TEFL Jobs in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Date posted:2018-02-22 | Writer: Instituto Estelar Bilingue | Email: [email protected]

Instituto Estelar Bilingue is the leading English language school in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with 450 students and 12 English teachers. Just one hour from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Liberia offers TEFL teachers 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, qualified teachers to join our awesome team for a year. We provide an organized, positive work environment, as well as lots of support for our teachers. Teachers receive a steady salary, free housing, health insurance, paid vacation days, a yearly bonus, assistance with a work visa, and more. 1-year commitment, C2 level of English (native speaker), minimum Bachelor's degree, and TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate required.

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 called Club A 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 students 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 developing personal potential.

The compensation plan includes housing in the Estelar residence, all utilities and wifi, a salary, health insurance, vacation pay, assistance in getting a work visa, and a bonus pay in December and at the end of the teacher’s time with us. 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 mentor 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 teachers work 24 hours per week teaching English, leading language activities for the community, and doing special projects. The workweek is Tuesday afternoon through Saturday evening, and everyone gets Sundays and Mondays off. Teachers often travel together to nearby beaches, waterfalls, and national parks…or they spend their days off by the pool in the teacher residence.


We have several immediate openings. Please only apply if you meet the criteria. Send your resume, and copy of university degree and TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate to our English director, Bruno, at 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.


This unit was about the tenses used to talk about the future. It was helpful to look at how there are other tenses used in addition to the future versions of the simple, continuous, perfect, and perfect continuous tenses discussed in the past and present tense units. I hadn't really thought about how present tenses are sometimes used when talking about the future, so that was helpful.This unit covered the most common problems you may encounter during classes. It reinforced the teaching skills and ideas from the previous units and continued to give a few of the most helpful ideas to use in class. This again reinforced that we shouldn't use the students native language and should really try to help them form all their ideas in English. This was a great wrap up unit.

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