Hourly Paid Teacher

Date: 7 Sep 2023

Location: Mexico City, Americas, MX, Mexico

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.


Further Information 
Contract Type: External hourly paid up to 1 year (renewable for further year with mutual consent)
Location: Mexico City
Note: no relocation package will be offered.
Closing Date: Ongoing post.


Role Purpose
Teachers in Mexico will promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English; they will also support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission. 


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following

Support British Council’s global English strategy by:

  • Planning, preparing and delivering high quality English language teaching that meets the needs of different customer groups, taking into account individual learning styles.
  • Monitoring progress and providing regular feedback to help manage students’ performance throughout the course, and actively promote learner autonomy.
  • Contributing to the development, evaluation, and improvement of English language courses, materials and related services.
  • Ensuring teaching meets the standards expected in Teaching and Learning Reviews, the annual Academic Quality Plan and organisational expectations.
  • Using technology during lessons when required.
  • Finishing administrative tasks in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Contributing to the development of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships by enhancing students’ understanding of the contemporary UK.
  • Assisting in covering classes for colleagues.
  • Actively engaging in professional development and performance management to ensure quality and high standards in teaching and learning and maintaining British Council’s position at the forefront of best ELT practices.
  • Supporting local marketing and promotional strategy and assisting the teaching centre team in delivering excellent customer service.
  • Ensuring safeguarding and other guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policy for the following areas:
    • Safeguarding
    • Equality, diversity and inclusion
    • Health and safety
    • Information governance and risk management


Requirements of the role

  • High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module
  • Cambridge CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL or equivalent
  • Undergraduate/University degree 
  • A minimum of 2 years post-certificate i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL experience gained from teaching a variety of age groups and levels from young learners through to adults
  • You should have experience in teaching two or more of the following age groups:
    • Very young learners <4 (400+ hours)
    • Young learners aged 4 to 7 (400+ hours)
    • Young learners aged 8 to 12 (400+ hours)
    • Young learners aged 13 to 17 (400+hours)
    • Adults aged 18+ (800+ hours)


Additional information

  • Teachers normally teach over a five-day week, variable through Monday to Saturday, and will also be placed on the cover timetable.  Classes are currently offered from 07.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 08.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Saturdays. Teachers are expected to be available for work on Saturdays during most terms and to be flexible with their schedule to cover the core business needs. Every effort is made to reduce split shifts although operational needs may require them.
  • Hourly-paid teachers are scheduled on a termly basis depending on their availability and the teaching centre’s needs. 
  • Classes are offered face-to-face in both our on-site premises and off-site in companies and partner schools.  All teachers regardless of contract type should be prepared to teach in all locations. Travel time and or expenses may be compensated for some locations in line with the local travel policy.
  • All teachers are expected to be able to eventually teach on all course types: Adults, Young Learners, Business, and Exam preparation, and to support development of courses and materials in these areas.
  • Training support and mentoring will be offered to teachers who are teaching a course for the first time.
  • Rates of pay per hour (Mexican pesos)
    • Teaching Delta / Trinity Dip or equivalent: $440mx
    • Teaching CELTA (CELTA plus two years): $418mx
    • Teacher Training: $553mx



A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.


Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.  We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org


Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.