Want to Teach English in Costa Rica?

  
  • We're in the whirlwind stage of getting jobs right now, but it's been really nice because Brian and John have been so helpful. They've been personally driving us to interviews, or taking taxis with us, and definitely calling to check up on our success or needs.

    Sheila

    Costa Rica

    LanguageCorps Programs in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica has long been renowned for stunning natural beauty, enlightened environmental policies, democratic government, dense and diverse wildlife, and warm, welcoming people.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Costa Rica:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course includes 150 hours of classroom time, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The Training Center in Costa Rica is in Manuel Antonio, which is located on the Pacific Coast, adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park. The region is known for international surfing championships and easy access to swimming, snorkeling, horseback riding, jungle for hiking and wildlife photography, and more. The center itself is in an area that features a nice blend of residential and commercial venues, with restaurants and shops. The school has free access to computers with high speed internet, and a nice snack bar serving complimentary coffee and tea daily. The facilities and computers are open seven days a week, including holidays.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is US$1,995

    Host family accommodations are available near the Training Center for an additional cost of $700 with your choice of private or shared room, which includes breakfast and dinner each day. Accommodations in a private apartment are also available for $795, or a shared apartment for $450, but you are responsible for your own meals. Accommodations in Manuel Antonio begin the day before the course starts and end the day after the course ends, although you can extend your stay if you wish. You should plan to arrive in San José two days prior to the first day of class, as bus transportation to Manuel Antonio and accommodations for the extra night are included in the program fee if we are arranging housing for you during the training. If you arrange your own, you can make your way directly to Manuel Antonio, or purchase the bus ticket through us to travel with the group from San José.

    If you are interested in brushing up on your Spanish and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Spanish classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program start date. There is no cost other than housing and a book fee ranging from $50-110 depending on your level of Spanish proficiency.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in Costa Rica? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in Costa Rica.

  • Costa Rica Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • We're in the whirlwind stage of getting jobs right now, but it's been really nice because Brian and John have been so helpful. They've been personally driving us to interviews, or taking taxis with us, and definitely calling to check up on our success or needs.

    Sheila

    Costa Rica

    Country Overview

    Costa Rica has long been renowned for stunning natural beauty, enlightened environmental policies, democratic government, dense and diverse wildlife, and warm, welcoming people.

    Columbus landed in Costa Rica in 1502, but it wasn't until 1838 that this nation of mountains and beaches became an independent republic. Having grown relatively wealthy from coffee and banana exports, Costa Rica is now a haven for tourists and travelers, as well as a proud democracy with a growing industrial sector (Intel accounts for about 20% of the country's exports).

    The Training Center in Costa Rica is in Manuel Antonio, which is located on the Pacific Coast, adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park. The region is known for international surfing championships and easy access to swimming, snorkeling, horseback riding, jungle for hiking and wildlife photography, and more. The center itself is in an area that features a nice blend of residential and commercial venues, with restaurants and shops. The school has free access to computers with high speed internet, and a nice snack bar serving complimentary coffee and tea daily. The facilities and computers are open seven days a week, including holidays. Visit the programs link above for details on the TESOL Certification Program offered in Costa Rica.

    Costa Rica's tropical climate is characterized by a rainy season (May into November) and a dry season (mid-November through April). Temperatures vary based on altitude, from year-round beach weather on the coasts to the consistently temperate mountain valleys.

  • We're in the whirlwind stage of getting jobs right now, but it's been really nice because Brian and John have been so helpful. They've been personally driving us to interviews, or taking taxis with us, and definitely calling to check up on our success or needs.

    Sheila

    Costa Rica

    Job Prospects & Pay

    Most teachers work in language schools focused primarily on teaching adults business English, while a smaller number find jobs in private universities, primary schools and high schools. Job placement is focused in the Central Valley, in and around San Jose, since that is where the majority of jobs are found.

    Wages for Teachers in Costa Rica are normally between $400 and $800 per month. Since room and board for an individual generally run at more than $300 per month, it is not typical for Teachers to save money.

    While most schools and companies in San Jose pay salaries to Teachers, those in more rural locations frequently offer only accommodations and meals. includePay('Costa Rica', 'TESOL Certification');

    Monthly Salary Typical Living Expenses Discretionary Cash
    (monthly)
    Discretionary Cash
    (annualized)
    $400 - 800 $400 - 700 $0 - 400 $0 - 4,800

    Notes:

    1. Although the Chart presents salaries and living costs in US dollar equivalents, LanguageCorps teachers are typically paid in the local currency of the assignment country.

    2. Approximate salary ranges are based on 10-12 month paid teaching assignments. Salary for shorter-term assignments may be on the lower end of the displayed range.

    3. Some teachers earn additional income by doing private tutoring.

    * Benefits vary depending upon the school, and may include full or partial reimbursement of airfare, free housing, medical insurance and/or an end of year bonus.

  • I learned and experienced more in 7 months in Costa Rica than I ever could have here in the States. You have an excellent program, and it was worth every penny.

    Jason

    Costa Rica

    Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    While Costa Rica is not famed for its cuisine (beans and rice or rice with beans?), San Jose offers a wide array of remarkably affordable international restaurants.

