[Video] Teaching English Abroad: More Than a Gap Year

What does it mean to teach English abroad?

Watch ITA Ambassador Mira share her experience living and teaching in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and explain why her English teaching experience overseas means much more than taking a gap year. From moving abroad and transitioning to her new life, to finding her job and being an English teacher in Costa Rica, watch her cover it all!

Teaching English in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica with Kathleen Doyle [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in Costa Rica?

Watch this video to see ITA Alumni Ambassador, Kathleen Doyle, share with us a day-in-her-life living and teaching English in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

In this video, Kathleen covers: 

- When the Costa Rica school year starts
- How long she's been living and teaching English in Costa Rica
- The health insurance you receive as a worker in Costa Rica
- The local city
- What her classroom looks like
- The school she works at and the classes she teaches
- Getting her job in-person after she had arrived in Costa Rica
- Monthly expenses in terms of rent, groceries, bus fare, etc vs. her salary
- Her beautiful beach surroundings

Reelin' in the Year...and Two Months

By: Brent Wilson

Are you reeling in the years? Stowin’ away the time? The mocking lyrics of Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ In The Years” flood my California bedroom as I attempt, with mixed emotions, to put my Costa Rican experience into words. It’s now been over four months since I returned home, after spending 14 months in Heredia, Costa Rica.

A Journey from TEFL to Ticos to Travelling

By: Samuel Herrington

TEFL, the ticket to adventure, learning, and culture-rich experiences. The journey for me started by finding the passion for teaching as an outdoor activity instructor in the north of England. With this inspiration to help teach others, I decided it was time to do my TEFL certification.

So, I took the big old metal bird over the Atlantic ocean to the ‘Pura Vida’ vibes of Costa Rica to go back to school. I had been wanting to visit Costa Rica for some time ever since I met a ‘Tico’ when I was studying a little closer to home in Germany. Costa Ricans take pride in calling themselves Ticos and rightly so; wouldn’t you like to be associated with the ‘Pura Vida’ (Pure life) lifestyle?

Soul Purpose: Realizing My True Calling

By: Chrystal Smith

For one year (September 2015 to September 2016), I lived and taught English in Heredia, Costa Rica. This cultural immersion was an exciting year of teaching, learning, self-discovery, and transition to the person I am today. During my time abroad, I learned to be flexible with day to day life, welcome the unexpected and gained an understanding that we have great things in store for us when we remain open. In my willingness to seek a life outside of my comfort zone, I became more in tune to an authentic and consciously aware version of myself. I expanded my lens of the world and looking beyond a life of privilege gave me much more respect and appreciation for perspectives other than my own.

5 Things That Surprised Me About Living in Costa Rica

Teaching English in Costa Rica

By: Caroline Chadwell

Two months in Costa Rica has flown by faster than any adventure I've ever undertaken. It's a strange feeling settling in one area, telling yourself that this is your new home for awhile, reminding yourself that even though it's a long time, to use the time wisely. 

I remember my first extended stay adventure in California thinking, "I'll be here for four months, and then I'll go home and look for a job." Those four months turned into two years and I have this sinking feeling that it could happen here as well.