Costa Rica

Top 10 Reasons to Teach English in Costa Rica

Grace Martens

Grace Martens

April 16, 2020

Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Americas. We’re counting down the top 10 reasons to teach English in Costa Rica, as we’ve just launched our newest Paid Teaching Program there!

Ten reasons to teach English in Costa Rica:

Meaning “rich coast” and with some utterly unique experiences on offer, it’s easy to see why. But as much as you could possibly cram into an awesome two week holiday, that will always pale in comparison to having the opportunity live, work and ultimately immerse yourself into this incredibly vibrant culture. With all these reasons to Teach English in Costa Rica through TravelBud, you can dive into the incredible tico lifestyle and soak up all of its benefits!

10. You can explore hidden gems. 

Costa Rica is home to some of the coolest, weirdest and most wonderful attractions and things to see and do. From visiting the unique and mysterious bolas de piedra, Shark bridge, and the cloud forests, there are so many options!  When teaching English in Costa Rica, you have plenty of time off to hit the road and explore all that this diverse country has to offer. Costa Rica will undoubtedly return with stories that will last a lifetime. 

boat in costa rican water with islands in background

Hop on board for your next adventure – Teaching English in Costa Rica with TravelBud!

9. Costa Rica ‘s natural biodiversity is UNMATCHED!

One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Costa Rica is home to sensational rain forests and tropical beaches. It also hosts unique animals, including the gorgeous ocelot, rowdy howler monkeys, the raccoons-cousin the Coatis and of course, the ever-charming, slow-moving sloths. If you’re a nature lover and a teacher all in one, you couldn’t pick a better place than Costa Rica to explore both your passions. Hike up live volcanoes, swim in the ocean and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to a world of tranquility. It is one of the top eco-friendly destinations and you get to experience what life is like in a country where they plan to be carbon neutral by 2021 and bring back that kind of knowledge to your home country.

man holding sloth on nature reserve

Our cultural orientation will take you to an animal reserve, where you can learn about the incredible biodiversity Costa Rica has to offer!

8. There is a large established expat community

With most of our teachers placed in the Capital city of San Jose, you’re stepping into a world of expats and multiculturalism. Making friends that become family is always a huge benefit to teaching English abroad and Costa Rica allows you to do just that. You’ll open yourself up to forge connections with all kinds of people, from all walks of life. You can learn from local Ticos, but also about the many different cultures that are woven together to make the colourful tapestry of expatriates.

7. Costa Rica is by far one of the safest countries in Latin America.

Costa Rica has a stable political climate and has no military, along with having Central America’s highest life expectancy (which says a lot about safety, as well as being home to superfoods!). Safety is a key consideration for anyone looking to teach abroad. With the safety of Costa Rica in general and our 24/7 in-country support – Costa Rica allows peace of mind for a great experience.

6. Contracts for Teaching in Costa Rica offer flexibility

Costa Rica allows 6-month contracts or 1-year contracts. That kind of flexibility is a great reason to add Costa Rica to your list of top teaching choices. If you choose to dip your toe in at first or only have a few months to teach, the 6-month option allows you to do so. If you choose to stay longer (as most teachers do for all the above-mentioned reasons and those to come), it’s easy to extend your visa.

5. Did someone say COFFEE?

In 1989 Costa Rica passed a law on banning inferior coffee beans so guess what? It’s almost impossible to get a bad cup of coffee. Sign me up! Not only is the coffee great to drink, but it allows a great lens into the culture and history of Costa Rica. On our culturally immersive orientation, a coffee plantation excursion is often a favourite!

different roasts of coffee in Costa Rica

You can also visit a Coffee Plantation on your Cultural Orientation in Costa Rica and learn about the country’s biggest cash crop!

4. Cost of living is incredibly affordable

When going as a tourist, the group tours and must-sees can often rack up a high bill. However, having the opportunity to live like a local and earn a comfortable income is a sustainable way to live your best life! Grab a world-class cup of coffee for $2.50 and integrate with locals in our homestay option. This option is only $100 a week and includes two home-cooked meals a day and board and lodging!

woman standing in front of Costa Rican shop

With a low cost of living and flexible working hours, you can explore all Costa Rica has to offer!

3. You can improve your Spanish language skills

Learning Spanish allows you a new skill for maneuvering through the streets of San Jose like a pro. In addition, it is also the second most widely spoken language in the world, a skill that will last you a lifetime. Whether you’ve got a background in the language and want to brush up, or you’re a beginner, this is the perfect opportunity to do yourself a solid and say Hola to a world of possibility.

2. Make a positive impact on the community.

With your students ranging from adults to younger learners, there is a great need and desire to learn to speak English. By doing what we’re lucky enough to have been born into and have as our mother tongue, you’re impacting the future of Costa Rica greatly. You have the chance to share it with your Costa Rican students and, in the process, make an enormously positive and long-lasting impact on the community.

1. The Pura Vida lifestyle is one of the best

“Pura Vida” is an expression used far and wide in Costa Rica as a greeting, a farewell and everywhere in between. It means “simple life” and embodies the spirit of the people of Costa Rica. Teaching abroad allows communities to learn a skill, but teachers learn so much from the cultural exchange in return. Embracing the pura vida lifestyle will change your life, perspective, and outlook forever. 

woman holding drink at table

Kick back and relax! You’re on tico time now! Pura Vida, baby!

These are just a few reasons to Teach English in Costa Rica. Whatever your reason- come to Costa Rica to teach with us! Click here to submit your inquiry today!

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