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Pura vida! This is the expression we use in Costa Rica for just about any greeting! I’m Lintonia and have been a team member at Idioma Internacional first as a teacher and now as an administrator in the Academic Department. If you are a teacher or becoming certified to make a career change to international education, are passionate about learning and language and want to make a marked difference in people’s lives, then you have landed in the right spot! I encourage you to read further and find out how you can become a team member with Idioma Internacional and have the incredible opportunity to work with students from Latin America in any one of the amazing projects that Idioma Interancional is leading with both private and public organizations committed to education.

Who is Idioma Internacional?

Idioma Internacional is a language institute dedicated to delivering high-quality English classes and language evaluations in English, French and Portuguese, with classrooms and an office located in a vibrant, business district on the west side of downtown San José, Costa Rica.
Our diverse and highly-trained teaching staff is composed entirely of native English-speakers from around the globe who hold a full university degree and a recognized certificate in ESL Teaching. 

Teaching with Idioma Internacional

As teachers, we all have a passion for both education and service. We consider it a great privilege and responsibility to teach English to a variety of populations in Costa Rica: business professionals, job-seeking individuals, scholarship recipients, technical high school seniors, amongst others. We understand that learning English is a skill that is a stepping stone to employment and prosperity and helps students construct a bridge from education to employment.

  • Professional development training sessions offered monthly at no cost

  • Personalized initial training sessions and Mentor Support Program

  • Full access to education materials and platforms, including detailed lesson plans and materials provided.

  • Membership in Idioma Cares, our program for volunteering, social responsibility and community service.

  • A support team of both academic administrators and colleagues from around the world.

When Is the Best Time to Apply to Idioma?

Now! We have a rolling recruitment process and hire teachers every month, year-round.



Minimum qualifications

  • Native English-speaker
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Certification in ESL/TEFL/CELTA
  • Committed to fulfilling a six-month contract
  • 10 MBS of Internet or higher

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience teaching
  • Experience working in corporate business
  • Master’s degree in field of education and/or language
  • Business and/or overseas experience
  • A B1 proficiency in Spanish

Here’s What Idioma Internacional Offers!

Please feel free to read through the following information to find out more about Idioma Internacional and the
amazing things we have to offer.

  • Competitive hourly teaching wage in dollars per synchronous teaching hour.
  • Growth opportunities: Teachers can opt to work in our Language Evaluation Services Department to complement their teaching schedules. Additional opportunities are available for developing curriculum and working on academic projects.
  • Six-month initial contracts for full time work: Idioma Internacional offers all teachers full time schedules for a minimum six-months.
  • The opportunity to join our in-country team with a legal work visa and amazing benefits. More information

Curriculum, Syllabi and Lesson Plans:

All teacher materials (lesson plans, supporting materials, assessments and rubrics) are provided at no cost to the teacher. Additionally, all
programs are managed digitally on a Moodle system for access 24/7 and from anywhere in the world.

Initial and Ongoing Training:

All teachers receive a hands-on and personalized training over a 2-3 week time frame to prepare them to start in the classroom. Once
teachers are working with active classes, they are provided a Mentor in order to extend the initial training into on-the-job training as each teacher gets started. Graduation from the Mentor program allows teachers to access dozens of Professional Development Workshops, designed to be asynchronous and flexible, so that they may keep learning and growing professionally during each month of their tenure at Idioma. Finally, we have regular meetings, events and retreats offered through the year to foster community and provide a space for collaborative professional development.


All teachers must provide their own laptop, headset and speakers as part of their own ESL technology package. Idioma Internacional

  1. Personal Zoom and/or WebEx accounts for recorded classes.
  2. Moodle platform to manage classes and assessments.
  3. Remote technical support for hardware and software.

Additional Professional Development & Income Opportunities

We are committed to our teachers becoming stronger, better trained and more competitive professionals during their time working with
Idioma Internacional. To support this, teachers are provided the opportunity to work in our BELT department and become trained Language Evaluators for both written and spoken English assessments. Also, teachers can choose to work in our Curriculum Department to become trained Curriculum Developers and work behind the scenes with curriculum creation, maintenance and digital adaptations.

Where you’ll teach


Virtual classes can be delivered from a professional space.

About the students

All of our students are young adults or adults, ranging from 17-years-old and up. The vast majority of our students’ age range is
between 20 and 60-years-old.

Will You Need Spanish in the virtual Classroom?

Our classes are all delivered 100% in the target language of English, so there is no need to speak Spanish as an Idioma teacher in the

Join our team in Costa Rica

Should you desire to join our team in-country we provide legal work visas and other amazing benefits. I encourage you to review our information for teaching in Costa Rica on our website to learn more.

I hope you learned a bit more about the great working community that we have at Idioma Internacional. If you find what you are looking for and what type of team members we are looking for to be a match, I encourage you to apply!