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Teach in Dominica

Certified teachers and ESL teachers looking to teach in Dominica can find teaching jobs either at public language schools or private international schools across the country.

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Teaching in Dominica

Options for teaching in Dominica

Teacher in Dominica will find the majority of teaching jobs in either of the island’s two cities, Portsmouth and Roseau. Most positions for expat teachers will be in international schools that teach a British or North American curriculum.

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Salary and benefits while teaching in Dominica

Teaching Benefit TypeTeaching Benefit Details
Yearly Salary$1,000 - 2,000/month USD, depending on specific contract and school
Working Hours40 hours per week
Relocation AllowanceNot provided
VacationAll national holidays
Health InsuranceMay be provided, depending on specific school
Contract DurationOne year

Teach in Dominica

Teaching in Dominica - Hiring

Hiring for expat teachers in Dominica can take place year round as positions become available. It is advisable to keep checking Teach Away’s job board throughout the year for new openings for teaching abroad positions in Dominica.

Qualifications to teach in Dominica

To teach in Dominica, local international and private schools will look for teachers to have similar qualifications to those needed to teach in their home country. Having a Bachelor’s degree and a teaching license is strongly recommended, as well as some previous teaching experience.

Having a relevant ESL teaching qualification would be an asset for those wanting to teach in Dominica. OISE University of Toronto TEFL OISE TEFL certificate can equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to land a job teaching  in Dominica.

Teaching in public schools is not as common for teachers looking to teach in Dominica, as schools will usually look to hire local teachers.

Visas for teachers in Dominica

To teach in Dominica, teachers must first obtain a work permit after being offered a job by a school. Work permits are generally valid for one year and automatically qualify you for residency status if your contract is longer than six months.

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Living in Dominica

Living in Dominica is much less expensive than North America and teachers can easily enjoy a comfortable lifestyle on a modest budget. Known as “Nature Island” for good reason, Dominica has no shortage of things to do and explore outside. Teachers are sure to enjoy the island’s simple and relaxed lifestyle.

Thing to do for teachers in Dominica

Dominica is a small island (29 miles long and 16 miles wide) with tons to explore! One of the island’s biggest attractions is its boiling lake. After hiking through the rainforest, you will come across a cauldron-like hole of bubbling gray-blue water covered by a cloud of vapor. The journey there takes under four hours. While the trek may be tiring for novice hikers, it’s well worth it to see the second largest boiling lake in the world!

Unlike many other Caribbean islands, Dominica is not known for picturesque white sand beaches, but rather for its bountiful wildlife, rainforests and diverse climate - a nature lover’s paradise! Whale watching is a common activity for tourists and locals alike year round. And if you have the patience, bird watching can allow you to catch a glimpse of the Imperial Amazon parrot or blue-headed hummingbird.

Life in the “large” cities and smaller villages can give expats a taste of true Caribbean culture and enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. Food in Dominica is traditional and simple. It’s common to see small roadside stands selling fresh caught fish and local produce. You will truly feel like you are living on an unspoiled island paradise in Dominica, as it has fallen largely under the radar of mass tourism.

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Dominica at a Glance

Country Information

Capital - Roseau

Language - English

Population - 73,000

Currency - Eastern Caribbean dollar

Government - Parliamentary Representative Democratic Republic

Major Religion - Roman Catholic

Climate - Tropical

Quick Facts
  • Dominica has the largest remaining tribe of Carib Indians, also called Kalinago people, in the Caribbean.
  • Most of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was shot on location in Dominica.
  • Dominica is home to nine active volcanoes, more than anywhere else in the world!
  • Endangered giant leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the island every year.
  • Dominica gets 60% of its power from water that is carried in pipes from the mountains.
  • Dominica is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago.
  • In addition to its famous boiling lake, Dominica is home to numerous geothermal hot springs located throughout the island.

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