TEFL Position in Costa Rica

Date posted:2009-09-30 | Writer: SCLC | Email: [email protected]

Located on the beautiful Sarapiqui River, the Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center is a non-profit organization in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica dedicated to linking the communities with conservation through education and ecotourism.

The SCLC is currently looking for an ESL Teacher. This position involves teaching English to adults and teens at the Center, possibly teaching English at local elementary schools, and assisting with conservation projects. Preferred applicants have TEFL certification, a university degree and speak Spanish.

Job Description • Teach 3 levels of English night classes to adults and young adults. (Each level meets twice a week for 1.5 hrs) • Teach one English course during the day that meets 2 times per week (level to be determined by needs of community) (Schedule to be determined by volunteer) • Maintain and Update the current English curriculum • Assist After-School Program coordinator with incorporating English into lesson plans • Assist Scholarship Program coordinator with incorporating English into Scholarship Program • Develop additional English classes as interested or time permits

Job Requirements • Minimum advanced beginner/intermediate level of Spanish • Fluency in English • Certification in ESL, such as TEFL / TESOL • Experience teaching ESL • Experience creating lesson plans • Experience teaching adults and children • Experience with classroom management • Willing to work nights 5:30 – 8:30 pm

***All long-term volunteers receive free room and board with a local homestay family, including three meals a day and laundry, as well as a bicycle and Internet access at the Center.

How to Apply: To apply, please send an email to the address given on the job heading page with a copy of your resume.

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.


Unit 8 looked at the seven most common structures used in the future tense. They are the future simple, future continuous, future perfect, the future perfect continuous, be going plus infinitive, the present simple and the present simple continuous. Just like the former units on the tense system, grammatical form, usage, typical errors and correction and activate stage teaching ideas were thoroughly covered.Unit six was a brief overview of the past tense uses in the English language. It went through the various rules associated with simple past, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous and the various grammatical rules associated with it. The unit taught me the proper use of the past perfect continuous tense and how it can be applied in constructing meaning for communicating events in the past.