|FAQ for Manuel Antonio Course|
|1. What is a usual program day like? What is the schedule?|
The course is an intense, challenging, and fun experience. The school day typically starts at 8:30 am but can begin as late as 10:00 am or as early as 7:00 am depending on scheduled Teaching Practice. During the first sessions of the day grammar, theory, and teaching skills are taught as afternoons are typically spent doing supervised lesson planning during the last few weeks. You are expected to be busy during your teaching practice days. It is best if you do not plan to be involved in any wide additional activities or courses. Be prepared to spend some time outside of the classroom studying and completing your lesson plans.
2. How many students are enrolled in the program each month?
Usually about 15 students are enrolled in every program. The majority of them are American, British, or Canadian.
3. What is the TEFL job market like in Costa Rica?
If you are looking in Costa Rica particularly you will find the enormous majority of openings at language institutes in and around the San Jose area. These companies are looking for TESOL certificate holders and pay between $7 and $10 USD an hour. Spring and summer is the best time to look for employment in Costa Rica, but plenty of jobs can be found year round.
4. What is the standard teaching salary?
It is about $900 USD a month in Costa Rica.
5. What kind of students will I be working with in the teaching practice portion of the course?
Your teaching practice may take place in the local schools or at the TEFL International school site. You will be teaching small groups of adults or children that are of all ages, backgrounds, and proficiency levels.
6. Do I need a Visa to enter into Costa Rica?
Visitors to Costa Rica from the USA, Canada and the UK can enter the country with no a visa. Visitors must take a passport that is suitable for at least six months after the date of arrival and can remain in the country for 90 days. The initial 90-day period can be extended for an extra 90 days within the country. Visitors to Costa Rica from Ireland, Australia and New Zealand can also enter the country without a visa. They must carry a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of arrival and can stay in Costa Rica for a maximum of 30 days. The initial 30- day period can be extended for an additional 60 days within the country. Citizens from all other countries should contact their local consulate to get current travel rules.
7. What is the climate like?
The climate in the Manuel Antonio area is hot and humid year round. The seasons in Costa Rica are separated between summer and winter or the dry season and the wet season, in that order. On the Pacific slope the rainy season begins in May and runs its course until November. The days frequently begin sunny and pleasant, with rains coming later in the day and dissipating very quickly leaving the nights cool and beautiful. The dry season begins at the end of November and runs through mid-May. Temperatures differ between 74 and 95º F (23 to 35ºC) with the average being around 85F (29C).