The British School of Costa Rica


During any one year, the School will have vacancies for jobs available on a “Local Contract” basis and also an “Overseas Contract” basis. We usually reply to genuine enquiries, however we may not reply to speculative enquiries about jobs if we have not advertised an available position. For reasons of security, we do not open emails consisting of only an attachment i.e. having no description of the contents of that attachment in the body of the email. Also we strongly suggest that any initial enquiry about jobs states very clearly the position or subject area for which you are applying. In general terms, please send applications to (not the school general mail address)

If you are interested in applying for a position at our school, we suggest you visit this section regularly to search for any new openings. As a general rule, we only employ qualified teachers with at least 2 years of relevant prior experience. The nature of English teaching in the school is “Language and Literature” (i.e. First Language English). Hence we do not offer overseas contracts to teachers of EFL / ESL.

We do not offer an on-line application form. If interested in your CV and application letter, we will send you an Application Form in the form of a Word Document (n.docx) as an attachment to an email.


At present we have no vacancies


At present we have no vacancies (for overseas contracts)

Contract Terms & Conditions

PLEASE NOTE: Most terms and conditions of service indicated below for overseas contracted teachers would NOT apply to locally contracted teachers.


I) Teachers are contracted under the auspices of the “Selective Migration” programme of the International Organisation for Migrations (IOM) based in Geneva. This greatly facilitates the obtaining of residency/permission to work as a Teacher at the School up to a maximum of four years.

II) The timetable of classes for STUDENTS in Primary covers 25 hours (five days of five hours of classes, Monday to Friday) and 30 hours (five days of six, one-hour of classes, Monday to Friday) in Senior School. A TEACHER’S timetable of classes & duties is based on 20 contact hours in Primary and 22 contact hours in Secondary. As far as possible, the timetable of classes is reduced for subject/level coordinators and Heads of Departments. All staff are expected to participate in a Break Duty rota, contribute to the “life of the school” and to attend departmental, staff and parents’ meetings.

Teachers are asked to sign an initial 2-year contract that may be extended for 1 year or renewed for a further 2 years by mutual consent of both parties. The School pays for: i) one-way airfares at the beginning and the end of each two-year period and ii) 50% of a Costa Rican, regional INS Medical Insurance Policy. Upon starting, the school will pay a reimbursement for one extra checked bag and a separate shipping allowance of up to $ 500 ($ 700 for a teaching couple) but this will be divided between shipping costs and taxes paid (e.g. upon importation into Costa Rica). Upon finishing a contract, a similar arrangement exists to ship a teacher’s belongings “home”. The school also assists the Teacher in finding suitable accommodation, lends funds for a deposit and co-signs any agreements required to secure the contract or an international telephone line etc.. 2-3 Bedroom houses or apartments can be rented near the School for approximately $ 650 – $ 700 per month. Teachers are expected to rent furnished accommodation and the School will contribute up to $ 180 if needed to purchase basic household goods and utensils.

IV) A teacher’s total annual remuneration (100%) is paid in 15 segments as: i) taxable Salary each month over 12 months (80%), ii) a tax-free Christmas Bonus or “Aguinaldo” (7%) and iii) tax-free redundancy pay at the end of each year of contract (13%). All salary related payments are linked to and calculated in U.S. Dollars but paid in local currency. The calculation of the “Aguinaldo” is determined by local Laws and based on the average SALARY over the 12 months prior to the 30th November each year. Hence, in their first “year”, Teachers commencing in February receive only approximately 83% and those commencing in July/August receive only 30% of a month’s salary as their Aguinaldo in December. At the end of a contract, the balance of Aguinaldo due is paid to the teacher. However, the last 1 or 2 months of a contract (e.g. July or December and January) are paid as tax-free “Holiday Pay” and not included in Aguinaldo calculations. An “Overseas Allowance” is included in the salary for overseas contracted teachers and it is already included in any estimate of salary provided to prospective teachers. Deductions from total annual remuneration will be approximately 17 – 19% (obligatory contributions of Social Security, Pension and Tax).

TOTAL ANNUAL REMUNERATION : for overseas contracted teachers is calculated on Salary Scale A3 whereby points are awarded for i) “Qualifications” (10 for a qualified teacher – B.Ed. or PGCE), ii) “Years of Teaching Experience” up to a maximum of 12 years / points and iii) “Level of Responsibility” (e.g. Coordinator) with a minimum of 6 up to a maximum of 15. Some additional points are available for contributions to the House system, MUN, Accreditation Committees, etc. Hence most “salaries” fall into the range of $ 45,000.00 U.S. per year (20 points) up to $60,000.00 U.S. per year (40 points).

V) Before arriving in Costa Rica to start work in the school, it is essential that a teacher obtains ABSOLUTELY BRAND NEW, recently issued copies of their Birth (and Marriage?) Certificate and Police Record Check and these must be legalised under the Apostille system (except Canada). Teachers presently working overseas MAY need to return “home” to complete these procedures (or at least initiate the process and arrange for the completed documents to be sent on to Costa Rica).

VI) A combination of restrictions imposed upon us by the nature of the IOM programme through which we contract teachers, the absence of Costa Rican Consulates in many countries around the world, the absence of official Costa Rican translators for many languages and the Costa Rican Immigration Laws themselves make it extremely difficult, in many cases impossible, to obtain residence status and work permits for citizens from many countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.