Reviews of Costa Rica TEFL, Samara Beach & Heredia

Costa Rica TEFL offers English teacher training courses in two beautiful cities - Samara Beach on the Pacific Coast, and the colonial city of Heredia in north-central Costa Rica. Our 4-week TEFL Certificate program consists of 40 hours per week, 160 hours in total.
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Programs / Courses:
4-week TEFL English Teacher Training Certificate Program: ; - 40 hours per week, 160 hours in total ; - Modules include: lesson planning, observed practice teaching, peer observation, feedback sessions, and job placement assistance. ; - Trainees will be evaluated throughout the course on their general performance in class, lesson plans, application of methodologies and feedback, and final observed teaching hours.
Beatriz Jirón Arias ; from Costa Rica
(2016-05-30  06:46:59)
 (Highly Recommended)
Hi there! My name is Beatriz and I am a native Spanish speaker from Costa Rica.
My experience in TEFL Costa Rica was stimulating in many different ways - one of them, being a learner, was the constant challenge everyday of not only learning the process of teaching, which in my opinion is the most effective approach to teaching, but also being able to learn so many new words and phrases, and all the different semantics notions of English, which helped me to improve my vocabulary tremendously. Costa Rica TEFL also gives the opportunity to students to live a real teaching experience due to their teaching program, and that was one of the most amazing experiences. You learn to build your lessons from scratch, your creativity evolves, and the thrill of teaching and getting good feedback from the students is a rewarding experience if you haven't taught before. The variety of tools to learn and practice and the very experienced trainers makes this program one of the best so far in Costa Rica, and perhaps around the world.
I chose Costa Rica TEFL because Samara is my home, but more importantly because I was able to teach my own people another language, and I as a Spanish speaker fully understand the difficulties students have while learning English as a second language. I have not been able to experience learning in a different country or place where you are not familiar with anything, but I highly recommend Samara since it is a beach town where you can go relax at the beach between breaks, and also, it is a community where there is a need to learn English as a second language.
The trainers are very professional and you can make it through the course smoothly with the right amount of work and effort. They are very creative and their aim is to teach you in a way that you can put it into practice in your own lessons. This procedure, learning and teaching, worked for me perfectly, and I was able to get gratifying and solid results.
Natalia Sancho ; from Cosya Rica
(2016-02-25  23:04:38)
 (Highly Recommended)
I feel very privileged and satisfy whit the opportunity of doing the TEFL course. I was able to acquire the tools that allow me to feel confident and certain to pursuit my dream: teach English and travel around the world. Costa Rica TEFL is a very organize institution with a lot of experience that I highly recommend; besides they are located in one of the most enjoyable settings of CR!! I strongly motivate my Costa Rican-fellows to also sing up at TEFL Costa Rica to unlock hundreds of opportunities inside and outside our country. I already start my adventure and today I am in China teaching English in a primary school. Thank you TEFL CR you are great!!
Jessica Younker ; from Canada
(2015-09-16  18:57:37)
 (Highly Recommended)
I am so grateful I chose Costa Rica TEFL to complete my TEFL certificate. I met with the Founding Director, Barbara in February of 2015 to ask every question imaginable about the course and the opportunities available in Samara. She was fabulous. She answered all of my questions, and suggested I introduce myself to one of the owners of a private school that may be hiring in the fall. I applied for the course in August 2015, and was then introduced to Bill over email. Bill was amazing! He went above and beyond to help me find housing and transportation from the airport. Between Barbara and Bill, all of my fears and worries about moving to another country were gone. I was extremely excited about the opportunity to live and learn on the beach in Samara.

Samara is a beautiful town. TEFL classes ran from 10:30-7:30 Monday to Friday which allowed plenty of time to spend on the beach in the mornings, during lunch breaks and weekends.

The teacher trainers, Barbara, Vanessa and Julia were kind, caring, compassionate and patient with all of the TEFL teachers studying. Each week the teachers taught 2 classes to Costa Rican students and the teacher trainers were always available for help and support.

My experience at Costa Rica TEFL exceeded my expectations. I feel confident in my teaching abilities and I am proud to have completed my certificate with such a wonderful team.

