Teach TEFL in The Dominican Republic

Date posted:2009-03-16 | Writer: Academia Internacional de Cabrera | Email: [email protected]

The Academia Internacional de Cabrera (AIC) is seeking two energetic and creative teachers for the 2009-2010 school year. AIC was established 2 years ago in the small town of Cabrera on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The aim of the school is to provide a quality, affordable bilingual education (Spanish and English) to local children.

Located in a former disco, the pre-K through 7th grade school has around 100 students (90 Dominicans and about a dozen foreign students from the US, France, and Switzerland). There are currently 6 core staff (from the DR, England, Canada and Puerto Rico), 3 pre-school teachers, and 5 ancillary staff who teach English, Spanish and PE. AIC generally follows the local curriculum, with additional instruction in English and a project-based methodology. Unlike the local public schools, AIC offers full-day instruction (from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM). The school is relatively well resourced, but obtaining teaching materials and services such as photocopying and Internet connectivity can be challenging.

Incoming teachers would teach a class from 1st to 7th grade. (There is also an opportunity to work in the pre-school.) There is significant demand for English instruction by parents and other community members, so teachers with ESL/EFL teaching experience are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of Spanish (or a willingness to learn) would be helpful for communication with students, parents and fellow teachers.

Preferred qualifications • Enthusiastic • Creative and resourceful • Collegial • Primary school teaching certificate and experience preferred • TESOL/TEFL teaching qualification and experience a plus • Montessori training (for pre-school teachers) a plus • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus • Experience living and working in a developing country a plus


This position promises a good professional experience and a nice place to live for a year (or more), but is closer to a volunteer assignment or full-year internship. AIC is partly supported by private donors and student tuition, which is kept low to allow lower and middle-income residents of Cabrera to attend. Local teacher salaries range from $300-$600. Foreign teachers are provided a $500 monthly stipend – enough to live comfortably in Cabrera. The school’s steering committee is working to secure housing allowances for foreign teachers, but this is not yet an official part of the compensation package. Unfortunately, travel expenses to and from the DR cannot be covered.

About Cabrera

Cabrera is a small village along the picturesque North Coast of the country. It has a very authentic “parque” in the center of town, which is alive with music, dancing, Cuba libres and just “being seen” on the weekends. The town is peaceful and safe, with excellent access to a half-dozen world-class beaches (5-15 minutes drive in either direction).


Please send resume and an expression of interest to Will Radecki at the e-mail address given on the job heading. For questions or more information, please email or call (831) 621-3865.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


This unit probably could have provided more example of separable and inseparable transitive verbs. I found myself reading outside sources other than this unit to understand it thoroughly. The unit did a great job of explaining the modal verbs and when and how each verb can be properly used. This material is very important to know because teaching it can be very confusing to the learner if not taught properly.As a teacher, handling teaching material is an important part of teaching a language properly. In this case, this unit explains how to use the material properly and the do's and don'ts. The material is important to teach all the components of a language: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. This unit also emphasize that multiple material usage most be implemented in order to make an efficient classroom.