The school is closed now.  Thanks so much for all your volunteer time and financial donations!



Volunteer efforts are vital for the success of La Gloria English School. Here are just a few ways you can become part of this important project:


Donate supplies to the school

We rely on donations from Isla's visitors to keep us supplied with school and office materials. What we need most are:

  • Color ink cartridges for our printers. These cost double the U.S. price in Mexico, and the school is in constant need of them:   HP 60 or HP 60XL color for our HP DeskJet F4480
  • Motivating prizes for students: gel pens, small toy cars, 8-12 colored pencil sets -
  • Good used clothing, including baby, children’s or adult casual for our low-cost clothing sales, and to donate to families in need.

spring 2013 classroom wish-list

  • hot laminating sheets 
  • Simple pocket folders for student use,
  • colored markers, crayons, colored pencils, hand-held pencil sharpeners, erasers,
  • glue sticks and Elmer's school glue, spiral bound notebooks, pens, rulers,
  • Ingles para Latinos Level 1 & 2, (book)  by William S. Harvey (new or used)
  • Spanish-English dictionaries (60,000+ words)

Wish-list from the La Gloria community

We sell these items at very low cost at our clothing sales to people in the community as a fundraiser for the school. We also give them out to students in our classes and to people we identify as needing them.

  • Good used clothing except women's dresses, especially needed are baby and children's clothing and children's white t-shirts used for school uniforms.
  • Clear packing tape, masking tape, scotch tape
  • Coloring markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Coloring books (non-violent if possible)

Donated items can either be brought to the English School or dropped off at a number of local businesses:

Please do not mail items to the School. The message board at may help you get in contact with someone who is visiting the island that will be willing to bring your donated items.

If you plan to visit the school, please see Visiting La Gloria English School on the "Programs" page for guidelines.


Visitors are welcome and encouraged to observe a class in action. You are welcome to observe quietly, or to volunteer in a class to help students with pronunciation and vocabulary (no Spanish required) or join the Conversation Class to help new English-speakers practice their skills.

Please review the class schedule and contact the staff at to schedule a class visit. Visiting one class is a great way to bring meaning to your vacation but the more times you are with the same students, the more rewarding your experience will be. Past volunteers have found that a commitment of at least four classes will ensure a lasting connection with the students.

The teachers ask that you respect a few simple rules:

Teachers need to prepare the classroom so will be unable to chat with you just prior to the class but will be happy to afterwards if they are not preparing for another class.

No photography during classes without previous permission. You are welcome to take pictures beforehand or afterwards.

Your children are welcome to observe and volunteer but must be accompanied by an adult.

Visiting Isla Mujeres? How to find us  

  Isla Mujeres is a small island, five miles long and a half-mile wide, located off the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, just a short ferry ride from Cancun. La Gloria English School is in the La Gloria neighborhood, about four miles from the town center.

La Gloria English School
Mza. 156, Lote 20,
Calle Lizeta, Colonia La Gloria
Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo
Mexico c.p. 77400

Phone: 52 998-274-0243


Thanks to for the use of this map.

By cab or bus: Ask the driver to take you to the English School (Escuela de Ingles). Directing them to La Gloria School may be confusing as there are a number of schools in the La Gloria community.

By golf cart or moped:  Drive south from the town center, turning left  (east, towards the Caribbean) and curve right to go past the air strip. Continue south past the PEMEX gas station, and just past the kindergarden. Take the left turn so you are again travelling along the eastern Caribbean shoreline.(Follow the Garrafon signs). Continue past the Mango Café and La Villa la Bella (with a sign “Beer so cold it will make your teeth hurt”).  Continue south another mile past a white and gold two-story apartment building on the right.  Immediately start counting intersections and turn right at the third street at the apartment building Casitas del Mar. The street name is Calle Lizeta. The school is up the hill one and a half blocks on the left-hand side.

From in the community of La Gloria, the English School is directly east up the hill from the Super Express grocery store.

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