TEFL jobs in Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a fascinating place with a rich culture to explore as well as the enviable weather and gorgeous natural surroundings.
Most teachers in the Dominican Republic teach on a tourist visa, but there are some schools who are willing to help their staff secure a work visa. British Citizens travelling to the Dominican Republic for tourism don’t need a visa. On arrival you will normally be granted a 30-day stay. This can be extended to 120 days by paying for an extension when you leave the country.
Where to find work in Dominican Republic
When it comes to finding a job, the easiest route is to contact schools in person once you’re in the country. Private Language Schools will hire year-round (with the exception of a low period around Christmas) so you can pretty much just turn up and try to make some contacts. For more highly paid jobs at international schools that specify they want teachers with a degree and a TEFL, they might be willing to interview a teacher on Skype before they travel. While it isn’t always necessary to have a degree to teach here, one thing that is useful is speaking a little bit of Spanish, so if you can brush up on your school Spanish classes, this will put you in good stead for making a good impression.
Employers in Dominican Republic
The Abraham Lincoln School in La Romana is a bilingual school. To apply for current positions, send a CV with a recent photograph.
Colegio Adventista is an international school that conducts its lessons in Spanish but does provide some French and English instruction.
Doulos Discovery School is a Christian bilingual school in Jarabacoa. As well as full-time teaching staff they also offer internships for those who have recently finished high school or university. Their staff are referred to as ‘missionaries’ and are asked to provide a high-quality spiritual and academic instruction for students. You need to “possess a personal and mature relationship with Jesus Christ” as well as having a degree and teaching qualification.
DR1 has a classified message board where you can ask the online community for help in finding a job or volunteering position in the Dominican Republic. You can also search through past posts to read any helpful information that might lead you to a place to work.
The Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano teaches students of all ages. Applicants can submit their CV by email or use the contact page.
Peace Villages has a number of programs you can get involved in. While teaching English isn’t the main activity, it’s a great way to get experience and to get into the country. As well as volunteers, there are also internships for those with the correct qualifications.
Outreach 360 offers summer internships to teaching volunteers, and now also supports those who want to volunteer teaching English online.
Santiago Christian School looks for experienced teachers who will inspire their learners while pointing them to Jesus, and consider their position not just as a job, but as a calling. The school will assist with acquiring a work visa and moving to the Dominican Republic, and also provide the initial flight out. Insurance is provided and teachers also receive lunch at school.
Supporting Guasa is a grassroots NGO with a focus on sustainable education.
UCNE looks for English speaking teachers who are graduates in education related subjects or who have experience of working with children. Applicants must be aged between 21-38, and will need intermediate Spanish ability. Contracts are for 6 months or one year, starting either in September or January. Working hours are 8am – 3pm, with lunch provided at school. The salary is $650 per month, and teachers are provided with a shared apartment with utilities included.