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The Dominican Republic is the most-visited destination in the Caribbean, and for good reason.

The Dominican Republic is the most-visited destination in the Caribbean, and for good reason. If you can imagine gorgeous beaches, lush green forests and colourful colonial cities, then you have an idea of the beauty of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is a great destination for adventure lovers. It offers swamps, mountain ranges, tropical rainforests, sugar plantations and even deserts to explore. It’s the top golf destination in the Caribbean. From above-ground adventures, underwater activities or safari trips, the Dominican Republic has a lot to offer.

For the more culturally minded, colonial architecture can be found in the capital of Santo Domingo, while there are numerous small villages to walk around. The people of the Dominican Republic know how to enjoy themselves and there are many celebrations and festivals to enjoy throughout the year. If you can dance (or enjoy trying), you should definitely take some time to learn the merengue.

People refer to the Dominican Republic as the land of an endless summer. There is little to no seasonal variation in climate to be experienced and sunny conditions in the whole for the majority of the year, coming in at 300 days of sunshine. 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) is the average temperature throughout the year. The rainy season comes in the early parts of Autumn with the region rarely affected by hurricanes. Thunderstorms are experienced in October and June.

For those who have seen the film Jurassic Park, you might remember a scene with the amber stone and the prehistoric mosquito preserved inside. This is in fact based on a real fossil tree resin that can be found in the Amber Museum in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is home to two unique stones, described as endemic and can not be found anywhere else in the world, the Dominican amber and larimar. Another lesser-known fact about the Dominican Republic is that it is the only country in the world that used the icon of a bible as part of its flag. The flag was first used on November 6, 1844, the flag of the Dominican Republic, it is actually one of the oldest flags in the world with origins in the Haitian flag going back to the 19th century.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Tourism is a growing industry and there is a growing demand for English – with tourism comes a need for English. You can look for opportunities in schools, language schools and universities with English programmes. Most positions will be located in Santo Domingo and Santiago.

A degree is required, and a level of Spanish and teaching experience is not essential but would be beneficial. The salaries are not particularly high but they are more than adequate to live comfortably. Schools may also provide accommodation or reimburse you for your flights, so while salaries may not be much more than the cost of living, it is much more manageable if you do not have to pay for accommodation. Having said that, the Dominican Republic is not a place to go to save money but rather to enjoy the interesting culture and great location.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length
    6 – 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    Year-round
  • Visa Info
    Work visa
  • Typical Students
    Students, university students
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    19,418-32,363 DOP
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    24,913-39,831 DOP

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