Program Fees

Applicants for the VolunQuest Program have the choice of one of three frameworks. There is a two or three week teacher certification program, a four week TEFL program with the option to add additional supervised teaching weeks and a five or ten month GAP Year Program that also includes a TEFL certification. Some blackout periods apply.

Gap Year TEFL Certification Program applicants can choose between the five-month or ten month program, which can begin during any month of the year.

No undergraduate degree, Spanish or experience is required. All program hours are accumulative, meaning that a two or three week program can be supplemented with additional weeks in the future to gain your TEFL certificate.

Teacher Training
2 Weeks: $700 usd *
3 Weeks: $1,050 usd *
TEFL Certification Program
4 Weeks: $1,500 usd
Additional Weeks: $250 usd each
GAP Year Program
5 Month Program: $7,211 usd
10 Months Program: $11,134 usd

* 2 and 3 week program volunteers receive an accreditation certificate for teaching hours earned. The TEFL Certificate requires a minimum of the 4 week program.

What’s included in the program package?

  • Intensive TEFL Teacher Training Course and Materials (Condensed version for less than 4 week programs)
  • TEFL Certification Accredited by the Mexican Ministry of Education (4 week minimum)
  • Teaching Hours Certificicate Accredited by the Mexican Ministry of Education (2 week minimum)
  • A letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program
  • Orientation and Island Tour
  • Collaborative lesson planning and material creation
  • Continuous training and supervision
  • Access to teacher materials and resources including young learner books, school supplies, a printer/copy machine, printer paper, teaching materials, ESL teaching guides and references, etc.)
  • Information packet
  • Monday-Friday work week (with some exceptions for special events)
  • Participation in VolunQuest sponsored outreach events (not obligatory)
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Administration costs and Taxes

*Applies exclusively to the paid volunteer package – not applicable for the Program Scholarship participants.

  • Everything that is listed in the Certification Program Package plus:
  • A fully furnished studio apartment
  • Electric, water and internet
  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Ferry Tickets
  • Bike Rental (not including repairs)

*Homestay and other housing options are available upon request. Please contact a student advisor at for more information.

  • Airfare to and from Cancun
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Additional local transportation
  • Meals and general living expenses
  • Housing (housing is included in GAP Year Program fees)

Accommodation Package

Additionally, we offer customizable accommodation packages that can include:

  • Housing
  • Airport Transportation
  • Ferry Tickets
  • Meals
  • Trips, Outings and Excursions
  • Diving Certifications
  • Cooking Classes
  • Spanish Lessons
  • Bike, Moped and Golf Car Rentals
  • Local Discounts