Chicago Girl in Guadalajara...Teaching English in Mexico

 

By: Taylor A. Sands


Teaching abroad is a dream come true for me.  I studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago for five years to be an Elementary school teacher.  When I was unable to find a job in Chicago Public Schools, I was devastated, until I heard about the International TEFL Academy.  I was so excited because I was finally able to combine my passion for teaching and traveling into one amazing experience.

I took the onsite TEFL class in Chicago, Illinois.  Going into the class, I was fairly confident about my teaching skills and abilities.  After all, I had studied for five years to be a teacher.  Nothing could have prepared me for what I learned in my TEFL class.  I thought I knew how to teach, but the TEFL class really helped me learn new methods and helped me embrace new ways of thinking about quality instruction.

The Wheels On The Bus - Teaching English In Guadalajara Mexico

By: Taylor Sands

I have been living in Mexico for almost eight months and I am still continuously surprised by life here.  When I first arrived in Guadalajara, there was so much to see and get used to.  The first major adjustment I had to make was the difference in meals and meal times. 

In the United States, we typically eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with dinner being a relatively large meal.  Here in Mexico, that is not the case.  The norm is to have something small in the early morning, perhaps before work or school.  Then around eight o’clock or nine o’clock, people typically eat a hearty breakfast.