English Language Teachers + Community Development

Job Type

Full Time


Details: All living expenses. Lodging, food, work expenses, internal travel costs, stipend.



Start Date


Application Deadline



Salón Comunal de Vara Blanca
Vara Blanca
Costa Rica


Do you feel called to live overseas? Do you like to use education to empower people?

ADE is looking for people who are interested in teaching English as a tool to assist community members to be empowered through education and bilingualism. Our English teachers can be taught on site and no prior experience teaching English is necessary. A desire to create deep and meaningful relationships via academic initiatives is a must.

Positions are available using your gifts, skills, and education to benefit marginalized communities. Check out our site at www.glocalADE.org and email us at info@glocalADE.org for more information.

We seek Christians who desire to impact the world. Your gifts and skills will be used in community development and missions in addition to English Language Instruction in focus areas that include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Project Management
  • Secondary Education
  • English Language Instruction
  • Marketing
  • Cooking
  • Oral Presentations
  • Small Business Start Up
  • Biology
  • Sports

Please, check out our site for more details and information. (Spanish skills are recommended, but not required.)


1. ADE staff are professionals in their respective fields yet we actively choose to live a simple life style in the communities where we work as a witness that development (social, economic, etc.) does not depend upon outside resources as it is commonly practiced today. We believe development is understanding the process of how to do things in your life and not having things. Thus we would no support the pursuit of funds for our community development projects or even for our basic living costs. We choose instead to work with our hands and use education as a tool to empower others and to provide for our means seeking to become a model that is easily reproducible by all. Thus the name ADE, Association for Development through Education, an emphasis on development through our education (and not "aid") as a different model for assisting communities.

2. ADE staff members have an active personal relationship with Jesus through prayer, personal study of the Bible, communion with other believers, acts of service, forgiveness to others, and a process of continually dying to oneself (passions, pride, ego, consumerism, etc.) so that God can be more alive in our lives. We are non-denominational and represent various faith backgrounds but share a common personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

3. As a practical consequence of our faith and our critique of current development models, ADE staff do not work for a salary. We all work and are active economic producers in our community and everything we earn we put into a common purse. From the common purse we pay for our basic needs (food, housing, transportation, medical costs, personal spending, etc.) as well as funding our different community development projects (organic farm, local high school, educational activities, etc.). We are committed to living a simple life yet we lack nothing and live well. The idea is that anybody that has a call to "go" can simply just do it. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, it is a transparent model that anybody can reproduce. The way we live in the community can be reproduced by any member of that community and in fact, we actively invite others to come and live as we do with the intent that they will one day go out and reproduce the model in other communities of need. The idea is to be completely sustainable, transparent, and reproducible.


ADE staff share all resources from our common purse insuring that no one goes with need.

Level of Language Proficiency

A native English speaker is necessary however being bilingual, especially in Spanish is a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter to angela@glocalADE.org. Once you apply you will be sent an online reference form that will need to be given to 1) the pastor of your home church, 2) your most recent employer, and 3) a family member that knows you well.