About the city of Hermosillo: The Majestic “City of the Sun”
Hermosillo is the Capital City of the State of Sonora located 2037 km from Mexico City, via federal highways 57, 45, 110, 90 and 15 in Mexico. Hermosillo is also known as the City of the Oranges because of the abundance of oranges in its territory. Called the majestic “City of the Sun”, it is a sister city to Phoenix, Arizona. It has a population close to one million residents and is highly bi-lingual, with English being highly promoted and widely spoken – especially in tourism-related businesses.
Among the main attractions you can visit in Hermosillo are: The Government Palace, which has interesting murals, Zaragoza Square and its Moorish kiosk, The Cathedral of La Asuncion, The Del Carmen and Espiritu Santo Chapels, The modern building of the Autonomous University of Sonora, where the Museum of the State is situated. There are also: Madero Park, The Culture House, the Tres Pueblos Square and The Batuc Church. Nearby on La Campana Hill (the Bell Hill), there is a lookout from where 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 main festivity in Hermosillo is the Vendimia Feast, which is celebrated on June 21st-26th, with a parade of floats and an industrial exhibition.
How about teaching English in Sonora?
Instituto Soria High School
Contact: Selma Guerra, Language Program Coordinator
The program is constantly improving, monitored by education investigators that work within our Soria Educational Group. Our Language Program includes English and French. Currently there are about 600 students. The campus is located downtown, close to the commercial and financial area of the city. Our teachers work 40 hours a week, 20 teaching hours, and 20 hours organizing and preparing material, lesson plans, attending to workshops, and other activities related to the field. Our groups vary from 10 to 25 students. Teaching at Instituto Soria is a great opportunity for teachers: the school was founded in 1918 and is located about three hours from the U.S.A. border. You will have access to the Pacific Ocean, which is about an hour 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: Native English speaker, a Bachelors degree in related field (this is Mandatory), some teaching experience, 26 year old minimum 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 ability is also desired.
Universidad del Noroeste
Contact: Carmen Garcia, Language Department Coordinator
University seeking 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 should work well with others and enjoy teamwork, be patient, and able to handle multiple tasks at once. Also required are a willingness to learn and participate in another culture, and a good sense of humor. Your job responsibilities would encompass a work schedule varying from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 40 hours per week. (20 hours teaching, and 20 hours for administrative duties). You would teach up to 3 classes daily, offer tutoring, do class planning and administrative duties in addition to attending meetings, seminars, and occasionally conducting training and workshops.
The university is located in Hermosillo, the capital city of Sonora. It is a border state, which means that is significantly different from the tourist-oriented parts of Mexico. It is definitely Mexico but the influence of the U.S. is apparent. Life here is often dictated by the climate, which is over 110 F during the summer months, which is a great 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 since there is a close relationship with Arizona. However, English is not their first priority since they are in professional degree programs at UNO. The University completely supports learning English and stresses its importance for the various programs.
Instituto Mexicano Americano de Relaciones Culturales
Blvd. Navarrete y Monteverde
Telephone: 526 214 – 0781
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 principally 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
Telephone: 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 audio-visual facilities including their own closed-circuit TV network. There are conversation club classes and video sessions sponsored as a normal part of student learning activities. They would like to have certified, experienced teachers, but will consider enthusiastic, out-going, applicants who have a strong desire to enter the English teaching field. Additional contact information for their numerous locations can be obtained online at their website address listed above.