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Cuidad Quesada , Costa Rica

Program Description

Join us for an unforgettable experience in Costa Rica where you will immerse yourself in a beautiful foreign country in order to practice applying knowledge and skills of teaching English as a foreign language to Spanish-speaking students in a bilingual English-Spanish school. This private school is located in Cuidad Quesada where you will spend three weeks teaching students English. Cuidad Quesada is located at the foot of the Cordillera Central in the fertile agricultural lowland of Costa Rica and 47 miles away north of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

The fourth week will be spent sightseeing and traveling from coast to coast. On weekends, we will travel to waterfalls, hot springs, and volcanos with an overnight stay in hotels. More specifically, our weekend trips will include a day trip to hike to waterfalls in Bajos del Toro, which includes hikes to 3 waterfalls and swimming in crystal clear waters; a trip to La Fortuna with a zipline tour and swimming in hot springs; a trip to Jaco and Manuel Antonio National Park – a world famous national park filled with exotic wildlife such as sloths, monkeys, reptiles, butterflies, and birds with hikes and swimming in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

During a week travel, we will explore Tortuguero – the protected wildlife and the natural beauty, Puerto Viejo – a small town on the Caribbean coast, which is known for surf breaks and beaches with the Jaguar Rescue Center, Irazu Volcano National Park with the highest active volcano in Costa Rica and its five craters, and the town of Naranjo with its coffee plantations.

Location Description

Three weeks of our stay will be in Cuidad Quesada where students will be teaching English at a dual-language school while a fourth week will be spent sightseeing and traveling from coast to coast. On weekends, we will be traveling to places that are not too far away with an overnight stay in hotels.

Weekends trips: 

  • Day trip to hike to waterfalls in Bajos del Toro (included hikes to 3 waterfalls, swim, and meals)
  • Trip to La Fortuna (includes hotel, zipline tour, hot springs entrance, and 5 meals)
  • Trip to Jaco and Manuel Antonio National Park:  (includes hotel, national park entrance, and 5 meals)
 During a school break:
  • 7 day trip to Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Irazu Volcano, and Naranjo:  (includes hotel, water transport, tours in Tortuguero, entrances to national parks, coffee tour, and meals)


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Students will be placed with host families. Internet access will be provided.

All meals will be provided and are part of this trip. Families will provide at least one meal a day while the rest of the meals will be provided either in school or in hotels when traveling. 

Additional Items to Consider

No visas are required to travel to Costa Rica.

The school provides free wi-fi to all students, faculty, and visitors.

Hotels and host families will have available wi-fi connection.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisite: TESL 300 or TESL 426 - Second Language Acquisition Course

All students are welcome. However, this study abroad trip is best suited for TESOL minor or major students.


Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Applications Closed.


Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


TESL 470: Instructional Strategies for Teaching ESL

TESL 428: Assessment for Curriculum Development in English as a Second Langauge

TESL 385: Practicum in TESOL (1 credit)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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