During the “In-Season” (35 days… October 15 to November 19… on site in Nosara, Costa Rica) you’ll:

– Be responsible for delivering the academic experience of Surf Term to 12-18 teenagers. This will usually involve 2 hours per day in the classroom monitoring study hall (Student Driven Math, English, Literature and Foreign Language) and 2 hours per day engaged in active discussions and experiential projects with the kids (Science and Social Studies). Academics will typically take place 6 days per week during the term

– Attend weekly meetings/reports with Surf Term Founders and Education Director (virtual and in-person)
– Compile 2 academic progress reports to be delivered to each Surf Term parent (delivered on day 15 and 35 of the term)

– Help implement the culture of Surf Term as defined by all stakeholders

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Camp Counselors, Instruction and Guiding, Research/Science and Technical, Support Staff, Teaching/Education, Water Skills



-  Free Room and Board at Nosara Beach Hostel with the Surf Term Counselors, Directors and kids (3-minute walk through the jungle to Playa Guiones) from October 15th, to November 19th, 2022 (Surf Term will also arrange your free flights and airport shuttles)
-  Free access to a wide selection of surfboards at Safari Surf School (across the street from Nosara Beach Hostel) if not bringing your own boards

-  $2500 salary
- Surf for 35 straight days in CR!

Required Skills:

-  Must love working with kids ages 11-14

-  Experience coaching, teaching and/or mentoring teenagers and kids

-  Evidence of creative problem solving experience

-  The ability to sit in ambiguity, be patient, ask questions, and then take action

Preferred Skills:

-  Summer Camp Counselor, Alternative Education or Outdoor Program Teaching/Guiding experience (ex: NOLS, Outward Bound, Adventure Education)
- Experience teaching kids in traditional and non-traditional education systems
-  Embody an active, healthy and curious spirit and lifestyle

-  Experience as a Socratic guide or teacher

About Surf Term (www.surfterm.com)

About Surf Term: Surf Term is a 35-day adventure for 6th to 9th graders that’s physically, academically, and emotionally rigorous and fun. At Surf Term teens can escape the strains, pains, and distractions of everyday life and take part in an electronic-free alternative education program designed around accelerated learning, developing mastery in the surf, building self-awareness, confidence, leadership skills, and forming personal relationships that will last a lifetime.
We offer teenagers a space to breathe, where unnecessary distractions (cell phones, video games, junk food, tv/computer, internet, social media, lectures) are cut from the environment and replaced with: 60-70 surf sessions, 5 weeks of experiential education and field trips, and 1 leadership and mastery course... and life-long friends.

Application Instructions

Please send inquiries to Jamie Matthews at [email protected], or you can text me at 512-422-2274