About Hermosillo: The majestic "City of the Sun"
Hermosillo is the capital of the state of Sonora located 2037 km from Mexico City via federal highways 57, 45, 110, 90 and 15 of Mexico. Hermosillo is also known as the city of the oranges because of the abundance of oranges in its area. Called the majestic "City of the Sun", it is a sister city to Phoenix, Arizona. It has a population of close to a million inhabitants and is highly bilingual, with English being highly promoted and widely used – especially in tourism-related businesses.
Among the major attractions that you can visit in Hermosillo are: The Government Palace, which has interesting murals, Zaragoza Square and its Moorish Kiosk, La Asuncion Cathedral, Del Carmen and Espiritu Santo Chapels, the modern building of the Autonomous University of Sonora , where the State Museum is located. There are also: Madero Park, Culture House, Tres Pueblos Square and Batuc Church. Near La Campana Hill (Bell Hill) there is a view from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city. Another attraction is the Abelardo L. Rodriguez Dam, an ideal place for fishing. Hermosillo has several hotels and restaurants where the tourist can taste the famous regional cuisine. The biggest celebration in Hermosillo is the Vendimia party, which is celebrated on 21-26. June with a parade of floats and an industry show.
How about teaching English in Sonora?
Instituto Soria High School
Contact Person: Selma Guerra, Language Program Coordinator
The program is constantly improving, monitored by educational researchers working within our Soria Education Group. Our language program includes English and French. Currently, there are about 600 students. The campus is located in the city center close to the commercial and economic area of the city. Our teachers work 40 hours a week, 20 teaching hours and 20 hours organizing and compiling material, lesson plans, attending workshops and other activities related to the area. Our groups range from 10 to 25 students. Teaching at the Instituto Soria is a great opportunity for teachers: The school was founded in 1918 and is approximately three hours from the US border. You have access to the Pacific Ocean, which is about an hour away from the city. The climate is very hot so we ask our prospects to have been in hot weather before applying. The requirements for this full-time position are: Mother tongue, English, a bachelor's degree in related field (this is compulsory), some teaching experience, minimum 26 years of age; You must be willing to work as part of a team, be sociable, dynamic and flexible with an excellent personal appearance. Some Spanish speaking skills are also desired.
Universidad del Noroeste
Contact person: Carmen Garcia, Coordinator of the Language Department
The university seeks 3 full-time EFL teachers with experience working with groups of up to 20 students. Requirements include a Masters Degree in Related Field (MANDATORY), ability to speak Spanish at a basic or intermediate level. You must work well with others and enjoy teamwork, be patient and able to handle multiple tasks at once. A willingness to learn and participate in a different culture and a good sense of humor are also required. Your job responsibilities will include a work schedule that varies from 7 to 18 with 40 hours per week. (20 hours of teaching and 20 hours of administrative tasks). You teach up to 3 classes daily, offer instruction, perform class planning and administrative tasks in addition to attending meetings, seminars, and occasionally conducting training and workshops.
The university is located in Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora. It is a border state, which means that it differs significantly from the tourist-oriented parts of Mexico. It's certainly Mexico, but the US's influence is visible. Life here is often dictated by the climate that is over 110 F in the summer months, which is a good time to spend a weekend in nearby Kino Bay or San Carlos. The students here are very interested in learning English and have ample opportunity to practice as there is a close relationship with Arizona. However, English is not their first priority as they are in vocational education at UNO. The University fully supports the learning of English and emphasizes its importance for the various programs.
Instituto Mexicano Americano de Relaciones Culturales
Blvd. Navarrete y Monteverde
Phone: 0781 214 – 526
Contact: Patricia Arias
Most of the English programs here are for teen students. For their latest requirements, general information, salaries and positions or to submit an application, call or write directly to the school. They are primarily interested in teachers with experience and teacher certification. Teachers with experience and knowledge in other subjects and themes are also welcome to apply.
Calle Morelos (near the corner with Miguel Aleman Centro)
Obregon, Sonora 85000
Phone: 413 – 6793, 413 – 2862
Fax: 413 – 8089
Contact: Rosy Espinoza, administrator
A school with offices throughout Mexico that specializes in small classes. They have extensive audiovisual facilities, including their own closed television network. There are talk club classes and video sessions sponsored as a normal part of student learning activities. They want certified, experienced teachers, but want to consider enthusiastic, ongoing applicants who have a strong desire to enter the English field. Further contact information for their many locations can be found online at their website address listed above.