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API offers English teachers fully-funded positions in Costa Rica! The Costa Rican Department of Labor sponsors young adults to receive English classes in their local community and have the chance to better their current life situations. In order to receive classes, Costa Rican students must qualify for government assistance based on their current income and employment status; the students must be able to dedicate 30 hours per week for English classes. The goal of the program is to help these students gain employment at local businesses where a basic to intermediate level of English is required. Teachers will be asked to dedicate 30 hours per week to English lessons with one group of students. The placement aims to give volunteers to explore Costa Rica and immerse themselves in their local community and culture.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

On Site Services

Airport Reception

Housing and Meals (3 meals per day with local host family)

Medical, Life Travel Insurance

On-Site Support from Partner, Host School, and Host Family

On-Site Orientation (2-3 days in San José)

Visa (acquired on-site)

Books and Syllabi to Guide Teaching

Local Transportation Stipend

Discounted Online TEFL Course

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 21 years old
  • Native English speaker
  • Bachelor's degree
  • ESL teaching experience
  • TEFL Certificate
  • Basic Spanish language skills
  • Background check
  • Cover letter including: Your goals/motivations for choosing this particular program. Background skills, training or experience you have that may be relevant. Special hobbies/interestsPrior international study/travel/volunteer/work experience.
  • Your goals/motivations for choosing this particular program.
  • Background skills, training or experience you have that may be relevant.
  • Special hobbies/interests
  • Prior international study/travel/volunteer/work experience.
  • Résumé/CV

What You’ll Study

API offers English teachers fully-funded positions in Costa Rica! The Costa Rican Department of Labor sponsors young adults to receive English classes in their local community and have the chance to better their current life situations. In order to receive classes, Costa Rican students must qualify for government assistance based on their current income and employment status; the students must be able to dedicate 30 hours per week for English classes. The goal of the program is to help these students gain employment at local businesses where a basic to intermediate level of English is required. Teachers will be asked to dedicate 30 hours per week to English lessons with one group of students. The placement aims to give volunteers to explore Costa Rica and immerse themselves in their local community and culture.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Francy Orozco

    Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.

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    Claire Hero

    Claire will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - claire.hero@apiabroad.com

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

Teach 20 hours per week, Monday-Thursday, to 17-20-year-old students in vocational schools. This is an unpaid position, though, in exchange for your teaching commitment, you receive full accommodations and 3 meals per day with a local host family.

Click here for more information on online TEFL training options.

Highlights
  • Guaranteed position - unpaid, accommodations, meals, on-site transportation and flight bonus included
  • Special opportunity to teach with an organization that is strongly committed to the community they serve. A truly immersive experience!
  • Minimum 4-month commitment; extensions possible
  • 30 hours/week teaching
  • $500 flight reimbursement upon completion of the program
  • Various start dates possible
  • Placements located in San José

Participants in San José live with local host families. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Costa Rican culture and may be a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with or without children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside of the city during the work week. Participants may be housed with other API or international students, and in all cases will have an individual room. Participants are provided with two meals per day, as well as laundry service once per week.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We recommend you apply at least 8-12 weeks before your program start to have sufficient time to get your placement and make your plans.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep, 2019 - Dec, 2019 $740 Jul 1, 2019 Aug 1, 2019
Fall Oct, 2019 - Feb, 2020 $740 Aug 1, 2019 Sep 1, 2019
Spring Jan, 2020 - May, 2020 $740 Nov 1, 2019 Dec 1, 2019
Spring Jan, 2020 - May, 2020 $740 Nov 1, 2019 Dec 1, 2019
Spring Jan 6, 2019 - May 3, 2019 $740 Nov 1, 2018 Dec 1, 2018
Spring Jan, 2019 - May, 2019 $740 Jul 1, 2019 Aug 1, 2019