Dominican Republic

Teach In The Dominican Republic Immersion

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Information for term Teach In The Dominican Republic Immersion

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Compensation: 18,000-44,000 DOP/month


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CIEE partners with the Ministerio de Educación Superior, Ciencia, y Technología (MESCyT) to send teachers for the Programa de Inglés de Inmersión para la Competicion.

This government-sponsored program gives you an opportunity to teach English to university-age Dominican students, where you’ll have the satisfaction of work as a lead teacher with students who previously had limited language-training opportunities, helping them progress to a functioning level of English-language proficiency.  Immersion means that you’ll be placed in a safe, rural or urban area, on this beautiful island where you’ll get to know your community and learn about their cultural practices and heritage. 

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Term Start Date Deadline Duration Compensation
Spring 2 Semesters  January November 1 10 months 118,000-44,000 $DOP/month

About Our Program Fees

CIEE, a non-profit organization, has been sending university graduates abroad to teach English since 1997. Our program in the D.R. includes orientation on arrival, emergency insurance, and a high level of support throughout your experience (see all features below). To cover those costs, there is a program fee of $1,900. Once we accept your application, there is a $500 deposit to reserve your spot and start your job search. The second and final payment ($1,400) is due a few months later after you accept a job offer from a Dominican school. CIEE alumni receive a 5% discount!

What's included

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What's included

  • Job placement
  • Pre-departure assistance
  • iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • 24-hour support
  • Two days of orientation
  • Initial lodging
  • Transportation from orientation to your assignment

The Destination

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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, villages, and urban areas all across the country. Placement is at the discretion of the Ministry of Education, and all placements are in safe areas, whether rural or urban. Exact placement locations will be assigned at the in-country orientation.

The Take-Aways

  • Compensation

    18,000-44,000 $DOP/month, initial lodging, transportation from orientation to your assignment.

  • Preparation

    Job placement, pre-departure assistance, two days of orientation.

  • Assistance

    iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services.

Job Description

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Job Description

As a lead English teacher for students who come to the immersion school on a full scholarship from the Dominican government, you’ll help students acquire speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills that will boost their future work prospects and could change their lives. There’s opportunity for rapid progress; immersion students take four consecutive hours of class, five days a week, for nine months.

The Ministry of Education supplies everything you need – texts, videos, and classroom materials. There’s also support and teacher training throughout the year.


Participants in the Teach in the Dominican Republic Immersion program are paid 200-300 Dominican pesos per hour, depending on teaching site and qualifications. Teachers working one shift can expect to receive 18,000-22,000 pesos per month. Teachers working two shifts can expect to receive 36,000-44,000 pesos per month.

The Ministry of Education provides a one-time reimbursement to cover the cost of airfare to return to the United States to CIEE teachers who successfully complete their initial contracts.

  • Schools

    Classes are held in the morning, afternoon, and evening at centers run by the Dominican Ministry of Education in towns and villages throughout the country.

  • Workload

    Generally, each teaching site has two “shifts" of four teaching hours per weekday. Workload varies from site to site; some teachers will be expected to work one shift (20hrs/wk), while others will be expected to work two shifts (40hrs/wk). You may request one shift or two, but shifts are assigned based on the needs of the Ministry of Education, so CIEE cannot guarantee that you will receive your preference. Keep in mind that like teachers all over the world, you’ll need to budget time outside of class for lesson planning and grading.

    Classroom activities are interactive and varied, and may be complemented by time in a computer laboratory at some sites. However your site is set up, the intensive nature of the program allows you to help students think and speak in English with each other, both in and out of the classroom.


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You’ll need a bachelor’s degree and upper-intermediate Spanish to apply, along with a few other qualifications. These, plus a sense of adventure and a desire to cross cultural boundaries and engage with people eager to learn English, make you a great candidate.

CIEE looks for candidates who are independent, curious, and thrive in a changing environment. Are you self-motivated, responsible, and ready to take the plunge into a rewarding adventure? If so, start your application now!

Acceptance for this program is competitive and selective, so it’s important to get your application in early to improve your chances.


  • Native English speaker
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Citizenship in any English-speaking country
  • Upper -intermediate Spanish language ability, evidenced by a minimum of four semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent. Examples include a bilingual background or extensive international experience in a Spanish-speaking country

To make your application stronger, highlight additional qualifications, such as:

  • TEFL certification
  • College degree in English, education, Latin American studies, or cultural studies
  • Experience studying, working, or volunteering abroad

TEFL Certification

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TEFL Certification

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification gives you the skills, experience, and confidence to make teaching abroad even more rewarding – both for you and those you teach. The CIEE TEFL 150-hour certification course can easily be added on to your program to ensure that you:

  • Develop an awareness of the field and practices of TEFL
  • Understand the components of English related to teaching nonnative speakers
  • Get personalized feedback from an experienced TEFL tutor
  • Can design lessons for TEFL students at a variety of levels
  • Complete 20 hours of practice teaching experience to hone your skills

Learn more about TEFL.

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