Mexico Summer

Link arms with Leaders of Tomorrow

Departure: Late May 2018

Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

Volunteer Commitment: $4,990

Our Summer Program in Mexico

8 Weeks (May - August) |
Host Family
Teach English

In partnership with the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s (Tec) Leaders of Tomorrow program, WorldTeach is thrilled to offer its inaugural program in Mexico. Tec provides scholarships to the most talented, yet financially limited, young people of Mexico to fulfill their aspirations of higher education. The aim of this program is to be a prospect for change, a doorway to social mobility, and a toolkit to fight inequality.

The Leaders of Tomorrow students, studying across all of Mexico’s Tec campuses, are an ideal group. You will work with young adults who have an exceptional ability to transform their surroundings and support their communities. Their demonstrated qualities of leadership and social responsibility enhances your summer experience during this program.

Country Overview

Mexico evokes both a sense of familiarity as it does a sense of mystery. Many of us are already acquainted with aspects of Mexican culture: its food, holidays, and language are but a few of those familiarities, though not always in their most authentic forms. These cultural samplings only skim the surface of what Mexico has to offer; a country rich with history, tradition, and a vibrant way of life that spans from the pre-Hispanic Aztecs and Mayans to its colonial cities of today. In recent times, Mexico has made strides with the country’s education initiatives. One of the defining features of Mexico’s education system over recent decades has been expansive enrollment growth. Its challenge now is to manage and increase educational access to accommodate the influx of students while ensuring educational quality. Access to higher education, while attainable for some of the population, still remains out of reach for the majority of students, despite high academic performance throughout their schooling.

Your Role

As a native-level English speaker, you will teach and tutor the Leaders of Tomorrow students to improve their language skills. This opportunity will be extremely valuable for their professional and personal development, increasing their chances of success during their university studies and beyond. Moreover, one of the requirements for graduation at Tecnológico de Monterrey is to achieve a B2 level in English language proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference. You will play a crucial role in this context because , there are students who struggle on their English Language courses, have obtained low TOEFL scores, and that have yet to satisfy their graduation requirement. Those students are our priority for this program.

Placement & Housing

Tecnológico de Monterrey has campuses all over the country. WorldTeach’s placements will focus on working with the Leaders of Tomorrow students at the Guadalajara and Querétaro campuses. Located in the western state of Jalisco, Guadalajara combines important Mexican traditions, such as Mariachi and Tequila, with modernity and industrialization. The city of Querétaro is the capital of the state of the same name in the center of the country. With almost one million inhabitants, the city stands out for its traditional heritage and architecture from the colonial era. Housing will be with local host families that are part of the schools’ family stay network and are eager to welcome the cross-cultural exchange that foreign visitors bring to their homes.

Explore Mexico

Mexico is home to a diverse spectrum of culture, each region with its own personality, specialties, and traditions. Your first taste will be of vibrant Mexico City, the most populous city in North America, where orientation will take place. You have the majority of your time in Mexico getting to know your local placement and integrating into the day-to-day life of your host family and surrounding communities. At the program’s midpoint, your group will convene for Mid Service with a visit and stay in the picturesque hillside town of Guanajuato, a landscape of winding narrow streets and colorful buildings. At the end of your eight weeks with your students, you will take a trip with your cohort to explore Oaxaca, known for its indigenous peoples and culture, ancient archeological sites, arts and crafts, and biodiversity.

Finances

Your contribution to the Mexico Summer program of $4,990 goes towards:
  • Housing
  • Comprehensive orientation, mid-service, and end of service training conferences
  • 24-hour in-country field staff support
  • Pre-departure preparation and visa assistance if necessary
  • Supplemental overseas health and emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Alumni services and networking

Many volunteers are able to successfully fundraise all or a significant portion of their program expenses. Please refer to our fundraising page for more information about fundraising possibilities.

Requirements

Volunteers in the Mexico Summer program must:

 

  • Be a native-level English speaker
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 74
  • Be flexible, open-minded, and patient
  • Have a genuine interest in teaching