Costa Rica TEFL Program

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Want to live la pura vida?

It’s a saying you won’t get tired of hearing from the Ticos (Costa Rican locals). “How are you?” you ask, and one might respond, “pura vida!” It directly translates to “pure life,” but it means so much more to the Costa Ricans who use it. If you have a soft spot for friendly locals, delicious coffee and Spanish-colonial architecture, teaching English in Costa Rica will 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.

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Quick and simple certification

Learn everything you need to know to start teaching English in just four weeks. Even if you have zero experience.

Receive super personalized attention with a limited number of trainees per class.

Be taught by friendly and experienced trainers who will support you all the way through your teaching career.

Teach actual students during your required student teaching to ensure you are well prepared for your first classes as a TEFL teacher.

The world is your classroom

Gain international recognition when you earn our TEFL certificate. Certification is accepted everywhere from Costa Rica and Guatemala, to Czech Republic, China and beyond!

Start teaching English in Costa Rica immediately after graduation.

Get all the help you need to get your visa and work permit so you can work legally and for as long as you want.

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Explore like a tourist & live like a local

Be based in tropical Costa Rica where the rest of Central America is at your doorstep.

Dive into your new country with discounted excursions and your new friends.

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You get all of this:

  • 190-hour TEFL certification training in four weeks including 10 hours of teaching practice
  • Personalized pre-departure and post arrival support
  • Visa and accommodation assistance
  • Highly qualified, experienced instructors
  • Limited class sizes
  • Airport pickup
  • On the ground support staff 24/7
  • An internationally recognized certificate upon graduation
  • Job placement assistance in Costa Rica
  • An experience that changes lives and lasts forever


Must be at least 18 years old, a fluent English speaker, and excited (maybe even a little nervous) to teach English.

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We’ve partnered with our friends at International TEFL Academy to offer the highest quality TEFL course in Costa Rica. You get all of the inclusions for only $1,799 USD* ($500 deposit; $1,299 due 30 days prior to starting the course)

*Register 2+ months in advance and take $150 off, making the total tuition only $1,649 USD. We will match any other discount ITA offers.

**Tuition must be paid in full prior to starting the Costa Rica TEFL course


When you register through globalU, you get the following bonuses:

  • Personal pre-departure support from someone who’s stood in your shoes
  • A list of 72 schools (and counting) who want to hire you to teach English online for extra moolah no matter where you go
  • A packing list tailored to your specific teach abroad program
  • Access to two alumni communities (globalU and ITA) who are teaching all over the world to reach out to for tips and advice abroad
  • Weekly updates on TEFL jobs around the world
  • Check out our reviews to how we’ve helped others live their dreams

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This course was well worth the investment of time and money. I loved the instructors, small class sizes, materials, and practicum.” ~ Kaitlyn Bacca (USA)

Ready to teach English in Costa Rica? Choose a start date & save your seat. 

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  • August 3-28
  • September 7-October 2
  • October 12-November 6
  • November 16-December 11

**Courses are limited to 12 enrollees each month

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will my schedule be like during the Costa Rica TEFL Program?
The TEFL course in Costa Rica is scheduled from 9:00AM to 4:00PM Monday-Friday with additional work after regular class hours and assigned reading each night. As part of the course, students begin teaching right away, and every Friday and Monday are reserved for teaching practice, which takes place in 20-minute mini lessons, including feedback from the TEFL trainer. The last week of the course will be dedicated to practical teaching and you can expect to teach a 1-hour class during the hours of 7am-7pm that week.

Do I qualify for the Costa Rica TEFL Program?
As long as you’re fluent in English, 18 years or older and have a high school diploma, then yes!

Am I eligible to teach English in Costa Rica if I don’t speak Spanish?
No problem! It’s not necessary to speak Spanish in order to teach English.

Am I eligible to teach English in Costa Rica if I’m a non-native speaker?
As long as you’re fluent, it’s not a problem. You will need to have an interview to prove English fluency.

Am I eligible to teach English in Costa Rica if I’ve never taught English before?
No worries! Our Cost Rica TEFL certification course will prepare you for everything you need to know to successfully teach English as a foreign language, and it will answer any questions you might have about Costa Rican culture and what to expect in the classroom.

Can I participate in the Costa Rica TEFL Program even if I’ve never traveled abroad? 
No problem. This program is perfect for the first-time traveling teacher.

Who teaches the Costa Rica TEFL course?
All of the teachers are highly qualified (M.A. or higher in a related field) and experienced (at least 10 years) instructors.

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. Recruiters come directly to each course and hire our students, and most teachers are working within one week of graduation. 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. Plus, the international resume builder workshop included in the course will prove highly beneficial.

How long are the teaching contracts in Costa Rica? 
Most employers will ask you to commit to at least six months, though you can negotiate a higher salary if you’re willing/able to commit to one year or longer.

Will I be the only foreign teacher at my school?
Probably not. Most schools have at least one other foreign teacher on staff, and some have up to 12.

Is it safe to teach English in Costa Rica?
One of the reasons the course is held in Barva-Heredia is because it’s extremely safe. It’s a small 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.

Will I be able to learn Spanish during the Costa Rica TEFL Program?

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. We highly recommend staying with a host family if you are interested in practicing your Spanish!

Can I apply to teach English in Costa Rica with my friend/spouse/significant other?
Yes! We frequently place friends and couples together. Applicants will have to submit their applications together, and each applicant should be sure to notify us of their intention to be placed together.

Is housing included while teaching English in Costa Rica?
It’s not included in the tuition, but we will arrange it for you during the course. Once you’re registered, you’ll work with our housing coordinator to determine if a homestay, shared house or hotel is best for you and then we’ll arrange it for the duration of the course (four weeks).

Will someone be there to pick me up at the airport?
Yes. After you book your flight, just send us the arrival details and we’ll arrange pickup.

Are flights included and booked for me as part of the Costa Rica TEFL Program?
No, flights are not included in the tuition, and you are responsible for arranging your own travel.

Can I teach in the city/province of my choice?
Most of our graduates end up staying and teaching in San Jose, but our job assistance is worldwide and lifetime so we will help you find work wherever and whenever you desire to teach.

How big will my classes be?
Generally speaking there could be anywhere from 2-15 students per class at a private school. At a public school you might see higher numbers per class of up to 20-30.

Is it easy to get around Barva-Heredia?
Yes, while you can walk around much of the area, buses are also available. They are well-connected and frequent. An Uber or a taxi is never far away.

Is it easy to send money home from Costa Rica?
Yes. Almost any bank can exchange your local currency into your native currency, and both Moneygram and Western Union are available in most cities.

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