Costa Rica TEFL Internship

Company : ESLstarter
Duration: 4 months to 4 months
Approx Costs: 250 to 500 £ Pound (UK)

We are looking for volunteers to join an exciting initiative of the Costa Rican Ministry of Education. Come explore this beautiful country and support social change in Costa Rica!

Learn to teach TEFL in Costa Rica through this exciting Ministry of Education initiative. Funded by the Costa Rican Government´s Department of Labor, this program sponsors young adults to receive English classes in their local community.

Come spend four months in Costa Rica! Gain a better understanding of the country's unique culture and immerse yourself in local life.

In order to receive classes, students must qualify for government assistance based on their current income and employment status; the students must be able to dedicate 30 hours per week for English classes.

The goal of the program is to improve the employability of these students so they can gain work at local businesses where a basic to intermediate level of English is required.

Participants will be asked to dedicate 40 hours per week to English lessons with two groups of students. 


What you receive

  • Airport pick up from San Jose Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • 4 day arrival orientation, including accommodation with host family
  • Onward transport from San Jose to host town or city
  • Private room accommodation with host family throughout the program
  • Three meals daily provided by host family (breakfast, lunch & evening meal)
  • Access to laundry service
  • Support for obtaining Volunteer Visa to Costa Rica
  • 24 hour support from local on-site program coordinators
  • All teaching materials and course syllabus provided to you, meaning minimal prep time
  • USD$ 500 flight bonus paid on completion of program - will be distributed via check one week prior to contract conclusion



  • Bachelor's degree in any field
  • TEFL / CELTA - can apply for this later if you don't already have
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Community spirited and keen to inspire positive change
  • Clean and current criminal background check
  • Basic Spanish ability recommended
  • 21 - 65 years old (due to visa requirements)
  • Passport of UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa or Australia (due to visa requirements)
  • Commitment to 4 month placement in Costa Rica


Application cost

As this program is run by an NGO, there is a small admin fee required in order to fund program organization and logistical costs.

  • Option A one off £250 admin fee covering all arrangements and visa support.
  • Option B a one off £399 admin fee covering the above and including a Level 5 CELTA equivalent 170 hour combined TEFL qualification with 20 hour Teaching Practicum to be completed  in Costa Rica. You can use this TEFL certificate to teach in other countries on program completion.

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