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Teach in Costa Rica (Playa Sámara)

Costa Rica
10 months
Global Exclusive
4.8(30 reviews)

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  • Be between 18-80 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years
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Trip overview

Our Teach in Costa Rica trip combines both passions of teaching and travel into one. You’ll gain an internationally-recognised accreditation and be presented with the unique opportunity to have your own classroom of students as you embark on an unforgettable adventure to teach English abroad. Soak up the endless adventures and diversity that can be found in Costa Rica’s rainforests, volcanic peaks and mysteriously stunning caves. 

We offer the complete package for those wanting to teach English overseas and, best of all, we have partnered with exclusive local teaching organisations who can offer you an optional paid teaching placement upon completion of your TEFL course. You’ll be able to earn a local income, or you can take your new accreditation with you to almost anywhere else in the world. Our team will help you with all the essentials you need to kickstart your journey to becoming an English teacher overseas, from visa assistance to bank account set up, cultural activities and excursions, local support and so much more.

Immerse yourself in a whole new culture, create lifelong connections and tick off incredible bucket list spots in between. This trip is perfect for anyone looking for direction or a new adventure and dreaming of broadening their horizons, travelling Central America and gaining international work & travel experience. 


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Certified TEFL course

Optional job interviews

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Pre-Departure Guide

Trip visa guidance

Personal Travel Concierge

Comfortable accommodation

Private airport transfer

Language lessons & beach yoga

Rainforest zipline

Sea life experience

Interview preparation

Permanent accommodation support

$200 Global Tour Voucher


Certificate of completion

Ongoing support from our local team

24/7 Global Emergency Line

gWorld access

Marketplace deals


$250 off your next trip

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency, so please don’t book with us if that’s what you’re looking for. We sell and organise amazing international travel experiences for the purpose of cultural exchange & education. If a trip has a paid work option, this is not mandatory to do and is there as a means to fund your travels only, and no fee is charged by us for this component. All payments you make are for travel and local support services. If you’re still confused, please get in touch.

Trip details

Our Teach in Costa Rica trip is designed to get you travelling, living and teaching English overseas as smoothly as possible. We’re here to help you from the very beginning, offering step-by-step guidance as you embark on a path to work and travel as an English teacher abroad. We provide an internationally-recognised TEFL course and provide you with the optional opportunity to work as a paid English teacher upon completion of your course. 

Arrive in Costa Rica with the reassurance that you will be many steps ahead of every other traveller or teacher in search of international experience in Central America. Once you’ve completed your TEFL in Playa Sámara, you’re free to take it with you to many countries in the world and embark on exciting teaching projects abroad. Or you can choose to stay for longer in Costa Rica and earn a local income with an optional teaching placement in various private language schools around the country. We’ll plan and organise all the surrounding logistics, our 24/7 emergency support team is always on standby, and our in-country partner will guide you throughout the entire journey and answer any questions that may arise.

Spend your time teaching in Costa Rica, immersing yourself in the happy and vibrant culture, exploring the breathtaking landscapes and jetting off to neighbouring countries and leave the logistical stuff to us. We’re here to save you time, money, stress and even the risk of returning home early! Embrace a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel, live and teach in Costa Rica and start making magic happen in the classroom of your dreams. 


To qualify for this trip, you must have your high school certificate or diploma and you'll also be required to bring a laptop with you to aid your classroom duties as a teacher. You may also be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

The beauty of this trip is that you have the freedom to create your own adventure. But, for a rough idea, this is how most travellers spend their first few days: 

Week 1-4

Once you’ve touched down at Liberia Airport, your private transfer will take you to your course accommodation in Playa Sámara.

You’ll be introduced to your TEFL classmates and trainers and will prepare to begin your training for the next 4 weeks before your optional teaching contract starts! In your spare time during your TEFL course, you could find yourself booking one of the following tours through our in-country partner: river kayaking, ocean kayaking, dolphin watching & snorkelling, turtle tours, river or ocean stand up paddleboard or sunset boat tours. 

In addition to your TEFL course, you’ll also complete 10-20 hours of observed practical teaching within a local school so that you’re adequately prepared to begin teaching if you choose to get placed.

Most people are presented with a local teaching contract within two weeks of finishing the TEFL course. In the unlikely chance you haven't received yours, our local partner won’t stop until you’ve got one.

Trip location

Arrive in Liberia so that you can start your in-country TEFL course in Playa Sámara. After that, you could find yourself teaching in one of the placements our in-country teaching partners have dotted all over Costa Rica.

Frequently asked questions

How it works

Make your decision

Choose your trip style and destination, and confirm your spot with a deposit. Then, open your gWorld account and celebrate, the hardest part is over and the fun is about to begin.

We become friends

You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.

Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.


Hannah M
Booked in Sep, 2019

Lex was incredibly helpful and friendly. She very clearly explained the entire process, answered all my questions, and was so easy to talk to. Thank you for helping to organise my trip, Lex!

Lloyd F
Booked in Apr, 2019

From the beginning of my trip to now which is a month until I depart (I'm so excited), there has been one person who has helped me with everything I needed along the way and I can't thank her enough. That person is Kerrie (she has been my trip coordinator supplied by GWAT), she has been my go to... Read more

Megan G
Booked in Feb, 2019


Shawn H
Booked in Oct, 2018

Jess has been very informative explaining the program with a very positive and supportive approach. Any questions I have had, she has responded to immediately by either phone or email. Her enthusiasm was appreciated in the new venture. I'm looking forward to this experience.

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