Working, Teaching, Saving in Mexico
THINKING ABOUT WORKING IN MEXICO?
A tennis pro I just spoke with, at a quite posh resort in Mexico, was paid $10/day, plus lunch (3 tostados). Of course, I’m sure he receives tips. He is building his home, and hopes to have it done in about eight years.
TEACHING IN MEXICO
“At my first university teaching job, I earned almost 15,000 pesos a month ($1,300 USD) with benefits and perks like an office and a computer. At my next job, also at a university, I earned slightly more that 4,000 pesos a month ($350) for teaching more hours to bigger classes. Benefits and perks were few, and I had to buy many of my own materials.”
“We’ve met many … with the hope and dream of getting a teaching job and making a bundle. The word “shock” is putting it mildly when they find out what their salaries will be in some of these private schools. A good pay scale would be less than $3.00 an hour. I know of some schools that pay even less than that amount.” (Barbie’s note: actually, $3.00 an hour is pretty high for some places, from the info I’ve gathered!)
“Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey are the cities where you’ll find employers paying the best wage to Americans teaching English.” (Barbie’s note: also more expensive to live in those places.)
So, do check very diligently if you or your children want to pursue work while you are south of the border.
Remember, you don’t have to live in Mexico to take advantage of the incredible prices for prescriptions, dental work, and medical care, etc. And it’s certainly not mandatory that you are a retiree in order to appreciate all the money that it’s possible to save, just by heading to Mexico. Our sons head to Mexico for their dental and optical and prescription needs.
If your only experience in Latin America has been visiting Tijuana for a day, you are in for one big surprise when you visit a real town – someplace other than a border town. The professionals who practice their professions in Mexico after studying abroad, hoping to make their country better, is one reason the health care system is so friendly. Latinos are by nature a warm, caring people ergo, they are generally, good and compassionate doctors and nurses. Read articles I’ve published on medical care by clicking what you are interested in on the right, and enjoy!
Addition Feb 3, 2013 – the amount you need to move to Mexico has changed – see – http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/detroit/index.php/info-english