Get TEFL certified while living on Las Peñitas beach just outside of León, Nicaragua! This historically-rich area  in one of safest countries in Latin America is in close proximity to both a city and mountains, and its laid-back beach life appeals to anyone interested in traveling in Central America while studying to become a confident teacher. Nicaragua is a tropical paradise that is so far largely undiscovered by tourists.

The 190-hour Nicaragua TEFL course is a 4-week course taught by highly-qualified instructors. With only 12 students per class, each student can expect personalized feedback in class to ensure they are getting the most out of every class. The course focuses on: classroom management, teaching skills, language awareness, grammar, unknown language and teaching practice. The TEFL certificate you receive upon completion of the course is accredited and will qualify you to teach English in any country that requires a TEFL certification.

Picture Yourself Getting TEFL Certified in Nicaragua:

Course Overview

  • Located Las Peñitas beach in León, Nicaragua
  • 190-hour TEFL certification Course
  • 10 hours of practicum (observation, teaching practice, lesson plan prep)
  • Intensive 4-week in-person training
  • Student teaching with actual ESL students
  • Taught by highly qualified instructors
  • Limited class sizes (12 students per class)
  • Lifetime global job search guidance

Have questions for a program manager? Email us at travelapplications@greenheart.org

Course Dates

Due to the recent political protests in Nicaragua, we are temporarily suspending future course dates. The safety of our Greenheart Travelers abroad is our number one priority and we will be monitoring the current political situation moving forward. We hope to have the course up and running again as soon as possible, but if you’re hoping to get certified before that happens, check out our identical course in Costa Rica or take the course online before you move abroad!


All participants must show a serious commitment to learning, and a willingness to plan and teach in groups and to work reflectively. In order to make sure you gain all of the tools and practice you need to teach English, the course is intensive and involves long days in the classroom, plus homework on nights and weekends. Other requirements are:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Native English Speaker*
  • High school diploma
  • Must be open minded, flexible, and adaptable
  • Have a laptop (tablets not acceptable)

*Native English speakers or non-native speakers with a C1 certificate with a high school diploma may be academically eligible to join the course.


($600 will be paid to Greenheart Travel to secure your spot in the course. The remainder of the tuition will be paid directly to the school 60 days prior to your arrival)

  • Early Bird Discount: $150 discount if you register at least 60 days before your course date! ($1,649) This discount will be reflected in the balance that you pay to the school not the deposit.

What’s included:

  • 4 weeks of intensive TEFL training in Nicaragua
  • 190 Hour TESOL certificate (upon successful completion)
  • 10 hours of practicum teaching
  • Lifetime job search guidance
  • Resume workshop
  • Assistance in finding accommodation
  • Letter of recommendation upon request
  • Job fair during course with guarantee job interviews

What’s not included:

  • Accommodation during the course
  • Meals
  • Course book and work book ($82)
  • Visa or insurance
  • Airfare to/from León
  • Access to a computer

Although this course is a full schedule Monday-Friday, we still want to make sure you have fun! The school regularly plans group outings and get-togethers on the weekends to the beach, out on the town and even boarding down an active volcano, Cerro Negro!



Why Greenheart Travel?

Greenheart Travel partners with our friends at International TEFL Academy to provide the highest quality TEFL courses available.  With these courses, we know you will be a confident and prepared teacher when you decide to move abroad. We match any current discounts being offered by ITA.

By registering for this course through Greenheart Travel, you will receive all the benefits of being an alumni of both Greenheart Travel AND International TEFL Academy.

As an alumnus of the Nicaragua TEFL certification course, you will receive:

  • A highly accredited TEFL certification upon completion of the course
  • $100 alumni discount off any future Greenheart Travel programs
  • Lifetime job placement assistance for jobs worldwide
  • Community of other ITA graduates who are teaching all over the world
  • Community of other Greenheart Travel teachers to reach out to for tips and advice abroad
  • Access to Greenheart Grants to establish community service projects at home or abroad
  • Waived Teach in South Korea Program Application Fee
  • Personal pre-departure orientation and cultural training
  • Hands-on support before you arrive in Nicaragua
  • In-country support from school staff once you arrive
  • Check out reviews of the course to learn more about our commitment to our TEFL students’ experience


Although accommodation is not included in the program fee, we will help you find a living arrangement that you will be comfortable and satisfied with. All of the beach accommodations options will be within walking or biking distance from the school and will cost between $200-$450/month depending on privacy and access to air conditioning.

There are also a variety of other hotels and hostels in Leon if you’d prefer to stay in the city – you can commute to school by bus easily only 20 minutes each way.

What to Expect

This course is an intensive 4 weeks and students should expect to be at school for the majority of the day Monday – Friday and to complete homework assignments every night. Here is a typical daily schedule:

7:30 – 9:00 AM                        Wake up, get ready, eat breakfast
9:00 – 9:30                               Commute to school
9:30 – 12:00                             Morning session (grammar, lesson preparation, methodology)
12:00 – 1:00                              Lunch break
1:00 – 4:00                                Afternoon session (lesson planning, prep time for practicum)
5:00 – 8:00                                Student teaching and classroom observation with locals
8:00 – 9:00                                Eat dinner, go out with friends, relax
9:00-10:30                                 Homework, prepare for tomorrows class
11:00 PM                                   Go to bed

Although this course should not be taken lightly, as long as you go to class and get your homework done each night, you will do great! It is rare for students to fail this course, but you should expect a fairly intensive 4 weeks.

