Christopher Mc Laughlin

I am Irish and I’ve been in and around south America working as a TEFL trainer and teacher since 2007. I'm mainly based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and I have many stories and tips for anyone interested in coming here or Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica. I am 30 years old and I’ve been teaching since I was 21. I began with a year in Caceres, Spain then I taught general English in secondary schools in Ireland for two years before moving to Buenos Aires. In Buenos Aires I trained to be a TEFL trainer and spent 4 years going to different countries training teachers. I am currently in Buenos Aires working as a private teacher and children’s English camp coordinator, however I have worked with my different organizations and institutes here, from professional Business English to factory workers.

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San Jose Costa Rica

By Carlos Adampol Galindo (Flickr: San José, Costa Rica) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Back in naivety of my youth I dreamed of working in a paradise of golden beaches and Celeste, cloudless skies where I’d teach English to kids on the beach wearing flip flops and bermudas, then fall asleep against a coconut tree for a siesta at midday.  In reality ESL teaching is not quiet like that and working anywhere in the world is still work, however Costa Rica is a magical place to do it and the free time that one has to explore and enjoy the beauty of its treasures, makes up for the time spent in a sweaty classroom with no air conditioning. Fundamentally, it’s Costa Rica’s outstanding natural beauty that has made it one of the world’s prime eco-tourism destinations, with visitors flocking here to hike trails through ancient rain forest, climb active volcanoes or explore the high-altitude cloud forest, home to a multitude of wild and endangered animals. This country needs to be on everyone’s ‘to do’ list.

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