General Information

ISH faculty and staff are committed to being part of a collaborative and progressive learning community.

Coming from three different continents, each of our 70 teaching staff members brings a unique perspective when sharing ideas on teaching and learning. Dedicated to improving the experience of our students, our educators share their expertise with each other both informally with regular dialogue, or formally, during teacher-led professional learning days.

Our professional community also devotes time to share best teaching practices and learning throughout the international community presenting their craft at external conferences and within school-based seminars. Our Teacher Toolkit is an in-house initiative initiative to identify, implement and embed highly effective teaching strategies creating a common language and culture of pedagogy.

ISH students learn a standards-based curriculum, enhanced by a strong emphasis on active and personalized learning, and literacy. Our IB Diploma Programme is well established. We are a fully authorized International Baccalaureate World School and are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges having recently adopted the new ACE protocol. We are also a member of the Council of International Schools.

If this sounds like the sort of school you want to join and contribute to, please let us know.

The International School of Havana offers an initial two-year contract.

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.

The school is unable to acquire visas for American passport holders.

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 focused on student learning
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Oriented toward goal setting and achievement of goals
  • Collaborative “team player” colleague
  • Life-long learner
  • Involvement in academic, co-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
  • Systems thinker

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 and professional growth
  • Ability to see the big picture of school life


Please make an initial application by e-mail sent to Human Resources or + 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 PDF document:

  • a cover letter
  • a copy of the applicant’s updated Curriculum Vitae (with photo)\
  • names and contact in formation of three supervisory referees

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

  • 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)

If you are selected for an interview, further documentation will be required including:

  • scanned copies of academic degree qualifications
  • scanned copies of teaching qualifications

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


Important: Please, be aware that the International School of Havana (ISH) 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 ISH 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.