• Costa Rica
2 - 52 weeks
Classroom Audience
Adults Business Early Childhood High School Middle School Pre-School University Students

Program Details

Classroom Audience
Adults Business Early Childhood High School Middle School Pre-School University Students
Apartment Host Family
Age Min.


Salary / Benefits
The pay for teachers varies widely and depends on your qualifications, hours worked per-week, and length of contract. In all locations, LanguageCorps teachers earn enough to live comfortably. Visit our website for more information.
Starting Price
$1,700 USD
Price Details
- Airport pick-up
- Orientation, walking tour, and safety presentation
- Official TEFL certificate
- Letter of recommendation
- Lifetime job-finding assistance
- Open 7 days a week, including holidays— great home base facilities!
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Free access to high-speed internet and computers
- Free office-wide WIFI
- Free Salsa lessons
- Free Spanish language tutoring
- Free Tandem Conversation Program (practice your Spanish)
- Free coffee & tea
- Onsite snack bar
- Accommodations can be arranged for an additional cost for the duration of the program
Feb 07, 2019
Oct 20, 2017

About Program

LanguageCorps' rigorous and rewarding TEFL Certification program in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica includes a TEFL course, job placement assistance, and an optional complimentary week of Spanish language courses. We also offer a Combined Online + Onsite course and Teaching Internships in Peru. The program includes 12 modules including EFL Techniques and Theory, Lesson Planning, Class Management, Grammar and teaching different language skills.

Job placements can usually be found at the adult English language school in association with the LanguageCorps' training center. Participants can also be housed in homestay, shared apartments, or a Family House for additional costs. National Park Manuel Antonio is around the corner! Participants may also choose to take additional excursions exploring San Jose, Puerto Viejo, Cartago and Guanacaste.

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Program Highlights

  • Lifetime job-finding assistance
  • Internationally accredited TEFL certificate
  • 15 hours of classroom observations and teaching practice, exceeding international standards for TEFL certificates
  • Immerse in daily interaction with teachers and students at our local language school
  • Job offers to top-performing students

Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Maximo Nivel

Getting my TEFL certification in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far. When I first got here, I was terrified. I was homesick and didn't think I could stay abroad. However, on the VERY FIRST DAY, my instructor (Audra) noticed I seemed upset. She asked if I was okay and then asked me to go in her office. I started crying to a person I didn't even know, yet I felt perfectly comfortable doing so. She reassured me on EVERYTHING I was feeling stressed about. I felt so much better knowing I was in a place where everyone genuinely cares about you and your successes. I have never felt more supported in my life until I got to Maximo Nivel. Audra was the best instructor anyone could ever ask for. She taught us so much and made it fun in the process! I looked forward to coming to class every day, because I knew I would enjoy myself and I would grow as both a teacher and a person. If you are even considering doing this program, JUST DO IT! There is always going to be something holding you back from an experience as new as this one. But I promise, you will not regret it. If anything, you may regret not doing it. Take it from someone who was absolutely terrified and unsure if they even could do this. Let me tell you, you can do this and you will be so happy you did! Thank you Maximo Nivel for the memories, job opportunities, friends, and growth I have experienced while being here! Pura Vida :)

9 people found this review helpful.
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My Experience Getting my TEFL/TESOL

I had the most incredible experience getting my TEFL/TESOL certificate in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica at COSI. My school had a warm atmosphere and all of the staff was supportive and kind. My teacher was the most delightful and helpful person, and made the experience that much better. The beach was only a 5 minute bus ride from school, and was a perfect get away whenever I needed it. Although the course moved quickly, I never felt like I didn't have proper guidance. Finding the "balance" of work and life was an additional valuable lesson I learned along the way. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity, and I encourage anyone interested in this journey to use Maximo Nivel!

What would you improve about this program?
The bathroom facilities.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Maximo Nivel Experience

Job placement was helpful, but generally we were re-directed to organizations that work specifically with job placement - still very helpful! The building has a beautiful view.
Overall, I would not have wanted to go anywhere else but Maximo! Practical teaching week gives you great exposure to real-life teaching preparation. Our instructor was great and took time to help all students individually. Constant feedback was great for self-motivation and general improvement. I would absolutely recommend Maximo to family and friends.

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

Incredible Experience!

