English Teaching in Puerto Escondido, Mexico

WHY we need you in Mexico


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WHAT you can do?

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  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Criminal background check required

  • Overview

If you have a passion for teaching and enjoy spending time with children, you’ll find great fulfilment in your role as a community teaching assistant in Puerto Escondido, Mexico!

We have strong partnerships with various primary, secondary, and high schools in the Puerto Escondido area that need teaching support. Additionally, local community leaders have expressed a desire for us to organise English language learning programs. There may also be opportunities for you to assist in teaching math and science to more advanced students.

Our teaching program primarily serves children aged 5 to 13, and the school day typically runs from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Your participation in the program is expected to involve a minimum of 5 hours of daily interaction with students, with breaks throughout the day. The schedule may vary, especially during national exams, and there may be after-school activities when available. Additionally, you should plan to spend at least one hour in the afternoon preparing lessons for the next day.

You’re encouraged to bring games, coloured pencils, erasers, English language books, and even clothing and toys for donations. Furthermore, we recommend bringing pictures or other small items representing your home country, as these can be used as educational tools to broaden the children’s understanding of the world. Your contributions will be invaluable in making a positive impact on the lives of these young learners in Puerto Escondido.

Your Role 

  • Assisting Local Teachers:
    • Work closely with dedicated local educators in English language classes.
    • Use interactive tools like games, songs, and educational activities to make learning enjoyable.
  • Organising Extracurricular Activities:
    • Take the lead in planning and supervising extracurricular activities for students.
    • These activities may include sports, crafts, and drawing to promote overall development.
  • Creative Lesson Planning:
    • Develop innovative and engaging lesson plans to enhance the learning process.
    • Encourage active student participation and involvement in their education.
  • Fostering Language Skills and Cultural Understanding:
    • Interact with students aged 5 to 13, promoting their English language skills.
    • Facilitate cultural exchanges to broaden their global awareness and understanding.
  • Availability and After-School Engagement:
    • Dedicate a minimum of 5 hours each day to teaching and assisting students.
    • Be prepared to participate in after-school activities as needed to further support the local community.
  • Lesson Preparation:
    • Dedicate time to meticulously plan and prepare lessons for the following day.
    • Maintain a well-structured and organised approach to the teaching process.
  • Enriching the Learning Experience:
    • Bring teaching materials, including games, books, coloured pencils, and rulers.
    • Share cultural items from your home country to introduce a global perspective into the learning environment. 


Puerto Escondido, situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca, is a picturesque seaside town celebrated for its world-class surfing beaches, such as Zicatela Beach, and its laid-back, bohemian atmosphere. This hidden gem offers visitors a taste of authentic Mexican culture, delightful cuisine, and breathtaking sunsets, making it a beloved destination for those seeking a tranquil coastal retreat with a touch of adventure.

Project Tasks

  • Boost Confidence and English Proficiency of kids
  • Foster Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Growth
  • Expand Cultural Interactions
  • Deliver Quality Education Aligned with the National Curriculum
  • Encouraging Holistic Development

Food & Accommodation

You will stay in single gender rooms in a typical hostel setting in Puerto Escondido, with 1-8 people per room. Our local hostel host is enthusiastic about facilitating family-style interactions and cultural exchanges.

You will have a hot shower, fans, western toilet. Wi-Fi is not included by you may find this in nearby restaurants, etc. Laundry can be done by hand or at an extra fee.

You’ll stay in one of two hostels in the downtown area, conveniently located near the heart of Puerto Escondido, a charming beach town known for its friendly local community. While it has gained popularity over the years, it has retained its untouched, rustic charm and is part of one of the more affordable and underrated states in Mexico. Oaxaca is renowned for its exquisite beaches and capital city, making it a favoured destination for eco-tourist backpackers seeking an authentic Mexican experience away from the modern world’s influence.

In Puerto Escondido, there are plenty of beach-related activities to enjoy, with surfing being a major draw that attracts tourists from all over the world during the surf season.

You will get 3 meals a day on weekdays, and 2 on weekends. The food will be traditional Mexican, with plenty of corn tortillas, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat and other grains, and chicken, all of which are vegetarian-friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

All meals will be provided at the mentioned accommodation. Every day of the program, three full meals will be provided, beginning with breakfast at 8am, lunch at 12pm, and dinner at 6 p.m. On weekends, there are two meals available: brunch at 10 a.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Food consists primarily of traditional local dishes prepared and served at the accommodation or in the surrounding area. Meals will be served based on your dietary requirements, but you must notify us in advance.


All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - $481
  • 2 Weeks - $762
  • 3 Weeks - $1143
  • 1 Month - $1524
  • 2 Months - $3049
  • 3 Months - $4574
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion


For those who are looking to enter a career working with children, or who are already teachers, this program will be a fantastic opportunity for you to engage with the children, learn about their culture and to help futher their prospects for the future. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day & 2 p/day at weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Puerto Escondido International Airport (PXM) on Sunday from 8am to 5pm.

If you arrive outside the pickup times, you can book a private transfer for an extra fee.

If you want to book any extra nights before or after your program, you can do this for an extra fee.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the airport to your accommodation it takes around 10 mins by taxi. 



  • After enjoying breakfast, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the local team and the projects.
  • You’ll become acquainted with the center, including an overview of the dos and don’ts, the Code of Conduct, the Child Protection Policy, and Media Consent guidelines.
  • The morning will also feature an insightful presentation on the culture of Puerto Escondido and a basic lesson in Spanish, the local language.


  • Following lunch, you will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant town of Puerto Escondido.
  • visit will allow you to arrange mobile phone connections, access currency exchange services, and utilize nearby ATM facilities for your convenience.

Tuesday to Friday


  • After breakfast, you will head to the school to participate in the teaching program.
  • Your responsibilities will include assisting local teachers, organizing extracurricular activities, creative lesson planning, fostering language skills and cultural understanding, being available for students, and preparing lessons for the following day, as described in your role.


  • After a hearty lunch, you will continue engaging in the activities as outlined in your role.
  • Your dedication to teaching, interaction with students, and support to the local community will be the focus of your afternoon.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions, local holidays and any other unforeseen circumstances.***

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Additional Requirements

  • Genuine interests and passion for teaching.
  • Since you are working with kids with so much energy and different personalities, a decent level of energy and patience are required.
  • Older participants are required to have a medical clearance, while participants under 18 might need signed parental consent.
  • Excellent time management and self-organizing and a strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.

Additional Equipment

Teaching Materials (Optional):

  • You are encouraged to bring games, books, colored pencils, chalk, rulers, and a variety of interactive educational resources.
  • Consider bringing personal pictures from your home country, showcasing your family and friends, to facilitate cultural exchange.
  • Additionally, include small cultural objects that represent your country of origin to enhance the learning experience.

Personal Attire and Accessories:

  • Please pack modest or business casual attire suitable for school and village interactions. Ensure that your clothing covers the knees and shoulders, avoiding revealing, tight-fitting, sheer, or low-cut attire.
  • For outdoor activities, it’s advisable to have insect repellent (Deet) to protect against potential insect bites.
  • Keep a reusable water bottle or hydration pack with you to stay well-hydrated throughout the day.
  • Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun’s rays during outdoor engagements.
  • Carry your personal medications and a well-equipped first aid kit in case of any unforeseen medical needs.
  • Include wet wipes, a facemask, hand sanitizer, and a notebook with a pen or pencil for your daily essentials.
  • Personal Medication and first aid kit 

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: MX – Holidays – All Programs

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