EFL Teachers Needed in Liberia, Costa Rica

Date posted:2017-10-04 | Writer: Instituto Estelar | Email: [email protected]

Estelar is the leading English language school in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with 450 students and 12 English teachers and interns. Just one hour from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Liberia offers an authentic cultural experience and an international airport just 10 minutes away.

Estelar is big on community outreach and seeks to make a difference through volunteering. We are looking for enthusiastic, TEFL qualified teachers and interns to join our awesome team for a 6-or-12-month contract. We provide an organized, positive work environment, as well as lots of support for our teachers. Interns receive food and housing in exchange for work and volunteer experience (6-month commitment). Teachers receive housing plus a salary, health insurance, and other perks (1 year commitment and teaching experience required).

We have the following requirements for our candidates:

Must be certified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA)

Must have a university degree (in any field)

Must be a native level English speaker

Must be able to commit to at least 6 months with us

Must be passionate about teaching, learning, and making genuine connections in a foreign country

Must be willing to live and work with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration

Must be flexible and fun

Instituto Estelar is a bit different from other language institutes. Rather than hiring hourly employees who live independently and come to work at various times, we are building a community of teachers and staff who are committed to the Estelar lifestyle of teaching, learning, and living cooperatively. We have a residence where our teachers live, work, socialize, and relax. We have a school where we teach classes to both adults and kids. We host many events and activities in the community for free. We volunteer as part of an organization that helps kids in an underserved neighborhood in our city.

As a group, we have a down-to-earth, hippie-traveler vibe, but we also have a strong work ethic. We take pride in our accomplishments as we see our students progress in their language learning, and we know that we are helping students gain new opportunities in life as they advance in English. We also enjoy seeing kids learn and grow, both in and out of the classroom. We strive to find ways to positively impact our community and to be a force for change and growth.


The compensation plan includes housing in the Estelar residence, all utilities and wifi, and a monthly stipend. We also offer discounts on Spanish lessons and classes, and we organize excursions for discounted prices. We provide a lot of support to new teachers, including training and guidance from the director and other teachers. There is a curriculum to follow that includes a series of books, and we have lots of teaching materials available at the institute. In an environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, and dedication to excellence, our teachers can hone their craft and become educational leaders.

We encourage a healthy work-life balance, and we never ask teachers to teach more than 24 hours of classes in one week. The workweek is Tuesday afternoon through Saturday evening, and everyone gets Sundays and Mondays off. Ideally, after completing their first 6 months with us, teachers will be invited to sign a work contract for 6 more months, which would include a stipend raise and access to the Costa Rican health care system.


If you are interested in becoming part of our outstanding teaching staff, please email your current resume with a professional photo and three professional references to the address given on the job heading.

Instituto Estelar

300 Metros Norte del Hospital San Rafael Arcángel,


Provincia de Guanacaste,

Liberia, 50101,

Costa Rica

TEL: +506 2665 6921

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


The unit explains how to teach productive skills – speaking and writing. It explains reasons for speaking and writing and how we develop these skills. Problems with speaking and writing are explained as well. I’ve learnt how to select materials for students and how to plan a speaking/writing lesson. Also I’ve learnt about basic keys to successful productive skill lesson.This unit explores the different teaching methods that teachers should consider when conducting a lesson. This unit offers several tips on how to spark the interested of students and how to encourage the students to engage in activities and discussions. It also argues the importance of a teacher knowing when to correct a students mistakes and when the student should correct themselves.