teach english in costa rica

Living in Liberia, Costa Rica

I was warned from people in San Jose, Costa Rica, that it would be hot in Liberia, but coming from January weather in Kentucky, I took their advice lightly and expected Liberia to be a nice 75 degrees like the capital city. At the halfway stop...

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Building my Spanish Skills at Estelar

I have had the wonderful opportunity to take intensive Spanish classes at Instituto Estelar! These classes have been everything a foreign language class should be: dynamic, challenging, full of conversation, and very fun. The staff and profess...

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A Pura Vida Experience

My experience studying Spanish at Estelar has been all I hoped for and more. The colorful building has provided both a place to relax away from the Guanacaste sun, as well a sociable environment, conducive ...

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My Spanish Immersion Experience

“Felicidades Carla, tu has completado Avanzado 5!”  Those words felt like a weight off my shoulders when I heard them said, due to the fact that completing this level of Spanish had proved to be the most challenging yet rewarding exper...

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My Spanish Obsession

We all know that there are some bad obsessions to have. In fact, the word obsession usually has a negative connotation. For example, it’s not a good idea to be obsessed over an ex who doesn’t think about you anymore. It’s not healthy to be consumed with havi...

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My Experience Teaching English in Costa Rica

After ten years of doing Accounting in the states, I felt the need for a big change. I had previously lived in another country and was beginning to feel the need for a new culture and a new experience. I decided to try to teach English in a Spanish-speaking country, so that ...

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Adventures in Liberia, Costa Rica

My plane landed at the local airport July 9th, 2018 at 12:40 pm. I was greeted with smiling faces and a welcoming “buenas” from every local that my path crossed;...

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Spanish Immersion Program

Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in the Spanish full immersion program and it was a very rewarding experience. The classes consisted of people from Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada, so it was a really interesting mix. Our teacher Caroly was absolutely am...

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Tica Life: Total Immersion at Estelar

As an English teacher at Estelar Bilingue, I have met many international Spanish students that come for our Immersion Courses. I was curious how the “class in the AM and beach in the PM” lifestyle was for some of them and, fortunately, I h...

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Costa Rica Living Expenses

Moving to Costa Rica was a huge adjustment for me financially. I was making good money back home, which allowed me to buy particular types of food, save money, and party when I wanted to. Things are different here, and it is harder to maintain the lifestyle that I lived back...

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