English Teaching in Tepoztlán, Mexico

WHY we need you in Mexico


HOW can you help?

WHAT can you do?

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

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  MIN AGE: 16+



Government-owned schools catering to a diverse student population from elementary to high school levels. You will be working alongside a local teacher.

Recognising the importance of English proficiency for national and global engagement, these institutions have made English instruction mandatory for students in grades seven to nine. Although the schools rely on traditional teaching methods and lack experience with native English-speaking teachers, the students are eager to learn from enthusiastic and fluent educators who can bring innovative techniques to the classroom.

Class sizes range from 15 to 35 students per grade or classroom (aged 6-16 years), and teachers are encouraged to bring supplementary materials and employ creative approaches to make lessons both educational and enjoyable.

Previous teaching experience in English is not required to participate in this program. The main objective is to introduce students to the language in an approachable and engaging manner. Instead of expecting immediate fluency, the focus should be on helping students grasp fundamental words and phrases that will enhance their language comprehension. Demonstrating how education unlocks opportunities and broadens horizons is crucial, encouraging students to pursue further education and professional development for a brighter future. Furthermore, this multicultural exchange fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and perspectives beyond the scope of English lessons alone.

Generally, you can expect to:
• Teach English alongside local teachers.
• Create lesson plans for different grade levels and ages.
• Prepare monthly goals to be achieved by the pupils/students alongside local teachers and local program coordinator.
• Organise fun games to help them learn through play.
• While teaching English, you might also pass on important lessons like motivation, the importance of education, and even hygiene and sanitation routines the students could benefit from, as well as sharing with them a piece of your own culture and background.
• Join other activities conducted at the school.
• Facilitate learning activities such as playing fun games, arts, songs, dances, grammar and conversational exercises, sports, and other related activities.


Tepoztlán is a charming town is surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges, creating a picturesque backdrop for its cobblestone streets and traditional adobe houses. This hidden gem is renowned for its rich history, ancient archaeological sites and a majestic pyramid atop Tepozteco mountain. The town’s vibrant culture is evident in its lively markets, where local artisans showcase their handcrafted treasures. Whether exploring the ancient ruins, indulging in traditional cuisine, or simply basking in the town’s serene ambiance, Tepoztlán leaves a lasting impression!

Project Tasks

  • Improve the quality of life for underprivileged citizens in the area.
  • Assist the locals on daily construction and renovation tasks as an organized team.
  • Connect and create local multicultural exchange experiences that both locals and participants can benefit from.
  • Gain practical experience in constructing and renovating spaces.

Food & Accommodation

Our accommodation can accommodate 1-8 people per room in a hostel setting. It is a typical Tepoztlán neighborhood, and our local hostel host is enthusiastic about providing local family-style interactions and cultural exchanges.

You will stay in one of two downtown hostels with shared bedrooms but separate genders. The accommodation is located in Tepoztlan’s downtown area. There are fans, heaters, hot showers and Western toilets. There is no wifi but this can be found in local cafes. 

This small mountain town has a charming downtown area populated by a friendly and welcoming local community. In addition, this town echoes ancient civilizations and has a rich history. Both colonial and indigenous, Tepoztlan is a perfect mix. It’s also located close to a famous Tepozteco Pyramid and archaeological landmark site, a pyramid built at the top of a mountain that overlooks the town, and the Excovento Dominico, a beautifully restored convent and now Catholic Church.

There is a traditional market, or “Mercado” right in the town centre, and plenty of activities in and around the area. You are free to explore and roam around the town centre during your spare time, after your program schedule, or on the 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.

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


There’s no need for special qualifications needed, so whether you would like to go into teaching, or are already qualified, this program allows you to gain teaching experience in a foreign country, whilst giving back to the local communitiy!

  • 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 AICM Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX) or Cuernavaca International Airport on Sunday.

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 both airports to your accommodation it takes around 45 minutes – 1 hr by bus.

Volunteer for around 4 hours each day.

