Paid Teach In Costa Rica

Get Paid To Teach English, Math and Science In Costa Rica.

Kind of like a Gap program for grownups and grads!

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positions left for 2020 Academic Year. Positions at this time are K-5 elementary school and a part time pre-school teacher. These would be regular grade level teachers so they would teach all subjects in English.

Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2020


Teach English in Costa Rica. It isn't just teaching English abroad jobs, but these positions include positions for Math and Science teachers too! Teaching in Costa Rica allows you to live and work in one of the world’s favorite holiday destinations while helping to improve the English, Math and Science skills of local children and get paid in the process. Teach English in Costa Rica.

Experience an engaging and important cultural exchange. Find a rich culture built upon a fascinating history and a country populated by a caring, vibrant people. Come and learn why this country’s tourism slogan is “Enjoy Life.”


There is a fee of $1,379. The cost includes insurance for US Citizens. This fee also provides orientation and accommodation and meals during orientation. Also provided are airport transfers, document compilation, and interviews.


One academic year, which runs from February 2020 to mid-December.


Teachers will be in Costa Rica on a tourist visa and will need to leave every 90 days to renew the visa. Schools will provide paid time off for teachers to renew their visa. Current regulations require teachers to be outside of Costa Rica for three days. Therefore this is an excellent opportunity to visit Nicaragua or Panama.


While each program has a few "exact" eligibility requirements, the essential qualification for all of our teach abroad adventures is that you must be a native English speaker. You must have a desire to change lives and have an unending curiosity for cultural exchange. For most of our experiences, you don’t need prior teaching experience, a degree in education, or even plans to become a teacher.

  • The equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree. Your degree must be in Education, studying to obtain one or a current teacher.
  • You must be a native English speaker.
  • Current positions are K-5 Elementary, and so you will need to be studying for K-5 or qualified for this position.
  • There is a part-time pre-K position. You will need to be qualified for this type of teaching position.
  • Experience teaching is recommended.

Start Dates

Arrive in San Ramon no later than January 28 to get ready for orientation. School starts on February 3 and runs through December 15. This is considered a full academic year in Costa Rica.

If you have only 1, 2 or 3 months to be away to teach, consider our summer paid teach program in Thailand, our summer paid teach program in China, or our volunteer teach programs in Italy or Costa Rica.





The fee you pay to teach in Costa Rica goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host schools in Costa Rica. We assist with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect for a guaranteed job and the correct visa, and assistance in Costa Rica during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what happens. This provides you with a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in Costa Rica. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.

We provide 24/7 emergency service, supported by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation. Also, ask your tax preparer about moving costs and if you can deduct those as well.

Salary And Benefits

We provide three days of orientation, which includes for Costa Rican society, geography, politics, culture, and language. We go over the rules in a Costa Rican school, the do’s and don’ts, and your visa renewal procedures. On the final day, you practice teaching techniques, writing lesson plans and participate in a ½ day of teaching local children in a local school. Three nights of hostel accommodation (double occupancy), breakfast daily, airport pick up, and all orientation supplies included.

Earn a monthly salary of around $750 a month. You will be paid in local currency, the Costa Rican Colones. Teachers set up a local Costa Rican bank account, and schools provide medical insurance.

Budget on $200-$300 a month for accommodation and $200-$300 a month for food and transportation. You will have the opportunity to live in an apartment, a hostel or a host family. Come with a friend and save money and share the apartment.

Teaching hours are 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Mon to Fri.
Paid holidays and vacation include:
  • Holy week
  • June 30-July 12th school vacation
  • Sept 14-20th school vacation

What We Include

  • Job Placement.
  • Orientation for three days, 3 nights accommodation, and breakfast daily.
  • Airport pick up.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Costa Rica.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Travel and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance for US permanent residents.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • Assistance from the school is available to find suitable accommodation.
  • Three paid days off every 90-days for your visa run.

