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TEFL Certification in Playa Grande (The big Beach), Costa Rica

Earn an internationally recognized and accredited TEFL certification at our training center located in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. If you're looking for a TEFL 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.  

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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Get TEFL Certified in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Social & Outdoor Activities

Meaning “big beach,” Playa Grande is an important beach well-known for the Leatherback Sea Turtles that come to lay their eggs there. It's also known to have ideal surf conditions for beginners and pros alike. Whether you enjoy watersports and surfing or prefer relaxing on the beach with friends, Playa Grande offers a laid-back environment with something for everyone. Its tan-colored sand and bright blue waters attract locals and visitors from all over the world. 

Playa Grande is just north of one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica, Tamarindo, which has lots of opportunities to shop, surf, enjoy the nightlife and more. Several other popular beaches in the Guanacaste region can also be accessed by public bus.

Get TEFL Certified in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Housing Options

Students in the Playa Grande class will stay onsite at the TEFL school in a bungalow-style house. The housing is a 5-minute drive to the beach. Each student has his/her own private bedroom and access to a full shared kitchen and a shared bathroom. Laundry services and daily breakfast will be provided by your “Tica mom.” The house has lots of amenities, including free bicycles, hammocks to relax and enjoy nature, and free use of the pool next to the school. Students will also be provided with free transportation to and from the beach once per day.


Cost: $600/month (30 days)

Get TEFL Certified in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Tuition Includes:

  • 190-Hour TESOL / TEFL Certificate (upon successful completion)
  • Practice teaching real Costa Rican ESL students
  • Resume workshop
  • Wireless internet
  • Free airport pickup (from the LIR - Liberia Airport - if you arrive on the Saturday before the course)
  • Daily breakfast (Fresh Costa Rican fruit and coffee!)
  • Assistance in finding accommodation (after the course)
  • Contact information for top ESL schools in Costa Rica
  • Letter of recommendation upon request
  • Job search guidance in Costa Rica and lifetime job guidance advice worldwide

Tuition does not include:


  • Accommodations during the course ($600 /month)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Airfare to/from San Jose, Costa Rica
  • TEFL Course Book ($67)
  • Access to a computer (make sure to bring your own laptop)

Get TEFL Certified in Playa Grande, Costa Rica

Local Costa Rica Job Guidance

During and after your course, local staff will do as much as possible to introduce you to the local ESL market here in Costa Rica. During the first week of the course, you will receive a packet of invaluable job search resources, including lists of schools and institutes in Costa Rica that hire foreign ESL teachers. The lists are categorized by students’ ages as well as school locations (i.e., at the beach). Many of the possible employers, especially the language institutes, have a working relationship with our TEFL school and happily hire our course graduates. Staff will recommend the schools and institutes with the best reputations and we'll also help you stay away from ones with poor reviews. We regularly survey our course graduates to learn more about their respective schools and their experiences. 

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.

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TEFL Certification for Teaching English Abroad


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