Ambassador City Fact Sheet: Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

To help our students and graduates make a smooth transition to their new lives teaching English abroad, we've enlisted our ITA Ambassadors to provide us with insider facts and tips for making the most of life in cities around the globe like Playas del Coco, Costa Rica.

Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), our ambassadors have actionable on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city.  Please note that things change and we will do our best to keep these "Fact Sheets" updated over time and that current and future ambassadors will continue to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.

Teach English Online with VIPKid - Alumni Q&A with Sydney Lund

What is your citizenship?

I am a US citizen.

What city and state are you from?

Chino Hills, California.

How old are you?

21 years old.

Do you teach English online from within the USA or abroad? If abroad, where are you located?

I am currently teaching English online through VIPKid from Costa Rica. I have been teaching with VIPKID since November 2017. During my first two months with VIPKid I was teaching from the USA. For the last two months I have been teaching from Costa Rica.

Uvita, Costa Rica English Teaching Q and A with Kristen Schott


What is your citizenship?

United States

What city and state are you from?

Bergenfield, NJ

How old are you?


What is your education level and background?

Master's Degree or Higher

Have you traveled abroad in the past?

Taught English abroad previously

Alumni Video: Teaching English in Costa Rica with Kristin Kalpowski

Alumni Video:
Firsthand Stories of Teaching English in Costa Rica

Known for its tropical beauty and the charm of its life-loving citizens, known as Ticas, Costa Rica represents one of the top job markets for teaching English in Central America. Get a glimpse of what it is like to teach English in Costa Rica in this new video profile of International TEFL Academy graduate, Kristin Kalpowski, of Spring Lake, Michigan.

Kristin discusses all aspects of her life as an English teacher, from her daily routine as a teacher to her adventures exploring the recreational opportunities offered by Costa Rica, including horseback riding, camping and surfing.  She also discusses why she chose to teach in Costa Rica and how her TEFL class in Chicago provided her with the skills and tools required to teach English on the professional level with confidence.