Want to move to Cozumel or Playa Del Carmen
Posted 20 July 2011 - 06:28 PM
I am interested in moving to Cozumel or Playa Del Carmen. I've visited both places but recently went to Playa Del Carmen and decided that I would love to move to Mexico. I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. If anyone has any tips for me as far as how to get a job or know of any contacts I would really appreciate it. I currently teach summer school in the US and I am a nanny. I am young and ambitious and would love to experience life in Mexico. I'm interested in teaching, being a nanny or working at a resort in the kids' club or activities staff.
Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:49 PM
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 07:34 AM
What is your degree in? Education? Are you ESL certified? There are teaching positions through a company named Teach Away - they have a great website. You need ESL certification and two years full-time experience. They have great opportunities right now for K-3 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai - pays REALLY well. You could gain experience,save money and so forth that way, then make your way to Mexico. I agree with pecosgirl - unless your parents or someone can afford to pay your living expences, they don't pay teachers enough to live on (generally) in Mexico. If you can swing something like that, I would go for it. I have been teaching for 26 years - and would love to teach in Mexico, but I am not the "peace corps" type of person. Ever notice that when you tell people in Mexico your a teacher, they always ask what else you do?
Good Luck! You have youth on your side - that helps a lot :-)
Posted 21 July 2011 - 01:22 PM
As others have said, you can't make a living here as a teacher. And working as an animator you will also barely break even if you live as described above. There really are so few jobs a foreigner is allowed to do here and all involve long, long hours and only one day off per week combined with pay that would be considered laughable in the US.
But there are compensations as there are a whole lot of very nice people who are also living a cheap life style and still having fun. So that could compensate. Just watch out for the handsome Mexican sharkie boys you're likely to run into. They can sweep you off your feet, tell you they want to take you home to meet their Mama followed by a marriage proposal. THen they'll put you on the plane with a kiss and hang around waiting for the next cute 'rich' (to them) gringa to hit the island.
One way to tell if you are in the company of this type of guy is if you find that you are always the one paying for things like drinks, food, taxi rides. Very common here.
There are a lot of young Mexican guys here who prey on gullible gringas in a pretty cynical way. They can be so charming and romantic I would imagine it would be hard for some to resist -- particularly if you hadn't been warned in advance.
What you have to remember is that a lot of Mexican guys think most foreign women are loose women because they behave in ways that are perfectly acceptable in the US but brand you as a slut down here.
Posted 21 July 2011 - 01:42 PM
If you have any other suggestions please let me know! Thank you!
Posted 21 July 2011 - 02:03 PM
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Posted 21 July 2011 - 09:55 PM
I also base my information about teachers and discipline on the experiences of one particular young woman who worked as a teacher for 6 months at one of the schools on the island where all the rich kids traditionally went. Spent a loooong time talking with her about her experiences. She could only take it for 6 months and then ditched and she was extremely qualified with a teaching degree and a specialty in art.
I'm glad to hear things are getting better on some fronts.
Posted 22 July 2011 - 06:05 AM
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Posted 22 July 2011 - 02:53 PM
If you wanted to work on board a ship, it would give you a great opportunity to see many different places, a place to work and live and you will get practical work experience under your belt, plus tons of port contacts.
Just a though.
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