Dynamic, creative, energetic teachers, passionate about children and creative methods in education are needed for a progressive, alternative, bilingual English/Spanish International School.
Teacher openings are available immediately in our primary program at Las Terrenas International School. Ideal candidates are creative, resourceful, and flexible, with an adventurous spirit. We are a small, dynamic team that works together closely for the benefit of our children.
Teachers come as volunteers of the Fundación Mahatma Gandhi and are paid a living stipend and other limited benefits. Part of our financial limitations are due to the fact that, in order to create a greater access to quality, bilingual education, 70% of students receive some type of scholarship or financial discount, and full-paying families help subsidize students that are not able to pay a full tuition. Many students are funded through partial or full scholarships.
We encourage volunteer teachers to come with a strong value of service, as this is a fundamental value of the Fundación Mahatma Gandhi. Teachers that come to LTIS do so because of a good-hearted willingness to be of service to humanity and to the community, even though as a small, local non-profit, we cannot provide the same monetary benefits of larger, “for profit” international schools.
Teach a small class (maximum 18 per class, most 12-14) in a diverse environment that encourages hands on, project-based learning, creativity and innovation, while living in a small Dominican/tourist town on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the Samaná Peninsula, recently named as one of the 50 places to visit for its unspoiled beauty. Las Terrenas is a community of 25,000 people in which, in addition to a majority of people of Dominican ancestry, there are people from at least 40 different nationalities, mostly of French, Haitian, Italian, German, Spanish, Canadian or U.S. origin.
In our eight years of experience as an alternative, bilingual school, we’ve discovered that volunteer teachers that do well have a clear understanding of the Foundation’s mission and vision, are flexible and adaptable, think and act in culturally-appropriate ways, are good-hearted but not paternalistic, respect our history and context, are resourceful and, more importantly, are generous in their positive and supportive attitude, in the use of their talents and in their ability to express compassion toward students, colleagues and the members of the community.
* Las Terrenas International school is a unique project of the Fundación Mahatma Gandhi (founded in 2005), that aspires to integrate local Dominican, Haitian and multi-ethnic children into classrooms with children of expats from 25 countries, as part of the ideal of helping create the next generation of community leaders and change agents.
* We advocate creative, hands-on, project-based learning that inspires children to love learning. The emphasis is on learning how to learn.
* We encourage teacher creativity and resourcefulness! Teach free of rigid testing requirements and curriculum.
* Unique school in a natural setting.
* Live and work within walking distance of some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
* Even as we promote compassion and a supportive environment for students, many of whom live in challenging and diverse conditions, we are equally committed to a strong academic program and fostering strong academic skills while avoiding paternalistic attitudes.
* Our classrooms are very diverse. Ethnicity, academic skills, socio-economic background, language skills and readiness for learning vary from child to child, creating a wonderful, yet demanding environment suitable for teachers who are creative, resourceful and energetic.
* Teachers are mostly self-managed. The Foundation and school believe that the best teachers require very limited supervision and are able to operate out of sound principles of integrity and respect, toward themselves, toward others and toward the Foundation/school.
* A firm commitment to a full school year of service is necessary for us to provide quality education to our students. Because of difficulties in hiring qualified bilingual teachers, we prefer if volunteers perform to the best of their ability and, if their commitment changes, that they would stay through the end of the first semester (December). It is an extreme hardship for our school to find suitable bilingual teachers in the Fall, or in the midst of the school year.
* If the school finances allow it, teachers are offered a small one-time bonus in January, after their 1st semester of service, and a slightly higher stipend during their second year.
* Trained, Certified Teachers with minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree.
* Provide a CV, copy of a diploma and credit transcript with application.
* Experience a plus, but will hire highly committed 1st year teachers.
* Bilingual Spanish/English desired. Native fluency in either English or Spanish required. An ability to read or understand English is highly desirable.
* Philosophically aligned with the mission and vision of the Fundación Mahatma Gandhi
* Experience and/or training with creative, child-centered, project based education.
* A positive, supportive and culturally-appropriate attitude that fosters team work and collaboration among teachers.
* Teachers are required to obtain a Dominican visa prior to arriving, which is good for up to 11 months. When applicable, exit overstay taxes, if any, will be paid by the school at the end of the school year.
* Our Foundation’s values would not support teachers that are illegal drug-users, alcoholic, or who support the sexual exploitation of minors. Such conditions would cause immediate termination of the teacher’s volunteer service.
* Unfortunately, Las Terrenas and LTIS are not fully accessible locations. Potential candidates with physical limitations may not be suitable to local conditions. Extreme medical or mental health conditions may render a candidate potentially unsuitable for volunteer service due local conditions.
Volunteer Teacher Benefits
* Living stipend equal to 300% of the basic national salary.
* Basic local health coverage for teachers after thirty days of service. Higher-level and family coverage is possible for an additional teacher contribution.
* Free tuition for up to two children.
A small, Dominican style house with a fully-equipped kitchen and three shared bedroom is made available to qualified teachers for US$50/month (shared room) or $100/month (single room). Up to 200 KW/month are provided to all occupants for free each month, plus drinking water, cooking gas, internet access and phone, beds, kitchen appliances, linen and regular maintenance. Excess kilowatts are shared by all people in the house (after 200 KWs the cost of electricity doubles based on local costs of electricity). Space in Casa Paz is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and it is an optional privilege, not a benefit. Casa Paz is a pet-free, smoke-free, drug-free housing for Foundation’s volunteers. Community living is key to the function of Casa Paz. We reserve the right to offer or deny the use of Casa Paz to anyone. Casa Paz is not owned by the Foundation, but is offered