Most of the TEFL Jobs in Costa Rica are to be found in the bigger cities such as the capital, San Jose. But teaching English in a big and noisy city like this may not be everyone’s cup of tea or first-class coffee. If that is the case, you may get lucky and find a TEFL job at one of the several schools to be found in beach cities or smaller towns in the country. Competition for these jobs is higher, especially at the beaches. You may have to put in more effort and wait longer to find one of these more sought after positions.
When to find a TEFL Job in Costa Rica
Most schools in Costa Rica recruit between May and September. At this time of year, there is a great demand for English teachers, with more TEFL jobs than teachers to fill them. If you can’t look for work at this time, there are still positions available year round - just not as many.
Provided you have a well recognized TEFL certificate and can present yourself in a professional manner, you should be able to easily get a job.
As with most other parts of the world, Costa Ricans see learning English as a way to get a good job or a promotion and, therefore, a larger salary. Because of this there are a lot of language schools in Costa Rica offering many different kinds of English courses all year and in practically every city and reasonably sized town. This means that there are a lot of job opportunities for you.
How to find TEFL Jobs in Costa Rica
Most schools in Costa Rica prefer to hire TEFL teachers who are in the country. They would rather be able to meet you face-to-face, rather than hire you "blind" because you answered a job posting on the internet. Though this is also an option, because many schools do post their jobs on TEFL websites and other places, it’s best to show up in person, up to date resume in hand and your best professional dress and face on.
Questions to Ask your Employer
Before you accept a position make sure that you ask questions regarding salary or hourly pay rate, whether you’ll have to travel to your lessons and if you get compensated for this time and reimbursed for expenses, what kind of material resources the school has for lesson planning and teaching materials, what kind of administrative and collegial support you will have, whether a visa will be needed and if the school assists with that, etc. This will help to avoid any nasty surprises after you’ve already agreed to take the job.
Costa Rica is a wonderful country to live in with a very interesting culture. Teaching English in this country will give you a great opportunity to really explore everything it has to offer. We wish you the best of luck finding a TEFL job in Costa Rica and wish you a great time!
Costa Rica is among the top travel destinations for travelers around the world. No wonder considering the lush nature and splendid beaches the Latin American country has to offer. If this sounds like the ideal place for you too, join our training center in Costa Rica, become a qualified English teacher and live and work in Costa Rica or neighboring Latin American countries.
The courses at ITTT’s training center give you the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the classroom. Real-life teaching experience and guidance from our teacher trainers will help you to become a great teacher. The demand for English teachers is very high in Latin America. Therefore, it should be no problem to sure a suitable job position after you graduate from your TEFL training. Many of our graduates love life in Costa Rica and decide to stay and work here. Others move on to other countries in the region, such as Nicaragua or Panama.
You can join our TEFL courses in Costa Rice each month the whole year. This way, you have the right amount of flexibility to fit the program into your schedule.
TEFL Courses on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
Cost Rica’s natural attractions, including prestige beaches, wild jungle and beautiful scuba-diving locations, make the country one of the most beautiful in the world. The vibrant nightlife and delicious local food add to a relaxed lifestyle.
After classes and on weekends, you can explore our training center location of Manuel Antonio and also go on trips throughout the country. Even thought Manuel Anotnio is not a big city, the people are even more welcoming, giving you the real Costa Rican experience. The demand for English language teachers is high throughout the country and you can be sure to find a good job after completing the course.
As you can see, Costa Rica is one of the best TEFL locations. Its natural beauty, welcoming people and exciting work opportunities for English teachers make it a premium location. Our teachers are able to live a comfortable lifestyle while living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
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