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Teaching English in Costa Rica with TEFL Internship

Support social change and participate in a quality cultural exchange program endorsed by the Ministry of Education for Costa Rica.

Volunteer teachers are needed in Costa Rica

We are searching for socially minded volunteers to come and contribute to this valuable Ministry of Education backed initiative. The mission of this program is to promote English Language education and inspire young people in Costa Rica.

Supported by the Costa Rican Government's Department of Labor, this program assists young and underprivileged Costa Ricans in gaining the necessary English language skills to further their future careers and life prospects.

You can teach in Costa Rica for four months and learn about this beautiful country with its welcoming culture and relaxed way of life.

You would typically teach 4 days per week (Mon - Thu) with Friday's used for lesson prep for the next week of classes. There is no teaching on Friday. Also, weekends are free so you will have plenty of chance to explore this amazing country.


Benefits for volunteering in Costa Rica

  • Meet and greet

    Airport meet and greet from San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • Orientation

    4 day orientation on arrival, includes host family accommodation
  • Transport

    Onward transport provided from San Jose to your host town / city
  • Accommodation

    Private room accommodation with host family throughout your stay in Costa Rica
  • Meals

    3 meals daily provided by host family (breakfast, lunch, evening meal)
  • Laundry

    Laundry service access
  • Visa support

    Support for obtaining the Volunteer visa
  • 24/7

    24/7 in country support from on-site program coordinators
  • Materials

    All teaching materials provided to you meaning minimal prep time
  • Flight bonus

    USD$500 flight bonus paid on program completion

What is the cost for this program?

This is an NGO project and as such a small administration fee is required. This fee goes towards funding program organization and logistical costs.

  • Option A one off £250 administration fee covering all arrangements and your visa support.
  • Option B one off £399 administration fee covering the above and also including a Level 5 170 hour combined TEFL (CELTA equivalent) qualification. As part of your TEFL training, you would complete a 20 hour Teaching Practicum in Costa Rica. You can use this TEFL certificate to teach in other countries on program completion.

Entry requirements for volunteering in Costa Rica

  • Bachelor's degree in any field
  • TEFL or CELTA - you can still apply with this qualification pending
  • Teaching experience is a preference
  • Community minded and keen to support social change
  • Current proof of no criminal record
  • Some Spanish language ability advantageous
  • 21 - 65 years old (due to visa regulations)
  • Passport of UK, IRE, USA, CAN, NZ, SA or AUS (due to visa regulations)
  • Commitment to a 4 month placement in Costa Rica

Apply now

Simply fill out this form and we'll get straight back to you. If you have any questions you can always email us at [email protected]

Do you have a degree?
Are you TEFL qualified?

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