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 a year 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 called Club A 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 students 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 developing personal potential.
The compensation plan includes housing in the Estelar residence, all utilities and wifi, a salary, health insurance, vacation pay, assistance in getting a work visa, and a bonus pay in December and at the end of the teacher’s time with us. 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 mentor 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 teachers work 24 hours per week teaching English, leading language activities for the community, and doing special projects. The workweek is Tuesday afternoon through Saturday evening, and everyone gets Sundays and Mondays off. Teachers often travel together to nearby beaches, waterfalls, and national parks…or they spend their days off by the pool in the teacher residence.
The Estelar Residence