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May 09, 2006

Teaching Spots - San Jose, Costa Rica

Greetings all,

Looking for a Dream ESL Teaching Location? – Think Unspoilt Rainforests, Tropical Beaches, and Ecotourism…

Where I live there’s been a lot of snow this Winter and I have been dreaming about beaches and sun. While I was flicking through the job listings on eslemployment.com, an ad for a job in San Jose, Costa Rica caught my eye and got me thinking of sunnier climes (for example, see HERE)

If it’s tropical beaches and lush rainforest combined with great opportunities for ESL teaching that you are looking for, then Costa Rica could be the perfect place for you. The country benefits . . .

. . . from being sandwiched between the Caribbean on one side and the Pacific on the other and has excellent prospects for surfing or simply lazing on a beach. Costa Rica is committed to conservation so its interior consists of verdant, unspoilt rainforest, which is teeming with wildlife.

On the work side, the capital San Jose offers numerous opportunities for teaching both General and Business English. Kelly Horgan writes on the ESL/EFL Jobs Forum of her experiences of teaching in a beachfront hotel.

You can check out her views here:


If you fancy something a bit more exotic and want to get some experience of teaching ESL then there are a number of volunteer programs in rural areas. Check out Laura Dulin’s thoughts on volunteering in a rainforest community and working in San Jose here:


Best wishes,

Paul Bartlett
May 2006 Guest-Writer for ESLemployment

Looking for more articles that spotlight hot travel spots and dream teaching locations? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Paul Bartlett is from Bournemouth in the UK and works as a freelance ESL teacher, teacher trainer and IELTS examiner in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has also worked in Uzbekistan at the UK-accredited Westminster International University in Tashkent and has taught general, business and academic English to all levels in Russia, the UK, Greece, Spain and the Czech Republic. He was recently awarded an MA in TESOL from the Institute of Education at the University of London. His BA is in Cultural Studies, majoring in modern literature. In addition to his teaching experience, he has had travel features published in the Guardian Weekly and on websites.

Posted by ESL Lesson Plan at May 9, 2006 06:19 PM

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