Monday to Friday 10:30am to 7:30pm.
40 hours per week, 160 hours in total.
Each trainee must complete 160 contact hours in order to receive our Internationally Accredited Costa Rica TESOL/TEFL certificate. Classes will be held 40 hours per week over a period of four weeks. Trainees will complete the above mentioned hours in the following: training, lesson planning, observed practice teaching, peer observation, feedback sessions, and job placement assistance.
The class schedule is 10:30am to 7:30pm, any adjustments to the times can be made by the trainers or suggested by the group of trainees.
Trainees also have the opportunity to meet with other local teachers to discuss their experiences teaching abroad.
There are many activities to do around Playa Sámara – some examples are dance classes, cooking demonstrations, yoga and fitness classes, surfing, snorkeling and more! Local options include: River Kayaking, Ocean Kayaking + Snorkeling at Isla Chora, Dolphin Watching + Snorkeling, Turtle Tour, Horseback Riding, River or Ocean Stand Up Paddleboard, Sunset Boat Tour. Other half or full day tours to areas around the country: Crocodile Safari + Bird Watching in Palo Verde National Park, Rio Celeste, Rincon de la Vieja which includes horeback riding, canopy zipline, rappelling, tubing and hot springs, Arenal Volcano + Hot Springs, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Barra Honda National Park Hiking and Caves, or Guaitil Artisan Village.
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. Trainees will be given an observation form for each observed teaching hour as well as an overall observation form at the time of the cumulative final exam. Teachers are given a Pass A, Pass B, Pass or Fail grade.
Over the four weeks, trainees will create a portfolio of their created activities, observation forms and final test to be used in the interview process and future ESL/EFL classroom. Our Costa Rica TEFL © textbook and didactic materials are all included in the course.
Costa Rica has many volunteer opportunities! We have had several of our students go on to participate in and really enjoy some of the following:
http://www.asociacioncrear.org: CREAR: a local non-profit organization for the children of Samara and the surrounding areas. Many of our TEFL graduates are currently volunteering with CREAR and are more than happy to share their experiences. Contact us for more details.