Mathias Voges was born in St. Martin, but left for Curacao with his family when he was young. Voges taught geography and biology in secondary schools in the Netherlands, Aruba and Curacao, for ten years from 1971.
In 1981, he was the Principal of the MAVO department of the Milton Peters College. This was the largest high school in St. Martin at the time. He became the General Director in 1983 until 1987. Voges then became the superintendent of the Catholic Schools in the Windward Islands.