The geographically gorgeous and politically stable country of Costa Rica is situated between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, with a string of towering volcanoes on the central plateau-creating a unique tropical paradise with 11 climate zones.
Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Costa Rica
Typical English Students
Best Time to Get Hired
Typical Start Dates
Average Contract Length
6- to 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules
Part-time schedules common
$600 – $900 USD per month
Average Cost of Living
$400 – $700 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
The nearly perfect picture of political democracy, economic stability, and natural beauty, Costa Rica is a great place to visit and to live. English language proficiency is a valued skill in a country which puts great stock in its tourism industry as does the small but attractive nation of Costa Rica. EFL students here range from school children to university students to adult professionals.
Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations
TEFL teachers will find that jobs are easiest to come by in San Jose and the surrounding areas. And because the capital and its environs are less touristy than other parts of Costa Rica, they often have a lower cost of living, allowing an English teacher’s salary to provide a satisfying lifestyle. Teachers can also take on private EFL students to supplement their income in order to save money or to travel the stunning and friendly nation of Costa Rica in their time off.
Costa Rica Overview
Volcanoes, rainforests, coral reefs and beautiful beaches are just a few of the elements that make up this country’s incredible and diverse landscape. A small nation located on a land separating the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Costa Rica can be traversed coast-to-coast in less than four hours by land or 45 minutes by air. Each coast features beautiful beaches and ports with advanced infrastructure, both of which are important assets to Costa Rica’s economy which depends on tourism, electronic exports, and agriculture (especially bananas and coffee).
Characterized by social and political stability, high educational levels, modern services, and a dedication to protecting the environment, Costa Rica’s society is as impressive as its scenery. Costa Rican natives and residents are known for their laid-back, friendly attitude and their fondness of “pura vida” or “pure life.”
Recommended TEFL Courses
In Costa Rica, you’ll find that online and classroom based courses are accepted. We recommend a course of at least 100 hours to increase your chances of getting hired!