Volunteer EFL Teachers Needed in Costa Rica

Date posted:2014-04-15 | Writer: Los Santos Learning Centers | Email: [email protected]

Los Santos Learning Centers is a network of Learning Centers with the shared goal of providing low-cost, community-run English education in the Los Santos region of Costa Rica. Los Santos is located about 2 hours south of San Jose. Los Santos enjoys a moderate climate year round, warm during the day and cool at night, and the region is known for producing some of the best coffee in the world. We are always looking for TEFL certified teachers to come work with us! If you are looking to live in another country and have experience abroad, this is a great opportunity.  In exchange for working at one of our Learning Centers, you will live with local families and get to know a new culture, furthering your Spanish language skills.

We are looking for volunteers with the following qualities:

Native level English speaker with working knowledge of Spanish

Bachelor’s in Education or ESL certification, (if TEFL / TESOL certified, teaching experience is required)

Appreciation and stewardship of the environment

Willingness to integrate into the community and live with a host family

Experience living and working independently

Volunteers typically come and work for a period of 6-12 months. Although shorter time periods are negotiable, there is a minimum of 3 months.

Our program does provide: Lodging and 3 meals per day in the home of a local family. Accommodations include a private room and laundry facilities.

Teaching materials.

Ongoing support from the learning centers’ board members and Peace Corps Volunteers to help meet your needs and resolve any challenges that may arise.

Transportation from Juan Santamaría airport, or your current location in Costa Rica, to the community.

The volunteer is responsible for his/her flight in and out of Costa Rica for the duration of his/her stay.


Native level English Speaker.

Some knowledge of Spanish.

Undergraduate or graduate degree in education (or related) and/or ESL/EFL certification and/or 1 year-plus experience lesson planning and teaching English.

Experience teaching and working with children or teenagers.

Willingness to integrate with the local community and live with a local host family.

Must be resourceful, flexible and independent (both in working and living arrangements).

Commitment to service and volunteerism.

Should be computer savvy, able to use the internet, facebook, etc.


Because we are community-based, there is no fee to volunteer with us nor can we offer a salary or health insurance.


TO APPLY: Email us at the address given on the job heading with your resume, cover letter, and references. Please write the start date you are available for in the subject line.

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.


Receptive lesson is when you choose material that interests and motivates students, build interest before reading and listening, overreach complex vocabulary or structure if necessary but don't overdo it, vary type of material, use materials to practice different skills, use realistic comprehension tasks that aid understanding, and incorporate activate phase that naturally lead on from the text.As with all the sections on classroom techniques, this one was useful and informative. However, I was slightly thrown off by the abruptness of the \"Language forms\" section. It contained no examples or explanation but went straight into the ESA example lesson. I understand that the language forms are a largely unspoken understood among native speakers, but it felt like there was a page missing.