General Information

ISHavana offers an initial two-year contract.

There are many complex situations for the school in regard to obtaining support for visas to allow teachers to live and work in Cuba. Successful applicants will be appointed subject to the school receiving confirmation from a supporting Embassy agreeing to support the individual, selected by the school. The supporting Embassy, once it has agreed, must then ask the host country authorities for a visa to be granted.

At the present it is easier to obtain visa support for candidates with Canadian, German, Dutch, Sri Lankan, or South African citizenship.  Practically speaking at this time, it is not possible to hire US citizens. UK citizens need support from a different mission, as the UK is not able to provide support for a teacher. Citizens of all countries without diplomatic representation in Cuba also need support from a different embassy.

There are several citizenships that it is very difficult to arrange visa support for; however, please feel free to make initial enquiries along with submission of the requested documentation.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Qualified teacher status
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proven proficiency in subject area
  • Ability to differentiate instruction to multi-level groups
  • Ability to differentiate instruction, in English, to accommodate multiple levels of English proficiency in teaching groups with high numbers of EAL students
  • Native speaker of (or near native proficiency in) English
  • Child centred practitioner focussed on student learning
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Oriented toward goal setting and achievement of goals
  • Collaborative “team player” colleague
  • Life long learner
  • Involvement in academic, extra curricular and community activities beyond the school day
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Good humoured approach to work and frustration
  • “Can do” attitude

Highly Desirable:

  • Previous successful international school experience
  • Knowledge and successful experience working with the school’s international curricula and the standards derived from them: I.P.C. (International Primary Curriculum), Literacy and Numeracy from the National Curriculum of England, IGCSE, IB Diploma
  • Flexible approach to living in and the lifestyle of a culturally distinctive country
  • Strong commitment to personal professional growth
  • Ability to see the big picture of school life


Please make an initial application, in writing, or by e-Mail, directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by Fax to Int + 53 7 2042723.

Applications will be acknowledged and details of the school and the salary and benefits package will be included with the acknowledgment.

Applications must include in one single document:

  • - a cover letter
  • - a copy of the applicant’s updated Curriculum Vitae (with photo)
  • - electronic (scanned) copies of academic degree qualifications
  • - electronic (scanned) copies of teaching qualifications

Further documents to include the following three items may be sent separately:

  • - electronic (scanned) copy of passport face-page
  • - a simple statement of marital status and dependent children (single or teaching couple or couple with non-teaching spouse and dependent children, if any)
  • - the names and contact addresses – email please - of 3 reference writers

Applications will be designated incomplete and not considered for short-listing, until all requested documentation is submitted.



Important: Please, be aware that IS Havana will never ask or require teacher candidates to send money for either application fees, interview fees, visas, plane tickets or other costs associated with recruitment or moving to Cuba. We will not ask teacher candidates for information related to their personal bank accounts. If you appear to be asked by IS Havana to send money to cover any such or similar costs, you are probably the target of an elaborate scam. Several international schools have recently had their web sites cloned, and candidates have been asked to send large amounts of money. All international candidates are urged to be diligent in investigating potential schools and to use extreme caution during the recruiting process and prior to signing a contract.