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Dominican Republic Job Listings

The appeal of working in one of the most visited jewels of the Caribbean draws many ESL and EFL job seekers to the Dominican Republic. The demand for their services is strong.

As one would imagine, the majority of positions can be found in the urban areas, most with private language academies, where, for the most part, you can expect to be teaching adults and business professionals looking to advance their careers. As a result, expect to be working early in the morning and late at night, when these students are available for classes. And while one would expect the tourist industry to be a major source of students – most employers require English as a condition of employment – this is not the case. At any rate, the job outlook is good.

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Most employers prefer to meet you face to face prior to making a hiring decision; as a result, it may not be possible to secure a position before you arrive. Rather, it is advised that you make the trip to the Dominican Republic and start knocking on doors once you arrive. Teaching in an international or government school requires a teaching licence from your home country and most ESL or EFL positions require a degree and a TEFL certificate. Some employers prefer to hire teachers with some international experience. Hiring at the ESL academies goes on year round, so there is no real need to plan your trip with a specific date in mind if this is the type of job you are looking for. Government schools tend to hire from January to March and from May to August.

The typical salary is somewhere between USD $1000 and $2000, allowing a very comfortable lifestyle in this little bit of paradise. Some employers may offer assistance with airfares or accommodation, in addition to other benefits not normally associated with ESL positions, but these should not be expected. Typically, you will be responsible for securing your own living accommodation. Rent in the urban areas is higher than that in the rural regions, as one would expect, but is still quite affordable – anywhere from USD $250 for a one-bedroom apartment, to $3000 for a house in a secure, patrolled and gated community. Although this should not need stating, do not use the Internet to attempt to find a place to live before arriving in the Dominican Republic. Exercise a little due diligence and your story won’t end up as a cautionary tale told to would-be ESL teachers.

The cost of food is reasonable – lunch in a restaurant will cost you about $3 and street food is available for much cheaper if you are not into grocery shopping and cooking. And let’s face it, you are in one of the most beautiful places on earth – why would you want to waste your time slaving over a hot stove? Get out and enjoy the beaches, mountains, cities and countryside.

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