My experience as an Idioma Internacional Corporate Trainer

My name is Garth Johnson and I’ve been a virtual corporate trainer with Idioma Internacional for the past six months. I am from sunny South Africa and even though I live far away, I feel as though I am in Costa Rica because our team, or rather corporate family, works so closely together.

In a word, I would describe my overall experience with Idioma as phenomenal! Having the opportunity to work with highly-educated English trainers and students from around the world is probably the best thing a teacher could ask for and makes working with Idioma Internacional a truly multicultural experience! Not only does this position provide you with the opportunity to sharpen your skills as a trainer by challenging you to change your approach based on the type of students you interact with, but you are also able to learn from professional colleagues who are always around to lend a helping hand at a moment’s notice. And by always, I mean, ALWAYS! 

I have been a virtual English trainer for four years going on five and I can safely say I have never worked for a more organized, flexible, and efficient company than Idioma Internacional.

As a trainer at Idioma, you are provided with lesson plans and materials to follow which effectively aid in structuring every lesson, while at the same time, allowing for the flexibility to make each class your own. This takes a lot of pressure off of the trainer as it enables you to focus on the delivery of each lesson as opposed to the structure itself. 

What are my hours like? Is my schedule consistent? These details can be nightmares for virtual trainers! You’d think it would be difficult for me considering the fact that there is an 8-hour time difference between Costa Rica and South Africa, but to my surprise, it hasn’t been an issue at all! With Idioma Internacional, you can rest assured as you are able to work closely with the Operations Director to tailor your perfect schedule; in other words, scheduling is every virtual trainer’s dream come true!

I got into the teaching career path for two reasons: my undying love for people and for the English language! Most online schools work with new students each day or week which takes away from the experience as you are not able to form relationships and work on students strengths and weaknesses; however, at Idioma Internacional, the opposite is true. Classes consisting of the same students are assigned to you over different periods of time, allowing genuine relationships to form and students to give their best and receive the same in return!

Let me tell you, the feeling you get when you hear that you have made a difference in someone’s life by helping them get that job, promotion or merely just a boost in confidence, by doing what you love with a company that loves what you do, is certainly unmatched. 

I am proud and honored to be part of the Idioma team!

-Garth Johnson

Disclaimer​: Teachers were asked to write about their own personal experience with online/ in-country teaching with Idioma Internacional. This blog post contains the teacher’s own personal thoughts and opinions, and freely expressed views on their part.


Becoming a Virtual ESL Teacher

My interest in becoming a virtual ESL teacher with Idioma Internacional started after I returned from teaching English in Thailand. I lived and taught English in Thailand to school-aged children ages up to 13 years old and it was then that I discovered my passion for teaching. Since then, I knew I wanted to continue to learn and expand my horizons with students online. I was open and ready for new challenges during the time that I was applying for a teaching position with Idioma Internacional and I haven’t looked back!

My experience as a teacher in Thailand

There are many benefits and rewards to teaching with Idioma Internacional. For example, the transparency and support that they provide are second to none. From the start, Idioma Internacional made sure to answer all of my questions during the application process and they provided me with proper training so that I could teach the materials with confidence. 

For the first 3 weeks, I participated in the Mentor Program, where another teacher helps you to become more familiar with the company through observations and feedback. My absolutely fantastic mentor, Lloyd, provided me with a warm welcome and the guidance I needed. As part of the Mentor Program, I was able to observe three amazing Idioma teachers’ live classes and this helped me to get a feel for what it would actually be like to teach virtually. And, these teachers answered any and all of the questions that I had! All members of the team are also highly communicative and supportive which makes for a positive and professional work environment.

Teaching online virtually can be a challenge. For example, there can be technical issues and adjustments to teaching through a screen. However, some of the advantages of teaching online are flexibility and portability, especially amid the pandemic. I tried other online English schools, but Idioma Internacional was the only one that matched my high standards for teaching. Additionally, the team gives useful assessments and feedback to their teachers. All teachers, despite being new or a veteran, have continued opportunities to grow and improve their skills. 

Finally, the students themselves are very eager to learn and are responsive in the classroom. Recently, I have been certified to give BELT (Benchmarking Evaluations Level Test) Evaluations, an English proficiency test, based on the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) and I have been enjoying the process. 

Surprisingly, I have found the online experience to be wonderful because of the team at Idioma Internacional. In conclusion, I cannot recommend working with Idioma Internacional enough! I feel that my work is meaningful and I am proud to work with this team.

 -Ellie Combs


Disclaimer​: Teachers were asked to write about their own personal experience with online/ in-country teaching with Idioma Internacional. This blog post contains the teacher’s own personal thoughts and opinions, and freely expressed views on their part.