Since graduating I have been applying for teaching positions in Samara as well as private lessons with a lot of great success because of the wonderful support of the TEFL team. I feel very fortunate to have met such wonderful people on this journey, and I wouldn’t change it for a thing.
Jennifer Jackson ; from Santa Ana, Costa Rica
(2015-09-13  11:30:48)
 (Highly Recommended)
The Costa Rica TEFL course was one of the best decisions I have made. I met the best group of teachers, students, and friends. I completed the course in July 2015. I have training and teaching prior to taking the course and I was able to learn so much more and practice the skills so I could be a more successful teacher in Costa Rica.
Everyday was exciting and challenging but the teachers were engaging and supportive of all the student’s needs. It was very effective that while training we were able to teach all different levels and skills so we could have experience teacher many types of students. Throughout the four weeks you learn methodologies, lesson planning, classroom management, and multiple activities that I use in my classroom today!
Samara is also the best location to take a month course. There are many activities to do in the town during the weekends or mornings when there are no classes. I was able to do surfing, kayaking, snorkel, horseback riding, and a lot of hiking. I still go back when I get the chance.
This experience has allowed me to get a dream job in Costa Rica teaching First grade in Santa Ana. I feel more prepared to teach my students now because of this class and all of the teachers that helped me get this job! I received so much support when looking for a job and the teachers were amazing taking the time to make sure I had interviews and resumes prepared to get job offers! I wouldn’t change a thing!!
Michael Doan ; from Reno, NV, USA
(2014-04-21  16:20:14)
 (Highly Recommended)
This program was truly one of the best decisions I have made in my life. At first, it was a little overwhelming, but the instructors and other students were a fantastic support system. The class material is intensive and well structured and you begin teaching classes the very first week.

The location is beautiful and the accommodations are comfortable. The classes and staff are amazing, and most of the students in my group stayed in touch. I can't speak highly enough of the experience.

I was working within a month of graduation, and that was mostly due to finishing right before Christmas. I'm still working steadily as an English teacher in Costa Rica and have established myself pleasantly into the flow of life in the country.

Best. Decision. Ever.
Micah Thompson ; from Texas, United States
(2014-04-17  12:18:56)
 (Highly Recommended)
What an amazing experience! The Costa Rica TEFL program I did was wonderful. The teachers, facility and trainer were all aces. Could not have asked for a better way to be prepared for teaching English. The Sámara location is incredible. Don't delay improving your life. Get certified by Costa Rica TEFL and get crackin' on seeing the world. Highly Recommended!!
Anna Ruth ; from Costa Rica
(2014-02-25  19:10:14)
 (Highly Recommended)
this program has a great, passionate staff who teach excellently. It is also in an excellent location. The best part is being able to teach different levels of English classes to use the skills when teaching on your own after graduating from the course.
Mike Perras ; from Long Beach, CA
(2013-01-22  20:41:53)
 (Highly Recommended)
Everything about this program was top notch! The instructors, administrators, classrooms, curriculum, resources, the location, fellow students. I mean EVERYTHING.

I've read the above reviews and can agree with everything they have to say. I already had earned three college degrees and had ten years teaching experience, but needed a refresher course before applying for jobs.

This was perfect. We were challenged. We were supported. We started teaching the first week and provided with all the help and resources to take on every challenge.

I can't say enough about the instructors! Professional. Knowledgable. Committed. I pray that I can become as good a teacher as these!

The course was incredible. If you can take on a challenge and push through four weeks, you will be rewarded. And, in Samara---you WILL have fun :>)

You do get free time and I cannot think of a cooler place than Samara. Closest thing to paradise I've ever experienced.

