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TEFL Training In Costa Rica | Updated: 11/25/2022

Where Can TEFL-Certified Costa Ricans Teach ESL?

Written by International TEFL Academy Costa Rica

We are happy to accept students from around the world, including Costa Rica, to take our TEFL course.  There are many countries where you will be able to teach English as a non-native English speaker, but these teachers are also limited in the countries where they are likely to obtain employment.  We want you to fully understand you job market options and have the correct expectations. 


Non-native English Speaker Q&A With Lucia

As you know, there are many schools and language institutes that will hire Costa Ricans to teach English.  In fact, they sometimes prefer to hire you over a foreigner, as it may be easier for them from a legal perspective.


The world job market classifies “Native English Speakers” as those holding citizenship from the following countries:  USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  Asian job markets in particular, including Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and China are very strict on this issue.   Schools in other countries have their own interpretation of “fluent” or “native-like” or "near fluent English speaking” and offer more variance on hiring practices. 

In addition to teaching in Costa Rica and other Latin American countries, TEFL-certified teachers from Central and South American are welcome in Cambodia, Thailand, and Turkey.

Non-native English Speaker Q&A With Natalia

 Get on the ESL blogs, like www.daveseslcafe.com, to find out about specific schools and countries. And contact us today to register for your TESOL course!

Non-native English Speaker Q&A With Stephanie

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