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 Seeking a Certified Teacher on Remote South Pacific Atoll in the Cook Islands

Posted By: Palmerston Island Administration <[email protected]>
Date: Thursday, 11 January 2018, at 6:55 p.m.

Please direct your interest and queries to [email protected]

Job Summary:

Palmerston Lucky School is looking for a certified and experienced teacher to head up our school. If you are passionate about education and looking for a life-changing adventure in a beautiful and comfortable environment then look no further. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible as there is training available in late January and school begins the first week of February. This is a very unique, long-term, position and we are only able to give the broad strokes in this advertisement. We hope that the right person will be inspired and contact us to learn more.


Must Have: (Set by Cook Islands Ministry of Education)
1) Diploma in Teaching and Bachelor’s Degree in Education or an equivalent discipline, and
2) Minimum of 5 to 7 years of teaching experience

1) Diploma in Teaching and a Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and/or a Masters Degree in Education or equivalent discipline
2) Minimum of 5 to 10 years of teaching experience with middle or senior management experience.
3) Familiarity with the A.C.E. Curriculum

Palmerston Lucky School:

For the last 15 years we have invested a large percentage of our modest budget towards educating the next generation. With a total of 15 students whose ages range from 5 to 19 years old, we utilize the A.C.E. Christian homeschooling curriculum which is adapted and designed for the classroom. This allows us to properly educate such a wide range of ages and abilities in a “one classroom” environment. While the books are designed to be self-contained the students still require help from the teachers. So, instead of spending your time preparing lesson plans you will be working one-on-one with students helping them with all subjects, primarily Maths and English. However, you will not be alone in the classroom. There are 2 full-time teacher aides who have worked at the school for several years and are very capable educators.

Palmerston Island:

Palmerston Island, in the Cook Islands, is a very remote, tropical atoll in the South Pacific with a unique history. It is the only island in the Cooks to have English as its first language. Although isolated, advancements in technology and infrastructure now provide Palmerston with 24-hour solar power, internet and telephone services, a clinic with a qualified nurse, and even one TV channel. Palmerston Island does not have an airport. It is only accessible by supply ship which comes every 2 to 3 months. However, it is stunningly beautiful and there’s no shortage of cultural, physical, and social things to do here. From basket weaving and shell carving to kayaking and spearfishing in the lagoon, there are heaps of things to learn and do and friendly people excited to join you.


Due to the size of our school the official title of the position available is that of Principal. Although some of your duties will be that of management, the vast majority of your duties will be the day to day education of our students.

- 35 hour work week with students at school from 8am to 2:15pm
- Adhere to the policies set forth by the A.C.E. Curriculum and the C.I. Ministry of Education
- Act as a member of the School Committee
- Report to the Ministry of Education details of the school roll and progress

A more detailed list of duties will be sent to you as part of the application process.

Remuneration: (3 Year Contract)

- Travel expenses to and from Palmerston (both air and sea travel)
- Visa application costs are covered
- Free accommodation in a comfortable and modern apartment attached to the school. (Free Rent, Power, and Local telephone)
- Salary is more than enough to live very comfortably with plenty left over for savings
- Superannuation Fund that is refundable upon departure in accordance with Cook Islands law
- A.C.E. Curriculum training and accommodation during training course

This ad is just a snapshot of the opportunity available to you. There are far too many aspects of this position and the unique lifestyle on Palmerston to possibly answer all the questions you might have in this job post. We really want to hire the right person for the school and for our community. Please contact us and open a dialogue if you are seriously considering the position. We will make sure you have access to previous teachers and staff who will honestly address any queries you might have.

Please direct your interest and queries to [email protected]

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