TEACHING IN COSTA RICA
Teaching English in Costa Rica can be a rewarding and exciting experience!
Are you interested in joining an intentional community of teachers and learners in beautiful Guanacaste, Costa Rica? We have the following requirements for our candidates:
- Must be certified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA)
- Must have a university degree (in any field)
- Must be a native English speaker
- Must be able to commit to at least 6 months with us
- Must be passionate about teaching, learning, and making genuine connections in a foreign country
- Must be willing to live and work with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration
- Must be flexible and fun
Instituto Estelar is a bit different from other language institutes. Rather than hiring hourly employees who live independently and come to work at various times, we are building a community of teachers and staff who are committed to the Estelar lifestyle of teaching, learning, and living cooperatively. We have a residence where our teachers live, work, socialize, and relax. We have a school where we teach classes to both adults and kids. We host many events and activities in the community for free. We volunteer as part of an organization that helps kids in an underserved neighborhood in our city.
As a group, we have a down-to-earth, hippie-traveler vibe, but we also have a strong work ethic. We take pride in our accomplishments as we see our students progress in their language learning, and we know that we are helping students gain new opportunities in life as they advance in English. We also enjoy seeing kids learn and grow, both in and out of the classroom. We strive to find ways to positively impact our community and to be a force for change and growth.
The compensation plan includes housing in the Estelar residence, all utilities and wifi, and a monthly stipend. We also offer discounts on Spanish lessons and classes, and we organize excursions for discounted prices. We provide a lot of support to new teachers, including training and guidance from the director and other teachers. There is a curriculum to follow that includes a series of books, and we have lots of teaching materials available at the institute. In an environment that fosters creativity, collaboration, and dedication to excellence, our teachers can hone their craft and become educational leaders.
We encourage a healthy work-life balance, and we never ask teachers to teach more than 24 hours of classes in one week. The workweek is Tuesday afternoon through Saturday evening, and everyone gets Sundays and Mondays off. Ideally, after completing their first 6 months with us, teachers will be invited to sign a work contract for 6 more months, which would include a stipend raise and access to the Costa Rican health care system.