Why Del Mar Academy?

Del Mar Academy is an international Montessori and IB school nestled in between the jungle and the sea.  As the center of the surfing and yoga tourism in Guanacaste, and a blue zone, Nosara provides high quality of life, healthy lifestyle options, close connection to nature and a small town atmosphere. Del Mar Academy is a center of progressive educational innovation that aspires to be a model for green international schools throughout Mesoamerica. 

We are always seeking to find highly qualified and committed teachers to join our team. Below you can find our current openings

Del Mar is a bilingual (Spanish and English), green, international, college preparatory, Montessori and International Baccalaureate pk2 -12th grade school serving over 250 students on an 11 acre campus located in Nosara, a small international surfing and yoga town in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Del Mar Academy was founded in 2008, to serve the needs of a growing international expat and local resident community, and graduated is first 12th grader in 2018. Del Mar Academy is the largest international school in central Guanacaste, and is accredited by both MEP (Costa Rica Ministry of Education) and as an IB Diploma world school.

The 11 hectare campus, nestled among a dry forest and just 2 km from the pacific ocean, has 4 academic buildings housing 21 classrooms (including a fully equipped science lab), a covered gym, two soccer fields, a grass and sand volleyball court, a climbing wall, and a 1.5 hectare farm with a greenhouse. Surrounded by forests, and populated by over 60 species of birds, two species of iguana, a dozen snake species and countless invertebrates and frequented by packs of howler monkeys, the campus benefits from Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity. Century old guanacaste trees grace the campus with their shade. 38 solar panels provide the campus with supplementary electricity. 

From pk2 to 3rd grade we offer multi-age Montessori program. From 7th to 10th grade we offer the IB middle years program followed by the Diploma Program in 11th and 12th grades. In the IB Diploma program we offer college level art, biology, environmental science, mathematics, english A and B, Spanish A and B courses.

A rich afterschool program offers courses in science research, agroecology, surfing, wall climbing, horseback riding, parkour, aerial gymnastics, soccer, basketball, volleyball, skimboarding, math olympiads, skateboarding, ukulele, yoga, outdoor survival and eco-art.  

We are seeking adventurous, progressive, outdoorsy educators who are flexible, filled with ideas and passion, and committed to active experiential and student centered teaching practices, an academically rigorous IB curriculum, and being part of an innovation center for environmental education. 

Candidates must have have a teaching certification and/or a degree in the relevant content area and at least 3 years of teaching experience. Montessori and/or IB training or experience is highly desirable.

For School Year 2024-25: 

Send your CV, a letter of interest, and contact info of 3 references to: jobs@delmaracademy.com. 

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How to apply

To apply for teaching positions please email the following materials to jobs@delmaracademy.com

  • Current CV/Resume highlighting relevant teaching experience.
  • Cover Letter discussing your interest in teaching at Del Mar and living in Nosara. 
  • Teaching certification in relevant area. 

Interview Process

Our faculty interview process follows three simple steps. The process may take between 2-3 weeks until a final decision is made.

Step 1: Preliminary Interview
Led by the Head of School, this preliminary interview is aimed to know a little bit more about you and your interest in teaching at Del Mar Academy and living in Nosara. During this conversation, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the recruitment process, benefits package, as well as answers to questions that you may have about our school.

Step 2: Academic & Pedagogical Interview
Led by a senior leader, this second interview is to talk about curriculum and instruction and classroom management. During this conversation, we are seeking to get to know you as a professional.

Step 3: Review of references and conversation with teacher
We value the input of our teachers, so the last step is a conversation with one of our teaching staff. This is an opportunity for you to gather information from a teacher’s perspective to ensure this DMA is the right fit for you. It will be in this final step that we will contact the references you provide. Once we gather all the information we will make an offer to successful candidates.