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Teaching Assistant - Urgent Hire

Manglares Discovery School
Playa Venao, Panama
Possible stipend for right candidate
Start date
Start March 2024
5 months
  • Early Childhood, Elementary
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Bachelor
  • 1 year of teaching experience
  • Education, Psychology, or related field


  • Availability to start immediately
  • Experience working with young children, preferably in an educational setting
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • A passion for education and a commitment to the well-being of children
  • The position requires relocation to rural Panama. Playa Venao is often regarded as the surfing capital of Panama with consistent year-round waves. The candidate(s) must be willing to adjust to a new environment & culture (a slower pace of life) and enjoy nature (or learn to embrace it)
  • Accommodation provided
  • Living stipend
  • Opportunity to work in a unique and stimulating environment
  • Professional development opportunities

We look forward to welcoming you to our jungle school community!

Paid Internship - Teaching Assistant, Jungle School in Panama

Join our vibrant jungle school nestled in the heart of Panama! We are a unique educational community committed to providing an enriching and immersive learning environment for young children. Our school is situated amidst lush greenery, offering a truly exceptional setting for both students and staff.

Manglares Discovery School is a private microschool in its sixth year, set at a secluded, natural jungle campus. Our students range from age 3 to age 12, and the school serves the nearby beach community of Playa Venao. Our school is focused on developing the whole child; academic as well as social and emotional well-being.

We are looking for adventurous, fun, and creative teachers to join us!

Location: Playa Venao, Panama, Central America

Duration: 4 months, **immediate start** (with the possibility of extension)

Position Overview:
We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join our team for 4 months. The successful candidate will work closely with our experienced teachers to support the development and education of our students, primarily in Kindergarten and lower Primary.

Our early education is inspired by the Reggio Emilia methodology, and the area offers much potential in terms of inquiry extensions. For example, the campus is home to a waterfall; we get almost daily visits from three species of monkeys and other birds and animals. The local community has various interesting cultural traditions. Our student-teacher ratio is approximately 6-10 children to 1 teacher (often less).

Our teachers bring diverse perspectives and love engaging with the children. The candidate(s) must embrace positive discipline, be open-minded and willing to adapt and incorporate various learning tools, pay attention to the student’s learning needs & interests, guide discussions, inspire collaboration and reflection, and model a love of learning. The candidate(s) should display some familiarity with conflict management and socioemotional management of early education students.

If you believe in developing the whole child, love working with children, believe that life is an adventure, love nature, believe in the hidden potential of children, and want to try working at a growing school in a tropical location, this position might be a great fit for you!


  • Assist in planning and implementing age-appropriate activities and lessons
  • Provide individualized support to students as needed
  • Help maintain a safe and positive learning environment
  • Collaborate with teachers and other staff members to ensure the well-being and progress of each student
  • Participate in school events and activities
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

Our Philosophy

We believe that every child wants to and can learn.

When children find meaning in learning, they are motivated and challenged, and take ownership of their learning.

We value every child as an individual. Our children have diverse learning needs and bring with them a wide range of experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and skills. We adapt our teaching pace, approaches, and assessment practices to be effective and appropriate for where the child is in development.

We believe that learning takes place in caring and safe environments. We cultivate positive teacher-student and peer relationships so that there is a culture of care and mutual respect in our classrooms, where children learn to appreciate diversity. They are encouraged to take risks, learn from their mistakes and one another, and be confident in expressing their views.

Learning takes place individually and collaboratively, as children construct and co-construct meaning from knowledge and experiences. We guide learners to activate prior knowledge and assimilate and accommodate new knowledge through exploration and interaction with others. This allows them to build a strong foundation of knowledge by connecting new ideas and experiences with what they already know, thus facilitating the understanding of concepts and the application of what they have learned to different contexts.

We believe in developing thinking skills and dispositions in our learners. To do this, we guide them to construct, interpret, and evaluate knowledge from different perspectives. We help learners understand that by thinking about their thinking, they can monitor, assess and improve their learning.

Assessment is integral to the learning process and helps children become self-directed learners. As such, we design assessments with clarity of purpose, to provide our learners and us with feedback to address learning gaps and improve teaching practices.

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job
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