• Costa Rica
    • Samara Beach

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement


Price Details
We offer lifelong job placement assistance for teaching English abroad. The majority of our graduates secure great English teaching jobs within 3 weeks of completing the course.
Post TEFL graduation the average teacher salary in Costa Rica ranges between $600 and $1000+ per month.
Our program is Internationally Acrredited, and we provide worldwide job placement.
Mar 22, 2018
Jan 30, 2023
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About Program

Do you want to see the world, experience new cultures and languages, and live abroad? What better way then by teaching English? Gone are the days of just any Native English speaker being hired to teach English; most quality schools require teaching experience and either TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certification. Costa Rica TEFL teacher trainers combine years of experience in teaching foreign languages to offer you a unique opportunity to earn an Internationally Accredited TEFL / TESOL certificate that will qualify you to teach EFL/ESL in Costa Rica or anywhere in the world. We offer a balanced program which focuses on key areas for being a successful EFL/ESL teacher such as: teaching methodologies, teaching techniques, learning styles, classroom management, classroom adaptation, culture in the classroom, effective lesson planning, creativity in the classroom and more. In addition, we will assist you in finding a job teaching English abroad throughout your TEFL / TESOL career.

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Program Highlights

  • Internationally Accredited intensive TEFL course
  • Free Spanish Lessons
  • Free Yoga classes on the beach
  • Guaranteed job placement assistance

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Program Reviews

4.97 Rating
based on 29 reviews
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  • Benefits 5
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.85
  • Facilities 4.85
  • Safety 4.9
  • Instruction 4.95
  • Support 5
  • Value 4.95
  • Academic Rigor 4.6
  • Job Assistance 4.95
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Opportunity !

Barb and the whole team provide an incredible experience in the beautiful beach town of Samara, Costa Rica. From teacher training to practical teaching practice with friendly local Tico students I can't recommend this course enough!
From the first day all of us TEFL trainees were made to feel at home with the brilliant TEFL staff offering guidance and a welcoming atmosphere! We learned so many valuable teaching methods from experienced teachers and then applied these ourselves when teaching locals from Samara.
As well as teaching in the TEFL school, we also experienced everything Samara and Costa Rica has to offer. From the beautiful beaches to zip-lining to amazing restaurants , we experienced the trip of a lifetime all while making friends for life from all over the world in the process!
Once we completed the TEFL course, Barb provided so many opportunities to teach all across Costa Rica and even further as her TEFL school is renowned and so many people seek her assistance in finding new TEFL teacher graduates!
I loved the whole experience and couldn't recommended Barb and the Samara school enough!

  • Brilliant Support
  • Practical Teacher Training
  • Job Assistance
56 people found this review helpful.
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Unforgettable experience

An amazing experience from start to finish. The teaching was excellent, informative and they were all so supportive throughout. Lots of laughter, fun and the opportunity to meet not only fellow travellers but also build friendships amongst the local community. A great jumping off point to start teaching either in Costa Rica or further afield in a breathtaking setting. Currently continuing my travels in Costa Rica and loving every minute of it. It's not an easy course but so worth it by the end of the month!

  • Gain all the skills to teach English
  • Beautiful place
  • Meet friend for life
  • Hardwork but worth it!
  • Intense
50 people found this review helpful.
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The Dream

The Dream!

Arrived to a hostel right by the beach. After the long flight from the UK and the taxi ride from Liberia I was knackered. It was 2am by the time the jet lag wore off. I spent the time between then and the arsenal game wondering what this new adventure had in store for me. Little did I know at the start of the game it would be 3 matching suitcases in descending order of size. My first course mate had arrived at the Blue iguana hostel. As I sipped my 7.30am beer from the mini fridge I reminded myself it was a lunchtime beer back in the UK before helping carry these suitcases upstairs. The second course mate I meet would join me for the second after of the game against Liverpool soon after. The first return after what I imagine was a lengthy unpacking ritual. The 3 of us we're first down. The stunning arsenal victory was lost in the meeting and greeting of Tefl students old and new at the Blue Iguana breakfast area as more of the residence started to wake. After tearing ourselves away from an old Tefl portfolio, thinking of how we we're all about to build one ourselves, we hit the local beach bar, Las Ola's, and we hit it hard. The joyous new team feeling flowed all the way past dinner time when we meet two other members of the course and enjoyed a glorious Mojito at local bar Limeys. They sure know they're way around limes, still the best mojito in Samara by my learned opinion! A return to the pool for some late night Margaritas, the last of which I could stomach for the rest of my time there and it was all of a sudden time for bed once more. And so as quickly as it started the first weekend in Samara was over. Now the real work began! The first day seemed like a mad dream! Teaching on Wednesday! Impossible! But with the support and guidance of the team at Tefl, Barb, Eleanor and Chantel, we soon found our feet. Lessons soon became something to relish rather than fear and bonds with tutors, fellow teachers and student alike were easy. Progress was being made by all for all. We made dinners for all in the evenings, ate out for birthdays and on night when we just really needed it! Teaching online and to kids was an experience that set my path in a different direction! It reminded me of why I got into teaching and what I wanted from it. What I wanted from being an educator! Then just when you've finished your last lesson on a topic you love. It all clicks! The elation from getting your tefl graduates certificate, the euphoria of celebrating with your fellow graduates. The hard graft has paid dividends and your free to work, travel or find a job in this beautiful country. I took the later option and with alot of help from Barb I made it to a new town to teach the next generation from the jungles of Costa Rica! The Dream is here!

