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An island floating in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is world-famous for many things: its ‘irie’ lifestyle, beaches, music and, of course, its rum.

An island floating in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is world-famous for many things: its ‘irie’ lifestyle, beaches, music and, of course, its rum. This island nation claimed independence from the British Commonwealth in 1962, and since then Jamaica has embraced its true identity as a chilled tropical island where no one is ever in a hurry.
Basically, Jamaica is one of the places that will come to your mind first when you imagine a beach paradise. The tropical climate has resulted in huge forests and grasslands, which support a wide range of bird and animal species. Add in the hot and humid weather and Jamaica can clearly be seen as an idyllic getaway.
Besides relaxing on the beach or exploring the mountains and forests, there are any number of activities to be done: horse riding, snorkelling, swimming, jet-skiing, kite surfing, visiting waterfalls or even swimming with dolphins. One of the top things to do in Jamaica is to visit Nine Mile. Here you can visit the place where the legendary Bob Marley was born and is now buried.
If you enjoy spending your downtime in a hammock, eating jerk chicken or jamming to some tunes, head to Jamaica, where you probably won’t strike it rich but you will live a good life.

Jamaica is also home to some of the most incredible sporting athletes of all time. This includes the fastest man in the world and 4th fastest women in the world. In the men’s 100 meters Jamaica boasts the 1st, Usain Bolt, 2nd Yohan Blake and 4th Asafa Powell fastest men in the world. Whereas in the women’s 100 meters Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson hold the 4th/5th positions respectfully. Considering the population of Jamaica is estimated to be around the 3 million mark this makes the achievement ever more impressive. Track and field is among the national sports in but it’s Cricket which takes the national crown. Another sport that Jamaican’s have had huge success throughout the years. It’s well known Jamaica is one of the multiple countries who make up the West Indies. Some of the great Jamaican Cricketers to play the game include, Chris Gayle, Michael Holding and George Headley.

If you are one of the million tourists visiting Jamaica ever year. The Blue Mountains hike is a popular choice. The Blue Mountains is the longest mountain range with a peak of 7402 feet or 2256 metres. With the heat it’s often climbed in the night. On your way you might see some of the 8 native snakes but don’t worry none of them contain venom.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Jamaicans speak Patois, which is a combination of English, French and Spanish, but most of the population can speak English, albeit with a thick accent. It has been recognised that the English teaching in the schools is not as good as it should be, so there have been measures put in place to improve this. There has actually been a movement of Jamaican teachers to leave Jamaica in order to teach in other countries, which means that there are openings in many schools for new teachers.
There are various volunteer opportunities to work in the local schools, but there are also paid positions to be found in schools or colleges.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length
    6 -12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    January, June
  • Visa Info
    Work visa
  • Typical Students
    Children and adults
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    50,000-100,000 JMD
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    75,000-120,000 JMD

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