Employment Type
Contract Length
3-6 Months 6-12 Months
Student Level
Early Childhood Pre-School Elementary


Job Qualifications

  • education
  • teaching experience
  • early education
  • reggio emilia
  • PYP

Job Benefits

  • salary compensation based on experience
  • professional training

Company Description

Join our vibrant jungle school nestled in the heart of Panama! We are a unique educational community committed to providing an enriching and immersive learning environment for young children. Our school is situated amidst lush greenery, offering a truly exceptional setting for both students and staff.

Manglares Discovery School is a private microschool in its sixth year, set at a secluded, natural jungle campus. Our students range from age 3 to age 12, and the school serves the nearby beach community of Playa Venao. 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)

Job Description

We are looking for adventurous, fun, and creative teachers to join us!

**Job Title:** Teaching Assistant - Jungle School in Panama

**Location:** Playa Venao, Panama, Central America

**Duration:** 4 months, **immediate start** (with possibility of extension)

**Position Overview:**
We are seeking a dedicated and enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join our team for a 4-month period. The successful candidate will work closely with our experienced teachers to support the development and education of our students, primarily in Kindergarten and lower Primary.

Our early education is inspired by the Reggio Emilia methodology, and 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. Our student-teacher ratio is approximately 6-10 children to 1 teacher (often less).

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, guide discussions, inspire collaboration and reflection, model a love of learning. The candidate(s) should display some familiarity with conflict management and socioemotional management of early education students.

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!

- Assist in planning and implementing age-appropriate activities and lessons
- Provide individualized support to students as needed
- Help maintain a safe and positive learning environment
- Collaborate with teachers and other staff members to ensure the well-being and progress of each student
- Participate in school events and activities

- Availability to start immediately
- Experience working with young children, preferably in an educational setting
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team
- Flexibility and adaptability
- A passion for education and a commitment to the well-being of children
- 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)

- Accommodation provided
- Living stipend
- Opportunity to work in a unique and stimulating environment
- Professional development opportunities

We look forward to welcoming you to our jungle school community!

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