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Graduate English language Teaching Assistant needed for school in Costa Rica

Published: 21 May, 2020

International Schools Partnership

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Costa Rica, St José

Job title

Graduate Learning Assistant

Job description

We are currently recruiting Graduate Learning Assistants for our schools in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile*.

Successful applicants will be appointed to a school on a fixed-term basis for the academic year. After successful completion of the programme, GLAs may be able to apply for and complete a Teacher Training course or iPGCE at one of our schools with a view to becoming a permanent teacher.

The GLA programme has been specifically designed to provide recent graduates who are interested in a teaching career with the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in our international schools. It’s the perfect opportunity for those looking to combine launching their career in education with working in and learning about a different culture and we are excited to offer such a unique programme to enable us to attract the very best in graduate talent.

GLAs work as support staff in a school assisting with the day to day teaching and learning of the children, under the direction and supervision of a fully qualified teacher. GLAs will play a full and active part in the school’s clubs and extracurricular activities.

In boarding schools, GLAs may be asked, on a rota basis, to support, supervise and lead our boarding children. This will include evening duties and occasional weekend duties as required by the school.

Key responsibilities include:

• Providing English support to children with reading and writing as well as verbal and listening skills on an individual, class and / or small group basis
• Providing classroom support in the school
• Helping to develop programmes of learning activities and adapting appropriate learning materials
• Introducing UK contemporary culture through classroom and extracurricular activities
• Motivating and encouraging pupils, providing extra help and support where needed
• Attending school events as reasonably requested by the Headteacher
• Assisting with school events, trips and activities throughout the week and occasionally on a weekend
• Attending meetings and reviews
• Assisting with marking and correcting work
• Assisting and supporting with marketing initiatives at schools, ISP and student recruitment campaigns
• Providing occasional sickness cover for classes taught in English as reasonably requested by the Headteacher
• Providing English support to international teachers as required

You will be supported upon arrival at the school and will be mentored by experienced teachers as you settle in.

*please note that the roles in Chile will start in March 2021 as that is the start of their school year. Other roles will start late August / early September 2020.

The health and wellbeing of all our students, employees and families remains our main priority during this rapidly evolving pandemic.

Whilst we are currently recruiting for our Graduate roles as planned, we will continue to monitor the situation and will adhere to the advice of regional health authorities, the World Health Organisation and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We hope to be in a position to go ahead with all our placements but this may not be possible if advice indicates that it is not safe to so. Consequently, certain placements may need to be postponed, put on hold or cancelled depending on the advice at the time.

Any offers will therefore be made subject to the developing situation with regards Coronavirus in the school’s region / country and in terms of travel from the candidate’s country of residence. We will discuss any developments with individual candidates on a case-by-case basis and will offer information and advice accordingly.

Salary and benefits

Equivalent of 750€ per month gross plus flights, accommodation and visas.

Possibility to transition into Teacher Training at end of programme.


To be successful, you will be:

• a fluent English speaker – previous experience of TESL would be an advantage
• a university graduate
• demonstrably interested in a teaching career

We’d also be interested in hearing from those with some previous teaching experience and, for South American roles especially, Spanish to B2 level would be very helpful.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All post holders are therefore subject to appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering their previous employment including:

• An enhanced DBS disclosure / police check from country of residence / birth and any country of residence within the last 10 years.
• The receipt of at least two satisfactory references (one of which must be your university tutor and the other your current / most recent employer).
• Original ID documentation and examination certificates.

How to apply

If you are interested and satisfy the criteria, please send your CV together with a covering email to

Your email should expand upon your interest in teaching and why you feel you are the perfect candidate for us.

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