Department of Defense Education Activity

Greetings from Guantanamo Bay

Are you an educator who dreams of living in a small town community on an island filled with sunny days, ocean recreation, and a teaching job with a mission to support military families? The U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) and W. T. Sampson Elementary/High School may be the place for you.

Located near the southeastern tip of Cuba, the NSGB is warm and humid with rain at different times throughout the year. There’s a combination of flat land and hilly areas with a variety of tropical and desert plant life. NSGB is situated on the bay with access to several beaches. The views of the Caribbean ocean from here are spectacular.

W. T. Sampson is a Unit School, providing educational opportunities for approximately 250 NSGB students from Sure Start/Pre-K through 12th grade. The enrollment size allows its teachers the opportunity to better learn and address their students’ academic strengths and needs. Even though the school is small, extracurricular activities are offered, including student clubs and athletics. The construction of an entirely new 21st century replacement school is currently underway and is scheduled to open in 2021.


A few of the benefits of living at NSGB include

  • Free family housing equipped with major appliances and free utilities
  • Access to on-base school and activity centers for teens and youth
  • Employment opportunities for accompanying family members
  • Very short commutes from housing to work sites and free public transportation
  • Cell phone and Internet service is available
  • Holiday (Christmas) break paid travel orders for round trip travel to Jacksonville
  • Free or inexpensive recreation like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, golfing, cycling, bowling, boating, and beach activities
  • Free 24-hour Fitness Center
  • Free nightly movie showings of first-run movies

For more details about the benefits, services and amenities available at NSGB, take a look at the Info for Applicants and Reassignments and other information sources listed under Resources.

Living and working at NSGB is not, however, for everyone. There is no access to the rest of Cuba, and transiting on and off base (via air only) may be difficult at certain times, as getting a seat on a particular flight is not always guaranteed. The weather is either hot or warm all year long, with little change in seasons. While there is an on-base hospital, those with medical conditions requiring frequent visits or treatment may not find their particular services available. Mail and package delivery also takes longer than at Continental United States locations. Security considerations can impact photography and other hobbies.

Life at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay offers adventure, challenge, and opportunity unequaled in any other locale. Your adventure awaits!


Resources

2021 W.T. Sampson EHS

2021 W.T. Sampson EHS

Replacement of old W.T. Sampson Elementary School (est1975) and old W.T. Sampson Middle-High School with a new consolidated School.
About W.T. Sampson Unit School

About W.T. Sampson Unit School

Background information about W.T. Sampson Unit School, home of the Pirates!
About DoDEA
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, officially known as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay or NSGB is a United States military base located on 120 square kilometers (45 sq mi) of land and water at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Information for Applicants and Reassignments to W.T. Sampson EHS at NSGB

Information for Applicants and Reassignments to W.T. Sampson EHS at NSGB

Information for Applicants and Reassignments to the W.T. Sampson Elementary/High School at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Employment
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay

Photo Gallery of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay by Military One Source, Military Installations
NavyMWR Guantanamo Bay

NavyMWR Guantanamo Bay

Morale, Welfare and Recreation at Guantanamo Bay. A network of support and leisure services for GTMO's residents.
NSGB & W.T. Sampson Photo Gallery

NSGB & W.T. Sampson Photo Gallery

A collection of images from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and W.T. Sampson EHS.
NSGB Welcome Package

NSGB Welcome Package

Whether you’re a member of the armed forces, a civilian employee, a contractor, or a family member, you’re now a vital part of America’s longest-serving overseas military base.
USA Jobs Search - DoDEA Cuba

USA Jobs Search - DoDEA Cuba

Employment/Educational Support opportunities at Guantanamo Bay. NOTE: These are not educator positions. Teaching positions are filled using DoDEA's Employment Application System.
Employment