What's Not Included

  • Flights.
  • Meals. Budget around $200-$300 a month for your meals.
  • Accommodation. You can choose to live in the local hostel, with a host family or in an apartment you can share with other teachers to save money.  Budget around $200-$300 a month for accommodation.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs and visa run expenses every 90-days.


Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to make informed decisions, and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

How does the application process work?

  • To apply, you must complete the online application.
  • Once your application has been submitted, your Operations Coordinator will provide you with a list of documents required for the program. All documents can be attached and uploaded with your supplemental application.
  • We will then submit your completed application to our office in Costa Rica for approval.
  • You will have two Skype interviews with the school administrators.
  • After being accepted by the school, your placement will be confirmed and reserved.

What documents are required to apply?

  • Your completed online application.
  • A copy of your passport identification page.
  • Three references, their relationship to you and their contact information.
  • Copy of your degree, transcripts, or a letter of expected completion if you haven’t graduated.
  • Resume.
  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Any certificates related to teaching (ex: TEFL/TESOL, First Aid, Teaching Certification, etc.)
  • A photo of you, dressed professionally, smiling and with a white background.

Are flights included and booked for me?

No, flights are not included in the fee.

Can I apply with a friend or spouse?

One question we often get is whether it is possible to teach in Costa Rica with a friend, family member or significant other. The answer is absolutely!

Keep in mind that GeoVisions services and support cover only participants. So if you bring a spouse or friend who will not also be teaching, they will not be eligible for our support or services.

Is housing included?

As a full time teacher you are earning a full time salary, and you will pay your rent each month as you would in your home country. Program staff will assist you in finding accommodation near your school. You are free to live in the local hostel, with a host family or the school will help you find an apartment.

How will teachers travel from their accommodation to their school or job location?

Ideally, you can find housing within walking distance of the job. If not, you will be able to take public transport to work.

Can I bring pets?


Why Is There A Placement Fee?

Over the years we have met teachers who have had horrible experiences when they think they are going into a fantastic overseas teaching job only to find out they are not going to a real school, but a corporate school and not a true International school. They have been caught in a signed contract without having visited the school or met the administrators. Where do they turn without a support team whose only job is to look out for you?

At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the school and the position, and in most cases, we have placed teachers at that school before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest salary possible. We provide a formal orientation.  You will meet other teachers just like you on the day you arrive. We help you with your visa, your official documents and we make sure your new school is ready to receive you.

Will Schools Hire Teachers That Are Age 50 Or Older?

Most schools do not impose age restrictions, but there may be a subtle age bias towards younger teachers. However, if you are active, vibrant, energetic and a creative educator who loves being around young people, you will be able to secure a job. A few countries do impose age restrictions set by the government for issuing work visas, but most do not.

Will I sign a contract? And what is the length?

Yes, you will be required to sign a contract once you are hired. Upon arrival, you will sign the formal, hard copy of the contract of employment. This contract will include your salary.

The length of your initial contract is one academic year.

What age group will I be teaching? And how many are in my class?

There are part-time pre-school positions and the full time positions are K-12.

The maximum will be 25 students.

How many hours per week will teachers be contracted to work?

The contract will state that you need to be at the school from 8am until 3:30pm.

What do I do about my student loans?

Many of the teach abroad programs GeoVisions operates pay more than enough to take care of your student loans. Some pay enough to live comfortably, but depending on your monthly loan payment, it could be close.

GeoVisions will work with you to provide official documents from your school and GeoVisions. However, ultimately, it's going to come down to the loan provider to make the final determination.

Many participants end up putting their loans on forbearance if their salary doesn't leave them enough funds to cover their loans.

The teach abroad programs that pay the most and where teachers have consistently been able to stay current on student loans are in Taiwan, South Korea and in some instances, China.


Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Spanish since you're now living as a local and helping your community and students realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in Costa Rica and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Teachers Say

Rebecca LeGrant, Program Director at GeoVisions Foundation

This is a new program so we don't have reviews yet. Be one of the first to spend an academic year in Costa Rica as a paid teacher.

Rebecca LeGrant, Program Director

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