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Program Overview

A paid teaching position on a lush tropical island that’s home to one of the Caribbean’s most vibrant cultures – that’s CIEE Teach Abroad in the Dominican Republic. You could find yourself leading English classes at a top-ranked institution of higher learning, or opening new doors by bringing language learning to communities where it hasn’t been available.

Teach abroad in the Dominican Republic with CIEE, and you can:

  • Travel, explore, and enjoy the outdoors – from the highest peak in the West Indies to the fertile Cibao Valley – on weekends, national holidays, and during a between-semester break
  • Enjoy free concerts at Centro León Jimenes and Casa de Arte, or relax on Playa Ensenada, a beach where tourists are rare
  • Gather with fellow teachers during program breaks to share stories and cultural insights, and explore the DR

Understanding your options

CIEE offers two options to teach abroad in the Dominican Republic, often called the DR:

  • Teach in the Dominican Republic – PUCMM: This program places participants at one of the Dominican Republic’s finest institutions, the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). Its purpose is to meet the demand for English professors in the university’s rapidly expanding EFL/ESL departments at its Santiago campus. A master’s degree in TESOL and experience teaching adults are requirements to apply.
  • Teach in the Dominican Republic – Immersion: This program brings language-learning opportunities to Dominicans who haven't been able to study a foreign language. Most teaching locations are in smaller towns and villages, where your lessons will have great impact. And your students will be a delight to work with – each one has earned a grant from the Ministry of Education and is dedicated to learning English. TEFL-certification is not required, but it's preferred.


A rewarding job opportunity that includes:

  • Paid teaching placements through the Ministry of Education and a leading university, PUCMM
  • Opportunities to teach motivated students, whether in rural areas or a university in one of the country’s largest cities
  • Teaching support including curriculum, teaching aids, and training workshops

Teaching programs that deliver more, including:

  • Teaching and program guides to help you plan and prepare
  • An online, blended-learning CIEE orientation course that gives you skills you’ll use in the DR and throughout your career
  • An exciting and enriching two-day orientation, including:
    • Airport transfer on arrival date
    • Cross-cultural training seminars to help you become comfortable in Dominican society, with an introduction to the Dominican educational system
    • Workshops on teaching methodology, housing, health and safety, visa registration, and more
    • Accommodations and meals
    • Sightseeing and cultural activities
    • Transportation from orientation to your host institution
  • Opportunities to travel, explore and participate in activities run by the CIEE Study Center

Assistance to ease your journey, including:

  • Pre-departure guidance to help you:
    • Find the right program
    • Apply online
    • Complete official visa paperwork
    • Prepare for your experience with valuable professional development
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • 24-hour, in-country emergency support services from local CIEE staff members
  • A Lonely Planet guidebook to plan your travels
  • For PUCMM teachers: optional opportunities to live with local host families


CIEE offers you the chance to take part in a meaningful endeavor, get paid to do it, and enjoy the warm community and tropical climate of a beautiful Caribbean island. You’ll have plenty of time to explore, enjoy beaches and jungles, and build relationships.

Teach in the DR – Immersion participants are placed in towns and villages all across the country. Teach in the DR – PUCMM participants are placed in Santiago.


This sprawling city is one of the oldest European settlements in the New World. The sugarcane and tobacco plantations that surround it feed the city’s rum and cigar industries, and it boasts a lively nightlife.

Preparation and Support

You see the CIEE difference in the quality of our programs and the diversity of the cultural-exchange opportunities we provide. Our unmatched preparation and comprehensive support are designed carefully to make your journey easy, enjoyable, and successful.

Your CIEE program fee covers all of the essential elements, including:

  • Confirmation of your teaching assignment before you depart
  • Assistance getting ready to go
  • An in-country orientation program
  • Continued in-country emergency assistance
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • A program handbook

Before you leave

We'll make sure you have everything you need to teach abroad, from packing advice to details about your job, and sound guidance on how to settle into your new teaching position.

When you sign up for your program, you’ll be enrolled in an online course designed to help you build a framework of practical, cultural, and professional skills. You also can call us: CIEE professionals can help answer any questions you have.

Depending on the length your stay, you’ll be entering the country either on a tourist visa or an official work visa. CIEE works with your employer to obtain all necessary paperwork and will guide you through the process.

When you arrive

CIEE understands how overwhelming it can be to land in an unfamiliar country, with an extended stay ahead. You’ll have many questions. We’re here to help – and make you feel welcome.

When you arrive, you’ll be picked up at the airport, and will join us for two days of orientation with fellow participants in either Santiago or Santo Domingo before beginning your assignment.

The orientation features:

  • Lessons on navigating Dominican culture
  • Safety suggestions and health tips for tropical living
  • Introduction to the Dominican educational system and expectations
  • Information about living with Dominican families
  • Accommodations and meals
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities


In most rural placements for the Immersion program, the Ministry of Education helps teachers secure suitable housing near your school.

There is abundant housing in Santiago for Teach in the Dominican Republic participants. Our on-site staff will point you in the right direction to find independent living if you prefer to learn the ropes on your own.

PUCMM teachers who want to experience full immersion – even if only for a portion of the time – can tap into CIEE’s network of host families for housing, meals, and a Dominican family experience that will help you learn about the culture and polish your language skills.

iNext travel insurance

There’s plenty to think about when you travel overseas. Peace of mind is priceless, and CIEE provides it by including insurance as part of every Teach Abroad program. U.S. resident participants are covered by iNext, which supplements your private insurance to cover the cost of accidents and unplanned medical attention while abroad. The policy also offers emergency evacuation coverage with 24-hour worldwide assistance.

Learn more about iNext

TEFL Certification

CIEE TEFL courses are a terrific way to get ready for your teaching adventure!

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence that makes this journey even more rewarding, both for you and those you teach. Our cutting-edge coursework is conducted online, so you can participate from almost anywhere.

Accredited by the World TEFL Accrediting Commission, our 150-hour TEFL certification course ensures that you:

  • Get feedback on your progress, along with fellow classmates in an interactive environment led by a single tutor
  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching of nonnative speakers
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Can create appropriate lesson plans in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Practice your new skills with a 20-hour teaching practicum

CIEE 150-hour certification courses begin every two weeks. Learn more.

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