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40 Days Working in Costa Rica

40 Days Working in Costa Rica

40 Days Working in Costa Rica

Learn How Faith Spent Her Time in Costa Rica

Have you heard about XploreAsia’s new program? We’re giving people the chance to live and teach in Costa Rica, as well as earning an internationally accredited TESOL certification and offering a cultural orientation week to get you ready to experience this welcoming culture.

In this blog read all about how Teacher Faith spent her time in Costa Rica, and how this experience left her with such a positive outlook on this country and its culture. 

Hi Faith! Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and why you chose to travel to Costa Rica?

Well, I spent eighteen months living in Canada where I learned some Spanish. After, I really wanted to experience a Spanish-speaking culture and found an opportunity to teach in Costa Rica and live with a host family. I grew up on a farm so that led me to spend a lot of time helping out on my host family’s cattle ranch. I loved it so much, I hope to go back next year!

 

What Was Your Favorite Thing About the Culture in Costa Rica?

I was surprised at how nice people are. In Costa Rica, 80% of tourists are from America and the tourism industry is vital to their economy. However, in a lot of countries with a big tourist industry, people are just respectful, whereas Costa Ricans were genuinely very warm, welcoming and friendly towards me. I’ve never had a bad experience with any of the locals I met in Costa Rica.

My favorite thing was seeing the love they have for themselves and their culture. They’re very proud to be ‘Ticos’ and it was wonderful to them talking with such pride about their culture.

Faith

What was a typical day like for you in Costa Rica?

I was there volunteering so I spent a lot of time doing that. In the morning, the sun rises very early, but people usually don’t get up until later. I’m very used to waking up early with the sun, so I would usually wake up around 5am and use the time to study. At 7 a.m.  or 8 a.m., we would eat breakfast, before I would set off to teach my classes for the day. When I wasn’t teaching, I really enjoyed hiking in the hills; it’s a really good way to workout! I also did a lot of touristy stuff like going to the beaches.

In San Pedro, I also really enjoyed horseback riding. It can be a little expensive in the touristy and coastal areas, but it’s still good to do the touristy things whilst you’re there. In the smaller towns, it’s very cheap to drink and eat with friends and I’d recommend making an effort to get to know lots of local people. They can help you find hidden gems, and many of them are very eager to show tourists around their country. 

It’s very easy to find something to do here. With every step, it feels like you’re stepping into a new adventure. From the local excursions to the activities meant for tourists to enjoy, you’ll never be bored! 

How was your experience teaching in Costa Rica?

I was doing private tutoring with adults, although I also worked with some kids. The demand to learn English is high as it can help people get better jobs due to the large tourist industry. When I go back to Costa Rica, I’m going to tutor the same students again as I made an amazing bond with them. I can’t wait to hear how they have improved with their English.

Is it easy to find different kinds of food there?

In San Jose, the capital, it’s very easy to find international restaurants. The locals were curious about food from other cultures and my host family often asked me to cook American dishes for them to try. It might be harder to find international food outside the capital, such as my host family’s town, San Pedro, but groceries are very cheap so it’s easy to find ingredients if you want to make some dishes you’re used to making at home. It’s also easy to find options for people with dietary restrictions.

One of the most interesting dishes I tried was pargo fish. The locals eat the eyes of the fish, which was a new experience for me. The flavour was really good, but the texture was very weird!

One of the many delicacies, Pargo Fish, you can try while in Costa Rica
Try delicious food while working in Costa Rica
Delicious local Costa Rican food

What advice would you give to people coming to Costa Rica from abroad?

Don’t bring tight clothes. Joggers and loose, breathable clothing will be best suited to the humidity. I was there during the rainy season, which is from June to December. It’s still sunny and humid, but there is a lot of rain. Invest in a nice umbrella if you want to stay dry! The temperature never drops too low. One time, it was around 70 degrees and raining, and the host mother made hot chocolate, so the locals will think it’s cold sometimes.

If you learn some Spanish, it becomes easier to barter when buying goods and exchanging money. As said before, making friends with the locals will also help you get the most out of your time here, and Spanish knowledge will also help you to connect with them.

 Work in Costa Rica and collect your own memories on this experience. Get in touch to start your next adventure now! Make sure to visit our Instagram and Facebook pages to see pictures, videos and updates from our teachers.