Our comprehensive program, curated with the utmost diligence, is designed to cater to the needs of participants with the support of a dedicated local program coordinator. The schedule commences at 9 o’clock in the morning and concludes at 11 o’clock, providing ample time for an invigorating break before resuming at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and drawing to a close at 4 o’clock.

One of the many benefits of our program is its accessibility; participants can quickly reach the venue by simply walking. With comfort as our priority, we encourage our attendees to bring comfortable shoes to maximize their experience while traversing to the placement. Embrace this remarkable opportunity as you learn and grow during our meticulously organized sessions.

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Visit colonial cities: Mexico has many charming colonial cities, such as San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato, that offer a glimpse into the country’s Spanish colonial past.

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Take a boat tour to see whales and dolphins: Mexico’s coastlines are home to a variety of marine life, including whales and dolphins. Take a boat tour to see these majestic creatures up close.

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Go on a jungle adventure: Mexico is home to some of the most biodiverse jungles in the world, offering opportunities for hiking, zip-lining, and wildlife spotting. The jungles of Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula are particularly popular for outdoor activities. 

Additional Requirements
For older participants, it is mandatory to obtain a medical clearance before engaging in the program, while participants under the age of 18 may require legally signed consent from their parents or legal guardians. Additionally, since the program involves working with children who have diverse personalities and varying levels of energy, it is essential to possess a reasonable level of energy and patience to ensure the effective management of the participants and successfully achieve program goals.

Additional Equipment
There is no specific equipment required for this task; however, we encourage you to bring any Teaching materials you may have, such as:

  • Games, books, color pencils, chalk, rulers, etc.
  • Pictures from your country, family, and friends
  • Other small cultural objects from your country of origin
  • Modest or business casual attire is required while on the school grounds. It must be totally covering the knees and shoulders (nothing revealing, tight fitting, sheer, low cut, or with any offensive/inappropriate displayed on it).

Mexico is a fascinating country located in the southern part of North America. It has a rich cultural heritage, beautiful landscapes, and a vibrant and diverse population. Mexico is known for its iconic landmarks such as the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan, the beautiful beaches of Cancun, and the impressive Mayan and Aztec architecture found throughout the country.

Mexico’s culture is a unique blend of indigenous, European, and African influences, making it a fascinating destination for travelers interested in history, art, and culture. The country is also renowned for its delicious cuisine, including dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, and guacamole. Visitors can explore the vibrant cities, picturesque towns, and natural wonders that Mexico has to offer, from the bustling streets of Mexico City to the tranquil beaches of Tulum. With its rich history, diverse culture, and stunning landscapes, Mexico is a destination that has something to offer for everyone.   

Mexico has a diverse climate due to its large size and varied topography. The climate in Mexico ranges from tropical to desert, with the temperature and rainfall patterns varying depending on the region.

In general, Mexico’s climate is characterized by two seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season typically runs from May to October and brings heavy rainfall, particularly in the southern and eastern regions of the country. The dry season runs from November to April and is characterized by sunny and dry weather, with cooler temperatures in the northern regions of the country.

The coastal areas of Mexico, particularly on the Pacific side, are known for their hot and humid climate, with temperatures averaging between 25-30°C (77-86°F) year-round. Inland areas are generally cooler, with the central highlands experiencing a temperate climate with cooler temperatures and occasional frosts during the winter months. The northern regions of Mexico, including the Baja California peninsula and the Sonoran Desert, have a desert climate with hot summers and mild winters. 

The country’s culture is famous for its colourful art, music, and cuisine, as well as its vibrant traditions and festivals.

One of the most significant aspects of Mexican culture is its art. From the ancient Mayan and Aztec art to the contemporary works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Mexican art is renowned for its vibrant colours, bold designs, and powerful symbolism. Mexican music is also an essential part of the country’s cultural identity, with styles ranging from mariachi and ranchera to salsa and cumbia. The country’s rich cultural heritage is celebrated through its festivals and traditions, such as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a holiday that honours deceased loved ones through colourful altars, food, and music. 

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