English Teacher Jobs

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:

  1. Must be certified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA)
  2. Must have a university degree (in any field)
  3. Must be a native English speaker
  4. Must be able to commit to 9 months with us
  5. Must be passionate about teaching, learning, and making genuine connections in a foreign country
  6. Must be willing to live and work with a spirit of cooperation and collaboration
  7. Must be flexible and fun

Instituto Estelar is a bit different from other language institutes. We have built a community of teachers and staff who are committed to the Estelar lifestyle of teaching, learning, and integrating into the community. We have a school where we teach classes to both adults and kids. We sometimes host events and activities in the community. 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, traveler vibe, but we also have a strong work ethic and commitment to teaching the best classes ever. 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.

We pay teachers weekly for hours worked and assist in getting short-term immigration permission and opening a local bank account. We provide a lot of support to new teachers, including training and ongoing support. There is a syllabus for every one of our 90 courses, as well as course books, audios, exams (already written), and former teacher plans to use as inspiration for creating your own. We have lots of teaching materials available at the institute and on our Google Drive. 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 18-24 hours per week teaching English, leading language activities for the community, and sometimes doing special projects. The workweek is Tuesday through Saturday, and everyone gets Sundays and Mondays off. Teachers often travel together to nearby beaches, waterfalls, and national parks.

In March 2020, we moved all of our English classes online, using Zoom, and in August 2021 we started new beginner in-person classes. We currently teach both online and in-person.

Dress Code and Personal Appearance

Generally the dress and personal appearance in Costa Rica is more formal and tidy than that in North America and Europe. It is important that teachers use their discretion to dress respectably and professionally.

Teacher Benefits

Some benefits of being a teacher at Instituto Estelar Bilingüe include: Paid training, a 9-to-12 month work agreement, assistance in getting a short-term permit with immigration, and working in a super positive, family-like atmosphere with the best students on the planet.

What to Bring to Costa Rica

Although teachers can buy pretty much everything in Costa Rica, some things are more expensive here as they are imported. Here are some tips for packing.

Cost of Living

Before teachers come to Costa Rica, they should be aware of the cost of living in Costa Rica.

General Living Information

Here is some general living information concerning Costa Rica.

Contact Us

If you are interested in becoming part of our outstanding teaching staff, please email your current resume with a professional photo and three professional references to Ingles@estelarcr.com