 

Teach in Costa Rica and Live the Pura Vida

Teach in Costa Rica and Live the Pura Vida

If you’re all signed up for our new TESOL course and ready to teach in Costa Rica, you might want to know a little bit about the fascinating new culture you are going to be part of. In Costa Rica, the motto “pura vida”, roughly translating to “pure life”, is very important to the Costa Rican people. This phrase can be seen as similar to hakuna matata and is about living a relaxed, healthy and balanced life. Read on for a further look at this enchanting culture and, if you haven’t already, maybe even consider making the move with our course to prepare you to teach in Costa Rica.

One of the Happiest Countries in the World

Did you know that Costa Rica is one of the happiest places in the world according to the Happy Planet Index? Residents not only enjoy a stress-free lifestyle, but also the health benefits of a more relaxed way of life. Costa Rica has one of the longest life expectancies, with an average of 78.5 years, longer than that of the USA.

Costa Ricans are very generous and welcoming people and take pleasing their friends and guests very seriously.

Teach in Costa Rica- the happiest country in the world!

If you teach in Costa Rica, you will be a valuable member of the community as education is highly regarded in this Central American country and lots of people will want to welcome you. As with other Latin cultures, it is customary to greet close friends with a kiss on the cheek. Culture tip: remember to greet and say goodbye to everyone whenever you leave your new Costa Rican friends’ houses. Even if it might take you an extra few minutes to leave, they will definitely appreciate it.

Teach in Costa Rica – A Country of Diverse Natural Beauty

Costa Rica has lots of natural wonders to explore!

Costa Rica is one of the top five greenest countries in the world, the only one of the top five outside of Europe. Despite only occupying 0.03% of the earth’s surface, it houses 5% of the world’s biodiversity. For nature lovers, there are hundreds of species of birds, over one-hundred and fifty species of mammals, 9,000 species of plants, and 1,000 species of butterflies. As well as having a plethora of wildlife and plants, the locals are also passionate about protecting it. Did you know that more than 90% of the country’s energy comes from renewable energy sources? It’s great that Costa Ricans are so devoted to preserving their land, and there are lots of conservation projects you can get involved in whilst you teach in Costa Rica too.

Food for Thought

As well as nature, another thing close to Costa Ricans’ hearts is food. Most food is cooked from fresh ingredients with little to no added preservatives or salt. Dishes tend to be made of fresh vegetables, fruit, beans and rice. Whilst living in Costa Rica, you can chow down on Olla de Carne, a hearty beef stew with a variety of vegetables, or vegetarians can enjoy dishes such as Patacones, deep fried plantain, with dips and sides. There is a lot of choice and lots of chances to tickle your taste buds.

Enjoy a healthy diet of local dishes
Try lots of authentic Costa Rican meals

Being such hospitable people, Costa Ricans are always keen to offer their guests some food and or refreshments. However, they also appreciate honesty so politely let them know if they give you something you can’t eat or drink.

In this country, sharing a meal is about spending time together with friends and family and often forms the base of social events and gatherings. So, dig in!

Join the Festivities

Teach in Costa Rica and have fun with new friends!

The people of Costa Rica enjoy celebrating national holidays in a big way. On Independence day, there are traditional outfits men and women will wear to celebrate the occasion, with clothing all decorated in red, white and blue, the nation’s national colours. Another big celebration in the country is Semana Santa, usually happening in April, in which people will gather together to celebrate the Holy Week with parades and processions.

As Costa Rica’s main religion is Christianity, there are also a heap of things to do around Christmas time, including more parades, tree decorations, and traditional snacks. It may not offer sleigh rides and snow, but you can have a very merry Christmas when you teach in Costa Rica.

Get Active

Teach in Costa Rica and get healthy too!

Another big passion for Costa Rican people is football (or soccer). There are various teams in Costa Rica, each with their own devoted fan base, and people love to cheer on their team at a stadium or get together to watch matches on TV. Hiking in the country’s many mountain ranges is also very popular and with the wonderful weather it’s a great place to get outside, stay active and feel healthy.

Joining a sports club is also a great way to meet new friends and will help you to feel at home. With health and social benefits plus plenty of opportunity, there really is no excuse not to be a healthier you.

Want to Teach in Costa Rica?

