• Costa Rica
    • Heredia
150 hours
Training Type

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement
Apartment Host Family Hotel


Starting Price
Price Details
There is a $600 deposit to reserve a spot in one of our Costa Rica TEFL courses. A balance of $1,199 is due at least 30 days before your course start date.

Tuition includes lifetime job search guidance featuring:

✔️ Personal guidance from an experienced Job Search Advisor.

✔️ ESL Job Search Manual: All of our graduates receive a 400-page manual containing all relevant information for major job markets around the world.

✔️ESL worldwide school directory listing over 20,000 schools & online teaching companies worldwide.

✔️ Referrals to preferred recruiters, placement agencies, online teaching companies, and language schools.

✔️ Job interview guidance.

✔️ Engaged alumni community of 35,000+ ITA graduates in 80 countries.
What's Included (Extra)

✔️ University-level instructors
✔️ Award-winning accredited TEFL courses
✔️ Personalized pre-enrollment guidance
✔️ All courses include live practice teaching

What's Not Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare Meals
Dec 26, 2022
Jun 07, 2024
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About Program

Want to get paid to live in a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and the legendary Pure Vida vibe of its people? Get TEFL certified & teach English abroad in Costa Rica! By earning your accredited TEFL certification in Heredia, Costa Rica, you'll be qualified for professional teaching jobs in Costa Rica and in 80+ countries worldwide. ITA also offers accredited TEFL courses online & in 20 locations worldwide. All students receive lifetime job search guidance and access to a worldwide alumni network of 40,000 ITA graduates in 80 countries worldwide.

Though small in size, Costa Rica represents one of the strongest markets in Latin America for teaching English. You do not need prior teaching experience or even a college degree, but an accredited TEFL certification is typically required for employment.

Click the button to access a free brochure and to speak with an expert advisor about your goals & options.

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Get TEFL certified with International TEFL Academy!

Located in the historical town of Heredia just outside the capital of San Jose, our Costa Rica TEFL class offers a combination of world-class TEFL training; top notch support; and comprehensive job placement assistance both in Costa Rica & worldwide. Our professors and support staff in Costa Rica possess years of experience in both training TEFL students and in linking our graduates with job opportunities throughout the region. In fact, local language schools actually seek out graduates from our Costa Rica TEFL course to work as teachers in their institutes.

In addition, International TEFL Academy offers state-of-the-art accredited TEFL classes online and 25 locations world. We certify more than 3,500 people a year to teach English overseas and our graduates are teaching English abroad in 80 countries worldwide. In addition, to earning and internationally accredited qualification that is recognized by thousands of schools and language institutes worldwide, all ITA students receive lifetime job search guidance and access to a full array of alumni services and networking opportunities.

Why does International TEFL Academy offer the Top TEFL Classes in Costa Rica?

  • State-of-the-art curriculum incorporating the latest in teaching methodologies and practices including classroom management & lesson planning;
  • Comprehensive Pre-Enrollment Guidance & Advice: Work with a personal advisor to answer all of your questions about TEFL certification & English teaching jobs in Costa Rica & around the world;
  • Top tier support from an experienced staff both in Costa Rica & in our Chicago headquarters.
  • Highly qualified professors possessing advanced degrees & experience;
  • Live practice teaching (Practicum) to gain hands-on teaching experience with local ESL students in Costa Rica;
  • Hands-on job placement assistance in Costa Rica, in addition worldwide lifetime job search guidance that includes personal assistance from expert advisors and referrals to top schools and recruiters;
  • Alumni Network: Exclusive opportunities to network, connect & correspond with thousands of ITA alumni teaching English in Costa Rica and in 80 countries worldwide;
  • Internationally Accredited: All TEFL courses, including our Costa Rica TEFL Course, meet or exceed international standards and are externally monitored & accredited by internationally recognized bodies.

How Do I Learn More?

