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Adult English Teacher

The Adult English Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing adult English classes in Potrero and/or Brasilito, Costa Rica.  Classes are taught week days in the evenings at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have experience planning and implementing English classes for adults and have understanding and empathy for working in underprivileged communities. 

  • Plan and implement adult English classes/activities
  • Schedule classes and notify students of any schedule changes
  • Track attendance
  • Carry out English evaluations in all classes once per session
  • Maintain clean and well-organized classroom and Adult English office space
  • Track materials and notify Site Director of any additional resources needed
  • Maintain strong communication with students and supervisors
  • ESL teaching experience
  • ESL Certified desired
  • Experience living or working abroad, preferably in Latin America
  • Native English speaker with intermediate Spanish
  • Commitment of 3 months minimum, 6 months preferred
  • Criminal background check
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Creative
  • Approachable and personable
  • Resourceful
  • Upbeat and positive
  • Highly organized
  • Experience working with adult education preferred
  • Experience with lesson planning preferred
  • Living and working in a rural, isolated town
  • Working with another culture and language

Potrero or Brasilito Site Director


Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


There is an immediate opening for this position. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 3 months. Preference will be given to those who can commit to 6 months or longer.

*Please note this is a volunteer position. We are unable to offer a stipend at this time.

Adult English Teacher

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Criminal Background Check Requirement

As we are a nonprofit organization that primarily works with children, we require all Abriendo Mentes volunteers, interns and staff (regardless of specific position) to provide us with a criminal background check as part of our application process. We will send you information on how to complete this process using our screening vendor at Coeus Global upon your conditional acceptance into the program. Volunteers who are citizens or residents of the US are required to pay the $16.95 background check fee plus any additional fees that may apply in their state of residence. Click here for details. Non-US resident volunteers are also required to pay for their background checks via Coeus. Fees vary by country – click here for details. All fees are subject to change. We regret that we are unable to accept any background checks not performed by Coeus Global.