TEFL Certification in Costa Rica
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TEFL Courses in Manuel Antonio | Costa Rica

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.

Lifetime Job Support

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.

Apply now & get certified to teach english abroad!

The School

TEFL Training Centre

The ITTT training centre is located in beautiful Manuel Antonio. The school building is newly remodelled and the main TEFL classroom is air-conditioned. The institute includes a small cafe, large common areas, free Wi-Fi, and a computer lounge with internet. There are also a variety of restaurants and banks nearby. Wireless internet access and the computer lounge are available at the school seven days per week.

Accommodation

We have a number of accommodation options available for students taking our TEFL course in Costa Rica, including home stay, private apartments and hostels. If notified in advance, our centre in Costa Rica can arrange a home stay for you in Quepos which will include a private bedroom in the home of a local family, as well as breakfast and dinner seven days per week. This option provides an opportunity to practice your Spanish skills, as well as giving you an authentic experience of the Costa Rican culture. Please note that home stay accommodation should be secured at least one month prior to the course start date.

Alternatively, we have a list of recommended accommodation at local hotels, hostels, and private apartments. Once your place has been confirmed on the TEFL course, we will send you an accommodation preference form to help you choose the option that best suits your personal requirements.

Please provide us with details of your preferred accommodation option as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course dates

2019

  • 24 June 2019 - 19 July
  • 24 July 2019 - 20 August
  • 26 August 2019 - 20 September
  • 23 September 2019 - 18 October
  • 21 October 2019 - 15 November
  • 20 November 2019 - 17 December

2020

  • 20 January 2020 - 14 February
  • 19 February 2020 - 17 March
  • 23 March 2020 - 17 April
  • 22 April 2020 - 17 May
  • 25 May 2020 - 19 June
  • 22 June 2020 - 17 July
  • 20 July 2020 - 14 August
  • 19 August 2020 - 15 September
  • 21 September 2020 - 16 October
  • 21 October 2020 - 17 November
  • 23 November 2020 - 18 December

Course fees

The total price is divided into: deposit and balance.

The deposit may be paid via:

  1. Credit Card
  2. Paypal
  3. Wire transfer
  4. Western Union

The balance of the course fee must be paid by cash, PayPal or bank transfer directly to the training center before your course begins.

 

Deposit
US$ 600
to be paid in advance
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Balance
US$ 1235
to be paid on arrival

Accomodation Fees

The accommodation fees are not part of the course price and you are free to choose whichever accommodation option you prefer.

You are not obliged to use the accommodation options we provide so you are welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements if you wish. If you choose to use one of our accommodation options, it should be paid for directly to the provider prior to your arrival.

And up
US$ 700
(to be paid on arrival)
Apply now & get certified to teach english abroad!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are my payment options?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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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