Costa Rica isn’t a country where teachers can save large amounts of money each month, but you can certainly live well and save a little if you’re careful.
Teaching wages in Costa Rica generally sit somewhere between $600-$1,200 per month (₡365,000-₡700,000), depending on the school, number of hours worked, and experience/qualifications of the teacher. Having a TEFL certificate, a bachelor’s degree, or previous teaching experience can help you to reach a higher wage.
Most employers in Costa Rica are private language schools that offer full-time contracts with around 20-24 hours per week, and last 6-12 months at a time.
While the cost of living is relatively low nationwide, it can be difficult to save much money unless you supplement your salary with private tutoring.
To live with a host family or rent a room in an apartment is around $200 to $350 per month. For a private apartment, the cost starts at around $400-450 and are as much as $800 per month depending on the city. There are a few international schools that will provide accommodation, but this benefit is typically considered when salaries are calculated, so the monthly pay may be less than average if accommodation is included.
This means that Costa Rica is a destination best for teachers who are comfortable with enjoying life and breaking even every month.