Proficiency in English is considered almost requisite to take career strides in Costa Rica. With continued foreign investment by predominantly North American companies, the need for employees with a firm grasp of English is essential for job consideration at the several Fortune 500 businesses present in Costa Rica. As a result, there is a continued need for travellers, recent college graduates and retirees to move to Costa Rica and teach English as a second language.
Global TESOL College Costa Rica, a recently launched institute located in Jacó on the central Pacific, aims to be the country’s primary source for English teacher education. The center will offer teaching English to speakers of other languages or TESOL certification, which is internationally recognized and guarantees employment for aspiring ESL teachers. The Global TESOL College has certified more than 40,000 graduates globally and continues to be a popular vocational choice that provides teachers the opportunity to explore the world.
The Global TESOL College Costa Rica is the only accredited college on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. As the first training center in Jacó, it offers five different certificate and diploma certifications that range from 120 to 700 hours, depending on the program chosen. Included in all program packages are accommodations, meal plans, health care, planned weekend excursions and guaranteed job placement worldwide. Jacó is only an hour and a half from San José and the town offers all needed amenities, such as health clinics, shopping centers, and affordable living arrangements.
Global TESOL College originally arrived to Costa Rica in 2009 when franchise owner Andre Sigourney, a Boston native, launched a center in Coronado, a suburb of San José. After deciding to relocate to Jacó this year, Sigourney hired two new instructors, Corey Coates and Andrew Woodbury, who combined have more than 10 years of ESL experience in Latin America. Both served as the academic director of prominent private language institutes in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and will manage the Jacó site to cater to the town’s large English need.
Courses at the institute are available every month and the college gives students the flexibility to choose when they want to begin the course. The most popular program, the Advanced TESOL Program, runs for four weeks, Monday through Friday, with in-class sessions in the mornings and practice teaching sessions at a local language institute in the evenings. On weekends students are free to enjoy the country as they see fit. At the end of the program, the college books in-person job interviews for all students.
“I have talked to many people that have done a TESOL or TEFL course, and no one I know has told me of a course that covered as much information,” said Jessie Usselman, a former student and program graduate. “It instructs you on how to be a great teacher and gives you the opportunity to implement the techniques learned at Global TESOL College Costa Rica.”