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TEFL Teaching and Training in Costa Rica

By: Samaria Spyker | Posted on: 03 Jul 2018


“The TEFL training and teaching program in Costa Rica is one of the best opportunities I have ever had! I have learnt so much about teaching and have gained lots of experience all while enjoying my stay here in paradise. Myself and 2 others spent time learning how to teach English as well as got a good refresher on all the tricky English grammar. Kerri and Jacqueline are impecable teachers that are well educated and excellent teaching models to learn from. Kerri and Jacqueline make a direct impact on their communities with the projects they have as speaking English is such an important skill to have here. I have been given lots of practice teaching English here to gain as much experience as possible. I have had so many opportunities teaching a variety of ages and levels of English. I feel that through my time here I really have gotten to make a difference through this program.

Teaching English has been so rewarding as you can clearly see the results of your work. I have gotten to see students win spelling bees with school, improve their conversation skills for work and see major improvements of my students English in a short amount of time. It can be challenging coming up with lesson plans that suit your student’s needs and level of English. However, the more I do it, the easier it gets. Living the pura vida lifestyle where students don’t always show up for class can be a challenge as well. Some students are very motivated and dedicated to coming to class while for other students, maintaining a routine is difficult to achieve. I am proud of the teaching I have done so far and the bonds I have built with my students. I have learnt so much about teaching and how to teach English that I feel well equipped to start the job I’ve acquired here in Costa Rica.

I had no idea if I would feel prepared or confident enough to teach English after this course but with the experience and knowledge I have gained and I confidently say this program exceeded my expectations in many regards! I would recommend this program in a heart beat! This program has already lead me to so many good things and I’m excited to see where else it might take me!”

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Samaria Spyker

Samaria Spyker
Posted on: 03 Jul 2018