What is learning like at IST?

Working at IST

We know the impact that great teachers have on the learning of our young people. Therefore, we strive to recruit and retain the best educational professionals. We are looking for educators who will challenge and motivate our students, with their varied learning needs and styles, to achieve their very best. Matching the commitment and energy that we expect from our teachers, our hope is that work at IST will be stimulating and rewarding.

We seek teachers who are passionate about educating young minds and who can demonstrate resourcefulness and flexibility. Tanzania is a wonderful country, with outstanding opportunities for individuals and families; life here does, however, have its challenges as well as joys. Teachers who thrive here tend to be active and intrepid and are often called upon to show a good sense of humour. To learn more about where former IST teachers are today, read IST's Professional Network

On a practical level, we require our teachers to have relevant teaching credentials and excellent communication skills in English. We seek clear commitment to our school’s values of responsibility, inquiry, compassion, balance and diversity. We have a strong preference for candidates who have experience with the International Baccalaureate and who have worked successfully in a culturally diverse environment in a less developed country. Our teachers are expected to be able to use ICT effectively in their teaching.

IST takes child protection extremely seriously and always follows up with reference checks, including from the candidate’s current employer. In addition, all IST employees agree to our employee Code of Conduct, which can be read here. Candidates are encouraged to review the information for Elementary applicants and Secondary applicants in advance of applying. Tanzanian law requires those teachers and administrators who need a work permit to be under age 55 at the time of applying for her/his first permit to work in Tanzania.

Teaching and Learning Philosophy

Effective learning

Student learning is the highest priority at IST. The most effective learning happens in a context in which students feel understood, safe and confident. Teaching and learning at IST follows a constructivist approach, where students actively shape their understanding in interaction with teachers and peers. 

Effective learning requires students to be engaged, motivated and inspired by their teachers, peers and environment, as well as intrinsically. Motivation increases when students have choice and control over their learning in authentic contexts. Students must master core skills and acquire substantive knowledge, which are necessary for the active, critical, and inquiry-based learning we value.

Students learn more effectively when teachers actively promote a growth mindset, purposefully fostering perseverance, practice and hard work in their students. 

Challenge and support

IST believes that support and challenge maximise the potential of each individual student. All students are capable of making educational progress when they are appropriately supported and challenged. Therefore teachers at IST challenge students to continuously grow in their understanding and skills. 

IST supports a diverse range of learning needs, as students come to us with various levels of readiness, learning support needs and interests. Working with diverse classmates enriches our students’ education and prepares them for life. 

It is vital that all students receive prompt, clear feedback about their performance, with a focus on how to improve. It is also essential that students have ongoing opportunities to communicate their experience of the teaching and learning process to their teachers. 


Teaching and learning at IST promote international-mindedness by aiming to develop students’ sense of identity as global as well as national citizens. The curriculum contributes to this by stimulating students’ curiosity about the world and commitment to solving its problems. Students benefit from working with classmates and teachers from diverse cultural backgrounds. 


To implement this teaching and learning philosophy, IST follows IB curriculum programmes in the Elementary and Secondary years, as defined by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. 

The curriculum is balanced and holistic, providing varied opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate their learning. It enables students to gain understanding and skills in ways that are disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary. It encourages students to be reflective and to act upon their learning.


Current Openings


There are no openings at this time.



See below for information about how to apply for these exciting roles:

  • IB Design Technology Teacher

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IB Art Teacher

  • Learning Support Teacher


Please include the following as a single pdf attachment:

  • Cover letter including name of position applying.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Names and positions of at least three referees, with current telephones and email addresses.

Please keep attachment less than 2 megabytes in total.



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How to Apply

Faculty positions 

Skills and requirements

Your application will be reviewed in relation to the following requirements:

  • Bachelors degree with a valid teaching credential

  • Two to five years current teaching experience
  • Experience of teaching the IB (PYP, MYP,DP) curriculum internationally is desirable

In addition to the above requirements, the essential characteristics are:

  • Fluent in English

  • Excellent classroom practitioner

  • Highly collaborative with colleagues and an excellent team player
Passionate about learning
Communicate effectively and efficiently with students, parents and colleagues
Integrate technology in innovative ways in daily instruction
Contribute to the school's community service and after school activities

To apply for a teaching or administrative position, submit an application letter and your CV as well as the names and contacts of three referees to facultyrecruitment@istafrica.com.

Non-faculty (including teaching assistant and support staff) positions

To apply for non-faculty roles including teaching assistant or support staff positions, contact staffrecruitment@istafrica.com.

Benefits for overseas hire teachers

IST provides a competitive benefits package for overseas employees including:

• attractive U.S. dollar salaries,
• retirement/pension fund contribution,
• school fees for dependent children,
• accommodation provided with basic furnishings,
• medical plan (including evacuation cover),
• relocation allowance,
• home passage/rest and recuperation flights, and
• professional development opportunities.

A complete list of benefits for overseas hire faculty is made available when an offer of employment is made.


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