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ITTT’s teacher training course in Costa Rica represents the best possible TEFL training course money can buy in Central America.
Before trainees earn their internationally recognized TEFL certificate, they will benefit from our professional training and reward their hard work with the opportunity to swim in pristine ocean bays and soak up the sun on some of the most stunning beaches in the region.
Costa Rica is an amazing nation and our course is one of the most well-recognized and firmly established training centers in the industry. For these reasons, our course in Manuel Antonio has become very popular with those who wish to see the world from a new perspective. Once trainees gain their certification, they are able to travel to distant destinations and experience cultures in ways average travelers could never imagine.
Because Manuel Antonio is located on the Pacific Coast, opportunities for scuba diving, sun tanning, sailing and surfing are plentiful. Travel inland and trainees can trek over endless jungle paths while spotting over 350 different species of birds.
Think of our certificate to teach English as a passport to fascinating and exotic job opportunities worldwide. Yet, after spending a month in Costa Rica, it’s a wonder why anyone leaves at all.
In addition to certifying you as a TEFL teacher, we’ll also offer worldwide lifetime job support so we can help you find work in Costa Rica or anywhere else there is a demand for qualified EFL teachers.
The page links below will direct you to helpful information about accommodation, course fees, starting dates and more. We encourage you to read over those pages and contact us with any further questions you may have. If we’re online, please feel free to open up a chat line and we’ll answer your questions immediately.
Our Costa Rica training center is located in the beautiful city of Manuel Antonio. The center is newly remodelled with air-conditioning in the main training classroom. Located on-site is a small café, large common areas and a computer lounge with internet access, free Wi-Fi is also available at the training center. Nearby, you will find a range of restaurants and banks. Wi-Fi and the computer lounge are available seven days per week at the school.Apply Now!
Trainees on our Costa Rica TEFL course can choose from a number of different accommodation options, including home stay, private apartments and hostels. Those choosing the home stay option will need to contact us in advance. We will then be able to arrange for you to stay with a local family in Quepos. The home stay option includes a private bedroom in a family home and breakfast and dinner seven days a week. This is a great way to get an authentic experience of Costa Rica and to practice your Spanish skills at the same time. Please note that you should secure your home stay accommodation at least one month prior to the course start date.
We also have a list of recommended hotels, hostels and private apartments for trainees to choose from. Upon confirmation of your place on the course you will be sent an accommodation preference form to help you choose the option that is best for you. Accommodation availability is on a first-come first-served basis so you should let us know your preferences as soon as possible.Apply Now!
What are my payment Options?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.