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TEFL Certification in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Earn an internationally recognized and accredited TEFL Certification at our Costa Rica TEFL training center located in Playa Grande. If you're looking for a TEFL certification class in a tropical location with beautiful clear water and gorgeous shorelines, you've met your match! 

Playa Grande is a beach on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It's located less than an hour from Tamarindo. Playa Grande is a fantastic surfing destination and it's also a major nesting site for turtles.  

If you're looking for a class in a city location, we also have an option just outside of the capital of San Jose in the historic city of Heredia. Learn more about the class in Heredia here.  

All students and graduates receive lifetime Job Search Guidance in Costa Rica and worldwide. Our local staff has years of experience working in Costa Rica and is very well connected with local schools many of which seek out graduates of this course. These services and resources include personal assistance from expert advisors; contact information for tens of thousands of schools worldwide; referrals to top recruiters around the globe; hundreds of pages of information and links for getting jobs virtually everywhere; and much more. 

You don't need to hold a degree in education or have prior teaching experience to teach English in Costa Rica, which represents one of the largest job markets for teaching English abroad in the world.  However, earning an accredited TEFL certification will provide you with the skills you need to provide professional-level English language instruction and a qualification that thousands of schools and language institutes seek when they hire English teachers. 

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Additional Social & Cultural Activities During Your TEFL Class

Optional Activities:
Within walking distance to one of the best surfing beaches and protected areas for hatching sea turtles;
- 15-minute walk to local bus stop;
- Graduation night party & ITA Meet-Ups;
- Tamarindo isn't far, so this would be a great place to take Spanish classes if interested;
- We can always give you tips for top extra activities and excursions!;

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Housing Options

Students can stay on campus or arrange housing on their own.  Each student who stays on campus will have a private room with a shared kitchen and bathroom with one other student.  The cost to stay on campus is $600.

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Tuition Includes:

  • TEFL course tuition
  • Assistance with bus tickets 
  • Airport pickup from Liberia Airport
  • Resume/Cover Letter/ Job Search Guidance workshop
  • Job search guidance in Costa Rica and lifetime job guidance advice worldwide

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Tuition Does Not Include

  • Personal Expenses
  • Housing
  • International Flights
  • Course textbook (purchase upon enrollment)
  • Visa, Insurance

Enrollment Information for
TEFL Classes

IMPORTANT! Before enrolling for any International TEFL Academy TEFL course, it is imperative that you Contact International TEFL Academy for more information about TEFL Certification in Florencespeak to an Admissions Advisor. Your advisor will answer your questions and assist you with matters such as your eligibility & enrollment; course costs & logistics (such as housing); and your options for employment as an English teacher once you complete your TEFL Class.

To speak with an advisor, please call 773-634-9900 or fill out a contact form. 
To enroll for this course, please visit our Registration Procedures Page.

VIDEO Introduction:
TEFL Certification for Teaching English Abroad


Earning an accredited TEFL certification is a key element in the process of going overseas to teach English abroad, but sorting out your options for taking the right class can be a challenge. This video provides an in-depth overview of accredited TEFL certification course options offered by International TEFL Academy, including the
170-hour Online TEFL Certification Course and onsite 4-week TEFL classes offered in more than 25 locations worldwide, including in the U.S. Watch the video to learn more about these various options, including international standards, costs, schedules, formats, job placement assistance and the advantages to each approach.


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