Teach English in Costa Rica

Apply to teach in beautiful Costa Rica! Search teaching jobs throughout the country. People have been teaching English in Costa Rica for decadeds and it is easy to see why - Costa Rica has spectacular beaches, modern cities and friendly local people. View our guide to working as an English teacher in Costa Rica and apply today.


Teaching, Language & TEFL Jobs in Costa Rica

Teach Abroad in Costa Rica

Teach English in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most popular countries to teach English in Central America and there are so many reasons why you might want to apply.


Why the Need for English Teachers

Teaching Jobs in Costa Rica

Tourism in Costa Rica has boomed in the last decade and this industry is a big employer, this is another reason why lots of local people are keen to learn the language so they can enhance their job prospects. Local NGOs are currently working on the ground to help people out of poverty, improve their skills and help them into a better future and they need English speaking participants to help throughout the year. There are disadvantaged communities where local children and also adults are keen to improve and practise their English language skills, this is where you can play a role in helping. 


Location of Teaching Jobs

Teach English in San Jose, Costa Rica

There are teaching jobs throughout the country in places like San Jose.



A degree is not required but you will need a TEFL or TESOL certification is required. If you have both a degree and qualification you will increase your chances of gaining employment. View our TEFL courses in Costa Rica to get certified.


Best Time to Get Employment

Peak hiring times include: January–February; June–July


How to Get a Teaching Job in Costa Rica

English language schools and academies to business professionals are your best ways to get paid TEFL employment in Costa Rica.


Hiring Process

Usually you will need to apply either online or in-country and have an interview. The process is usually very quick.


Average Working Week

Most international teachers work around 20–30 hours per week in the classroom and you will have to allow extra time for preparation or if you private lessons.


Cost of Living

Costa Rica is an expensive country to be based compared to other destinations in Central America. You can expect to have outgoings of around £350 - £600 (US $500 - 800) / (350,000 - 450,000 CRC) per month.



Wages really depend on the employer, monthly you can expect to make around £300 - £600 (US$600 - 800) (340,000 - 450,000 CRC). Most employers will require you to pay for flights and accommodation.


Volunteer Teaching Placements in Costa Rica

Help improve education and sign up to teach in Costa Rica, you could be helping local staff, creating lessons, creating games, setting up workshops and offering general interaction. Placements can be found in schools, churches and community centres - also you do not need to be an experienced teacher to apply, full training will be provided on arrival. 


Application Help & Advice

If you need any help arranging a teaching job in Costa Rica please get in touch.


Costa Rica TEFL Reviews

If you have ever taught in Costa Rica and would like to write about your experience, review an organisation or share any recommendations please contact us,

"I taught English in Costa Rica for four months and had one of the best times of my life." - Alice, UK


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