    Water in San Jose is generally safe to drink, though bottled is the way to go once out of the city.

    Participants are responsible for their own meals.

    Costa Rican dress can be described as "Western tropical." Linens and cottons are appropriate in the city (along with a sweater for chilly mountain nights), while wilderness lovers are advised to put function before form.

    When teaching, women should cover their shoulders (sleeveless shirts are acceptable, but very thin straps or tank tops are not). No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Open-toed shoes are acceptable.

    Male Teachers should wear long pants (not jeans), short- or long-sleeved shirt with a collar, and loafers or dress shoes. Long hair should be neatly tied into a ponytail.

    Housing & Communication

    During training, optional accommodations are available in either homestays or private apartments located near the school. After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other students or Ticos (local Costa Ricans). Most Teachers find that room and board for an individual costs approximately $300-$400 per month.

    International calling cards or local prepaid telephone cards are used to make international calls. Telephone cards are sold at many kiosks and newsstands. The cards may be used in either public phones (common in Costa Rica) or private phones simply by calling the company indicated on the card (long-distance operators typically speak English and Spanish). There are affordable Internet cafés in the larger towns and in the San Jose area a number of cafés and restaurants provide free wireless access.

  • We're in the whirlwind stage of getting jobs right now, but it's been really nice because Brian and John have been so helpful. They've been personally driving us to interviews, or taking taxis with us, and definitely calling to check up on our success or needs.

    Sheila

    Costa Rica

    Excursions

    From misty cloud forests to active volcanoes to pristine rainforests to lush tropical coasts, Costa Rica holds something special for everyone who visits.

    While much of Manuel Antonio is modernized, much retains its local flavor, and even more is pure tropical rainforest. The town center, like most in Costa Rica, has a soccer field and park with a church opposite. Visit the beach, the National Park, or head into town to do some shopping - either way, you're bound to enjoy your days there.

    Nightlife in San Jose, fueled by tourists and university students, requires a taste for salsa and merengue and the stamina to sample the wide variety of bars and dance-clubs that fill the livelier sections of the city.

    San Jose also boasts the well-planned bird-watcher's paradise of Parque del Este, while nearby the famous white waters of the Reventazón River beckon hardy rafters.

    The varied ecologies of the Río Sapiqui region, north of San Jose, draw environmentally-conscious visitors from around the word, especially to the misty, orchid-filled cloud forests of Monteverde Reserve.

    One of the nation's most stunning national parks, Manuel Antonio is a living paradise and nature lover's dream. The trees are alive with tropical birds and three species of monkey, including the rare mono titi (of which only 1200-1300 are left in existence). Wild orchids and butterflies abound, as well as sloth and the inquisitive coati.

  • We're in the whirlwind stage of getting jobs right now, but it's been really nice because Brian and John have been so helpful. They've been personally driving us to interviews, or taking taxis with us, and definitely calling to check up on our success or needs.

    Sheila

    Costa Rica

    Travel Resources

    We're still working on getting these up, but check back soon or email us at info@languagecorps.com and we will send you some.

  • I learned and experienced more in 7 months in Costa Rica than I ever could have here in the States. You have an excellent program, and it was worth every penny.

    Jason

    Costa Rica

    Frequently Asked Questions

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$1395-2295. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$2345-2995 depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$2595-2695 for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • I learned and experienced more in 7 months in Costa Rica than I ever could have here in the States. You have an excellent program, and it was worth every penny.

    Jason

    Costa Rica

    TESOL Certification Program, Costa Rica

    The four-week training course includes 150 hours of classroom time, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students.

    The Training Center in Costa Rica is in Manuel Antonio, which is located on the Pacific Coast, adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park. The region is known for international surfing championships and easy access to swimming, snorkeling, horseback riding, jungle for hiking and wildlife photography, and more. The center itself is in an area that features a nice blend of residential and commercial venues, with restaurants and shops. The school has free access to computers with high speed internet, and a nice snack bar serving complimentary coffee and tea daily. The facilities and computers are open seven days a week, including holidays.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Costa Rica is US$1,995

    Host family accommodations are available near the Training Center for an additional cost of $700 with your choice of private or shared room, which includes breakfast and dinner each day. Accommodations in a private apartment are also available for $795, or a shared apartment for $450, but you are responsible for your own meals. Accommodations in Manuel Antonio begin the day before the course starts and end the day after the course ends, although you can extend your stay if you wish. You should plan to arrive in San José two days prior to the first day of class, as bus transportation to Manuel Antonio and accommodations for the extra night are included in the program fee if we are arranging housing for you during the training. If you arrange your own, you can make your way directly to Manuel Antonio, or purchase the bus ticket through us to travel with the group from San José.

    If you are interested in brushing up on your Spanish and learning more about your new location, you have the option of one complimentary week of intensive group Spanish classes plus cultural excursions. These take place in the week before or after your 4-week TESOL Certification Program start date. There is no cost other than housing and a book fee ranging from $50-110 depending on your level of Spanish proficiency.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.