Teach English in Costa Rica

Date posted:2018-05-28 | Writer: Whittemore de Costa Rica, S.A. | Email: [email protected]

Whittemore de Costa Rica, S.A., an English Academy based in San Jose, is looking for a few good teachers who are TEFL certified native level English speakers, to teach English as a second language at the corporate offices of our clients, and will be in Costa Rica for at least six months.

By all means contact us to enquire about the position, but the best time to visit Costa Rica to be interviewed (we do not complete hiring over the Internet), would be the beginning of January, through the end of September. If you don’t have a job lined up by the end of September, there is no reason to come to Costa Rica, unless you like very long vacations. Costa Rica loves the holiday season, so the last two weeks in December and the first week in January are pretty much FIESTA time! No classes are usually taught during that time. From the end of August on, the teaching schedules are pretty much filled.

Most English companies/schools that are teaching English as a second language require you to be physically here in Costa Rica for an interview. You can stop looking at Costa Rica for a place to work if you are unable to do this. 99.5% of the companies/schools in Costa Rica will hire you when you get down here. Providing you do not have a lot of tattoos (in visible places), piercings (other than ear lobes; one per ear please), crazy looking, and crazy colored hair. Your credentials can be verified, along with your experience. Most companies/schools here in Costa Rica will hire you if you just have a TESL, TESOL, or CELTA certificate. We most likely will not hire you with just your teaching certificate. We like to hire experienced certified teachers.


Mature native level English speaking teachers with a TESL, TESOL, or CELTA certificate, and around 2 years of experience teaching English as a second language. We also prefer teachers 30 years old and above. Our clients ask for mature, native English speaking teachers. Please do not request an interview unless you are a mature native English-speaking teacher who teaches English as a second language.

This experience is for teachers who want to explore a tropical paradise, and teach highly motivated students.  NOT for a person who is interested in a lot of money teaching. Those "jobs" (sorry I used that 4-letter word) are in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.


Before starting your 1st class, we would like to sit down with you for an hour or so over coffee and snacks.  Explain to you what we are looking for in a classroom environment.  This is also to show you the types of books we like to use.

Observe a seasoned teacher teaching a full class. (This is not paid).  We do not like to throw a teacher right into a class without them seeing our types of classes in action.

Professionally dressed. Men in collared shirts, dress pants, dress shoes, and tie. Women professionally dressed.

Use our Cambridge New Interchange system as a guide only. We furnish you with the teacher's books free of charge.

Be creative

Never speak Spanish in your classroom.

Most of all have fun teaching! Make your classes the most enjoyable experience for you and your students!


Help with finding a place to stay, click on our (Where to stay ).

Free fax reception 24/7.

Free access to Internet + wireless for your own laptop!  Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

$7.70 USD* per hour (*¢4,000.00 colones per hour)  If we have you teach outside of the Central Valley area transportation/food/lodging 100% paid!

Paid CASH every 15th & 30th (in colones).

Approximately 2 to 6 clients per week.**

Class sizes: 1 to maximum of 12 students

Teach highly motivated students in their offices.

** No guarantees (averages between 8 to maximum of 24 hours of class time per week)

Our offices are located in Rohrmoser, 75 meters west and 300 meters north of Los Antojitos restaurant. If you are taking a bus, you need to ask the bus driver to let you off at Cemaco.  From there you will walk in the same direction as the bus is going.  100 meters up you will see the restaurant on your right hand side.  Turn right and walk to the next street where you can turn left.  Walk down the hill around the bend and we are the first condominiums on the left hand side.    They are white with black bars on the carports.  Ring number 8 and we will let you in.

President of our company is Mayela Murray De La O. She has been overseeing our company for the past nine years. Her cell phone number is (506) 8822 - 3608. The general manager of our company wears many hats. He does the Internet recruiting, teacher orientations, teaches classes and sub-classes, observations, and teacher support. His name is Michael Whittemore and his cell phone number is (506) 8977 - 4809. Our quality control manager is Gerald Rojas Murray and his cell phone number is (506) 8865 - 1864. He is here for teacher support, and observations.

Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Our telephone number is (506) 2290 - 0837.  Our international fax number if you would like to send your resumé, is (506) 2290 - 0837. This is a Fax only phone number so anytime of day is not a problem.

We hope we have answered all your questions. If not, please feel free to contact us either by phone or at the email address given on the job heading.  

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.


This unit gave me a overall better understanding of modals and basic rules and application of modal usage. I also now have a better understanding of when and how to use modals in the classroom. Additionally the active and passive voice was introduced with with ways and methods that they can be taught. Lastly relative clauses were briefly touched upon in a somewhat complicated manner.In Unit 4,present tenses,i have learnt that present simple is what we are doing at the moment for example iam going to work,present perfect relates the past to the present and the number of activities we have done,present continuous relates to what we do regularly,i wash my face everyday,present perfect continuous emphasizes action/activity being done for example,i have been dancing.