TEFL Certification Program Information

What’s the program all about?

With VolunQuest’s TEFL Certification Program, you will go through a multi faceted 120 hour TEFL course and an additional 50+ hours of teacher training that has been specifically developed to prepare you for paid TEFL jobs at home and abroad. VolunQuest’s TEFL certification focuses on preparing its students for real world experience in both private and public sectors.

Our certification is accredited through the Ministry of Education of Quintana Roo, Mexico not an arbitrary accreditation board or one specific University. The focus of the course is about assessing student’s needs in a variety of settings, following a curriculum, creating a need specific curriculum, generating original materials and gaining invaluable hands on experience in the nationally accredited public primary schools in Mexico. There is no other TEFL program currently available that conditions its participants to become quality English teachers as well as VolunQuest’s.

As a program participant, you will be able to enjoy all the pleasures this stunning destination has to offer, with optional secure living arrangements and the full support of VolunQuest.

What’s unique about VolunQuest?

VolunQuest is the first private organization in the Republic of Mexico to give English lessons in the public primary schools, offering the only opportunity that exists for foreigners to teach English in the public primary schools of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The value of this program is immeasurable for your future scholastic and professional goals, especially when applying for paid TEFL jobs abroad.

At the same time that you will be gaining a quality education, invaluable experience and a highly distinguished TEFL certification you will also be providing an English language education in an environment where it is a necessity, not a luxury. Your students need to learn English in order to become successful members of their economy and society. What is truly unique about the VolunQuest program is that is the only opportunity that is mutually beneficial for both its participants as well as the community that it operates within.

What are the benefits?

  • A TEFL Certificate through the Mexican Ministry of Education (4 week program minimum)
  • Accreditation certificate for teaching hours earned (2 or 3 week program)
  • Orientation and intensive training upon arrival
  • Collaborative lesson planning and material creation
  • Monday-Friday work week (with some exceptions for special events)
  • Continuous training and supervision throughout the program
  • Access to office materials which include young learner books, school supplies, a printer/copy machine, printer paper, teaching materials, ESL teaching guides and references, etc.
  • Full-immersion in the local community
  • Participation in VolunQuest sponsored outreach events
  • A letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program
  • Living and working in Isla Mujeres!

Our TEFL Course

After completing VolunQuest’s 170+ hour TEFL program you will be prepared to work in both private and public sectors, teaching children and/or adults in any country of the world. No other TEFL course prepares its students for today’s international job market quite as well as VolunQuest’s does. Our focus is on assessing your student’s needs and creating relevant material that they can use and will remember.

We pride ourselves on equipping our students with an arsenal of teaching methodologies and techniques that work and giving them the practice and confidence in the classroom that will allow them to be more selective of what paid TEFL jobs they apply for in the future.

120-Hour TEFL Course

  • Grammar Crash Course
  • Assessment
  • Teaching Methodologies
  • Classroom Management
  • Multiculturalism
  • Teaching a New Language
  • Media and Technology in the Classroom
  • Following a Curriculum (using PNIEB of Mexico as an example)
  • Creating Original Materials
  • Young Learners
  • Adults

50+ Hour Teaching Practicum

  • 50+ Hours of Supervised Teaching Practicum
  • Job Placement Assistance

During your teaching practicum, you will be placed with another teacher in one of the four primary schools, grades first through sixth, in Isla Mujeres. You will work with all of VolunQuest’s teachers during our collaborative lesson planning sessions daily. This is an example of what your daily schedule will look like:

* Expect in addition to lesson planning, an additional hour of homework a night. Your teaching schedule will also be fewer hours on days when your personal projects and homework will require more time. This is an example of a typical daily schedule.

MonTuesWedThurFri
:
7:00-7:50
Mon:
X (Late Start)
Tues:
2nd B
Wed:
4th B
Thur:
2nd B
Fri:
4th B
:
8:00-8:50
Mon:
3rd B
Tues:
3rd A
Wed:
1st A
Thur:
3rd B
Fri:
1st A
:
9:00-9:50
Mon:
2nd A
Tues:
1st B
Wed:
2nd A
Thur:
1st B
Fri:
3rd A
:
10:00-10:30
Mon:
Recess
Tues:
Recess
Wed:
Recess
Thur:
Recess
Fri:
Recess
:
10:30-11:10
Mon:
6th B
Tues:
4th A
Wed:
6th A
Thur:
4th A
Fri:
5th B
:
11:10-11:45
Mon:
5A
Tues:
5B
Wed:
5A
Thur:
6B
Fri:
6A

TEFL Course in VolunQuest Offices: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Collaborative Lesson Planning: 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Summer TEFL Program

Our summer TEFL program is run the same way for our TEFL students, but a little bit differently for our summer school students in Isla Mujeres. We still continue to educate them with the same quality curriculum that we use during the regular school year, and continue to operate in the public schools of Isla Mujeres, but in smaller groups and three full hours a day with each group.

When you participate with VolunQuest during our summer program, expect to be assigned one group of about 20-25 students from one grade (1st-8th), for three hours, either during the morning shift (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) or the afternoon shift (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM). This is an example of a typical day during our summer TEFL certification program:

Summer TEFL Program Schedule
9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSummer Camp Class Time
12:00 PM – 1:00 PMLunch Break
1:00 PM – 5:00 PMTEFL Course in VolunQuest Offices
5:45 PM – 6:45 PM Collaborative Lesson Planning
2 Additional HoursHomework and Projects

What are the requirements?

  • 18 years or older
  • High school graduate
  • Minimum of 2 week commitment

*If you meet these requirements and can commit to 6 months with VolunQuest, please take a look to see if you are qualified for our Program Scholarship.