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Guide to Living and Teaching in Costa Rica

September 24, 2013



Teaching ESL in Costa Rica can be a wonderful experience. Those who have the most success are those who arrive with a correct set of expectations. Latin America is not as financially rewarding as other parts of the world can be in the ESL industry. If a teacher arrives here with the expectation to make a lot of money, they will be disappointed. Likewise, if they expect things to be given to them and aspects such as accommodations, directions and even jobs to be worked out for them, it may not be a great experience.

Those who thrive here are the teachers who have a sense of adventure and don’t envision Costa Rica as a final life destination. Jobs in Costa Rica are plentiful and if you are qualified, you will find one. Living here also makes a person much more independent – you have to work for everything you earn. The amazing beauty of the country, and its people, are aspects that cannot be overlooked or taken for granted. With all these things in mind, Costa Rica is a great place to teach for a few years.

andrew-woodbury.jpgThe ELT News guide to living and teaching English in Costa Rica was compiled by Andrew Woodbury.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Andrew is the academic director of Global TESOL College Costa Rica, a show contributor on the Overseas Radio Network, and an independent writer based in Costa Rica. Follow him @A_W10 and on his Blog About Something.

He contributes a regular column to The Costa Rican Times newspaper on the topic of teaching English. His articles can be read on the newspaper's website:

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If you want more information about teaching English in Costa Rica or getting your TEFL or TESOL certificate in Costa Rica feel free to contact Andrew at:

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