  • The People
  • The Lifestyle
  • The Beach
  • Rainy Season
  • Ants in Chocolate
  • 4 weeks of late Dinners
50 people found this review helpful.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this program, the course content, and the useful knowledge I received from getting TEFL certified. All of the teacher trainers and staff were incredibly helpful and positive all of the time, and I always knew who I could ask for help when I needed it. Whenever I made classroom errors, my feedback was always positive and genuine, and I felt like my observers really wanted me to do well. I would recommend CRTEFL to anyone who is looking to travel and work and live abroad. The location is terrific, the beach is around the corner and everyone in Playa Samara is so kind. The restaurants around the school are 100% worth it and reasonably priced, and there are stores, clothing shops, fruit and organic stores nearby. I truly enjoyed my time in and outside of the TEFL course.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My most nerve-racking moment was teaching a class my very first time. I was so nervous because I had little experience with public speaking, but throughout the course I was really able to come out of my shell and get comfortable with sharing knowledge and confident that I was doing it the right way.
90 people found this review helpful.
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Wonderful Experience!

Costa Rica TEFL was everything and more that I wanted from a TEFL certification program. I am so grateful to this course and my teacher trainers for making me feel comfortable and confident as an EFL teacher. The course information was super comprehensive, I had tons of practice teaching, and I got valuable feedback from teachers. After taking this course, I know that I am prepared for any teaching situation that I am placed in whether it is online, teaching kids, business English, or something else. More than just the course information, I also got to live in Sámara, a beach paradise, and meet new and wonderful people. My mornings and weekends were spent on the beach or visiting new parts of Costa Rica with my fellow TEFL students. I made friends and learned skills that will last me a lifetime. Thank you, Costa Rica TEFL.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was teaching for the first time. However, having the support of the teachers as well as my fellow students, helped tremendously. Everyone lent a hand with lesson planning by sharing ideas and helping with activity prep. It's a great community.
99 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Can’t think of a better place to get a TEFL

Costa Rica TEFL is located in one of the nicest beach towns in Costa Rica with friendly people and fun nightlife. The staff is amazing. They will help you succeed while you are in the course, and help you to find a great job after. Even if you never teach a single day after this, you will benefit from the experience. You are likely to learn about language education and develop a greater awareness of the importance of language in your own life. You are likely to swim, surf, hike, and or kayak in a place that couldn’t be more beautiful. You are likely to pick up a phrase or two in Spanish, or if you are already studying Spanish, you are likely to make serious gains in your conversational ability. I would recommend this course to anybody looking to travel, learn, teach, and experience.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moments came in class. Although you are in class many hours a day, it is constantly fun and engaging. This is precisely the method of instruction that you learn to develop as a teacher at Costa Rica TEFL.
98 people found this review helpful.
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Passport to Freedom

I completed the course in February 2018 and honestly, it was the best thing I've done! After succumbing to the office 9-5 life post-uni, my third redundancy was the kick up the bum I needed to pursue a less ordinary life. Samara is a heavenly place. The course is brilliant - after considering doing a course online I'm so glad I didn't because I needed the hands on experience I got at CR TEFL. Unlike many alumni I'm actually back in the UK completing my Masters course in Creative Writing. I teach online which gives me the flexibility to work my job around my course. I'm working towards a dream of being a digital nomad writer/teacher, sharing what I'm learning on YouTube too. Teaching has given me the chance to be creative and feel job satisfaction I've never had before. What's more is Barbara and her team are still in touch a whole year later - they're always happy to help and make every student feel special!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Absorb yourself in it! Make the most of all the free perks, like weekly yoga classes and Spanish lessons. Embrace Pura Vida!
101 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

If not now...when?

Dear fellow seekers,

I want to share a story that will hopefully resinate with you and help answer and guide you through any apprehensions you may have about studying and teaching abroad, in particular becoming apart of the Costa Rica TEFL community!
In September 2018, I decided to press pause on my life in Toronto, Canada and begin a new journey in Costa Rica. Like you, there were many personal events that attributed to my final decision of making that leap into the unknown, but I knew if I stayed still and followed the herd, I would become blissfully ignorant and unaware of how truly beautiful life can be. With that being said, I began my process of figuring out exactly how I was going to get myself back into a classroom. That's when I stumbled upon Costa Rica TEFL in the beautiful town of Samara.
As a life-long learner I knew, even though I was a certified teacher, there was so much more to learn in terms of teaching with different cultures, in which English was a second language. From the first day at Costa Rica TEFL, I was immediately immersed into a world of thought that I had no idea I was missing out on! I was able to dive in to the benefits of Communicative Approach, explore what it means to teach multiple intelligences, discuss how to create meaningful relationships, unleash my creativity and curiosity to create fun and engaging games, apply relevant and efficient planning processes and so much more!
Before even arriving to Samara I know I was making the right choice for my career, happiness and well-being because of the on-going support I received from the Admin staff. The effort, hours and collaboration they put in to allow us to have the best experience possible does not go unnoticed by there past TEFL students.
Since completing the amazing program, I have secured a full-time teaching position at an international, bilingual, IB accredited school! My confidence as a teacher has grown more than I could ever imagine and I am so grateful I made the choice to transform my life, starting with Costa Rica TEFL.
Remember, often times the hardest and scariest decisions will be the best you ever make.
Join Costa Rica TEFL!!

What would you improve about this program?
As technology is integrating itself in a huge way into the classrooms, hiring processes and day-today efficiency, I think the program would benefit from teaching students more about online teaching, Google Drive, Google Classroom, Vlogging/Blogging and other apps that schools and companies are using. Although the Portfolio portion of the course was a great way to showcase our four weeks of in-class teaching, I believe, in order to follow trend in where the world is heading, we need to be better versed in showing our skills through a technology platform.
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Questions & Answers

Not sure specifically about this program, but if you're not TEFL certified already, doing a certification course in the country you want to move to is a great way to move abroad. You'll arrive with contacts and a support network, and you'll buy yourself time to get settled and look for jobs :)