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  1. Teaching in CEDEI
  2. Teacher Requirements
  3. Application Form
  4. Moving to Cuenca

The CEDEI School, located in Cuenca, Ecuador is part of the non-profit foundation, Center for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI). 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 language.

As a teacher at CEDEI School, you will be in the classroom from 7:15 in the morning until 1:45 in the afternoon. A typical teacher has twenty-four to twenty-six 40-minute teaching periods per week, leaving several periods free for planning and preparation. The average class size is anywhere from 20 to 30 students. The school year runs from early September to early July with vacations during Carnaval, Christmas, and the end of the first semester.  The school year is split into six 6-week “blocks” (with three per semester).

CEDEI Teacher Requirements

  • Native or fluent English speaker
  • Commitment to teaching the entire school year
  • University Degree
    • For primary school teaching positions, an education background can be in any field. For secondary science, social studies, math and language teaching positions, relevant education is required.
  • TEFL / TESOL / TESL / CELTA Certification (preferred)
  • Teaching experience (preferred)

While we do not require that our teachers speak Spanish, at least a basic level is useful for living in Cuenca and communicating with Ecuadorian coworkers. We offer free Spanish courses to all of our teachers throughout the school year.

Currently, we are hiring K-12 teachers for this school year. Please use the following link to submit your resume.  If you would like to be considered for any future vacancies, please submit your resume as well and we will keep it on file!

Teacher Application

Life in Cuenca is tranquil, traditional, and festive.  It has many of the luxuries of a larger city while still maintaining the safety, values, and closeness of a smaller city. The Cuencano people love to celebrate every occasion or holiday, no matter what day it falls on.  They celebrate through parades, dancing and eating special dishes.  Relationships and family are valued above all else.  Sundays are often considered to be a day for the family, where the malls and parks are packed full of family bonding. 

The cost of living is lower than in your home country, which is something important to keep in mind while you consider working with CEDEI.  This affects housing, food, transportation, and health care prices.  Cuenca is 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 free health and accident insurance to its workers.  Please refer to the links below for more information about what it is like to live in Cuenca.

Visa Information

Prior to your arrival to Cuenca, we will help you through the visa process. You will be required to have a volunteer visa to work with us. This generally costs $250 and CEDEI School will reimburse 50% of the total amount throughout the school year.