Teach English in Costa Rica

As one of the most advanced countries in Latin America, it is imperative for Costa Ricans to be bilingual in order to have successful careers. This makes Costa Rica a prime location to secure a position teaching English abroad.

Students in Costa Rica tend to be rather serious about their studies, but never lose their air of ‘pura vida’, which makes it an enjoyable place to begin your international English teaching career. TEFL graduates find opportunities working with all age groups in both private institutes and public school settings. Private institutes hire year-round. K-12 schools, following the Latin American school year, tend to hire between January and February, whereas schools following the North American school year tend to hire between June and July. The Costa Rican culture places high importance on appearance and friendliness, and you should be prepared to meet employers and teach classes in professional attire.

The Maximo Nivel TEFL certification course in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, exceeds all global TEFL standards and that is why we guarantee lifetime job placement assistance upon successful completion of the program. During your TEFL course in Costa Rica, our instructor provides a full workshop on resume-building, job search, and various teaching opportunities all over the world.

TEFL Certification in Costa Rica

Teaching at the Maximo Nivel English Institute in Costa Rica

Maximo Nivel’s English language program at our institute in San Jose has approximately 250 English students each month and enrollment continues to expand. This means Maximo Nivel has an ongoing need for TEFL graduates and we hire 2-3 teachers every month. Maximo Nivel is a longstanding institute with a well known English program. Our full ESL curriculum, syllabi, materials, quizzes and exams are set and provided to our teachers. Teachers generally work 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the evening, giving you a nice break during the day for gym, lunch, personal errands, or a nap. All of our classes are offered Monday-Friday only, which leaves your weekends free.

Other Teaching Opportunities in Costa Rica

San Jose is the commercial center where you find most teaching positions. You can work with private institutes that provide one-on-one classes visiting client homes or offices and there are also opportunities to work in traditional classroom settings. Teaching positions at K-12 schools are available to TEFL graduates with the proper credentials and who are willing to commit to a minimum of 1 year. Expect to work 20-35 hours per week, with total hours and curriculum standards varying between employers.

Teach English in Costa Rica
EducationBachelor’s Degree is strongly preferred
CertificationTEFL Certification required or 3+ years teaching experience
Hiring SeasonK-12 Schools: Jan-Feb and Jun-Jul
Private Institutes: Year-round
Hours/WeekK-12 Schools: 30-35
Private Institutes: 20-30
CommitmentK-12 Schools: 1-2 years
Private Institutes: 6-12 months
LearnersBusiness and tourism professionals, university students, kids and teens
Cost of Living$700-$800/month
Average Pay$700-$800/month
Visas:Tourist Visa
Independent Contractor Status
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