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Located within the southern state of Chiapas, our training center in the town of Chiapa de Corzo provides the perfect setting for completing your TEFL course in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of rural Mexico. Although it is the most populous country in Latin America and developing at a rapid pace, Mexico still has many small towns such as Chiapa de Corzo where you can experience the country's traditional way of life and explore its fascinating cultural history. Throughout the course you will find a wide variety of activities to enjoy in the area and once graduated you can realistically expect to find meaningful job opportunities right across Mexico and further afield. If you are looking for an authentic mexican adventure, our TEFL center in Chiapas could be the perfect choice for you.
Although the town is quiet and laid back you will still find plenty of local cafés and bars where you can mix with the local people or simply hang-out with your coursemates. For a more lively night out you are only a short bus ride from Tuxtla Gutierrez where you can enjoy all that the state capital has to offer including lively bars, a variety of nightclubs and extensive shopping. Within easy reach of the town there are also plenty of natural attractions such as spectacular waterfalls and lush rainforest, as well as ancient Mayan ruins dating back over two thousand years. With such a great mix of attractions to enjoy we are sure you will love every moment of your TEFL course in Mexico.
Our center in the laid-back town of Chiapa de Corzo has everything on hand to ensure you successfully complete your TEFL certification course. You will find a well stocked resource library, Wi-Fi internet access, photocopying facilities and on-site computers that can all be used during the study process and when planning your practice lessons. The convenient location close to the town center means you will also be within easy reach of local shops and eateries, as well as your free home stay accommodation.
The highlights of our course in Chiapas include:
Trainees who choose to attend our TEFL course in Mexico will receive FREE accommodation for the duration of the course. This fantastic opportunity means you can keep your overall costs down and also enjoy the benefit of staying in the home of a friendly local family. The free home stay offer includes a private bedroom and bathroom with access to the family kitchen. Meals and laundry service are not included and there is a small charge if you require internet access during your stay.
All our home stay families have gone through an extensive interview process and all the properties are regularly inspected to ensure a good standard of comfort is maintained. They are also located within walking distance of the training center, as well as local amenities such as shops, bars and restaurants. The free home stay option is obviously very popular but if you would prefer an alternative there are also plenty of hotels and hostels in the area that offer comfortable rooms at various prices. Once you have secured a place on the course we will send further details of all your accommodation options.
What are the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: US$ 1,090
(For the most up-to-date currency exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com.)
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Chiapas itself.
The balance of course fees is payable via credit card before, or on the first day of the course. Bank transfers are also accepted but must be completed at least two weeks before the first day of the course. Participants with checking accounts in the US may pay by personal check, but payments must be cleared within two weeks of the course’s start date.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
For obvious reasons, our most popular accommodation choice is our free home stay option. You will have a private bedroom and bathroom, with access to shared kitchen facilities (where you can cook for yourself) and living room areas. Internet is also available with a one off charge of 250 pesos.
Hostels and Guesthouses are also available (US$ 350 and up) and can be arranged prior to your arrival. There are numerous hostels and hotels in the area with varying prices.
Your accommodation is available from 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the course begins through to 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the final week. We hope you will plan to arrive in Chiapa de Corzo by Saturday as this will give you a chance to relax and get accustomed to your surroundings before the course begins.
What travel documents will I need for mexico?Expand
All visitors to Mexico are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date.
Visitors to Mexico from the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand can stay in Mexico for a maximum of 180 days with a tourist visa. Post course, if you wish to stay and work in Mexico your employer will assist you with obtaining a work permit.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Mexican consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
Class time is generally 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a mid morning break. Then you will return for a second session from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You will start teaching on the second day of class. By the end of the first week you will have taught your first complete one hour lessons. Between class work, teacher observation and homework you can count on being busy for about seven hours a day.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We use local students for the trainees’ teaching practice. The class sizes vary, but rarely exceed ten, so the teaching practice is generally with small groups. The groups are also divided by age and by language level, allowing trainees to practice on a wide range of abilities.
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will also receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
We accept ten trainees per group, if there are more than this then the group is divided to ensure maximum trainer-trainee attention. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.
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