Top Ten Cities to Teach English Abroad in Latin America

By Glenn Schneider

1. Bogota, Colombia

2. Mexico City, Mexico

3. Buenos Aires, Argentina

4. Santiago, Chile

5. Montevideo, Uruguay

6. Guadalajara, Mexico

7. San Jose, Costa Rica

8. Medellin, Colombia

9. Quito, Ecuador

10. Sao Paolo, Brazil


Top 12 Things to Think About in an ESL Job Interview

Finding a new job can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the ESL community and don’t know what you’re looking for! You’re a hot commodity, so don’t sell yourself short in a job interview. There’s always (or should always be) time for questions, but you need experience to know what to ask! Here’s a break- down, based on the job market in Costa Rica, but relevant to us all.

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.

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.

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.