Costa Rica TEFL Course

If you have a soft spot for good coffee and Spanish-colonial architecture, our Costa Rica TEFL Course might be perfect for you. With year-round tropical temperatures, rain forests, waterfalls and wildlife galore, it’s no surprise Costa Rica has long been a vacation destination for the beach bum and the nature lover alike.

Why not turn your trip into travel with a purpose by completing a four-week TESOL / TEFL certification course, thus giving you all the tools you need to successfully teach English abroad? It’s a job that can change lives, yours included, so come live the life of your dreams: la pura vida. 


  • 190-hours of instruction
  • Teaching practicum with Costa Rican students
  • Ongoing support
  • Resume workshop
  • Reference letters (upon request)
  • Wireless internet
  • Lifetime job search assistance


  • Flights
  • Accommodation (paid separately)
  • Course book ($70 USD)
  • Visa, Immunizations
  • Personal Expenses


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$1,799 USD

($500 deposit; $1,299 balance)

$150 discount to those who register and make their deposit at least 60 days in advance ($500 deposit; $1,149 balance)



  • June 4 – June 29, 2018 – please contact for availability
  • July 9 – August 3, 2018 – please contact for availability
  • August 13 – September 7, 2018
  • September 17 – October 12, 2018
  • October 22 – November 16, 2018
  • November 26 – December 21, 2018

* Due to limited class sizes, courses tend to fill 3-6 months in advance.

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*$150 discount to those who register at least 60 days in advance!

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“The course is rigorous, and includes 180 hours of class and 10 hours of practicum; this is well above most other standard TEFL certification course offerings so you are sure to surpass most if not every country’s minimum certification requirements. Don’t anticipate free time during the course; it is FULL-TIME. Nonetheless, I loved every minute and I highly recommend this course. The institute is located in Barva, in the Heredia province of Costa Rica. I stayed with a homestay and loved it, especially my host mom’s cooking.

I was not planning to stay in Costa Rica, but for those who are, there is TONS of job assistance and several of my peers already found jobs…

This course was well worth the investment of time and money. I loved the instructors, 

Pic_KBaccasmall class sizes, materials, and practicum.”     ~Kaitlyn Bacca, Costa Rica Course (USA)


Course at a glance: 

  • 190-hour TEFL Certification Course including hands-on experience with local students.
  • Intensive 4-week in-person training
  • Highly qualified, experienced instructors
  • Located in Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Limited class sizes (maximum of 12)
  • Internationally accredited
  • Job assistance after successful completion

Advantages of the Costa Rica TEFL Course:

  • In-person training–students study in a 4-week, onsite course in Costa Rica.
  • Hands-on experience—students get teaching experience before entering the job market.
  • Cultural Immersion–explore Heredia, San Jose and surrounding areas while getting your certification!
  • Worldwide recognition–an accredited, 190-hour certification course, with graduates now teaching English around the world.
  • It never expires!—Wherever in the world you want to go, it goes with you.

You should take this course if you:

  • prefer learning in a physical classroom (instead of online)
  • want to teach English in Latin America
  • are still in school, but want to teach English when you graduate.
  • are interested in being immersed in a different culture while earning your certification
  • want to learn or practice your Spanish while getting certified
  • are seeking the best accreditation from an independent accrediting body
  • are a novice teacher: The course offers solid, practical, teaching techniques to ensure you enter the classroom with confidence
  • want to teach English in Costa Rica or other Latin American countries
  • decide on quality rather than price alone because you realize that you are investing in your education and your future
  • understand that a highly qualified, experienced instructor, an exceptional curriculum and excellent accreditation are absolute necessities in TESOL / TEFL Certification training

Read our Top 4 Reasons to Get TEFL Certified in Costa Rica! 

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The course is in Heredia, just a few miles outside the capital of San Jose. Heredia retains some of that big city character, but with all the charm of a quaint European village. It’s home to one of the country’s biggest universities, which houses a large number of international students, thus giving the town both a laid back vibe and a vibrant nightlife. Being in the central valley, Heredia is a close distance to some of the most popular landmarks, including La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas Volcano.

The course is held in our TEFL training center near downtown Heredia and only 10 minutes by bus to the largest mall. The school doubles as an English language institute, meaning you’ll be brushing shoulders with the very students you could be teaching! Classes are held Monday – Friday, with teaching practicum 2-3 nights per week.

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The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~Stephen King


A high school diploma or equivalent and a fluency in English. A bachelor’s degree is recommended but not required. Must be at least 18 years of age.


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We can help with job placement year round, but the peak months for hiring are January — March and June — August. Most teachers find work with English language institutes which are open all year and do not observe long summer holidays.

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Though housing is not included, we can help you organize something for the month you’ll be studying. We have several great options, but you’re welcome to find your own housing as well.


Our most popular and most highly recommended option is to stay with a local Costa Rican family. This is the quickest way to learn the culture and brush up on those Spanish-language skills, all while getting a taste of local cuisine! The house is walking distance from the school and three meals per day are included in the monthly rate, including weekends.

