Employment at Monteverde Friends School

Teachers at Monteverde Friends School connect with students(Scroll down for current job openings) Our 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.

Anticipated Job Openings

All positions are full-time and begin on August 1, 2017.  Please see the entire section on Employment for terms and conditions of employment.
Special Education Teacher

We are seeking an individual with training and experience in special education.  There are several major aspects to this position:
1.  The SE teacher does some teaching (usually one-to-one) with students with learning differences.
2.  The SE teacher provides support to regular classroom teachers.  In this role the SE teacher helps research, brainstorm, and implement interventions to help struggling learners.

3.  The SE teacher oversees and participates in diagnosis of learning differences.

4.  The SE teacher staffs our Comité de Aployo (analogous to SAC or INRS teams in the US).
Elementary Teacher

Classroom teacher for a class of 3rd and 4th grade students.  This teacher will also be the homeroom teacher and teach all subjects except Spanish and Estudios Sociales for that group of 15-17 students.
Middle School Humanities Teacher

This position will include being the homeroom teacher for the 7th and 8th grade homeroom.  Teaching responsibilities will include English and Social Studies for the 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade classes.  Currently we are approaching English and Social Studies as a study in interdisciplinary humanities.

For teacher job descriptions, see teacherjobdesc03031.  Please contact us at employment.mfs@gmail.com for the application form and to supply the following materials: 1) Resume, 2) 3 recommendations.

Head of School

The Head of School manages all aspects of the school.  The Head of School oversees the academic program, and, together with the Co-Director for External Relations and Operations, has ultimate responsibility for hiring staff and for all aspects of the school operation.  For job description, see MFS_Head_of_School_Job_Description _2017-2018.  Please contact us at employment.mfs@gmail.com for the application form.

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.