TEFL Certificate

  • Get an internationally recognized certificate in 4 weeks
  • Over 140 contact hours
  • Accomodation included in price
  • Experience with a variety of levels and ages

TEFL volunteer teach

  • As for the TEFL certification, AND
  • Teaching experience with immediate volunteer placement
  • Assist in the local community
  • Accomodation included in price

Language exchange

  • Experience teaching with all ages and levels
  • Daily Spanish lessons with experienced teachers
  • Total immersion experience with homestays


We believe that experience is everything; in teacher training, and in the time that you spend here. Accordingly, all our courses and programs aim to give you the most hands-on approach that you will find anywhere, which will prepare you perfectly and give you the confidence needed for the future.

  • TEFL Certificate
  • TEFL Volunteer Teach
  • Language Exchange

TEFL Certificate

Benefits of our program include:

  • Small class sizes of a maximum of 6 people, giving you customised, personal attention
  • Over 60 hours observing novice and experienced teachers
  • Up to 12 hours of hands on teaching practice for adults, adolescents and primary aged children; all the experience that employers are looking for
  • One to one lesson feedback with your qualified teacher trainer
  • Exposure to authentic language learning environments and classroom scenarios from day one and teaching experience within the first week
  • High quality certification that has allowed all our previous graduates to find work

See our TEFL course guidelines

Included in the course fee in addition to tuition:

  • Homestay with a local family included in the cost of the course, within walking distance of the Institute, providing a private room and bathroom. Please note that meals are not included.
  • All support materials (handbooks, handouts etc.)

    The course lasts 4 weeks and has a cost of US$1600 (non-refundable)

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Course Dates

  • 2016 - 2017:

  • October 30 - November 24, 2017
    November 27 - December 22, 2017
    January 2 - February 2, 2018
    February 12 - March 9, 2018
    April 9- May 4, 2018
    May 7- June 1, 2018
    June 4- June 29, 2018
    September 3 - September 28, 2018
    October 1 - October 26, 2018
    November 5 - November 30, 2018

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TEFL Volunteer Teach

Benefits of our program include:

All the benefits of the TEFL program

And in addition:

  • You will gain a minimum of 2 hours per day teaching experience and classroom contact time to quote on your resume in addition to the hours from your teaching certificate
  • You will be providing a service to the community and giving opportunity for native language access to local children
  • If you are unsure about the nature of a career in teaching, you will be able to try it out over a short period of time before committing to a standard teaching contract of a year or more

Please note:

  • This course requires an 8 week commitment: the first 4 weeks for the TEFL course and a subsequent 4 weeks of volunteer teaching
  • As for the standard TEFL course , homestay with a local family is included
  • All teaching locations are with in walking distance of your homestay and the Dunham Institute.

The program lasts 8 weeks and has a cost of US$1950.00

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Interested in taking Spanish lessons during your month of teaching?

There is an option to include 2 hours of Spanish lessons per day in your program for the duration of the last 4 weeks of your course. All classes are taught by certified teachers from the local community that have more than 5 years experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Cost for the language lessons is an additional US$450.

Total cost for the course including Spanish; US$1950 + US$450 = US$2400

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Language Exchange

Program benefits

  • You will gain valuable teaching experience with children, adolescents, as well as adults. In addition, you will be exposed to a variety of levels; beginners to upper intermediate being the most common
  • The 5 month period is a good period of time necessary to see changes in your Spanish level. You will have the chance to practice, get to know your strengths and weaknesses, and how to improve on the latter.
  • You will be living in a total immersion environment with your host family and the local community, thereby ensuring constant exposure and practice of your Spanish.
  • You will receive 2 hours a day of Spanish instruction with teachers who are university educated with a minimum 5 years experience teaching Spanish as a Second Language.
  • You will have the chance to get to know your host family, the friends you make in the local community, and participate in the local festivals and traditions. Your host families and friends, in turn, will get the chance to know you and the ways of your country.
  • You will have easy access to workshops in dance, marimba, woodworking, pottery, lacquer painting and embroidery to let you get to know the traditions and ideas of Chiapa de Corzo and its people. If you are interested in the full range of extracurricular activities available, send us an email.

Please note:

  • We hire only TEFL, or the equivalent, certified teachers. This ensures that our quality of teaching is high, matching the standards of the institute
  • You must be willing to make a 5 month commitment, which is the length of our semester. This is either end of August to January or February to end of June
  • You will receive 2 hours of Spanish lessons a day Monday through Friday, in the mornings.
  • You will be required to teach 3.5 hours of English to children, adolescents and adults from Monday to Friday, in the afternoons.
  • You will receive housing with a local family for the length of your stay, which does not include meals.
  • You will have 2 weeks off at Christmas and Easter and days off for all official holidays.

There is no cost for this program.

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