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TEFL Latin America


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Teaching English abroad is a life-changing experience—travel the world, immerse yourself in new cultures, get international work experience, and be an ambassador for the English language.

English is the lingua franca of the world, especially in education, business, and popular culture. As the global economy grows and as interest in international travel and study abroad expands, the need for English language skills continues to increase. Even as you read this, all over the world, there are millions of students signing up for classes and studying at language institutes, schools, and universities to improve their English. This means the demand for qualified instructors to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) is growing exponentially all over the globe!

TEFL Certification
Since 2003, the TEFL Certification Program has been helping teachers and travellers realize their dreams of working and living internationally. Our TEFL certification courses are internationally accredited and are recognized worldwide by language schools, institutes, and universities. We put a lot into our TEFL program—making it fun, intense, and one of the best learning experiences of your life!

TEFL Certification Program offers exceptional value—the best program and the lowest tuition. Check us out next to any other TEFL provider!

With our years of experience providing TEFL certification courses, we are very aware of the commitment you make in terms of time, effort, and money.

What’s Included
– Airport pick-up
– Program and safety orientation
– Walking tour
– Official TEFL/TESOL Certificate
– Letter of recommendation
– Lifetime job-finding assistance
– Free Tandem Conversation Program
– Free office-wide WIFI
– Free Salsa dance classes
– Free cooking classes
– Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
– Institute is open 7 days/week
– Emergency contact number 24/7


1. Age 20 to 45
2. Must be academically prepared for university-level work
3. Proficient at speaking and writing English
4. Must have excellent study skills and be able to write in English at a university level
5. Must be able to use computers, internet, and word processing software
6. Native English-speaker (only UK, Ireland, USA, NZ, Aus, Canada and SA)

Start/Finish Dates

*Onsite TEFL Certification (4 week) - This course is delivered every month at our institutes in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

**Hybrid TEFL Certification - The participant completes the first half of their TEFL course online, and then joins the onsite TEFL course in either Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Peru for the final 2 weeks of the 4-week program. This means the participant joins for week 3 and week 4 of the onsite course and does their practical teaching module in-country.

2021 Onsite TEFL Certification

January   18-Jan 12-Feb
February 17-Feb 16-Mar
March         22-Mar 16-Apr
April         19-Apr 14-May
May         19-May 15-Jun
June         21-Jun 16-Jul
July         19-Jul 13-Aug
August     18-Aug 14-Sep
September 20-Sep 15-Oct
October         25-Oct 19-Nov
November 22-Nov 17-Dec

Visa Info

Airport pickup and transfer are included in the Package. We recommend you arrive in at least 2 days prior to the course start date. Students should arrive on a tourist visa.


Admin fee R7 500 Course Booking Fee
Program fee See Below - Final Course fees
Visa fees Visa on Entry
Travel Insurance Age dependent
Airfare (approx) R16 000 - R20 000
Recommended Spending Money $2000 - $3000

More Info

Final Course Fees & Books
4-week Onsite TEFL Certification Program
Costa Rica: $1,400
  $150 books
  $1,250 Program Fees paid to Maximo Nivel

Guatemala: $960
  $150 books
  $950 Program fees paid to Maximo Nivel

Peru: $1,300
  $150 books
  $1,150 Program fees paid to Maximo Nivel

Hybrid TEFL Certification Program
Costa Rica: $1,475
  $150 books
  $1,325 Program Fees paid to Maximo Nivel

Guatemala: $1,175
  $150 books
  $1,025 Program fees paid to Maximo Nivel

Peru: $1,375
  $150 books
  $1,225 Program fees paid to Maximo Nivel

4 weeks Accommodation
Host Family living including meals
La Antigua, Guatemala - US$665,00
Cusco, Peru - US$665,00
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica - US$855,00

You have to have a Yellow Fever vaccination, this is a legal requirement for these countries.

Recommended vaccines are Typhoid and Hepatitis A & B . Also, if you have not had any vaccinations recently we suggest that you booster your baby vaccinations and have a 4-in-1 for Tetanus, Polio Whooping Cough and Diphtheria.

You should also take malaria tablets in Costa Rica  and Guatemala.

All visitors entering Costa Rica must meet the following 3 requirements and must bring these documents printed, or in a PDF or JPG format.

A) Travel Insurance: Travelers now have 3 different options to purchase travel insurance that covers medical and accommodation expenses for COVID-19 related emergencies. Insurance must be valid for the dates the visitor will be in Costa Rica. Insurance policies must be stated in either English or Spanish.

1. INS: Must cover medical expenses for at least $20,000 (USD) and accommodation expenses for at least $2,000 (USD). INS insurance can be purchased here.
2. Sagicor: Must cover medical expenses for at least $20,000 (USD) and accommodation expenses for at least $2,000 (USD). Sagicor insurance can be purchased here.
3. International Insurance: Must cover medical expenses for at least $50,000 (USD) and accommodation expenses for at least $2,000 (USD). We suggest you look at Seven Corners and GEO Blue to get the best rates.

B) COVID-19 Negative Test: Travelers must have a COVID-19 negative test dated no more than 72 hours prior to the travel date to Costa Rica. Currently, the only test that is accepted is the “real-time polymerase chain reaction test,” also called rRT -PCR for COVID-19 test. Rapid test results, serological tests, or immunity tests are not accepted. The test results must be stated in English or Spanish. The rRT -PCR test is required for all travelers older than 12 years.

C) Complete a “Pase de Salud” (Health Pass) online form which is available here. This form is automatically filed when the traveler fills it out online.

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