Teach Costa rica

Teach Costa Rica


Status : Program Open
Embassy : Open
Vaccination Required : No
PCR Required to Enter : No

Our unique Teach in Costa Rica program is located in San Ramon. These neighbouring towns are located in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, and are surrounded by lush hills with coffee and tea plantations. It’s an incredibly beautiful area, just begging to be explored.

Costa Rica has emerged as one of the most popular destinations to teach in the Americas. It is a country with amazing natural beauty and cultural richness and one of the safest environments for foreigners anywhere in Central of South America. It also boasts one of the best infrastructures to support foreigners. There is significant demand for native English speakers to teach in Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government places a high
priority on education and has poured its energy and resources into this sector of society in a significant way. As a result of this, and ongoing reforms, its literacy rate is 95%.

- Airport Pick up / Arrival Assistance
- Shared accommodation for orientation
- Comprehensive job placement
- Full background checks on employing schools
- Extensive post-placement support.
- Documentation guidance
- Visa Support
- Lifetime placement guarantee for degree holders

- Salaries from USD$700 - USD$1500
- Hours 15-35 hours per week
- Contracts from 6 months to 1 year - extendable

Top Placement Areas and Types:
1. Local Academies - Mornings/Evenings
2. Online Teaching
3. International Schools
* Placements throughout Costa Rica - but mostly central valley/San Jose city area

Cultural immersion
Many of the issues and challenges that one faces when teaching in a foreign country are rooted in cultural differences and language barriers. Gaining a thorough understanding of language, history and culture is imperative to making a success of teaching in Costa Rica. Preparing to teach abroad with this mindset results in a smoother cultural integration, making the experience more enjoyable and enlightening.

Our cultural immersion course delves into the heart of Costa Rican culture and values through in-class instruction/lectures, and active-learning cultural excursions to various sites of cultural and historical significance. The in-country orientation is punctuated by in- class language lessons to build a strong foundation in Spanish.

Examples of Excursions:
- Trip to Coffee Plantation
- Market Tour and cooking classes
- Volunteering at wildlife rescue centre and conservation park
- Traditional Sugar Cane processing
- Lectures on Costa Rican culture and history
- Spanish language lessons


- Any Bachelor’s Degree from a South Africa Institute
- 120 Hour TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate
- Aged 21and 40. Applicants younger and older will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
- Minimum of 12 month commitment
- Native English speakers
- Good Mental and Physical Health
- No criminal history
- Spanish language a BONUS
- South Africa passport Only - no other African passport holders
(US, Canada, NZ, Australian, Irish or British accepted too)

Start/Finish Dates

We offer year-round placement

Visa Info

Visa Support by our partners to obtain a work visa to live and work for a year in Costa Rica

You will be provided with a comprehensive visa checklist. Items such as your Bachelor’s degree, Transcripts, Police check, Health form, TEFL/TESOL Certificate, References, Employment contract to name a few


Admin fee R9950
Program fee $600
Other fees Please see More Info below
Visa fees USD$80-160
Travel Insurance R7575 - Up to 29 years incl R10 145 - Over 29 years
Airfare (approx) R16 000 - R20 000
Recommended Spending Money $1500 - $2700


Application Time:
Average of 4 - 6 months from the initial application until arrival in Costa Rica

Application Process:
Contact OVC today to begin the process. You will need to meet the requirements listed in the eligibility section. OVC will give a full checklist of documents to gather to begin the placement process.

Working hand in hand with our partners you will be placed, attend an online and in country arrival orientation and move smoothly onto your placement to begin your Costa Rican adventure!

More Info

Additional costs for Documentation Budget:
- Degree notarized, apostilled
- Visa - USD$80-160
- SAPS Clearance - R160
- Bank Acc Setup - No charge
- Medication Shots/Vaccination - USD$0-500
- Refundable House deposit - USD$100
*No shots are 100% compulsory. Consult your doctor for shots

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