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Frequently asked questions

Admission Requirements

Completion of high school.
One of the following if you are not an English native speaker
1. High Intermediate level of English or
2. IELTS 6.5

Location of School

The Hibiscus TESOL Certification Program is located in the southern zone is held at our jungle-front outdoor training center, surrounded by toucans, monkeys, and wildlife and overlooking a natural spring river. This program offers our trainees the opportunity to study in a beautiful, natural setting. Osa is a gorgeous and endearing lesser known area of Costa Rica. It has many gorgeous landscapes including beaches, waterfalls, jungles, and historical markers such as UNESCO sites. The canton begins at the Río Barú near Dominical on the central Pacific coast. It continues as a narrow strip of the land southward to include the area around Palmar and Sierpe, finally widening to take in the entire neck and upper portion of the Osa Peninsula, where significant gold mining operations are located. As its name suggests, Humpback Whales with dolphins migrate into the waters to calve, mate, and to rest. Whale Watching is available along the coasts. Isla del Caño is part of Osa canton. In the canton are parks suited in the Osa Conservation Area such as Corcovado National Park, Ballena Marine National Park, and Piedras Blancas. Here you can find beautiful beaches, mountains, jungles, waterfalls, and more.


On completion of your course, you will receive a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Westminster College London (WCL) accredited by International TEFL Accreditation Council. In addition to the Westminster College certificate that’s issued, you will receive an additional ITEFLAC certificate. This prestigious certificate is a worthwhile addition to your teaching CV or resume.

Is this Certificate Internationally Recoginized?

The answer is Yes. It is an International, Accredited and Advanced TEFL Certificate which covers up to 20 hours of Teaching Practice (including observed classes, peer observations, and training sessions) and 130 hours of TEFL Theory (including TEFL Methodology, Teaching Skills , Lesson Planning, continuous professional development, assignments and feedback).

What is the Course Content covered?

Teachers and Learners Teaching Methodology Teaching Vocabulary Teaching Grammar Teaching Reading & Listening Teaching Writing & Speaking Teaching Pronunciation Teaching Large Classes Using Technology in the Classroom Classroom Management Corrective Feedback Lesson Planning Assessment Teaching Young Learners

What is the base price and what is included?

Basic TESOL Certification Program $1,890 USD Four weeks, 150-Hours Includes all course materials, welcome orientation, in-country staff support, online support material, and internship teaching placement upon graduation

Are accommodations included?

They are offered in addition to the Basic TESOL Certification program. All-Inclusive Programs Bronze $2,690 USD Includes Shared Room with A/C and Group Shuttle with Pick Up and Drop Off from SJO Airport Silver $3,490 USD Includes Shared Room with A/C, Group Shuttle with Pick Up and Drop Off from SJO Airport, four group excursions, and group Spanish classes Gold $3,990 USD Includes Private Room with A/C, Group Shuttle with Pick Up and Drop Off from SJO Airport, four group excursions, and group Spanish classes

Where is the housing?

The housing is located next to the TESOL Institute

How does Airport Pick Up and Drop Off work?

Group shuttle picks up from SJO airport the day prior to program start date and drop off the day after program end date. Private Airport Transportation is available upon request​.

What are Group Spanish Classes like?

Group Spanish classes are 4 hours per week and are focused on Spanish for Teaching

What are the course dates offered?

Program Dates 2019 June 3 - June 28 July 1 - July 26 July 29 - August 23 August 26 - September 20 September 23 - October 18 October 21 - November 15 November 18 - December 13 December 15-January 18