Teaching in the Cayman Islands
Teaching jobs in the Cayman Islands
With a large number of international prep schools, and a high percentage of public school teaching jobs being held by foreign expatriates, opportunities to teach in the Caymans abound. In particular, the Cayman Islands are home to a number of private international schools looking for teachers who have experience teaching national curriculum in England or Wales, or teaching in the US. Familiarity with IB curriculum is an asset for many international school teaching jobs in the Cayman Islands.
Salary and benefits when teaching in the Cayman Islands
Salary and benefits can vary significantly by employer. Many will provide a partial contribution to pension funds and their health insurance plan. The average teacher salary is equivalent to approximately $40,000-50,000 USD. The cost of food and housing can be high compared to some other countries, so teachers will want to be mindful of their budget when they first move to the Caymans. Most educators, however, find that they are able to live comfortably and enjoy the lifestyle.
Teaching in the Cayman Islands – Hiring
What’s Needed to Teach in the Cayman Islands
Qualifications needed to teach in the Cayman Islands
Teachings jobs in the Cayman Islands can be competitive, and educators in the private or public school system will need a teaching license in their home state or country, and will usually need several years of experience in addition to their qualification.
Visas for teachers in the Cayman Islands
Teachers are ultimately responsible for their own visa applications. Note that if you are not a national of an English-speaking country, you will be required by the government to take an English exam before you can be issued a work permit.
Living in the Cayman Islands
Living in the Caribbean tropics, teachers will enjoy the islands’ abundant sunshine and a relaxed lifestyle. The Caymans consist of three islands: Grand Cayman (the largest and most populated), Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. The majority of teaching jobs are located on Grand Cayman.
Cost of living in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands Dollar has a fixed exchange rate to the US dollar, with 1 CID = 1.25 USD. US currency is generally accepted everywhere on the islands. The cost of food and accommodation can be high, but teachers with average spending habits are usually able to live comfortably on their salaries.
Housing for teachers in the Cayman Islands
Housing is usually not included as part of a teaching benefits package, although most schools will provide assistance in helping teachers find an apartment before arrival.
Traveling in the Cayman Islands
Things to do for teachers in the Cayman Islands
Cayman culture emphasizes relaxation, and residents have fantastic opportunities for recreation. While there is plenty of nightlife in the Caymans, it is quieter than that of some other Caribbean nations. Instead of all-night partying, people in the Cayman Islands spend leisurely days on the beach followed by long, relaxing dinners. The diving and snorkeling on the islands is legendary, and the islands have beautiful hiking spots as well.
One of the most popular tourist destinations on Grand Cayman is Seven Mile Beach, with coral sands and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The nearby Stingray City provides travelers with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pet friendly stingrays while swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. With colorful wildlife, tropical beaches, and a warm and welcoming environment, teaching in the Cayman Islands is the perfect opportunity to travel to paradise and stay there
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Cayman Islands at a glance
Capital: George Town
Currency: Cayman Islands Dollar (KYD)
Government: British Overseas Territory
Considered a British overseas territory, the Cayman Islands consist of three islands - Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac located in the western Caribbean, roughly 150 miles from Cuba.
The national flower of the Cayman Islands is the Banana Orchid.
Hundreds of banks and trust companies, including most of the world’s 50 largest banks, are registered in the Caymans, making it one of the world’s largest financial centers.
Despite its name, Seven Mile Beach is actually 5.5 miles long.
English is the official language of the Cayman Islands.
The average life expectancy in the Cayman Islands is considered high, at 81 years.