Founding Montessori Guide

Abaarso School
March 3, 2019
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Street Address
1 Kaabe Lane


Abaarso School is an American-run school in Somaliland (Northern Somalia) that matriculated the first students in the country in decades to U.S. universities including Harvard, Yale, MIT, Brown, and Columbia. We were featured on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper and in the New York Times with Nicholas Kristof ( In 2017, Abaarso started a Teachers College to train local Montessori teachers. Now, Abaarso is launching the first of many new K-12 Montessori schools in order to bring high quality education to the entire country.

We are seeking an experienced Primary-level Montessori guide who can help us start our first Montessori school. The position would be full-time teaching as well as some coaching of our new Montessori teachers. Because the country does not enroll Pre-K or younger, we will be beginning with KG students and taking a new class of KG every year.

Somaliland is a peaceful developing country with a conservative Muslim culture. Foreign teachers are treated well in Somaliland but many developed countries do not recommend traveling here, including the United States, largely due to unrest in neighboring Somalia. Abaarso has been operating on the ground in Somaliland since 2009 with a majority western faculty. We have never had any safety or security problems but take these issues very seriously.

Abaarso compensation is akin to US Peace Corps, offering a round-trip flight, health insurance, room & board, and a $250/month stipend. Teachers join our team in order to make a major impact in a place that needs it. There is some room for compensation negotiation for this unique position.

Please send your resume, a brief introduction, and any questions to Harry at

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