Teachers, Grades 7-12 (English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, ELL, Multi-Subject 7th Grade)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $8,000
Maximum: $8,000
Details: This salary is sufficient to live in Panajachel.



Start Date



Barrio Norte



Panajachel Colegio Internacional (PCI) is seeking dedicated educators who are passionate about student learning, cultural diversity, community involvement and adventure. We are a small non-profit school located in the Guatemalan highlands next to beautiful Lake Atitlan. PCI offers a unique opportunity to be part of a school that is growing and committed to academic rigor, nurturing the entire child and empowering the indigenous population. Class sizes are far below most schools, and teachers are encouraged to employ a variety of instructional and assessment strategies. PCI alumni attend universities in Guatemala, the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and other countries. All core classes are taught in English, so core teachers need to be proficient in written and spoken English. English mastery is an important aspect of learning in each core subject area.

PCI provides a welcome escape from the myriad of demands and stresses currently being experienced by many teachers in the U.S. and abroad. The school is located on Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Teaching at our school appeals to a number of different groups: teachers who take a one-to-two-year leave of absence from their U.S. teaching jobs in order to remember why they chose teaching as a career; teachers who have retired but want to continue teaching in a far less stressful environment; young teachers starting their teaching careers who want a more cross-cultural experience and more personal coaching; teachers who want to learn Spanish by immersion in a Spanish-speaking country; teachers who want to be part of an empowering social project, and seasoned international teachers who want to work and live in a smaller, less stressful environment. Forbearance is possible for those with student loan obligations.

At PCI you will find students grateful for their learning opportunities. You will not need to deal with indifferent and arrogant overindulged students and their helicopter parents. Our Principal/Administrator notes that in the several large international schools where he has worked, discipline consumed most of his time. In contrast, he has yet to see any significant discipline issues here at PCI.

Our primary focus is empowering the indigenous population through a high-quality university-preparatory education. Fifty percent of our students pay reduced tuition. This has an impact on our operational budget, and thus salaries and benefits. However, you may rest assured that you will be able to cover your living expenses in Panajachel with the salary we provide. A number of teachers are able to save money as well. Please apply if this sounds appealing to you. If you are ready for a truly exciting, unique experience helping to build Guatemala’s future, please send your resume and cover letter to hiring@panajachelcolegio.org.  


Teachers who stay on for the following school year are paid $800 per month in July and August. We will purchase a plane ticket for you to come to Guatemala, and a van ticket for your trip from the airport to Panajachel. We offer ten personal/sick days per school year. Returning teachers may carry their unused days forward into the new school year, when they will be available only as sick days.

Level of Language Proficiency

Native English speaker

Spanish desired but not necessary

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please send resume and cover letter, as well as a copy of your teaching license if you have one. Let us know your citizenship.