What am I still doing in Cancun?

The adventures of an American single mommy working and playing in paradise.

Moving to Cancun E-mail Number 8


     I had now started teaching English in the first school where I worked, Ingles Individual. I sound so positive…little did I know that 10 years later I would do just about anything to avoid teaching English.

Dear Family and Friends,

     My butt hurts because I have been sitting here forever. These chairs are kind of hard and they are made for very short people. (Go figure?!) 🙂

     Anyway, I found myself in an interesting predicament this week. One of the other schools, the one that pays the most money of all, called me on Tuesday. On Wednesday I went in to speak with the director. I knew this was going to happen! Anyway, after I gave it some thought, I decided to stay where I am. I really like the school already. Everyone calls me “Teechair Kristin” (I remember feeling like such a fraud. They called me teacher with such respect, and I had been a teacher for all of 5 minutes.) I already know many students and I like the other teachers. Sometimes other things are more important than money. (Sometimes, but not now. lol) If in 6 months I can’t live on this money, maybe I’ll change schools. My school pays 33 pesos an hour. The other school that called me pays 80. (LOL 33 Pesos is a little more than 2 Dollars!)

     Well, I’ll tell you a little more about my school. I will work 5 days a week, for 7 or 8 hours and a few hours on Saturday morning. There are 6 teachers. One is the head teacher. His name is Raul and he is Mexican. There is also one other Mexican man, a man from Jamaica and two people from England, a man and a woman. (I got to be really good friends with the English girl and we stayed friends after I quit. Her name was Natalie and she eventually left Cancun and we lost touch. I wish I could find her!!! The English man now teaches tennis in the hotel where my husband works.) Quite the international staff! The students range in age from about 10 to 40 or 50 years old. Most are very eager to learn, which is so nice. All of the students want to know where I’m from and everything about me. It is also so nice to hear all about them and their families while practicing conversation.

     Well, life is now boring! Work and sleep! No, actually, I don’t think I will be bored at the school. At first it will be a challenge, and then I think I will be inspired by the students. I already am! Anyway, every morning it is warm and sunny, and I LOVE my 5 minute walk to work! NO MORE TRAFFIC! (Yeah, I’m back to dealing with traffic unfortunately.)


     Stay tuned…I think this girl gets deported soon!


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