Working In Mexico: FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Working In Mexico

Please feel free to add your own comments, suggestions and personal experiences via the Comments link.  As new questions come in I’ll add them to this post, so if the topic interests you I suggest that you subscribe.

3 March 2010

I was reading your website and you definitely offer some great information. I have been considering relocating to Mazatlan for the past 16 months and I am getting closer and closer to doing it! I visited twice last year and already have one trip planned for March and one for April. I can’t wait to be back!

I was hoping you could help me since you probably have some more knowledge than I do . . .

I do hold my certificate to teach English as a second language, but am having trouble findings schools and opportunities in Mazatlan. I have been successful in finding opportunities in many other places in Mexico, but would truly like to be in Mazatlan. Do you happen to know of any specific schools or programs that hire ESL teachers?

Thank you so much in advance for your time and any assistance you can provide.

Kind Regards, Elizabeth

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27 Feb 2010

I am looking for some information.  I am an American living in Texas.  I am looking to purchase a business in Playa.  Is that possible since I am an American?  Also, how is the safety in and around Playa?  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

Jeremiah

Carl replies: I assume you mean Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan?   Yes, it is possible but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.  As for safety, that depends a great deal on what you consider to be “safe”.  Your questions are so broad, in fact, that I suggest you do further research online  and at our main People’s Guide To Mexico website (as well as visiting Playa) before you go much farther.

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25 Feb 2010

I was reading your website and you definitely offer some great information. I have been considering relocating to Mazatlan for the past 16 months and I am getting closer and closer to doing it! I visited twice last year and already have one trip planned for March and one for April. I can’t wait to be back!

I was hoping you could help me since you probably have some more knowledge than I do . . .

I do hold my certificate to teach English as a second language, but am having trouble findings schools and opportunities in Mazatlan. I have been successful in finding opportunities in many other places in Mexico, but would truly like to be in Mazatlan. Do you happen to know of any specific schools or programs that hire ESL teachers?

Thank you so much in advance for your time and any assistance you can provide.

Kind Regards, Elizabeth

Carl replies:  Lorena and I don’t have the time or resources to track individual businesses and schools but I’m sure that if you participate in some of the popular online discussion forums about Mazatlan that you’ll find something helpful.  Or, with any luck, one of our readers will chime in here and answer your question.  If you haven’t yet searched our main People’s Guide website for information, please try that — the link is in the upper left hand corner of this page.

6 Responses to “Working In Mexico: FAQs”

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  1. al cruz says:

    Hi!
    I just happen to know that UMAR in Puerto Angel, Oaxaca is currently looking for a qualified english teacher.
    Al

  2. Esteban says:

    I lived in Mazatlan for about six years. Great place. I met people who taught there but the work doesn’t pay much. You’ll work long hard hours and if that’s your only income, you’ll find it practically impossible. However, you can live on any amount of money in Mexico if you have the fortitude to live outside the box.Most people I know couldn’t do it.

    Speaking Spanish is imperative if you want to live on less. There are serious questions to ask yourself like why am I moving to Mexico and what am I willing to sacrifice to live there? When you live on a small amount of money, you are poor. Unless you’ve been poor before and were happy, it’s doubtful you’ll enjoy the experience.

  3. jeff O'Brien says:

    Dave’s ESL Cafe is a fantastic resource.

  4. jeff O'Brien says:

    I don’t know what gringos can do in MX if they aren’t some kind of investor. ESL, time share or some online revenue coming in from out of country? I’m talking legal income of course, not under the table stuff.

  5. Esteban says:

    Gringos can start a business in Mexico. You have to do your homework and find out about the system, the laws etc. I’ve seen successes in the restaurant business, the real estate business and a few others. As usual anywhere, you have to have enough money to survive until your business begins to be profitable. From what I’ve seen, it’s not an easy task.