  • Contact International TEFL Academy for a Free Brochure.
  • You will also be assigned a personal admissions advisor to answer all of your questions about teaching abroad and TEFL certification.
  • You will also receive access to the most comprehensive information available anywhere about Teaching English Abroad, including hundreds of articles & FAQs, country profiles, eBooks & guides, firsthand stories, videos & live webcasts!
  • From hiring requirements and salaries, to TEFL certification & job placement assistance we are available to help you with all of your questions about teaching English abroad. This information is available free of charge, so just get in touch!

Location: Heredia, Costa Rica

Length: 4 weeks

Requirements: Students must be native English speakers.

Type of Training: TEFL Certification for teaching English abroad in Costa Rica & more than 80 countries worldwide

Job Placement Services: All graduates receive personal job placement assistance in Costa Rica (virtually all graduates are able to gain employment). In addition, International TEFL Academy offers lifetime worldwide job placement. Services include personalized assistance from experienced advisors, 400 page job guidance manual; contact information for more than 30,000 schools & recruiters; access to hundreds of job boards; alumni network with over 10,000 ITA graduates teaching worldwide & much more.

Housing: Options & costs may vary depending on availability, but typically include homestay arrangements, local hostels & guesthouses, & shared apartments. Request a brochure or speak to an advisor to learn more about specific options. Housing costs are not included in tuition, but our staff will assist enrolled students with making arrangements.

Cost Description:Tuition: $1799 USD (not including housing, food or travel)

Application: Contact International TEFL Academy for a Free brochure to speak with an advisor and to learn more about the course & enrollment, in addition to teaching jobs in Costa Rica & job placement assistance.

Program Highlights

  • State-of-the-art curriculum incorporating the latest in teaching methodologies and practices including classroom management & lesson planning;

Program Reviews

4.96 Rating
based on 25 reviews
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  • Benefits 4.75
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.3
  • Facilities 4
  • Safety 4.65
  • Instruction 5
  • Support 4.95
  • Value 4.8
  • Academic Rigor 4.1
  • Job Assistance 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience, highly recommend

I loved my time in Costa Rica!! I felt like a learned so much in a month while also having so much fun the whole time, and it made me really excited to teach! By the end of it I felt prepared to go off and confidently step into any classroom knowing I had the tools to plan and teach a good English lesson to any level or age. The ITA tools helped me find a job right after graduating the course and I am planning on using them in many more places in the future! :) I know it’s a bit more expensive than some other TEFL programs out there, but in my opinion it is totally worth it.

14 people found this review helpful.
Response from International TEFL Academy

Hi Madeline,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experiences. We're glad you were able to get so much out of the course and that you feel so well prepared and that you were able to get a job right out of the course! Please stay in touch and remember that you have lifetime worldwide job search guidance, so get in touch any time you want to explore more opportunities. Our team is here to help!

Cheers - The ITA Team

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Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica ITA, simply the best!

ITA Costa Rica truly stands out as exceptional. Mike, our instructor, is nothing short of amazing. His friendly, down-to-earth demeanor and relatable teaching style made classes incredibly enjoyable and easy to grasp. Even now, I find myself using the activities he taught us. Moreover, the school facilitated connections within the community, a vital aspect of living abroad. This sense of belonging they fostered is invaluable. Thanks to their seamless job placement assistance, I'm still happily employed at the same school. Living the Pura Vida lifestyle in Costa Rica is an added bonus. With its breathtaking natural beauty, commitment to sustainability, and warm culture, the country has so much to offer. Without hesitation, I would recommend ITA Costa Rica to anyone seeking an ESL school. They are simply incredible!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t overpack, and approach your travels with an open mind. Embrace the different lifestyle from the start, and you’ll find joy in every moment.
  • Learn a different language
  • Diversity and different cultures
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Language barrier
  • Very laid back people
  • Lots and lots of fun…😄
12 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

You Should Take This Course!

