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Mexico, Peru, Argentina....South America

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by homework, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. homework

    homework New commenter

    Ok I know there has been information posted this forum at various time but its pretty limited and a little dated. Drawing on peoples' experiences which would be the best destination in terms of quality of life and teaching? All would involve the capital cities.
    Ta
     
  2. homework

    homework New commenter

    Ok I know there has been information posted this forum at various time but its pretty limited and a little dated. Drawing on peoples' experiences which would be the best destination in terms of quality of life and teaching? All would involve the capital cities.
    Ta
     
  3. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Occasional commenter

    Some bang-up-to-date news on Mexico: It's not in South America.
     
  4. They are just so different, it really depends on you. Mexico City would pay the best, but the city isn't everyone's cup of tea. Argentina would be great & is more akin to European lifesyles, and Peru would be a truly S.American experience. Generalising I know, but that's my opinion...
     
  5. homework

    homework New commenter

    Well done Mainwaring..go to the top of the class. Wasnt trying to link Mexico to South America since they are just a selection of countries and a continent interest me.

    Keep up with the constructive comments.
     
  6. tica

    tica New commenter

    I think you will have to give us a bit more to go on. I've lived and worked in all 3 and the one I long to return to is Mexico. Great school, so much to see and do, but there is the pollution so if you have asthma or kids it's a no-no.
    Peru is fascinating and the schools there are good. Wonderful country with great travel opportunities.
    Argentina again has really good schools but be careful of the exchange rate - the economy seems to be pretty dicey at the moment so you would hope to get a salary quoted in hard currency.
    You also have the choice of Costa Rica, Chile, Uruguay etc, etc. but then I'm a latinophile.
     
  7. homework

    homework New commenter

    Thanks Tica. Just what I wanted for a general flavour of working in South America and Mexico.
     
  8. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Occasional commenter

    So where, geographically, is Mexico, then? A lunch voucher for Casa Pedro in Oaxaca for the first correct answer.
     
  9. wtp

    wtp

    It's below the USA and above Guatemala. Where's the voucher?
     
  10. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    South of USA and north of Guatemala.
     
  11. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Occasional commenter

    To clarify: To which sub-continental region does it belong?
     
  12. Ask any Mexican, and they will say they belong to North America. They are part of NAFTA after all. And talk to any Latin American, and they will call the whole continent 'America', from Canada down to Tierra del Fuego, and that everyone is 'American'...
     
  13. Definitely North America.....and damn, I was in Oaxaca just last week.....
     
  14. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Occasional commenter

    Well done all. The fajitas are on me. As reddevil says, Latin Americans are irritated by the bland assumption that the only Americans are Anglo-Saxons living north of the Rio Grande. When Mrs M and I moved to Central America in 1991 her Auntie was puzzled because we were learning Spanish: Central America means places like Kansas, doesn't it?
     
  15. tica

    tica New commenter

    Geographically, Mexico belongs to North America but is this nit-picking really useful on this thread?
     
  16. It might be nit-picking to you Tica but I bet millions of Mexicans would beg to differ.
    Mainwaring has a valid point to make and has done so quite nicely.
     
  17. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    Indeed. Yet many "americanos" will refer to los estadounidenses as "norteamericanos" forgetting that Canadians (and Mexicans!) fall into this category. Is Panama in central or south america? We could go on and on.
     
  18. homework

    homework New commenter

    Graeme, you mention only the coloured gates is worth looking at in Mexico? Is that purely based on the pay?
    Thanks
     
  19. The 3 main "British" schools in Mexico all pay a good salary compared to local Mexican one... The green entrance pays the best and the American school pays very well too. But there are other things to consider. Some of us finish working at 2.30pm and therefore have plenty of time for socialising, exploring, or out of the city on the bus to the nearest beach by 4pm on a Friday after the school day has ended. In addition we only work in class maybe 60% of the week. Others have to work much longer hours in maybe less desirable areas of the city... Better money vs better hours??

    All schools offer good overseas packages. Its up to you what you're looking for. We have plenty of money to go shopping, travelling, dancing, drinking and even fit in a few facials/ massages too. Not a bad life! Mexico City is colourful, full of music, smiley Mexicans, great places to visit and tasty food. Pollution can be horrific though. If you have any respiratory problems or heart conditions I'd think twice.
     
  20. Would it be too cheeky to ask how much these schools in DF pay? I was told that the colourful entrance payed as much as 40,000 pesos p/m, which is incredibly generous. I was on about 10,000 pesos p/m when working at a school in small town Jalisco, and that was fairly comfortable...
     

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