Costa Rica is currently a hot spot for foreign development, and for Englsih teaching. Many large international corporations that you are familiar with have main offices in Costa Rica. The country is relatively safe compared to its neighbours and quite a few natives speak English, making it a good investment for companies. This in turn means that many corporations are looking to teach their employees English, and that many Costa Ricans want to learn English to bolster their job prospects.
You may not make as much money teaching English in Costa Rica as you would in places such as South Korea, China, and some Middle Eastern countries, but the bottom line is that teaching in Costa Rica will give you enough money to get by and make frequent trips to the beach or to other fabulous relaxing parts of the country.
You may be used to a work environment that is more rigid and conventional, but in Costa Rica you may find that you must be flexible and open-minded in order to succeed at your place of work. For example, you may be assigned new classes or new students without adequate warning, or your hours may change, or the highway you take to work may be inexplicably closed one day. This is the price you pay when living in paradise.
|Requirements : High School Diploma and The Canadian College of Linguistics’ TEFL/TESOL Certification
Typical Contract : Six months or one year
Peak Hiring Season : September to December
Teaching Hours/Week : 8 – 30
Monthly Salary* : 200,000 – 350,000 CRC
Private Tutoring : $6 – 10 USD/hr
Cost of Living : Cost of a Big Mac = 2,043.77 CR
Income Tax : 0 – 10%
Accommodations : Sometimes assisted
Airfare : Seldom included
Health Care : Not included
Holidays : Sometimes paid
Visa : Seldom included (tourist visa mostly)
Important Notes : Preference is given to candidates with a degree who apply in-country. Many teachers teach English illegally on a 90-day tourist visa. A trip out of the country renews your tourist visit for another 90 days. We do not recommend this approach, since it can result in you being deported and not allowed to return for 10 years.