With winter officially here, you may be looking out your window at grey skies and snowdrifts, wishing you could have your sunny summer back again. Well guess what? You can! As the new year begins, so do many exciting teaching opportunities in toasty destinations like Mexico and Central America. That means you get the chance to head south, escape the cold, and soak up that warm summer feeling all over again.


Ranking among the most charming cities in Latin America, La Antigua is colorful escape from a grey North American winter. With onsite TEFL certification courses right there in the city, and plenty of language schools offering jobs to grads starting in January, this can be a stress-free teach abroad experience for newbies.

Costa Rica

Small but diverse, Costa Rica is a notoriously peaceful country that continues to draw English teachers year after year. Teach English in the bustling Central Valley, and enjoy spring-like temps year-round. From there, you’ll be ideally located to make weekend getaways to the surrounding beaches, rainforests and volcanoes. You can get hired for six-month teaching contract and see how it goes but don’t be surprised if you never want to leave!


Beaches like those along the sparkling Riviera Maya in Mexico are the standard mid-winter fantasy of those of us who live in colder climes. Why not bring that fantasy to life by heading south this winter to get TEFL certified? Take your course along the white-sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, then pick from Mexico’s many tempting teaching destinations, such as cosmopolitan and cultured Mexico City, quaint, colonial Oaxaca, or the artsy coastal town of Puerto Vallarta.

So what are you waiting for? Head to Latin America this January to escape the cold and start your 2013 off in warm, tropical style! We’ve got some tips to immerse yourself and living like the locals do!

Qualify to teach in Mexico or Central America with a course from TEFLOnline.com!