Teach English to Kids in Costa Rica & Earn your TEFL

Company : Intern.Travel
Location : Costa Rica
Duration: 1 week to 2 months
Approx Costs: 500 to 1500 £ Pound (UK)

Teach English and support local community projects whilst fully immersing yourself in the lives and colourful culture of Costa Rica's friendly, welcoming people.

Nestling between its tropical Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica is one of the most breath-taking countries in the world. Travel to this tropical paradise and take part in an exciting teaching project that will fully integrate you into the local community and leave you forever in love with the people, landscapes, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and wildlife that this magical destination has to offer.

Teaching English in local schools will give you a real insight into Costa Rican culture, and in your weekends off you can enjoy trips around the local countryside offering you in a world of adventure sports, tremendous landscapes of natural beauty, great food, lively music and laid-back people.


You will be working in a local school offering support to children learning English and supporting them with other aspects of their lives and education. Volunteers work with a local school in Puerto Jimenez which is always in need of assistance from volunteers. This project has recently taken off and the school staff are extremely keen to develop their English teaching curriculum to increase the positive impact of language education on the community of the region.


Your work schedule will be challenging, varied and sometimes unpredictable but always enjoyable, as you embark on your placement within this local school. There are a range of classroom activities taking place and you will finalise your schedule on arrival based upon local needs and duration of your stay. Whatever your schedule you will engage fully with local children, using your creativity and initiative to assist in the activities of the project

You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working with the local teachers you will be working one on one or with small groups, focusing on those children who are behind in their education. You may be asked to help with a variety of essential subjects such as basic maths, English, reading, and you may also be asked to plan your own lessons for your small group. Your level of involvement will obviously depend on the length of your stay as well as your existing skills and qualifications.

There are also extracurricular activities with the volunteers running an after school activities program everyday. This can be playing football, dodgeball, hide and seek and any other games you can come up with. Just use your initiative and get the kids involved! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these enthusiastic children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

As well as taking part in teaching and running after-school activities, depending on the length of your visit , you may also have the opportunity to assist in the day-to-day running of classroom activities, help in the school office or get involved in activities in the wider community. The school is always in need of extra funds so any ideas you have for fundraising projects will be greatly appreciated. There are also evening adult English classes given to the local community members that you can get involved in.

This project runs five days a week so you will have weekends off to explore further afield or to relax and enjoy the social life in the clubs, bars and restaurants of Puerto Jimenez.

Start Dates


Work starts every Monday so please arrange to meet in Puerto Jimenez on Sunday afternoon
School Holiday Dates 2015:

30th March - 5th April

14th April - 16th April

15th June - 21st June

31st August - 6th September

Please note there will be a number of public holidays throughout the year. During school holidays a modified program will run with adult education classes and one to one coaching

Costs / Benefits

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel and medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free TEFL certification if you complete 20 plus teaching hours
TEFL training and BTEC available


Food 5 days a week 2 meals a day
Airport pick-up (if arriving on Sunday afternoon)
Ground transfers to the house takes 20 minutes
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

Booking / Enquiry

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