Scott D. Bogard
Founder & Headmaster
Brigit L. Bogard
Directress of Learning
UCA Office Manager
Jennifer Solano Delgado
Lead Teacher, JR. Elementary
Veronica Alonzo Sanchez
Upper Level Math Teacher
Lead Teacher, Upper Level
Are you a passionate Christian?…Do you have a degree in education?…Do you follow Jesus Christ?…Have you ever thought about a life different than the one you’re living?…Do you have a passion to teach?…Maybe tired of the daily grind? And want something different?
Perhaps this is your time for change! And to begin a new life…and have a good time doing it!
At UCA, this amazing opportunity awaits you! UCA is a private, Christian school located in the heart of Uvita, Costa Rica along the southern coast of the Pacific Ocean. In the heart of this small town, God is building a school where students learn about Jesus Christ, and receive an excellent education that prepares them for the future.
Along with that, UCA boasts a friendly community of teachers who live, work, and play together – exploring Costa Rica and living their dream to teach in a place that’s off the beaten path!
We are scouting NOW for professional educators who are fun in the classroom and relevant, but who also take teaching seriously! Although we live in a “laid back” place, our approach to education is anything but laid back. Parents and students depend on us daily to give 100% as we train and teach. We focus on the academic performance of our students, but we also take interest in the “whole person,” including social, spiritual, and behavioral needs. We want students to learn how to live and interact in a world that’s constantly changing – our students have to learn how to handle disagreements the right way, how to forgive people who cause pain, and how to “get along” with others who may be different.
Still got your interest? Keep reading, because you’ll be asked to teach with the following things in mind.
You must have…
…A sense of adventure! Uvita is home to a rural community of people, some Tico and some Gringo, merging together from all over the world! We are literally living inside of a primary rainforest! Travelers, pro surfers, and expats love this place because it’s truly where “the mountains meet the sea” – the Pacifiic Ocean! On the flip side, very few roads are paved in our small town, and walking or driving down them is more like walking down a creek bed, where large stones unevenly make up the road. Housing conditions here are different than they are in North America. Sometimes, it’s really hot outside and dusty because there hasn’t been a lot of rain recently. Sometimes, the products you need to buy at the store are sold out, and there won’t be any more for a week. And…there’s no local Wal-mart ready and waiting, open 24 hours…not here!
…The ability to be flexible! Plans change a lot from day to day…we live in an extremely laid back surfing community, where students and families leave school early (or don’t come at all) to catch the next swell. You have to be the kind of person who can change plans suddenly without letting it affect your attitude in a negative way.
…The ability to work with others! You’ve got to be the kind of person who can work with anyone! You can’t be “moody,” or hard to get along with. Sometimes, the heat, a lack of what you’re used to, and a life that, in general, is very different can make you “edgy” and a little cranky! You’ve got to be the kind of person that can carry on in the face of imperfect conditions.
…The ability to “multi-task” in your Learning Center (classroom); you must be able to switch from teaching about one subject to another with ease and comfort. You must be able to retain how our curriculum works, and keep closely in mind all that you learned during our highly specialized Teacher Training.
…Good communication skills! You have to be able to keep in good communication with parents, giving them your personal attention and treating them as important and special. Parents are a priority for our teachers!
…A degree in education, preferably with strengths in English, Mathematics, and/or some field of Science. We would prefer that you speak and understand Spanish, but this is not a requirement. You must be proficient in teaching your own class, and apt in sharing about subjects where you have attained special knowledge or certifications. In addition, you must be able to put lesson plans together, as well as generate your own teaching materials.
If you are interested in being considered for a teaching position please complete the attached application and submit it to Scott Bogard. The application can be saved and edited then emailed. Please let us know what other questions you have.