Employment at Monteverde Friends School

Teachers at Monteverde Friends School connect with studentsOur teachers are highly committed and very experienced, and open to new places as well as new ways of thinking. They love their students, and they work well together. Our small classes provide for a close connection between teachers and their students. Strong relationships with colleagues, as well as friendships and collaboration with students and parents, create a deep sense of community for our faculty.

We look for teachers who are bilingual, meaning that they can both speak and read in Spanish and English.  While we require that teachers whose native language is English teach in English, Spanish is necessary to communicate with other faculty members, parents and members of the community.  Spanish classes require faculty who speak Spanish as their native language.

We give preference to candidates who:

  • are bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • have experience teaching in the content areas and grade levels that they would be teaching at Monteverde Friends School
  • are willing to commit for at least two years
  • are Quaker or who strongly support our statement of Vision, Mission and Philosophy
  • have experience or strong desire to work with a wide range of students
  • are willing to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • have experience working in a bilingual school setting
  • have experience living in a Spanish-speaking country
  • have experience living in a rural community in a developing country

While teaching here, many teachers take the opportunity to improve their Spanish as well as to develop a greater understanding of Costa Rican culture.  On long weekends and during vacations, teachers may explore what Costa Rica has to offer.

Job Openings

We have an opening starting January 9 for a Middle School Social Studies/English teacher. We are seeking a teacher who is experienced with middle school aged children (grades 5 though 8) and who is qualified to teach English and Social studies.  Each class consists of two grades, 5/6 (16 students)  and 7/8 (15 students).  For this Spring semester 5/6 Social Studies will be on focused on the World as a Living System and Environmentalism and 7/8 will be focused on the Middle East.  English classes will include reading literature related to social studies, along with writing, including mechanics, syntax, etc.  Specific job responsibilities will include teaching their four academic classes and leading the 7/8 homeroom.

Please contact us at employment.mfs@gmail.com for the application form and to supply the following materials: 1) Resume, 2) 3 recommendations.

For job descriptions, see teacherjobdesc03031

To see the amazing team you would be working with, check out teacher bios.

Local biologist Mark Wainwright leads a hike for teachers and their families.


We are always looking for volunteers to help in many aspects of our school.  If you are interested in volunteering, please read about our program for Visiting Volunteers.  Volunteers must be 20 years of age because of the age of our students.


Monteverde Friends School is also a great place to create an internship experience to enhance your education program. Read more here.