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Jungle preschool looking for inspiring, engaging educators in Panama


Manglares Discovery School located in Playa Venao in Panama

Start Date: August 22, 2022

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

We are looking for adventurous, fun, and creative teachers to join us! Manglares Discovery School is a private microschool in its fourth year, set at a secluded, natural jungle campus. Our students range from age 3 to age 11 and the school serves the nearby beach community of Playa Venao. The area offers much potential in terms of inquiry extensions. For example, the campus is home to a waterfall; we get almost daily visits from three species of monkeys and other birds and animals. The local community has various interesting cultural traditions.

We started with a single, early-education classroom, but have since expanded into elementary grades. We are now looking for a lead teacher to continue to reinforce the Reggio philosophy in the early years program (age 3-5).

Our teachers bring diverse perspectives and love engaging with the children. The candidate(s) must embrace positive discipline, be open-minded and willing to adapt and incorporate various learning tools, pay attention to the students’ learning needs & interests, lead discussions, inspire collaboration and reflection, model a love of learning. The candidate(s) must have experience being in a classroom and display familiarity with teaching phonics and grade-level math.

If you believe in developing the whole child, love working with children, believe that life is an adventure, love nature, believe in the hidden potential of children, and want to try working at a growing school in a tropical location, this position might be a great fit for you!

The position requires relocation to rural Panama. Playa Venao is often regarded the surfing capital of Panama with consistent year-round waves. The candidate(s) must be willing to adjust to a new environment & culture (a slower pace of life) and enjoy nature (or learn to embrace it)

The class size ranges from 8 to 12 children. Our school is focused on developing the whole child; academic as well as social and emotional well being.

Our website describes our school in more detail ( Or on Instagram (@manglaresedu)

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

Experience in the inquiry-based method, familiarity with teaching early phonics and grade-level math

Salary & Benefits


Application Procedures

Please send a CV to

Program Description

Contact Info

Aya Osuga,

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