Youth English Teacher

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Abriendo Mentes Published: July 6, 2015


We are currently seeking a Youth English Teacher to join our team in Potrero, Costa Rica. The position begins on August 17, 2015.

The successful candidate will share a passion for our cause and values. They will deliver English classes in Potrero Monday through Thursday and on Friday coordinate a fun group activity such as sports, arts, or games. We are seeking motivated and flexible candidates who possess a positive attitude and a willingness to invest time and effort into the organization and the wider community by actively contributing to the delivery of Abriendo Mentes’ vision.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement all daily PreK-6 English classes/activities
  • Design interdisciplinary activities for weekly lessons
  • Schedule classes and notify students and parents of any schedule changes
  • Supervise, incorporate and assist Classroom Aides and facilitate their classroom orientation
  • Coordinate and execute all Fun Friday activities with the help of Classroom Aides
  • Track attendance and related incentive programs
  • Assist with matriculation and update list as necessary
  • Record lesson plans in AM Youth English documents
  • Coordinate and execute English evaluations with assistance from volunteers
  • Maintain clean and well-organized classroom and Youth English office space
  • Track materials and notify Program Coordinator of any additional resources needed
  • Maintain strong communication with supervisors, volunteers, parents, and partner schools



  • ESL teaching experience (6 months +)
  • ESL certified a plus
  • Experience working and/or teaching in a diverse classroom environment with mixed ages
  • Strong classroom management abilities
  • Ability to create relevant English lessons for mixed abilities. Lesson planning skills preferred
  • Experience living or working abroad, preferably in Latin America
  • Bilingual with native English and advanced Spanish
  • Commitment of 6 months. Preference will be given to those who can commit to one year
  Skills and Knowledge needed:
  • Classroom management strategies for bilingual classroom
  • Lesson planning skills preferred
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Creative
  • Approachable and personable
  • Resourceful
  • Upbeat and positive
  • Organized

Materials needed to Apply

To apply: To apply for the Youth English Teacher position, please visit our website and submit an application at the bottom of the page here. For additional questions, please email Start Date: Classes begin on August 17, 2015. Candidates should plan to arrive no later than Wednesday, August 12, 2015 for training and orientation. Preference will be given to applicants who can stay for one year, the minimum contract term considered is through December 18, 2015.
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