TEFL in San Jose / TESOL in San Jose (Costa Rica)
Our TEFL school is located in the neighborhood of the University of Costa Rica. It is accommodated in a modern space featuring several classrooms, access to computers and Wi-Fi. There is a snack bar with coffee and tea.
The trainers are professionals in the field of teaching English. Besides extensive practical teaching experience, they hold MA TESOL’s and/or certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Our trainers are passionate about teaching the TEFL training program.
The EFL students are locals or visitors to Costa Rica who want to take up some classes during their vacation time.
- • Free Spanish classes throughout the TEFL course. A discounted rate is available for TEFL graduates thereafter.
- • Free gym membership for TEFL course participants
120-HOUR ON-SITE TESOL CERTIFICATION
(100% on-site training)
COURSE DATES in 2017
- • 23 January – 17 February
- • 13 March – 7 April
- • 15 May – 9 June
- • 14 August – 8 September
• Total course fee: $1,800
- • Deposit: US $900 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $900 (due 30 days before the first course day)
In Costa Rica, the skill of speaking English is an excellent way to advance a career. As Costa Rica interacts more and more with the Western world in terms of business communication, knowing how to speak English is becoming a necessity among businessmen and students alike.
If you’re interested in teaching English in Costa Rica, you can pretty much rest assured that you’ll have an intriguing and enlightening experience. The following tips are designed to help you locate and land a job.
Costa Rica is one of the most popular countries for English teachers, and there are a ton of options for teachers here. Most of the teaching jobs in Costa Rica come from private language institutes, where native English speakers and a TEFL certificate are requirements for landing a job. The jobs are located in the Central Valley, which includes the capital, San Jose, as well as other major cities, such as Heredia and Cartago.
How to Find the Job
If you can apply for the job in Costa Rica, you may run the chance that a school hires you on the spot. The simple fact that you traveled to Costa Rica in order to find a job is proof enough that you are dedicated to teaching English. If you try to obtain the teaching job before you go to Costa Rica, expect that schools will be much stricter with you in terms of requirements.
Where and When to Begin
If you want to teach in the public school system, the school year in Costa Rica runs from January to December. Most schools will not hire in the middle of the year; on the other hand, as December comes around and current teachers change jobs and hand in resignations, jobs will be available. The best time to begin your job search is the last few months of the year- October, November, and December.
If your preference is to teach somewhere other than a typical school or college, then the time of the year won’t matter. Many large Costa Rican companies hire English teachers at any time. If you would like to teach in the corporate world, try to network wherever you can. Many Costa Rican newspapers have classified ads offering English teaching jobs.
A lot of foreigners come to Costa Rica believing that they teach by the beach. There are a few schools there; however, most of the jobs are located in the Central Valley, which includes the capital, San Jose, as well as other major cities, such as Heredia and Cartago.
Regardless of what type of job you want or how you go about landing it, you’re likely to fall in love with Costa Rica. It’s considered a beautiful, laid-back country with a comfortable climate and friendly people. Chances are good that you’ll spend much of your free time exploring the countryside and learning about the culture of which you are a part. Teaching English in Costa Rica can be a true learning experience!
Average Cost of Living
Depending on where you live and your transportation cost, you may need anywhere between $600-$1,000. This will not leave you much room for savings.
As work visas are expensive, schools will usually sponsor you after working there for one year, as the visa is expensive. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.
Costa Rica is blessed with lush forests, wildlife reserves, and tropical beaches; it offers something for every visitor. Beach-lovers staying along the Pacific Coast should head to Guanacaste and the Nicoya Peninsula’s palm-fringed coastline to enjoy the sun and the waves. Those who love nature and stay in the in the Northern Plains or along the Caribbean Coast should visit Puerto Viejo de Talamanca before exploring Monteverde’s Cloud Rainforest and hiking Arenal Volcano. Whether it’s sun, adventure, or nature you look for, there’s much to discover in this tropical paradise.
San José, Costa Rica’s vibrant capital, serves as a central base for exploration. You may want to stop here before visiting the country’s magnificent rainforests and beaches. Modern offices, apartment buildings, and museums will tower above you as you walk through the city’s interconnected barrios (districts). If you plan on staying in the city for a few days before traveling elsewhere, consider exploring the exquisite collections at the Jade Museum and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Both facilities house dazzling and rare pre-Columbian artifacts.
Jazz lovers may wish to drive about 3.5 miles west of San José to reach trendy Escazú, a sophisticated area that features brand-name shops, nightclubs, and restaurants.
Once in San José, it is easy to navigate the city on foot. San José’s streets are not clearly marked; however, the city sprawls across a grid, finding your way is easy. Also, you’ll want to stay alert and watch your belongings: pickpockets are known to look for business throughout the city, particularly in public areas. To reach San José, fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), just 20 minutes away from downtown. The city is connected to the airport by bus or by taxi.
SAN JOSE’S WEATHER
Due to its location between 8 and 12 degrees north of the Equator, Costa Rica enjoys a tropical climate. The country’s seasons are defined by how much rain falls during a particular period. The year can be split into two periods: summer (a dry season) and winter (the rainy season). The “summer” or dry season goes from December to April, and the “winter” or rainy season goes from May to November, which almost coincides with the Atlantic hurricane season. During this time, some regions of Costa Rica are subject to non-stop rain.
The location receiving the most rain is the Caribbean slopes of the Central Cordillera mountains. Humidity is also higher on the Caribbean side than on the Pacific side. The mean annual temperature on the coastal lowlands is around 27 °C (81 °F), 20 °C (68 °F) in the main populated areas of the Central Cordillera, and below 10 °C (50 °F) on the summits of the highest mountains