Thank you for your interest in our school!
Being a bilingual community of teachers, we encourage native English speakers to work alongside bilingual Costa Rican teachers. We believe we are a local expression of God’s global family and each nation represented (in staff and families) distinctly reflects God’s love for a His people. We welcome you to know more about Costa Rica and apply for a job in our school!
Please read all the information below before applying to a position at Liberty Christian Academy.
General Information about Costa Rica
With nearly 5 million inhabitants, Costa Rica is known for its natural beauty and democratic history. Our school is located in Moravia which is on the outskirts of San Jose. The entire Greater Metropolitan Area composes of just over of Costa Rica’s population. Recent graduation rates show that approximately 15% of the 35,000 students who complete national exams (11th grade) come from private schools.
While nearly 96% of the population professes to be Christian, a common problem is when this profession frequently doesn’t lead to inner and outer transformation. Jesus pointed the tendancy of people to “honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” in Matthew 15:8. For this reason, more than the academic excellence, dynamic programs, and building projects, we hope to teach students’ lives by having smaller class sizes (max 12 students) and focus on personal relationship and discipleship.
- Teach in a positive, support atmosphere with a small number of students (10-12).
- Teachers receive a locally competitive salary (feel free to contact the school for information about supplementing the salary with missionary support raising).
- State-run socialized health care covers medical needs, workers compensation covers at-work injuries.
- Each December teachers receive a (13th month) salary. Teachers from abroad may consider using this amount to cover transportation costs.
- Transportation to/from airport; assistance in finding local housing near the school (teachers are responsible for payment); community support may be found through relationships developed in our host church (Union Church) and it’s growth group ministries.
- Opportunities in free time to see a beautiful country and be a part of God’s people and plans for Costa Rica!
In addition to in-country work requirements such as an interview/application and a police report, teachers without Costa Rican residency will receive help from our school in the following ways in order to work here legally:
- Assistance with the proper application for the Immigration Ministry which includes certifications of the school’s workers’ compensation, state healthcare, etc.
- The school covers all costs for the application, translation, and legal certifications while the teacher is in the country.
- Bring to Costa Rica 1) a birth certificate and 2) police record from the place of residence. These documents must be both notorized and sealed with an apostille which gives international recognition to these documents. In the United States, the apostille may be obtained by contacting the “Secretary of the State” for the US state in which the teacher received the documents.
- The teacher covers the costs (usually less than $20) for the notary/apostille process and is responsible for obtaining 2 passport sized photos.
- The teacher is also required to fulfill some Costa Rican immigration requirements by presenting him/herself to register fingerprints and hand in the application to the Immigration Ministry.
Click this link to view all immigration requirements in Spanish or contact us at email@example.com for more info!
Important Considerations before Applying:
- Teaching is a wonderful profession with eternal rewards. It also requires energy and patience. As a Christian school, we not only teach, we disciple and daily sow in to students lives in informal ways. If there is a case where a teacher is not physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually prepared for work with young people; we ask that you be transparent during the application process and/or consider applying at a regular time.
- Due to the fact that the school offers a salary which is locally competitive and may not provide the same income as received in the home country, the interested teacher and/or staff may not be able to cover debt payments and/or long-term savings goals. The school does pay into a pension plan that is used by teachers who retire in Costa Rica after working the required number of months/years. Liberty Christian Academy does work with ministry partners that may process payments if the teacher wishes to raise some support in the home country. More information is available on request.