February 2, 2017
Here’s an update from one of our more recent graduates Jamie. She and four other TEFL graduates from her session all got jobs at a Instituto Estelar Bilingue in Liberia, where they also live together! Check out what she’s been up in the few short months since she’s been gone:
“It has only been 2 months since I graduated, and although I did not get my college degree in education, Costa Rica TEFL gave me the tools I needed and the confidence to be able to work in a classroom setting. Costa Rica TEFL teaches students the communicative approach which I use every single day teaching at my job! I often use activities and methodologies that I learned from Costa Rica TEFL in my classrooms. After completing the program, I felt secure in my abilities to teach English as a foreign language.
I teach both group and one-on-one English classes at the school. I teach students of many ages! I teach three different adult classes, all Intermediate low level. I teach two kids’ classes ages 8-12, one kids’ class ages 6-7, and another kids’ class ages 3-5.
Liberia is a great place to live in the Guanacaste area. It has plenty of places that meet your needs: banks, post office, shops, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, etc. Since it is not on a beach, the area is far less touristy and enables you to truly become immersed in Tico culture. Moreover, it is only a cheap, 40 minute bus ride to the closest beach! This makes it very easy to check out the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica on the weekends. On average, the climate of Liberia is between the upper-70s to mid-80s (degree F).
I have a 1-year contract at Instituto Estelar Bilingue so I will be teaching here in Liberia, Costa Rica through October of 2017!
I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to many other places than beaches… so far I have explored different beaches in the Guanacaste region and visited the beach town San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.
On the weekends, my co-workers and I usually take the public bus to a beach we haven’t been to before. We spend the day swimming, soaking in the sun and relaxing. Later in the day we typically head to a restaurant to get food and drinks. Lastly, we try to top off the day by watching a beautiful sunset over the ocean. It doesn’t get much better than that! Other than the beaches, I have also been to a nearby waterfall called Llanos del Cortes, the mud bath and hot springs at Guayacan.
Before heading back to the United States, I plan on visiting a friend who is volunteering with the Peace Corps in Peru. Back in the United States, I plan to use my college degree to become a school social worker. However, I would like to remain involved in teaching English as a second language as well!”