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Teaching English in Costa Rica 101

Known for its stunning tropical beauty, world-class beaches & the warm hospitality of its people (affectionately known as "Ticos"), Costa Rica represents one of the hottest job markets for teaching English in Latin America.

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Costa Rica and traveling the region. With a low cost of living, start-up costs for transitioning into the country are extremely affordable, especially for Americans because the cost of the flight is relatively low.  

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English language schools in Costa Rica offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, allowing for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

Please note, that while a Bachelor's degree is not required to secure a job in Costa Rica, it still can be strongly preferred by employers.  If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search.

TEFL certification is typically required by employers. San Jose, Costa Rica's largest city, concentrates the bulk of teaching positions, though opportunities can be found scattered throughout the country.

For more information about teaching English in Costa Rica, check out our Costa Rica Resource Hub!

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