Doing this course was such a great experience, as well as a great opportunity to learn how to teach and learn about Costa Rican culture at the same time. The classes are packed full of helpful, relevant information given by an experienced TEFL teacher, and it's great to connect with other students, who are from all different walks of life. I don't have a college degree, any previous teaching experience, or a lot of work experience in general, but now I have an online teaching job! The town itself is beautiful, and the locals are very friendly. I'm so glad I decided to take this course!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
There's an end-of-course culture report that you have to do, and I decided on my culture at 5:00 PM on the day that it was due. So I gave myself barely any time to research and write everything on a culture I was unfamiliar with. I turned it in 5 minutes before midnight, when it was due.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Very Great Value

I enjoyed this course and found it incredibly useful! It wasn't too difficult to take because of the great instruction, but it also wasn't so easy that it felt useless. After the course, I made my money back and more through jobs in the area. ITA is active in the community and does well to connect you with people looking for employees. It was easier to find a position as an ITA graduate than it would have been with other accreditations. I have been able to enjoy a happy life while living in Costa Rica, and it wouldn't have been possible without ITA Costa Rica!

15 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The best thing I've ever done!

This TEFL certification course in Heredia, Costa Rica has changed my life in more ways than one. I learned so much in this course, made lifelong friends, and discovered my passion for teaching. This course allowed me to secure a job teaching abroad in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It's been a dream come true.
I highly recommend this course to anyone that has ever wanted to teach while traveling abroad. This course opens the door to so many opportunities, virtual and in-person, and helps you create the best memories along the way.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
This program was really challenging and tested me on every level. However, with the most challenging of times comes the greatest lessons learned! The practicum teaching days were so nerve-racking, but the community here is full of kind encouraging people that made that challenge easier to face. I'm the teacher I am today because of it!
  • New friends
  • Great community
  • Beautiful location
14 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

International TEFL Academy

My overall experience of the course was wonderful! Our instructor Mike made classes interesting and fun and prepared us well for the assignments.

I also made friends for life and have left the course as a confident TEFL teacher and person.

12 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!!

The TEFL certification with ITA Costa Rica was life changing :) the class was awesome and helped me find a job teaching immediately. I know this program also has job search guidance to other countries as well.

The class also had a lot of group bonding activities, such as salsa dancing, graduation parties, and a trip to a nearby waterfall. I met really amazing people here! You can choose to stay with a host family or in the student house. I stayed with a host family and I would recommend for sure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The month commitment could open up an endless amount of doors, so I would say to just go for it
15 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My path is clearer now

I have been trying to figure out which direction I wanted to take my life. I was close to the end of getting my degree in school and I was desperately trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. I knew that I wanted to travel and see the world, but I wasn't sure how. Then I kept hearing people talking about teaching English abroad. It was something I've always heard people talk about, but it never really crossed my mind as something I would do. I put in my information and received a call from Chelsea, my admissions advisor. I had PLENTY of questions to ask Chelsea had an answer for every single one of them. She was very nice and patient and I appreciate her being so clear.

So after months of deciding, I finally got on board and signed up for the online course. I really enjoyed it. It was an active class, where you had a chance to create your own lesson plans, and learned about different teaching methods for students. Emily, the online instructor, gave very informative and great constructive criticism which helped me improve weekly. Erika, my Student Affairs advisor is awesome! She helped me narrow down which place I should go, and she helped me polish my resume and my cover letter.

Now I currently teach English online and I absolutely love it! I finally feel like I am heading down my destined path and I can't wait to continue this journey and move to Costa Rica summer of 2019. I think that this is a great school to attend because not only do you get a lot of information on countries, they prepare you for it. When I found out that the advisors I've been assigned to will always be my advisors as long as they are there, I knew this was a good decision. It brings the opportunity to build a great rapport.

What would you improve about this program?
I honestly can't think of anything that really sticks out, but maybe the price? It may be expensive in comparison of other programs, but you are paying for more than just your certification. You get a large community of support and resources behind it. Plus,they have opportunities to gain discounts and you can also do a payment plan.
603 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

The amount of money to start up should be at least 2 months living expenses as it takes a few weeks to get a job and start, then you get paid typically once a month. It's always wise to bring more than you think, many people spend more during their first month than average going out to dinner, traveling etc. Here's a link to the Costa Rica country information as this is updated each year with cost...