Why Work at Pearson College UWC?

Pearson College UWC is a unique and vibrant Canadian educational institution — and a fulfilling place to work! We offer all employees a competitive compensation and benefits package, including opportunities for professional development. Pearson College UWC welcomes qualified applications from individuals with a diverse array of backgrounds. For inquiries regarding employment at the College, please contact our Human Resources department by email. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

What We Do

As one of 18 UWC (United World Colleges) schools, our mission is aligned with that of the UWC: “To make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.”

The College welcomes these students regardless of their socio-economic background, politics, religion, ethnicity, language or gender. Our education actively promotes intercultural understanding and the development of genuine concern for others, founded on shared life experiences and cooperative, residential living. The experiential education program is intense and rigorous, designed to support students to become emerging leaders who understand that change is possible through skilled dialogue, courageous action and a determination to make situations better — whether local, national or international in scope.

With this intentionally diverse population of students, the College builds a purposeful and highly experiential program. Much of what we do focuses on getting to know and understand each other. This begins with each student sharing a room with three others—four students who likely come from four different countries, with four different first languages, four different religious backgrounds, four different food cultures and four different musical genre preferences. Through this challenging living model, they learn one of the College’s most important lessons: tolerance.

As Lester B. Pearson himself once said, “How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?”

Where Are We Located?

Located in a beautiful wilderness setting near Victoria on Vancouver Island, and on the unceded territory of the Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nation, Pearson College UWC is one of 17 UWC (United World Colleges) located around the world.

Current job postings

For UWC-wide career opportunities, visit this link.

IB English A Language and Literature Teacher - Part time
Pearson College UWC is seeking a teacher with a strong academic and practical background in English language and literature to teach International Baccalaureate English A Language & Literature to fill a short-term leave. The course allows students to explore English language through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy. Students develop the techniques needed for the critical analysis of communication, becoming alert to interactions between text, audience and purpose. The teaching will involve two classes of IB English A Language & Literature to start as soon as possible and complete the 2020 academic term.

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College Driver(s) Part-time
The College is seeking part-time driver(s) to support shuttle bus and other College vehicle driving services for student and employee transportation. A roster of drivers will be assigned to conduct scheduled transportation runs during the week and on weekends throughout the College academic terms from late August to early June.

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Chinese A Literature Teacher - Part time


Pearson College UWC is seeking a teacher with a strong academic and practical background in traditional and simplified Chinese language and literature who will be able to teach International Baccalaureate Chinese A Literature Standard Level. The course is organized into four parts, each focused on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication. The teaching will involve one class of IB Chinese A Literature SL. Students taking this course are native Chinese speakers.

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Volunteer Positions available in Maintenance, Administration and Special Events
Reporting to: Varies


Pearson College UWC is seeking volunteers who contribute to a positive and supportive
atmosphere by working with various teams.

We are looking for volunteers available for a variety of time commitments from once a week, short term projects or for annual events for a minimum of four hours daily. We appreciate whatever you are able to contribute. Your knowledge may hold the answer to solving our puzzle.

Volunteers are given a project that matches their skills and interests. Training will be provided.

Depending on availability, accommodation and meals can be provided to you when you are
volunteering at the College. Volunteers must have a criminal record clearance.


Pearson College UWC is a unique two-year pre-university school for students selected from around the world based solely on their promise and potential and demonstrated commitment to engage actively in creating a better world. Students currently attend from over eighty countries and whose backgrounds intentionally represent some of the tensions in the world. All attend on needs-based scholarships. Money is neither a barrier nor a ticket to admissions. Students live together on the southern tip of Vancouver Island while studying the International Baccalaureate program and pursuing explicitly the mission of the United World Colleges (UWC) to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. The College is developing an innovative curriculum parallel to the Theory of Knowledge course that develops the skills, competencies and dispositions students require to carry out the UWC mission and live the UWC values in their lives, what some refer to as 21st century skills.

Please send your letter of interest outlining your previous work experience and skills to volunteer@pearsoncollege.ca.