Overall, I am so pleased that I selected this very affordable and challenging and fun program. You will be too.
Ben Wilton ; from New Jersey, USA
(2013-01-02  22:10:44)
 (Highly Recommended)
I completed the Costa Rica TEFL course in August of 2012, and I was extremely satisfied with the program. The teacher trainers were passionate, engaging, friendly, and very knowledgable. We worked very hard planning lessons and covering all the material, but we had a lot of fun as well! You get real teaching experience during the first week and throughout the four weeks of training. After the program I was ready to teach, and was able to find a job teaching English in San Jose within one week. The staff was very helpful with assisting me in writing my resume, building my portfolio, and networking with various companies throughout Costa Rica. To top it all off, you couldn’t ask for a better location; Samara is a beautiful town with friendly people and beautiful beaches.
Megan Kennedy ; from New York City, NY
(2012-09-26  16:10:50)
 (Highly Recommended)
I received my TEFL certificate from Costa Rica TEFL and found the program to be both more challenging and rewarding than I was expecting. The classes were intense, the instructors were professional, and the overall experience was outstanding. Shortly after finishing the program I got a job at the National University of Costa Rica in Nicoya--a wonderful job with engaged students. In short: awesome program, awesome staff, awesome experience!
Andrea Venegas ; from San José, Costa Rica
(2012-09-10  01:19:23)
 (Highly Recommended)
When I first started this program I was really nervous for so many things, but especially because I didn’t know basically anything about teaching and it was very difficult to picture myself in front of a class teaching English. But after the first days -if not hours- taking classes with the awesome trainers, I started feeling more comfortable with the idea and actually started thinking of how I was going to use everything I was learning in my own classroom. Without even noticing it I suddenly realized that I had learned a lot and that I felt ready and with enough confidence and tools to teach!

Intensive classes, intensive days... this is how the program works! You just have to enjoy the experience, embrace it, give your best every day even though you are tired, and take advantage of everything it offers. There is always someone you can talk to, ask questions and even work together on your classes, TEFL Costa Rica has a great sense of community and you will feel it from day one.

For me it wasn’t always an easy and natural process since English is my second language, but it was definitely a learning experience that required effort and commitment and I will always be grateful for
the opportunity and the amazing experience.

And if you are out there and still deciding about taking the course, coming to Costa Rica, becoming a teacher... stop thinking and just do it! TEFL Costa Rica in the beautiful Playa Samara is the best way to go, you won’t regret it.
Marcia Toledo ; from Costa Rica
(2012-05-17  20:04:37)
 (Highly Recommended)
For me the Costa Rica TEFL course was such an amazing experience!...As a Costa Rican, I was lucky enough to win a full scholarship to be able to become an EFL teacher!...This is something I always wanted and this course was the tool for me to achieve it!.
As a non-native my experience was really unique. It was hard and intense and for moments I wasn't sure if I was going to make it, but the support, help, willingness and great vibe that I got from the teachers and everyone at Costa Rica TEFL, including my fellow peers, was more than enough to get me through and to enjoy every moment of it!...
By the end of it I honestly didnt want it to be over! I wish we could've had more time!!...
I have a newly found appreciation for teaching as I got so attached to the kids that came to our classes in Samara every week!
Samara was just the icing on the cake! What better place to relax after every intense class and every intense week!
I hope to use this certificate as my ticket to see the world while I improve my teaching skills! And I can definetely say that every single thing I learned I will use!!
I highly recommend this course, I believe its completely organized, well prepared, the staff is amazing, and the experience is just one of a kind!
Thank you Barbara, Kat, Kim and Sonya. Thank you Costa Rica TEFL for one of the best experiences I ever had!!!
Kathryn Parker ; from San Francisco, California
(2011-12-16  13:14:59)
 (Highly Recommended)
I received my TEFL certification through Costa Rica TEFL this past July and I cannot say enough how valuable the experience was for me! The teacher trainers are amazing. They are patient and knowledgeable, but also consistently ensure that the students are having fun. The classes are interesting and interactive and small in size so that each student gets all the support and feedback necessary to develop as a confident and effective teacher. My favorite part of the course was that I got to actually teach EFL classes throughout the month with the help and support of the teacher trainers and my fellow students. This collaborative, hands-on practice allowed me to immediately put to use all of the tools I was learning, become familiar with various levels of students, and also to feel like I was a part of the community in beautiful Samara. I have now been teaching EFL in Costa Rica for six months and loving every minute of it!
Ariele Rosch ; from Costa Rica
(2011-06-03  17:57:08)
 (Highly Recommended)
I completed the Costa Rica TEFL course in April 2010 and have nothing but positive things to say of my experience. The teacher trainers were engaging, energetic and excited for us to learn. They taught the same way we were learning to teach - using different learning styles and keeping us engaged. We did a lot of work and had a lot of fun. Also, we began teaching students the first week - I liked being able to apply what I had learned immediately.

Everyone at Costa Rica TEFL was dedicated to making sure that we succeeded, they really cared and supported me throughout the course.

Also, the location was incredible! Samara is a beautiful beach town with tons of restaurants and friendly people, I loved exploring on the weekends and mornings before class. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in becoming TEFL certified.
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