Oct 15, 2009, 5:32 PM
Post #1 of 15
This is my first post in the forum and while I have read some interesting comments about the Mexican educational system, I have some pointed questions about this one area in particular.
About me: I am a 38 year old Caucasian male, never married, no kids. I have a MA in something Poli Sci and have received word that I am a serious contender for a contract with PrepaTec at ITESM-Guadalajara. I can find nothing substantial on Google about the institution as most of the things in English quote Wikipedia (a fantastic marketing tool, let's leave it at that) and it appears to be awash in self-aggrandizing propaganda. (I mean self-promotion, really!) Unfortunately, my Spanish is still fairly rudimentary. This is one of the motivating factors for accepting this position- I will get out of the campo and meet some educated people.
I would like to hear about the area near the campus and about the school itself. It seems a number of the active forum members are seasoned educators and long-time residents. I am open to the good, the bad, the ugly and the scandalous. This is not my first experience with Latin America; I know of one 'educator' at a prestigious private school who photoshopped my diploma to get a job while I was asleep, for example. (Given the fact that he is the most effective instructor in that specialty and the paper was the only thing preventing him from being hired, I have few complaints.) I am aware of the differences between US/Canadian institutions and the rest of the world.
Specific areas I'd like to hear about include the Prepa Tec concept itself, the quality (and motivation) of the students, areas near the school, opportunities for socializing... that sort of thing. Also, how much money should I be making? is $1,000USD (in MXP) adequate? Is $2,000USD is more appropriate? Do I need more?
I would like to thank all contributors in advance.
edit- spelling error corrected. I use five languages regularly,all of which use alternative spellings of words. Practical advice welcomed.
(This post was edited by homeless_vagabond on Oct 15, 2009, 8:35 PM)