Teaching English in Costa Rica is a lot of fun! I teach in-company Business English classes in San Jose, where many international businesses have their Latin American offices.
They hire an ‘Instituto’ to create the curriculum and send certified teachers.
I am a freelance teacher and my employers send me all around San Jose to teach at various business parks.
I prefer to teach Business English rather than children because the pay is better and I have flexible hours, so I have more money and time to travel to Costa Rica.
In this blog, I’m going to share my experience and give you some teaching and traveling tips.
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Tips for Teaching English in Costa Rica
The level of English in Costa Rica is very good, but companies want their employees to be more proficient in their communication skills.
My job often involves role-playing phone conversations and helping students with presentations.
The 120-hour TEFL certificate with Business specialization prepared me to use both the Communicative Approach and Task-based learning, which allowed me to integrate business-specific tasks with grammar lessons.
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Traveling in Costa Rica
One of the things I love about teaching in San Jose, Costa Rica, is how close I am to paradise.
One weekend I can go surf in Playa Hermosa and the next is hike the trails to the Rio Celeste waterfall.
Other places I love to visit are Limon and Santa Teresa. If you can, I highly recommend visiting the thermal pools in La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Most places are just 2 hours away, so you can teach English Monday to Friday and take an awesome weekend road trip.
As I mentioned earlier, I chose to teach Business English because it provides me with very flexible hours, so sometimes I am able to take long weekends and enjoy myself more.
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Every time I come to hike in Rio Celeste I am reminded of why I came to teach English in Costa Rica.
This place is magical! If you want to teach English abroad, then Costa Rica is the best place in the world! Here is a video for you:
Here is a video of Santa Teresa, where I learned to surf in Costa Rica before hitting the big waves of Playa Hermosa: