Why Del Mar Academy?

Del Mar Academy is a boutique 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. A special place to live and work, Del Mar Academy seeks highly qualified, dedicated, growth mindset, entrepreneurial teachers with Montessori or International Baccalaureate PYP, MYP or Diploma experience (2-3 years). The school provides a regionally competitive salary and benefits package, support for professional development, and generous soft benefits. 

At DMA, we are always seeking to find highly qualified and committed teachers to join our team. Below you can find our current openings, but we invite you to submit an application for other positions even if they are not listed here.  

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 who passed the IB Diploma examinations, and its second graduating class of 8 students – 7 of whom passed the IB Diploma Bilingual examination, and all 8 the MEP high equivalent school requirements. 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. A variety of grey water reutilization schemes and passive thermal management, and fans keep the campus cooled and watered. The school aspires to obtain green school certification through its environmental education programs, its green management practices, energy conservation measures and water reutilization schemes. The campus is fully wified, and all high school students participate in a one-to-one laptop problems. Over 120 Kindles provide 4-12th graders with access to a wide variety of reading materials. In our pk2-3rd grade Montessori program, each classroom has a well stocked bilingual paper reading library.

The school has comprehensive creatives arts, dual language Humanities, STEM and physical-outdoor education programs. From pk2 to 3rd grade we offer multi-age Montessori program. From 4th to 10th grade we offer an IB aligned curriculum, and includes a rich science sequence of biological sciences, physical sciences, earth science, biology, environmental science, and chemistry, that culminates in the IB Diploma Program. A parallel STEAM program that includes civil engineering, technology, coding, robotics, agroecology and green design courses, provide a rich STEAM experience. From k to 10th grade students take – every year: art, music, theatre and physical-outdoor education. Recess and free play are provided on a daily basis from pk2 to 5th grade. STEM classes are offered in english and humanities and creative arts classes in Spanish, thus providing for a 50/50 bilingual learning experience. In the IB Diploma program we offer college level art, biology, environmental science, business, 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 ecoart.  

Our academic program spans from Toddler (PK2) to 12th grade.  In our Lower Primary (Pk2- 3rd grade) we follow Montessori’s philosophy and philosophy of multiage, student centered, project based learning. From 4th to 12th grade, we have implemented an International Baccalaureate aligned curriculum that culminates in 11th and 12th grade with the IB Diploma Program.  Our education is characterized by our curricular pillars that include: student-centered project based learning experiences,  constructivist teaching practices,  a English-Spanish bilingual program, a diverse creative arts and physical education program that includes music, visual arts and multimedia communication,  and a distinctive STEM program with an emphasis in environmental sciences, that takes advantage of Costa Rica´s rich biological and geological diversity. All together, this shapes DMA´s  unique school culture and identity as a Costa Rican and international independent school.  We believe that our well-rounded, integrated approach provides a liberating and extraordinary foundation for children as they prepare for successive grades, higher education, and life.

(1) English Humanities • Grades 4-6, and English as Second Language

Del Mar Academy, a growing progressive pk-12th grade international school with an enrollment of over 260 students and committed to environmental education, and a Montessori and IB curriculum, is creating a data bank for future teaching and assistant teaching positions, and to support the schools goal of becoming a model of progressive education in Costa Rica.

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. The school’s green campus, and its proximity to beaches, rivers, and forests, allows for STEAM and outdoor teaching, and provide a wide variety of experiential and service learning opportunities.

Candidates must be bilingual and have minimally a BA/BSc in a relevant content area or in teaching, and at least 3 years of teaching experience. Montessori and/or IB training or experience is highly desirable.

Our town is a surfing and yoga paradise. We have NO paved roads. We have great restaurants, a decent bar and night scene, and the most glorious beach sunsets in the planet. High and low energy beaches, forest jungles, and mangrove swamps abound as do volcanoes, rainforests, and the highest biodiversity in all of Costa Rica. One of our beaches receives over 40,000 nesting turtles every year. Our beautiful 11 hectare jungle campus has great outdoor spaces, well equipped classrooms and amazing 260 students from more than 20 different countries. You must like insects, monkeys, iguanas and over 400 species of birds (and more than 45 species of snakes).

The school is located in Guanacaste – a region noted for its biodiverse dry forest, turtle nesting beaches, agriculture, surfing beaches, yoga retreats, and a wide range of nature reserves – it is nature lover’s paradise.

This is an excellent opportunity for new teachers looking for international teaching experience or for retired teachers looking for a great quality of life, but who still have plenty of gas left in their tank and want to help us build a model for international education in Mesoamerica. Please send your CV, a letter of interest and contact information of 3 letters of reference to jobs@delmaracademy.com

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(2) Spanish Humanities • Grades 7-9, and Spanish as Second Language

Del Mar Academy, a growing progressive pk-12th grade international school with an enrollment of over 260 students and committed to environmental education, and a Montessori and IB curriculum, is creating a data bank for future teaching and assistant teaching positions, and to support the schools goal of becoming a model of progressive education in Costa Rica.

