Youth Education Coordinator and English Teacher

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $500
Maximum: $500
Details: $500/month living stipend




100 meters north of the plaza, Casa del Sol, office #9
Playa Potrero

Costa Rica


Abriendo Mentes is an education NGO operating in rural Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Our mission is to empower children and adults by giving them the skills they need to build a brighter future for themselves and their families. To learn more, visit


The Youth Education Coordinator and Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing activities for our after school program in Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The main responsibilities of this position include planning and teaching daily Pre Kinder through 6th grade after school English classes and a high school class. The classes are taught in Spanish with a focus on Spanish and English literacy, as well as English vocabulary and simple English conversation in higher grades. The Youth Education Coordinator and Teacher will work closely with the Brasilito Site Director to design and implement other youth education activities, including art classes, monthly workshops and special events. The ideal candidate for this position is a an experienced teacher who takes initiative and pride in doing their job well; has experience with and a love for working with children who have learning and behaviour challenges; and is someone with strong classroom management skills, a positive and creative approach to learning and endless patience and adaptability.


  • Manage, plan and implement all activities for Abriendo Mentes’ after school program in Brasilito.
  • Plan and implement all daily Pre Kinder-grade 6 English classes/activities.
  • Supervise, assist and actively incorporate Classroom Aides in the class and facilitate their classroom orientation.
  • Work with the Brasilito Site Director to create and implement other youth education related activities, including sports, arts and crafts, field trips, environmental projects, health projects, and more.
  • Schedule all youth classes and activities and notify students and parents of any schedule changes.
  • Coordinate and execute all ‘Fun Friday’, ‘Reading Time’, and ‘Homework Help’ activities with the help of Classroom Aides and other volunteers.
  • Track attendance and related incentive programs
  • Communicate regularly with local public school English Teacher and Director to keep informed about schedules and English curriculum.
  • Maintain a clean and well-organized classroom and Youth English office space.
  • Maintain strong communication with supervisors, volunteers, parents, and partner schools.


  • Native or advanced Spanish speaker with advanced to fluent English skills required.
  • Primary school teaching experience; ESL teaching experience a plus.
  • Experience working with children with learning delays and behaviour challenges.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Experience with trauma informed education an asset.
  • Experience working and/or teaching in a diverse classroom environment with mixed ages and varying levels.
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work well with a team of international volunteers.
  • Ability to create relevant literacy focused and English lessons for mixed abilities. 
  • Experience living or working abroad in a rural community in the Global South, preferably in Latin America.
  • Able to make 1 year commitment (including 3 months probationary period).


  • Friendly, Kind and Compassionate
  • Classroom management strategies for bilingual classroom
  • Lesson planning skills
  • Creative and resourceful
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Approachable and personable
  • Organized and reliable
  • Ability to work well with others and alone.


  • Creative and resourceful – able to work in a rural environment with limited resources.
  • Adaptable and flexible – demonstrate the ability to respond to frequently changing needs of the organization and community.
  • Approachable and personable – able to build effective relationships with the AM team and local people in order to integrate into our small rural community.
  • Organized and reliable – manage your time effectively, efficiently use AM resources, participate in AM meetings and events, and deliver on your responsibilities as discussed with the Site Director and Country Director.
  • Able to commit 20-25 hours a week to this position (including teaching hours), and be flexible to ad hoc evening or weekend activities a few times a year.


  • Taking ownership of the classroom- requires self initiative
  • Managing different needs and abilities of students
  • Working with another culture and language
  • Living and working in a rural, isolated town


Brasilito Site Director


Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


$500/month living stipend


January 14, 2018

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish and English

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree