Currently, we are seeking applications specifically for the school year that begins August 2016. Please use the following link to submit your resume to us.
If you would like to be considered for any future vacancies, please submit your resume as well and we will keep it on file!
Thank you for your interest in working with CEDEI School!
The CEDEI School, located in Cuenca, Ecuador is part of the non-profit organization, Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI in Spanish). We are an accredited primary and secondary school with our program beginning with preschool education all the way until high school graduation. We are accredited by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education. While we function as a regular school, teaching all vital subjects (math, science, arts, social studies, etc.), we are focused on a multicultural and interdisciplinary study of languages. In our program, we teach approximately 260 students.
As a teacher at CEDEI School, you will be in the classroom from 7:30 in the morning until 13:30 in the afternoon. A typical teacher has twenty-two 40-minute teaching periods per week leaving 10 periods free for planning and preparation. The average class size is anywhere from 10 to 18 students. The school year runs from early September to early July with vacations during Carnaval, Christmas, the end of the first semester, February break and all national holidays and fiestas. The school year is split into six 6-week “blocks” (with three per semester) and a short evaluation at the end of each block.
While we do not require that all our teachers speak Spanish, some level is useful for living in Cuenca, but communicating with co-teachers. We offer various levels of Spanish courses to all our teachers throughout the year.
We have had teachers from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom. If you have what it takes to work for CEDEI School, we would love to welcome you from whatever country you come!
Cuenca, Ecuador has a mixed history which includes native Cañari, Incan and Spanish colonial roots. As of 1999, the entire city has been a UNESCO World Heritage site because of the cultural mix it epitomizes. Located in the southern Ecuadorian highlands at 2,300 meters elevation, Cuenca sits in a small valley (hence its name; “cuenca” means bowl or basin in Spanish). CEDEI School pays its faculty and staff a salary that will provide a comfortable life in Cuenca. Cuenca is specifically famous for its quality health care at low costs. This has attracted an influx of North American and European Expat retirees. In Cuenca, there is a choice between free and private healthcare. CEDEI School offers an optional health care package for $20 a month.
If you would like more information regarding life in Cuenca logistically, we have many documents prepared we can send you.
When you come to work for CEDEI School, we will help you through the Visa process. You will require a Cultural Exchange Visa (12 VII) with CEDEI School as your sponsor. This generally costs $450 and CEDEI School will reimburse a percentage of it at the completion of the school year.
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I've really enjoyed my two years working at CEDEI School! It has been a great opportunity to get to know Cuenca and a lot of Ecuador due to the awesome schedule that we have. What I love most about CEDEI School other than the hours are the students as they are so much fun to be around. CEDEI is also a great place to work if anyone trying to learn Spanish as they offer free Spanish classes in the afternoons to international teachers and a work environment in which you have a lot of opportunities to practice. Overall it's been a great two years at CEDEI School and I would recommend it to anyone that's interested in a job that allows them to experience a new culture and learn a new language!
The CEDEI school is a close-knit community full of caring, dedicated educators and bright, enthusiastic students. As an international teacher, I felt so welcomed by both staff and students - making it a joy to come to work. The students are treated as individuals, compassionate towards others, and so incredibly intelligent as they excel in courses taught in three languages. Teachers are given the independence to design curriculum while still offered support from the administration. I loved seeing the students grow throughout the school year, both academically and in character, and I was grateful to feel the difference I was making in their lives. Perhaps even more, was the impact the students had on my life. This is especially true in the rewarding time I spent adapting curriculum for the special needs students. I formed close friendships with fellow international teachers and national Ecuadorean teachers, and was able to travel the country with them all. I had the most positive experience that I could have hoped for with CEDEI and would highly recommend the school.
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