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Teach English in Costa Rica

Want to Teach English 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 Program 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 includes:

  • TESOL Certification course
  • Job placement assistance
  • Optional week of complimentary Spanish lessons before or after the TESOL course

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, which includes breakfast and dinner each day. Accommodations in a private apartment are also available for $795, a shared apartment for $450, or a hostel for $924, 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 Josť 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 Josť.

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.

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