Teach in the Bahamas
Certified teachers and ESL teachers looking to teach abroad in the Bahamas can find teaching jobs at private language schools or international schools in the capital city of Nassau and other urban areas.
Teaching in the Bahamas
School is a priority in the Bahamas, and what could be better than teaching abroad in a first-class tropical vacation destination in a country that focuses on quality education!
Teachers in the Bahamas will find the majority of teaching jobs in the capital city of Nassau.
Salary and benefits while teaching in the Bahamas
|Teaching Benefit Type||Teaching Benefit Details|
|Yearly Salary||$2,500 - 3,000 USD per month|
|Working Hours||40 hours per week|
|Relocation Allowance||Not provided|
|Vacation||All national holidays|
|Health Insurance||May be provided, depending on specific school|
|Contract Duration||One year|
Teach in the Bahamas
Teaching in the Bahamas - Hiring
The school year in the Bahamas runs from August to mid-June for both public and private international schools. Peak hiring times for teachers are generally during this summer break period to allow for teachers to start in the upcoming academic year.
Qualifications to teach in the Bahamas
In the Bahamas, government funded school (at least) is mandatory for children from ages 5 - 16. Due to a high attendance rate, qualifications for foreign teachers in the Bahamas are generally higher than those in surrounding smaller countries.
It is recommended that teachers who want to teach abroad in the Bahamas hold a Bachelor’s degree and have past teaching experience either in their home country or abroad. Teachers should also be native English speakers. For candidates wanting to teach at private international schools, an advanced degree in education may be required.
A relevant ESL teaching qualification such as a TEFL certificate can look great on your resume and give you a leg up in landing a teaching job in the Bahamas. The University of Toronto OISE TEFL certificate can equip you with all the necessary skills to prepare you for teaching abroad in the Bahamas!
Visas for teachers in the Bahamas
To be able to teach legally in the Bahamas, you must get a long-term work permit. Teachers can receive this permit once they have an employment contract with the school that they will be working for. Many international schools will help expat teachers with this process.
If you get offered a job to teach abroad in the Bahamas, it’s recommended that you contact the Bahamian consulate or embassy before you leave to submit all the necessary documents.
Living in the Bahamas
Teachers living in the Bahamas can take advantage of the true island lifestyle. Although the Bahamas are known for having a relatively high cost of living, qualified teachers can expect to be able to live comfortably outside the downtown of Nassau in more residential areas close to many private and public schools.
Things to do for teachers in the Bahamas
If living in the Bahamas, teachers must take advantage of the country's extraordinary beaches. With white sugar-like sand and warm, crystal blue water, you will want to spend your weekends exploring all the amazing waterfront the Bahamas has to offer. If living near Nassau, Cabbage Beach is named one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, and is full of snorkeling, parasailing, and sunbathing opportunities!
Throughout Nassau and Paradise Island, you will find a multitude of shops and restaurants that are all authentically Bahamian. The culinary options in the Bahamas are endless, with everything from traditional street food to five star cuisine - there is something for everyone. Stroll through markets full of authentic Bahamian street markets or modern retail malls and shop to your heart's content.
Due to its tropical, year-round weather, the islands of the Bahamas offer many outdoor activities to do during your free time. Take a boat between islands to explore the unique places throughout the country, or even work towards your diving license to explore the Bahamas under the waves.
The Bahamas at a Glance
Capital - Nassau
Language - English
Population - 390,000
Currency - Bahamian dollar
Government - Constitutional democracy
Major Religion - Protestant
Climate - Tropical
- Nassau was a popular meeting place for pirates in the 18th century!
- The Bahamas has the clearest waters in the world, with visibility of over 200 feet!
- The Bahamas were the site of Christopher Columbus’ first stop on land in North America in 1492.
- Tourism accounts for over 60% of the country’s GDP.
- Scenes from the original Jaws movie were filmed on a New Providence Island beach that is now known as Jaws Beach.
- Of the over 700 islands in the Bahamas, only 40 of them are inhabited!