 
  • Up to 12 hours of hands on teaching practice for adults, adolescents and primary aged children; all the experience that employers are looking for 
  • One to one lesson feedback with your qualified teacher trainer 
  • Exposure to authentic language learning environments and classroom scenarios from day one and teaching experience within the first week 
  • High quality certification that has allowed all our previous graduates to find work 

Who

  • This course is ideal for Gapyear students and people wanting a change of life or moving abroad
  • Your fellow students come from different countries and various continents
  • Your teacher trainers are some of the most experienced and well-trained in the industry
  • Your support staff is extremely helpful, courteous and will assist you with whatever you need

Connectivity

There are more and more direct flights to Tuxtla  Gutierrez now.  If you are unable to find a reasonable flight directly to Tuxtla ( the closest major city to Chiapa de Corzo), look for flights to Mexico City and from there it is another 1.5 hour flight.  From Cancun, there are also direct flights to Tuxtla.  If you enjoy taking your time traveling there are countless buses that arrive in Tuxtla.  Check www.ticketbus.com.mx for schedules from all major cities.  You can take advantage of our free airport and bus station pick up in Tuxtla Gutierrez by paying your course fee in full prior to arrival.

Weather

There are 4 distinct seasons, wet , dry, hot, and cool. The hot time of year is from end of March to beginning or mid May. Then the rainy starts and cools things down a bit. The rain will last until October, when things get a lot more cool, down to 50s at night. The dry season lasts from October to May.

Visa Requirements

Holders of US passports are free to enter and exit Mexico as required. Many visitors to Mexico will not need to obtain a visa for visits to Mexico of up to 180 days. This includes citizens of the UK and most European Union countries, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. More information available from World Travels.com

Health & Safety

All participants are advised to take out travel and medical insurance and this can be organised through a specialist long stay insurance provider.

Schedule 2015

    • 5 January - 31 January
    • 9 February - 6 March
    • 9 March - 3 April
    • 13 April - 8 May
    • 11 May - 5 June
    • 8 June - 3 July
    • 13 July - 7 August
    • 31 August - 25 September
    • 28 September - 23 October
    • 26 October - 20 November
    • 23 November - 18 December

Costs

    $1690 USD, plus accommodation.

    TEFL volunteer teach $1950 USD plus accommodation

    Enquire about other specials and discounts.

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