Volunteer EFL Positions in Costa Rica

Date posted:2016-05-12 | Writer: English Volunteers for Change (EVOLC) | Email: [email protected]

Though Costa Rica is an important tourist destination, many residents in rural tourist communities and in the capital city alike have not had access to quality English courses. As part of an initiative to keep tourism jobs local, many hotels and local businesses have begun sponsoring English Classes for at-risk youth who need English to better their life situations! English Volunteers for Change (EVOLC) in Costa Rica is looking for friendly, enthusiastic TEFL/TESOL or CELTA certified teachers to give English lessons in this amazing country.

When volunteer teachers arrive, they will participate in an intensive orientation at our office in Costa Rica's capital city, San José. Upon finishing orientation, volunteers will be taken to their teaching communities.

Volunteer teachers will live with friendly local host families during their time in Costa Rica. They will be responsible for teaching English classes part-time (20 hours/week) and have the rest of their time free to plan their lessons and enjoy all Costa Rica has to offer!

Courses begin at various times throughout this coming summer and fall. Teachers may choose to commit to a time frame of between 3 and 6 months. These 6 months are some of the best for festivals in Costa Rica giving the teacher a chance to not only live near some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, but to experience real Costa Rican culture!

In exchange for 20 hours of lessons per week with local young adults teachers will receive:

- Lodging with a Costa Rican host family in a private room with wifi access

- 3 meals a day

-Laundry Service

-Volunteer insurance

-Volunteer visa (if volunteering longer and 3 months)

- Local Transportation stipend and airport pickup + Drop off

- Teaching Materials

- An intensive orientation program in San José with hotel stay included and cultural tour of San Jose

- 24-hour, ongoing support

-Real immersion as volunteers become a valued member of their community

- Competitive multicultural, international, and professional experience

- The opportunity to make a measurable difference in the lives of others


• University degree preferred

• TEFL (or equivalent)

• Volunteer and/or professional teaching experience preferred

• Independence

• Willingness to adapt and a become a member of a new community

• Native English speaker

• Organization and responsibility

• A strong desire to live in another country and learn about Costa Rican Culture

• Commitment to service and volunteerism

• Ability to communicate well with others


For more information, please contact us via email at the address given on the job heading.

Phone: (Monday-Friday): 011 (506) 2256-4618



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 four overview consists of how to structure sentences using the various forms of present tense. The unit discusses common errors student will make and teacher preparedness in correcting these predictable errors is key. The ESA (Engage, Study, and Activate) discussed in unit three is continued in unit four. The strategy is important in engaging students in the communication process.Most of the information given in this unit is familiar to those already in the teaching profession. However, I did find some useful information that helped me to understand how the student psychology at times may affect the learning process and useful tips about how to deal with the problem. Overall, good information for potential and practising teachers who plan to teach foreign students.