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Our Costa Rican TEFL training center is located close to the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park. As one of the most popular parks in the country, Manuel Antonio offers an incredible array of wildlife to enjoy, plus beautiful sandy beaches and scenic hiking trails. This wonderful natural environment provides the perfect setting for a TEFL certification course, and once completed you will be able to apply for a wide range of teaching opportunities, both locally and further afield.
During your stay with us you will be able to enjoy the cool blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, right on your doorstep. Swimming, surfing and sailing are all popular pastimes, whilst the scuba diving is as good as any in the region. If the ocean is not your thing, you will also find plenty of other activities available in and around the park. Less energetic visitors can top up their tan on one of the park’s four peaceful beaches, and the lively cafés, bars and restaurants will ensure you are never bored during your time away from the classroom. If you like the idea of completing your TEFL training in one of the world’s most diverse natural settings, our center in Manuel Antonio will not disappoint.
In addition to certifying you as a TEFL teacher, we’ll also offer worldwide lifetime job support so we can help you find work in Costa Rica or anywhere else there is a demand for qualified EFL teachers.
The page links below will direct you to helpful information about accommodation, course fees, starting dates and more. We encourage you to read over those pages and contact us with any further questions you may have. If we’re online, please feel free to open up a chat line and we’ll answer your questions immediately.
Our training center in Costa Rica is located just a short walk from the small town of Quepos. The center’s peaceful location and comfortable facilities provide the perfect environment for studying and successfully completing a TEFL certification course. During your stay with us you will also have the benefit of practicing your newly learnt teaching skills in a real classroom environment with genuine EFL students. This teaching practice is delivered under the expert guidance of our dedicated and professional trainers who will ensure you leave us feeling confident in your own abilities in the classroom.
Our training center is fully equipped with all you will need during your stay including computer facilities for lesson planning etc. In the immediate vicinity of the center you will also have access to a variety of services such as banks, shops, bars and restaurants. The combination of a well equipped educational facility, peaceful surroundings and an interesting local culture make our center in Costa Rica a very popular choice with our trainees.Apply Now!
Our TEFL training center in Costa Rica is happy to offer a range of accommodation choices to suit all tastes and budgets. Depending on your preference we can organize hostels, private apartments or a local homestay option. The homestay accommodation consists of a private bedroom within the home of a friendly local family. It includes breakfast and an evening meal, as well as the perfect opportunity to practice your Spanish skills and learn more about the Costa Rican way of life. To guarantee a placement in a local home we recommend you apply at least one month before your course start date.
Once you have signed up for a course in Costa Rica we will send you an accommodation preference form that contains a list of our recommended options including hotels, hostels and apartments. Availability is sometimes limited so please make your application as early as possible to secure your first choice option.Apply Now!
What are the course fees?Expand
Deposit: US$ 600 Balance: US$ 1,190
(For the most up-to-date currency exchange rates, please visit: www.xe.com.)
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, PayPal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Costa Rica itself.
The balance of your course fees is payable in cash, by credit/debit card or via PayPal. The balance is due before your course begins. Once you have been in touch with the Costa Rica center and have made your accommodation and course package selections, an invoice will be emailed to you with additional payment instructions.
Please read through the welcome information that will be sent to you from the Costa Rica center carefully so you are aware of what materials you will need to bring with you and what services may or may not be available at our overseas center.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
We recommend that students stay with a local family during their time in Costa Rica. Home stay accommodation is designed to give trainees a cultural and family atmosphere which will enhance their stay in Costa Rica. Students will be given a private room in a local family's house and receive delicious traditional meals for breakfast and dinner each day. All families have been chosen for their warmth and interest in hosting foreign students and are located within a 5-10 minute bus ride of the TEFL school. The cost of this option is US$ 700.
Our second accommodation option is a private apartment which can be rented at a cost of US$ 795.
Course accommodation is available starting two days before the first day of the course through to the day after the last day of the course. If you choose to arrive before or stay after the course, you may do so based on availability and at an extra cost of US$ 33 per night.
Students may also choose to find their own accommodation within the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area.
What travel documents will I need for costa rica?Expand
Visitors to Costa Rica from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the European Union nations can enter the country without a visa. All visitors to Costa Rica are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date and can remain in the country for 90 days.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Costa Rican consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The course is full time over four weeks. Depending on the month you choose, the course either runs from a Monday to a Friday, or from a Wednesday to a Tuesday. The first two weeks are comprised of six hours of classroom work each day, with two 15 minute breaks and one hour for lunch. The final two weeks are spent on lesson planning and teaching practice. On the first day of your course you should arrive for orientation at 9:00 AM. At this time you will be given a detailed course timetable. In addition, there will be a graduation party on the last day of the course, so if possible you should make your departure arrangements from Manuel Antonio accordingly.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We invite local Costa Rican students for your teaching practice. Costa Rican students are very keen and enthusiastic and because we don’t charge them to attend, all students come to classes purely because they want to!
Who usually attends the course?Expand
Typically we have around 5-15 trainees. If course numbers exceed 18, the trainees are divided into two classes that are taught simultaneously. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian, or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
During trainees’ lessons, casual attire is allowed. Costa Rica can get rather hot so this means sandals, shorts, t-shirts and other loose fitting clothing, cotton attire is best. During teaching practice, you will need to dress in trousers/skirts and closed-toe shoes. Men need collared shirts, while women need to wear conservative tops that will cover their shoulders. Men also need to shave or keep facial hair neatly trimmed. No visible tattoos or facial piercings are allowed while teaching local students.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We strongly recommend you also bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
Of course, you will need your passport. When you secure work you may also be asked to provide copies of your birth certificate, college degrees and transcripts. You might also consider obtaining an international driving permit if you want to drive in Costa Rica.
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