Hands down, one of the best experiences I have had. Audra is an AMAZING teacher!! She is so passionate about what she is teaching and it is incredibly contagious. I came into this program with very little confidence in being an English teacher. As I sit here writing this review a month later ... I feel like I am ready to take on the world and pursue a TEFL career with confidence and excitement! I HIGHLY recommend this program if you are looking to be a TEFL teacher. If you are on the fence about it all (like I was when I started), I guarantee you that your mind will change by the time you finish the program. A huge thank you to Audra and Maximo Nivel for a truly unforgettable experience! You guys are AMAZING!

9 people found this review helpful.
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Awesome program

I had a great time from start to finish. Audra was amazing in every way. She was very passionate about her work and happy to help up find work after the program. I learned so much in such a short a time in ways that I never would have thought of without taking the class. Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio also offered a beautiful campus with ocean views and lots of things to do in the area. Pura Vida!!!

10 people found this review helpful.
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Life Changing Experience

By far, this was one of the best experiences ever! In just one month, I learned so much about teaching English, how I can help others succeed, how this certificate benefits, and I also learned a ton about myself. Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica was everything I expected and more! It was literally paradise. Audra and Laura are AMAZING! They're always willing to help no matter what. Audra is also such a great trainer! When I first arrived, I was like, "how in the world am I going to learn to teach when I've never taught in my life?" Now, I feel so prepared, it's like I've been doing it for a while. And it was all thanks to Maximo Nivel COSI, Audra, and Laura! Thank y'all so much for changing my life! I definitely recommend this program to anyone. It will be one of the best decisions ever made! =)

8 people found this review helpful.
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Rigorous Course with Awesome Teacher in a Beautiful Place!

The TEFL certification course was quite rigorous! One definitely must earn it, not just receive it. The material was thoroughly presented in an effective manner. Days were packed with class time, homework, reading material, and lesson plans. The books were informative and resourceful. My teacher, Audra, was impressive. Not only was she clearly an expert at teaching grammar, she made it fun. She showed plenty of personality while still being a professional. She had me cracking up laughing every day, all day. Anyone who can make grammar fun, is witty and admirable in my opinion. When I was struggling with the amount of work or feeling discouraged from my mistakes , she pointed me back in a positive direction. She presented the lesson plans just as we were being taught to present them to our future ESL students. She made it look so easy! Having the opportunity to spend our last week doing Practical Teaching with real, Spanish-speaking locals, gave us a chance to apply what we had learned all month. This was the most important part of the course. Real-life experience was necessary to becoming certified. We got a chance to implement everything we had learned, and to present our own lesson plans. After I got over the fear of making mistakes, it became enjoyable. The course taught me how to be prepared with a well-organized, effective lesson plan. By the end of the course, I was comfortable teaching a group of ESL students. It became fun building rapport, managing a classroom, increasing student-talk-time, eliciting information from them, confirming their comprehension, correcting errors, and being relaxed enough to show my personality. The facility itself was outstanding! It was large, very clean, nice landscaping, an enticing snack bar, a kind and helpful staff, air conditioning, wifi, lockers, printers, computer access, and a million-dollar view of the Pacific ocean! I would recommend Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica to anyone interested in getting their TEFL certification. Wonderful people, beautiful place, and new, effective teaching skills I can use in the future. Thank you Audra, my teacher, and thank you to the lovely ladies at Maximo Nivel who made me and my dog Rasta feel so welcome during our course attendance (July-August 2017). Thank you for your humor, kindness and joy. Sincerely, Rasta and Erica

What would you improve about this program?
By adding me to their staff!!!!! haha
This program is perfect! I wouldn't mind joining the staff and teaching others what I have learned.
10 people found this review helpful.
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Very fun and rewarding experience!

This course was very detailed, intense, and prepares it's participants to teach English effectively! The instructor and staff are very kind, helpful, and attentive to all students' needs! The experience was very fun overall, and is held in a very beautiful setting in a well organized environment. The training is very in depth, and there is a lot of practical experience involved. In the end, all students leave very prepared for their next ventures!

9 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hey Hazel, your background in education will definitely show as a big plus on your resume. Having a Masters will make you VERY marketable as a teacher and a TEFL certification will give you just that practical teaching experience needed to teach ESL abroad. Where would you like to teach? And when are you planning on going abroad? Please feel free to visit our website and fill out the application...

Hey Jessica, Thank you for reaching out to us! It is important to have realistic expectations. If you are planning to travel with a small child, we strongly advise considering our Online TEFL Course instead because the onsite TEFL courses are very intense and we are unable to offer any services to accommodate the one-year-old. Also, a beginners ESL Salary is enough to cover your own costs, but...

Hi Claudia! The program is about $2k all together.