Earn your TEFL certification and receive a guaranteed paid teaching placement at one of our trusted schools in Costa Rica!

Apply below to reserve your spot or chat to one of our experienced enrollment coordinators.


Costa Rica is one of the most sought after destinations in all of Latin America, and it’s no surprise why. With a quarter of the country comprised of protected rainforest, coastlines stretching out over both the Pacific and Caribbean, ancient volcanoes scattered throughout, and cultural and historical sites in the capital of San Jose, you really can’t find a destination with more to offer.

Our TEFL Certification course is completed in the coastal village of Manuel Antonio, where you’ll find the country’s largest national park, with paid teaching placements available with TravelBud in the country’s capital, San Jose.

TEFL students being taught one of the many methodologies of ESL teaching

A visit to Manuel Antonio National Park is a must during your time off at our TEFL training center

TEFL students posing for a photo at the end of one of their classes


Teaching English in Costa Rica truly is an opportunity of a lifetime. Having taught abroad ourselves, and with years of experience running TEFL certification courses and placing thousands of TEFL graduates at schools around the world, we’ve hand-crafted what we believe to be the best teach abroad experience possible in Costa Rica. 


Earn your TEFL Certification over 4 weeks in the gorgeous coastal village of Manuel Antonio with the beach, jungle, and the country’s largest national park waiting for you to explore


Secure a guaranteed paid teaching placement before leaving home through our trusted school network in Costa Rica – no need to worry about job hunting after you complete our TEFL course!


Our teaching placements are available year-round at public (government) and private schools, as well as private language centers with the choice of 6-month or 12-month contract durations, depending on the time of year


Job-guidance workshop and placement guidance if you don’t qualify for our guaranteed teaching placement


Earn a monthly salary of $700 to $1100 with 24/7 support from our in-country team throughout your guaranteed placement with TravelBud


Thorough pre-departure support and guidance from our team who have all taught abroad and know just what it takes to be prepared for teaching English abroad


Airport pickup, arrival orientation, and walking tour of Manuel Antonio


Accommodation assistance with the option of choosing between a homestay with a local family, a hostel, or a hotel


Costa Rica has something for every type of traveller – be it cultural and historical site-seeing, hiking through one of the many protected rainforests, exploring the pristine beaches of the Pacific or the Caribbean, or immersing yourself in the local culture


You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes the mesmerising sunsets galore that bless the Costa Rican coastline


Did we mention a quarter of Costa Rica’s landscape is covered by protected rainforest waiting for you to explore. You may even run into this white-headed Capuchin monkey!


Go zip lining through one of the many national parks in Costa Rica



Ever been kitesurfing? Well if you have, we know this is already on your bucket list but if you haven’t Costa Rica boasts some of the best kitesurfing conditions Latin America has to offer


One guarantee of a country with so much rainforest: waterfalls galore!


Want to get your adrenalin rushing? White water rafting is just one of the many watersports available in adventure-packed Costa Rica


How long can I teach for?

Depending on the time of year, you can opt to teach for 6 month or 12 months, with the option to extend your stay for even longer if you wish! 

What is the school calendar year in Costa Rica and when do schools hire?

The school year runs from January to December in Costa Rica. Public and private schools hire teachers in January and July while private language schools hire year-round.

Where will I stay?

You’ll have the option of staying with a local family, in a hostel, or a hotel during your TEFL training. Thereafter, our in-country team will assist you in finding a place to stay in close proximity to your school placement

Where in Costa Rica will I be based?

You’ll be based in amazing coastal village of Manuel Antonio for the duration of your TEFL training. Your teaching placement will be in the heart of San Jose or the surrounding suburbs, where the majority of schools are based.

How much will I earn teaching English in Costa Rica?

You will earn between $700 to $1100 per month, depending on your experience and qualifications. This is more than enough to cover your basic living expenses and explore the country during your time off with fellow English teachers

What if I don’t qualify for TravelBud’s guaranteed placement?

No need to worry. You can still earn your TEFL certification in Costa Rica with TravelBud and receive placement guidance and attend an ESL job search workshop with our placement team to help you find a placement in Costa Rica or another country of your choice.

Why Teach Abroad with TravelBud

Internationally Accredited TEFL Certification Course

Launched in 2003, we’ve spent the past 16 years carefully refining our 150-hour internationally accredited TEFL certification course to provide the best training possible to guarantee success in the ESL classroom. With multiple practical teaching opportunities in a real-life setting with local students, and a lot more, there is no course better tailored to graduating confident and competent soon-to-be English language teachers.

We've taught abroad ourselves

Foundered by experienced ESL teachers, we know just how important it is to embark on a teaching adventure overseas with guidance and support of a team who have walked the walk before you. Every member of the TravelBud team has first-hand experience of the programs we offer.


Guaranteed Teaching Placement

We provide a guaranteed paid teaching placement once accepted onto the program through our trusted network of schools in Costa Rica. This way you’ll be jetting off to Costa Rica with no worry about finding a job after our TEFL course. Our placements are available year-round at public schools and private language schools.


24/7 support

You’ll be fully supported from the moment you enroll from our dedicated pre-departure support team to ensure you’re fully prepared for the experience that awaits you. Our in-country team will be there for you from the moment you touch down in Costa Rica and throughout your TEFL training course and teaching placement – be it any advice or guidance you need, or anything more serious, we’ll be on hand!

Apply below to reserve your spot or chat to one of our experienced volunteer coordinators.

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