Cost: $550 USD per month


Want to stay in a huge, traditional Costa Rican home with the other teachers, surrounded by local flora and fauna? The property is complete with a pond featuring bridges, walking paths, waterfalls and fish. It’s like Real World gone natural…but without the drama. Located just 25 minutes by bus (plus a 10-minute walk) from the training center, Piamante is a popular choice.

Cost: $500 USD per month


We can recommend you some of the best hotels or B&Bs in the area, depending on what you’re looking for. From waking up each morning to a live piano to mountain views and a jacuzzi, or apartment-style options and hostels, we’ve got you covered.

Cost: Ranges


Why should I choose this course?

The Costa Rica TESOL training school is staffed with people who understand all of your concerns, from course materials and concepts, to what life is like teaching abroad. Since they live in country, they can answer any questions you have about living, working, studying and traveling there. It’s like a personalized vacation, except instead of drinking yourself silly, you’re going to learn a lot, and you’re going to have fun doing it. When you leave, you’ll do so with a certificate that never expires, making you want to do it again and again…instead of a hangover that makes you wish you hadn’t.

Do I qualify to take this course?

As long as you’re fluent in English, 18 years or older and have a high school diploma, then yes!

Who teaches this course?

All of the teachers are highly qualified (M.A. or higher in a related field) and experienced (at least 10 years) instructors.

What is the accreditation like? 

The course is internationally accredited by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK), a highly respected TEFL/TESOL accrediting body which upholds standards set above the bar for courses worldwide.

What is the job placement assistance like?

During the course, staff will assist you with the creation of an ESL resume and cover letter, and provide you with detailed information regarding what you can expect when applying for jobs around the world. You will also be provided with a detailed Costa Rica ESL School Chart that includes contact info, hiring seasons and the inside scoop on what are the best ones to apply to.

Which course dates are the best to align with the main hiring season in Costa Rica?

Positions can be found year round, but the main hiring seasons are June – August and December – February.

Will I be able to find a job teaching English in Costa Rica once I’m done with my course?

Though job placement is not guaranteed, every student who follows our professional advice and actively seeks out teaching jobs using our resources will be successful finding work. The staff is well connected, having lived and taught English in the country for more than 20 years, and they’ll do everything they can to help you find the job you want. They’ll equip you with all you need to apply and interview, and then they’ll put you in direct contact with the schools. Two big perks of studying here are that 90% of the best language schools in Costa Rica are located within 15 miles of the training center, and course graduates have first priority for open positions at the training center’s own ESL school. Plus, the reputation of the course means local schools are scouting graduates here first!

What content does the course cover?

  • Pre-Course Grammar Module
  • Basic Principles of Teaching
  • Grammar
  • Resources
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Classroom Management
  • Lesson Planning
  • Error Correction
  • Visual Aids

What is the job market like in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is one of the most developed countries in Latin America, and that is due to the large amount of foreign companies moving there to provide their services, like Intel, IBM, Western Union, HP, Oracle, just to name a few. This has made mastering the English language necessary, opening the doors to countless ESL schools. This is all excellent news for English teachers wanting to move to Costa Rica and teach English.

Is Costa Rica safe?

One of the reasons the course is held in Heredia is because it’s extremely safe. It’s a smaller community with little to no crime, and people are often seen out after dark. While San Jose has the typical petty theft of any large city and a higher crime rate, it’s considered much safer than some of the big capital cities of the U.S. or Europe. We always encourage using caution whenever and wherever you travel.

What’s the salary in Costa Rica?

Monthly salaries range from $700-$800 USD per month. While it’s certainly not a destination to get rich as an ESL teacher and most likely you’ll just break even, teaching English in Costa Rica is for those who want the cultural, immersion and educational experience of living in a community and helping students learn the global language. Teaching hours are typically 15-25 hours per week, and contracts are usually 6 months to 1 year. It’s possible to find extra work, whether it’s private lessons or splitting your time between two schools, if you want to make more money.

Will I be able to learn Spanish during the course?

While you won’t be studying Spanish in the classroom, living in a Spanish-speaking country is the best way to learn the language. You’ll be able to practice with shop vendors and bus attendants and locals you meet on the street, all of who will be eager to help you learn. We highly recommend staying with a host family if you are interested in practicing your Spanish!

Is it easy to get around Costa Rica?

A majority of the population uses public transportation, so the local bus system is much more efficient than those found in North America. Buses run frequently, usually passing every 5 or 10 minutes. A trip from the training center to downtown Heredia takes about 10 minutes and costs 35cents. Taxis are also a cheap and convenient way to travel especially at night. Prearranged pick ups can also be set up through the school. It’s also possible to borrow a bicycle from the school for free, if you’d prefer to pedal your way around.

Is Internet widely available? 

Yes, you’ll have access to wifi at the training center and most housing options, and many places around the country are well connected.

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