How does the pura vida lifestyle sound to you? If you’re intrigued by the small glimpse into the culture provided by this blog, why not check out our in-classroom TESOL course based in this amazing country? Not only will you get an accredited teaching certificate opening up possibilities for you across the world, you will also have access to our placement assistance and ongoing support network to help you get the most out of your time in Costa Rica. We also provide an orientation week to get you ready for your new adventure. What are you waiting for? Come and join us in the sunshine!

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Teach in Costa Rica

Teach English in Costa Rica with XploreAsia

Teach English in Costa Rica with XploreAsia

Xplore Costa Rica with XploreAsia!

Learn About Our New TESOL Course in Costa Rica

Teach in Costa Rica and Change People’s Lives for the Better 

Here at XploreAsia, we are pleased to announce the opening of our brand new TESOL course location. In addition to the five countries in Asia, we have now expanded our reach to Central America and offer an in-classroom TESOL and placement service in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. In this blog post, we hope to give you a window into this unique culture waiting to be explored. 

 

Why Teach in Costa Rica?

English teachers make a huge difference to the community and to people’s lives. Many locals have a huge motivation to learn English due to the rapidly growing tourist industry in the region. This creates a huge demand for for the English teachers in many parts of the country.

Teach English in Costa Rica and change the lives of the community for the better.

Being able to speak the language will open up more opportunities for local people to get higher paid jobs, communicate with more people, and be able to lift themselves out of poverty. Teach English in Costa Rica with XploreAsia and you won’t just be supporting yourself and having fun exploring a new culture. You will be impacting the lives of local people, and providing them with a vital chance to gain an authentic learning experience from a native English speaker.

There’s No Shortage of Sunshine

As a quick glance will demonstrate, Costa Rica has wonderful weather and great beaches. Costa Rica has two distinct seasons: the high season and the green season. The green season is also known as the rainy season, whereas the high season is much dryer. The heat doesn’t vary greatly, but you can expect the highest temperatures between February and May, although the average highs reach around 27 degrees throughout the year. Additionally, with Costa Rica being a tropical country, you can take advantage of twelve bountiful hours of gorgeous sunshine per day… every day. What’s not to like?

Make Friends with Locals

Costa Rica is known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The locals enjoy welcoming new people into their communities and there will be plenty of chances to bond with them. Sometimes even the smallest familiarities with the local coffee shop staff or people working at the markets and stores can make a new destination feel more like home. You can easily build this sense of community if you teach in Costa Rica.

Outside of work, Costa Rica offers a relaxed lifestyle far removed from the hustle and bustle of an American city. In Costa Rica, people take their time and enjoy the moment. If you want to live a stress-free life, this is a perfect place to do it.

Make lasting bonds with the locals you've met while teaching in Costa Rica
Explore what Costa Rica has to offer with the new friends you've made with XploreAsia

Learn Spanish Whilst Teaching English

The native language in Costa Rica is Spanish. Living in a country that uses a different language gives you the opportunity to soak up new vocabulary like a sponge. Luckily, Spanish isn’t necessary to be able to get around, but you will probably find yourself learning quickly. If you want to become more fluent, there are plenty of tutors for you to find. Learning a new language is both great for making new friends and feeling more settled, but also looks great on resumes and study applications.

Never Be Bored Again!

Costa Rica is full of bars, restaurants and activity centers, allowing you to make the most of your leisure time. Locals like to listen to and play music and there is a big live music scene. There are also many chances to learn new sports such as gymnastics and water sports. The national sport is soccer, so you may find yourself bonding with the locals over cheering on their home team in the many stadiums across the country. Remember that you will not only teach in Costa Rica, you will live in Costa Rica and moving abroad can be a great chance to start a new life and try out new things.  You will not be short of chances to learn new skills, meet new people, and have fun.

 

Explore new heights while teaching English in Costa Rica
You will have lots of bonding time with the other teachers while working with XploreAsia

We Look Forward to Welcoming you to Costa Rica!

If you’re interested in starting a new life in this tropical paradise, check out the full program page on our website As well as offering an internationally accredited TESOL teaching certificate, we offer lifetime support in finding placements in six different countries. Additionally, our support network doesn’t close when the certificate is handed over to you. XploreAsia supports clients for life, meaning that if you are struggling with anything, a member of the team will always be there to help you out. Teach English in Costa Rica with XploreAsia now and start the adventure of a lifetime!

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