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Teaching English and Traveling in Costa Rica

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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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:

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