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Our TEFL center in beautiful Costa Rica enjoys a spectacular location close to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast. Though relatively small, the park is one of the most highly regarded in the country due to its impressive scenery, stunning beaches and a wide diversity of wildlife. If you choose to join our certification course in this exotic setting you will also benefit from our extensive local knowledge that ensures you will have plenty of job opportunities in the area, as well as right across the whole of the Central American region. If you are looking for a tropical destination and an experience of a lifetime, our Manuel Antonio center could be the perfect choice for you.
Although the course will keep you busy, you will still find plenty of time to enjoy a wide range of activities in your free time. The local beaches offer a truly spectacular environment for swimming and sunbathing, as well as a variety of watersports such as surfing, sailing and scuba diving. Inland, the park also has dozens of scenic hiking trails for you to explore, with all manner of wildlife waiting to be discovered including monkeys, sloths and hundreds of bird species. With so much to enjoy in the area, we are confident you will love every minute of your stay with us in amazing Costa Rica.
The climate is generally tropical with distinctive wet and dry seasons. The wet season lasts from May to November with rain usually occurring later in the day. The dry season runs from November to mid-May with cloudless skies except for the occasional brief shower. The average temperature throughout the year in Manuel Antonio is 89 ºF / 31.7 ºC.
Our popular TEFL center in Costa Rica is located close to the small and peaceful town of Quepos. The center's fantastic location surrounded by lush tropical forests and stunning sandy beaches makes it a great place to complete your studies and enjoy the natural environment during your free time. The TEFL facility itself is housed in a newly refurbished building that is well equipped with everything you would expect including air-conditioning, a computer lounge with internet access, free Wi-Fi throughout the building and a small café serving refreshments.
As well as having great study facilities, our training center also welcomes local English language learners into the classroom so you have the opportunity to practice your skills with real students before you start your first job. This fantastic combination of a beautiful natural environment, excellent facilities and teaching practice supervised by experienced teacher trainers ensures that our TEFL certification course in Costa Rica is always a popular option.Apply Now!
If you decide to complete your TEFL certification course in beautiful Costa Rica you will be able to choose from a wide variety of affordable accommodation options. In the local area there are plenty of hotels, hostels and apartments available to suit all tastes and budgets. If you would prefer to immerse yourself in the local culture and practice your Spanish language skills during your stay, we can also arrange a home stay style option within the home of a friendly local family. This popular option consists of a private bedroom and two meals a day throughout your stay.
Once you have completed the registration process we will send you a list of our recommended accommodation choices. Places at some of our options are limited so we recommend you confirm your preference as soon as possible. If you would like to take advantage of the home stay option we will need at least one month's notice before the start of your course.Apply Now!
What are the course fees?Expand
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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