Want to be an Island Teacher? - Island Teacher

Want to be an Island Teacher?

Would you like to teach in the Cayman Islands? I created this page to be able to share some general information about schools in the Cayman Islands and the process of looking for a teaching job here on island.

There are teachers from all over the world in the Cayman Islands. At my school, the staff is mainly Canadian, American, or Caymanian with several British teachers. There are two types of schools in the Cayman Islands, government (public) schools and private schools. Grand Cayman, the largest of the three islands, is where the vast majority of the schools are located. Being that the Cayman Islands are a British territory, public schools lean more towards following the British educational system. Private schools either follow the British system OR the American system. I teach at a school which follows the American system. Each year, schools begin posting jobs and hiring towards the end of January/beginning of February for the next school year (which begins at the end of August/beginning of September). I was fortunate to find a last minute job opening, but normally schools do fill positions quite early.

In order to teach at a school on island, expats must have a Cayman Islands teaching license and a work permit. If you already have a teaching license from a country such as the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, or Australia it is a pretty easy transfer process. I have heard that other countries have a bit more difficulty, but it can definitely be done. Once you are offered a teaching position, the school handles applying for your license and work permit. Schools generally issue 2 year contracts. The process of obtaining the teaching license involves submitting transcripts, certifications, reference letters, photos, and an application. To obtain a a work permit, you do all of the above plus submit a police clearance from your home country, complete blood work, chest x-rays and a medical exam.

Below is a website that contains lists of schools in the Cayman Islands. The website also gives great general information about moving to the island. I will be adding info and tips as they come to mind, so feel free to check back, contact me, or post any questions you may have. :) 

Cayman New Resident


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  1. Why blood work and chest x-rays?? :)

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    1. I believe the blood work is mainly screening for HIV and chest x-rays are checking for tuberculosis. With expats from 120 different countries on an island of only about 50,000 people, I guess they want to minimize some of the health risks. :)
      Emilie

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  2. I have been offered a job starting in January at a Government School. Could you tell me a little more about working conditions, settling into island life. I'm a single 30 year old from London and I'd like to know more about the work/life balance. Look forward to hearing from you :)

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    1. Hi Emma! I emailed you back. If you didn't receive it, feel free to email me directly. emiliegdr@yahoo.com
      Best wishes!

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  3. Do you have experience working in both government and private schools? We currently live in Bahrain where my husband teaches after the UK.

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    1. I have taught in both, but, in Cayman, I taught at a private school. :) Best wishes!
      Emilie

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  4. I'm having trouble finding websites that show any openings. Do you know of any that might have some available?

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  5. Also any information you have on how you applied would be awesome. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Shannah, I'm not sure what may be available, but I just sent CVs to all schools. The position that I got was not posted online. Best wishes! :)

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  6. Hello, I am looking for a teacher to work as a nanny for a private family here in the Cayman Islands. The children are from England and are aged 8, 6 & 4. The children will still attend school but will need to have lessons after school, and over school holidays. A live-in role would be possible for the first 6 months. Let me know if you are interested or where I can find teachers who may be looking to work abroad for a year. Thanks

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    1. Hi! I know that most advertise nanny/teacher positions like this on Ecay Trade. Have you tried that? I'm happy to speak with you via email if you'd like. emiliegdr@yahoo.com Best wishes!
      Emilie

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    2. Hi There CAYMAN TEACHER. I am a qualified teacher and more than interested to chat further. My email is josspowell100@gmail.com

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    3. Hello! I am retired from teaching so I only tutor from home now. I teach English, Maths, French,Spanish,Italian,German and art to all ages and all levels. I used to teach in The Bahamas and I have taught in four European countries. I am looking for a change in my lifestyle as I am not ready to sit in front of the television for the rest of my life. My email address is : languagemb@hotmail.co.uk Best Wishes Marolyn

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  7. I am interested in relocating to the Island, & will be there for 2 weeks in June. My brother lives there. I have been in the education field for over 14 years, elementary & high school. Yet, do not have a degree. Have been an assistant in many, many different areas. Any hopes of a job?

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  8. Hi Kim,
    It can be difficult to get teacher assistant jobs as an expat...the reason being that many Caymanians are qualified for these jobs and preference must be given to them. You never know though. You may want to take around your CV to schools when you visit in June. Best wishes! Emilie

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  9. Hi, I cannot get your school lists to open. It says internal error.

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for letting me know! I just updated the post. :)
      Emilie

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  13. Hi I don't see the website for the list of schools

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    1. Hi there!
      Click the link "Cayman New Resident" at the bottom of the post. You can then find info on that website by choosing "Education" from the side menu. Thanks!
      Emilie

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  14. Hi there - I am interested in teaching in Cayman in the new year - do you know who I can contact to find out more???
    Thanks!
    Shalini

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    1. The school year begins in Cayman in late August/early September. Positions for the new school year are generally posted on school websites in Jan/Feb.
      Emilie

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  15. Hi there! I was just wondering if you have an idea of what a typical starting salary might be for a teacher in the public system. I know Grand Cayman is fairly expensive! Thanks in advance!

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    1. You're right, Grand Cayman is fairly expensive. ;) Government school salary seems to range from around CI$45,000-60,000/yr. Hope that helps!
      Emilie

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