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. The school’s green campus, and its proximity to beaches, rivers, and forests, allows for STEAM and outdoor teaching, and provide a wide variety of experiential and service learning opportunities.

Candidates must be bilingual and have minimally a BA/BSc in a relevant content area or in teaching, and at least 3 years of teaching experience. Montessori and/or IB training or experience is highly desirable.

Our town is a surfing and yoga paradise. We have NO paved roads. We have great restaurants, a decent bar and night scene, and the most glorious beach sunsets in the planet. High and low energy beaches, forest jungles, and mangrove swamps abound as do volcanoes, rainforests, and the highest biodiversity in all of Costa Rica. One of our beaches receives over 40,000 nesting turtles every year. Our beautiful 11 hectare jungle campus has great outdoor spaces, well equipped classrooms and amazing 260 students from more than 20 different countries. You must like insects, monkeys, iguanas and over 400 species of birds (and more than 45 species of snakes).

The school is located in Guanacaste – a region noted for its biodiverse dry forest, turtle nesting beaches, agriculture, surfing beaches, yoga retreats, and a wide range of nature reserves – it is nature lover’s paradise.

This is an excellent opportunity for new teachers looking for international teaching experience or for retired teachers looking for a great quality of life, but who still have plenty of gas left in their tank and want to help us build a model for international education in Mesoamerica.

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

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(3) School Psychologist and Counselor

Del Mar Academy, a growing boutique, progressive, bilingual, pk-12th grade, 250 student international school, committed to environmental education, and a Montessori and IB curriculum, is creating a resume bank for future administrative, teaching and assistant teaching positions for both midyear (January) and next academic year (August) openings.

This academic and psychological support position will work closely with faculty and the administration in supporting students and faculty with differentiated learning needs, identifying students with special education needs, and developing transition, application and onboarding to college systems. 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, academically rigorous IB curriculum, and being part of an innovation center for environmental and STEAM education. The school’s green campus, and its proximity to beaches, rivers, and forests, allows for STEAM and outdoor teaching, and provide a wide variety of experiential and service learning opportunities.

Candidates must be bilingual (Spanish-English) and have minimally a BA/BSc in a content area or in teaching. Montessori and/or IB training or experience is highly desirable.

Our town is a surfing and yoga paradise. We have NO paved roads. We have great restaurants, a decent bar and night scene, and the most glorious beach sunsets in the planet. High and low energy beaches, forest jungles, and mangrove swamps abound, as do volcanoes, rainforests, and the highest biodiversity province in all of Costa Rica. One of our beaches receives over 40,000 nesting turtles every year. Our beautiful 11 hectare jungle campus has great outdoor spaces, well equipped classrooms and amazing 220 students from more than 20 different countries. You must like insects, monkeys, iguanas and over 400 species of birds (and more than 45 species of snakes).

The school is located in Guanacaste – a region noted for its biodiverse dry and moist forests, turtle nesting beaches, agriculture, surfing beaches, yoga retreats, and a wide range of nature reserves – it is nature lover’s paradise.

This is an excellent opportunity for novice teachers looking for international teaching experience or for retired teachers looking for a great quality of life but who still have plenty of gas left in their tank and want to help us build a model for international education in Mesoamerica.

Please send a cover email matching your passions, education and experience with characteristics and mission of our school, our place and nature; a CV, and the contact info of 3 references to jobs@delmaracademy.com

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We accept a limited number of resident artists or scientist fellows, for 1 to 10 month-long periods. Fellows work on their own scientific or creative projects, are involved in the academic and social life of the school, and give regular expositions of their work to our students and to the community at large.  If you are interested, please email a letter of interest with a specific proposal of activities, dates, a CV and 2 letters of reference, and sample of your work (images, papers, videos, etc)

Student-teachers are welcome to apply for teaching internships under the tutelage of one of our experienced teachers in Montessori (Casa and Lower Primary), STEM, Language Arts, PE and Creative Arts. 

Send CV, letter of intent with scope of requirements to jobs@delmaracademy.com

How to apply

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

  • Current CV/Resume highlighting Montessori, IB and experiential teaching experience.
  • Cover Letter discussing your interest in teaching at Del Mar and living in Nosara. Please highlight your outdoor, experiential, project based, student-centered teaching experiences, your ability to rough it out in our jungle school, and your willingness and capacity to run overnight field trips including at least 2 weekends/per year as well as lead study abroad trips of 7-14 days of duration and in the Americas, Europe, Africa or Australasia.
  • Teaching certification (not necessary, but desirable)
  • Academic Transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • 3 letters of recommendation, emails and phone numbers of 3 professional references

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 the the Assistant Head of School in addition to another administrator and/or currently faculty member, this second interview is aimed 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: Final Interview
If the second interview committee recommends you as a finalist, you will be asked to complete a task based on a situation related to our school and to submit a short video where we can observe your teaching. Upon receipt of the materials you will be invited for a last interview in which we will discuss your task and video, and clarify any questions that you or us may have. In some cases, this final interview may include a visit to the school and 1-2 on-campus demo lessons.