Location: Online Training – Based in Uvita, Costa Rica. Teaching placements available worldwide
Duration: 4 weeks commitment for training, with set start dates each month.
Cost: $995 USD Project Fee – see Costs tab for more information
Salary: $800 – $1000 USD per month depending upon experience.
- Full Online TEFL training and certification, including 60+ hour classroom experience.
- Full assistance throughout your course.
- Job assistance and placement support available upon course completion.
- Keywords: teaching English, educational, TEFL training.
A Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification will open doors to you globally and it is a great way to see the world. Take the chance to earn your certificate online with full support, a fantastic start to teaching around the world! This accredited course is offered by a local non-profit organisation, which provides English classes for local adult learners and children in Costa Rican elementary schools that cannot afford to hire full-time English teachers. By earning your certificate with us, you will not only gain a valuable skill, but you will also help create a brighter future for local school children and adults striving to learn English.
The methodology of this online course promotes an innovative training philosophy that focuses on hands-on experience. As you go through your training you will get plenty of classroom confidence by teaching more than 60 hours with observation and guidance.
Once you have completed the course, you will be given assistance in finding the perfect placement. Graduates of this program are currently teaching around the world! Whilst we cannot 100% guarantee a paid placement after completion of the training, it is very likely we will be able to place you either in Costa Rica, online, or in one of the many other schools we work with around the globe.
The program will prepare you to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar while using only English in the classroom. You will master the art of teaching English by completing the following learning modules:
Module 1- Second Language Acquisition
Module 2-The Specialized Brain
Module 3- Language Aptitude and Motivation
Module 4- Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
Module 5- The Four Skills
Module 6- Instructional Methodologies
Module 7- Lesson Planning
Module 8- Classroom Management
Portfolio, Practice Teaching, and Feedback
You will have the chance to apply your new skills in your practice teaching sessions with real ESL students in local schools, preparing you for your new life as an English teacher abroad!
2020 Start dates: Oct 5, Nov 2
The School Placement
Upon completion of the training course, we will do everything we can to find you a paid placement at one of the many private and public schools and language institutes that we work. Schools are always looking for English teachers (as well as other subjects) and it is very likely we will be able to place you either in Costa Rica or further afield. In addition, there are growing opportunities to teach online with your TEFL degree. However we cannot 100% guarantee a placement as it depends entirely upon the requirements of the school and whether you are suitable to them. Full assistance will however be provided throughout the entire process.
Teaching in Costa Rica:
June/July, and November/December are the best times to secure jobs in the school system, for the school year in Costa Rica ends in December and begins in late January. While most schools are finishing the year in December, this is when known openings for the upcoming school year became available. Meaning, you have a better chance of being hired during November and December, but won’t start working until the end of January. There is also a break in July, when many positions also become available. There are year-round opportunities in institutions and organizations that offer classes year-round all the time.
The schools are a mixture of private schools and government schools.
- Schools offer many after-school activities for students
- Class sizes will vary and may be up to 50 students
- Schools generally have good equipment and resources, even though English resources are limited.
- Buildings are generally modern
- Recreation facilities are generally of a high standard
- Foreign teachers are not always common in schools
There are three trimesters in each academic year. Each term is approximately 3 months in duration.
Travel & Accommodation
This course is 100% Online.
- Min age 18
- Minimum 4 week commitment (training and classroom experience)
- Native speaker or equivalent English ability
- The participant should be willing to teach minimum 20 hours a week of English
When borders reopen, we hope you will join us in Costa Rica.
TEFL & Surf School:
Surfing is a great way to spend time in the sun and familiarize yourself with the beautiful beaches. You can learn at our Surf School and daily Surf Safaris for all levels of surfers.
Students learn how to read waves, balance on the board, and paddle effectively. To ensure a safe and engaging learning environment, each surf class has a maximum of three students per instructor. When in Costa Rica you really have to get on a surfboard! This add-on includes three surf lessons each week for four weeks, and each lesson includes surfboard rental and two hours of personalized instruction. SURF’S UP!
TEFL & SURF SCHOOL: +$575
TEFL & Spanish Immersion:
With us, you will learn to speak formal and colloquial Spanish from native speakers while earning your TEFL degree in a picturesque coastal town. This Spanish Immersion school offers two-hour classes, Monday through Friday for those wishing to gain a solid foundation in Spanish language. Each lesson is led by native Costa Rican Spanish-speaking instructors, and class sizes are kept at a maximum of five people in order to enhance learning and dialogue. Students are placed in appropriate beginner, intermediate, or advanced-level classes based on preliminary placement exams.
All Spanish teachers effectively combine conversational Spanish skills with formal grammar. This ensures students’ mastery of speaking a foreign language in diverse settings and situations. Individual students’ goals and learning objectives are taken into account as lessons are personalized to guarantee success and enjoyment. This experience is ideal for TEFL trainees, for it allows you to experience first-hand both sides of the learning process – the language teacher and the language learner.
TEFL & SPANISH: + $225/week & + $800/month
TEFL, SURF & SPANISH:
This is the dream trip! During your TEFL program you can combine Spanish classes and Surf School for the ultimate Costa Rican experience. You will have three Surf School lessons each week and Spanish classes Monday – Friday for four weeks. You will be happily busy learning the TEFL methods of language instruction while, at the same time, being immersed in Spanish language study.
In addition, you will be having some fun and releasing any lingering stress in the water on a surfboard during your down time. All levels of surfers are welcome to join! Each surf lesson includes surfboard rental with two hours of personalized instruction and your Spanish course workbook.
TEFL & SPANISH & SURF: +$1200
$995* USD Project Fee for 4 weeks Training Course
* 20% deposit required to confirm your place. The balance will be due 4 weeks prior to your course start date.
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*** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
Project Fee includes:
- 4 weeks training + 4 weeks classroom experience
- TEFL qualification & certificate
- Full assistance in finding paid placement upon completion of the training.
What’s Not included
- Accommodation (but offered for an additional fee)
- Insurance, visa, and vaccinations.
Note: Map coordinates are approximate