Job Search Guidance

The most popular cities for English teachers are León, Granada, Managua and San Juan del Sur.

All students and graduates of the Nicaragua TEFL course receive lifetime job search guidance to find paid jobs teaching English around the world. This includes — but is not limited to — the following:

  1. Greenheart Travel Teach Abroad programs – if you meet the other program requirements, obtaining a TEFL certificate will qualify you for any of our excellent Teach Abroad programs. You’ll receive step-by-step assistance and support from your application to the end of your program. These programs are a great option for anyone who wants a little bit more structure, support, and community in their teaching English abroad experience.
  2. Local Nicaragua Job Search Guidance – Local staff is well connected with schools and employers throughout Nicaragua. Read more about the thriving Nicaraguan job market below.
  3. Personal guidance from an experienced Job Search Advisor – Expert Job Search Advisors are available to speak with you and correspond by email to address all of your questions and to assist you with every aspect of your job search from writing your resume/CV and cover letter, to coaching you on the interview process in different job markets, to helping you assess which destinations might be the best fit for you based on your preferences and qualifications.
  4. Staff will recommend the schools and institutes with the best reputations, and to warn you of those without good reputations. Surveys are given to course graduates working in local schools and institutes to find out what the benefits of each school are and what type of environment it has.
  5. ESL job search manual: All graduates of the online course receive a manual detailing all relevant information for major job markets around the world, including hiring seasons, academic standards, and the interview process as well as templates for resumes and cover letters. This manual also incorporates extensive listings of online resources, including nearly 100 ESL international job boards listing thousands of teaching opportunities around the world.
  6. ESL worldwide school directory: We will send you a directory of approximately 8,000 schools worldwide that you can contact directly regarding employment opportunities.

Nicaragua Job Market

Peak hiring season is mid-January-February and in July. However, most of the teaching jobs available are at university language schools that run classes between 4 and 6 weeks at a time, so there are always employers looking to hire teachers year-round.

There is a high demand for native English speaking teachers in Nicaragua, and the job market is not very competitive. A four year college degree is required if you would like to teach at the university level.

Wages are very modest for English teachers in Nicaragua, but the cost of living is also extremely low. The cost of living for foreign teachers is typically around 7500-15,000 cordobas/month ($300-$600 USD/month). Typical hourly wages are about 75-122 cordobas ($4-5 USD) per hour in the classroom, and $5-$15 USD/hour for private tutoring.

Most teachers will mix and match hours at various schools to gain more teaching hours and pay.


Why should I choose this course?

The Nicaragua TEFL training school is the best place to study because it is owned and operated by real English teachers, who know firsthand what it’s like to be in your position. They are all English teachers who have experienced the amazing things that ESL teaching provides, as well as the negative aspects. The staff understands your excitement and enthusiasm, as well as your worries, fears and doubts, and will go the extra mile to address them all.

Beyond the quality course, Nicaragua is a beautiful, authentic Central American country, with tons to explore! It’s a great option for anyone who plans to teach English in Central America once certified, or wants to spend some time.

How do I know if this course is right for me?

You should take this course if you:

  • prefer learning in a physical classroom (instead of online)
  • want to teach English in Nicaragua or other Latin American countries
  • are still in school, but want to teach English when you graduate. Get qualified now!
  • are interested in being immersed in a different culture while earning your certification
  • want to learn or practice your Spanish while getting certified
  • are seeking the best accreditation from an independent accrediting body
  • are a novice teacher: The course offers solid, practical, teaching techniques to ensure you enter the classroom with confidence
  • understand that a highly qualified, experienced instructor, an exceptional curriculum and excellent accreditation are absolute necessities in TESOL / TEFL Certification training

Do I qualify to take this course?

Students must be 18 years or older, fluent in English, and have a high school diploma.

Which course dates are the best to align with the main hiring season in Nicaragua?

The best way to teach English in Nicaragua is in language schools, not public schools. These language schools hire teachers every 4-6 weeks, so jobs are always available except over the New Year between December and January where there is a significant dip in hiring.

Is this course valid and accredited?

Yes, it is. This course is internationally accredited and recognized, and it exceeds international standards for professional level TEFL Certification (most accredited TEFL courses run 106-120 hours) as set forth by the British Council and other leading bodies in the international field of TEFL.

The course curriculum is accredited by The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations (IATQuO), an independent accrediting body that exists to promote and maintain internationally acceptable standards in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. They provide initial and ongoing external validation/accreditation services to training organizations who request them.

International Standards: Most schools, language institutes and Ministries of Education recognize TEFL certifications that meet certain basic standards that are also recommended by leading bodies in the field, including the British Council. These standards reflect those incorporated in to a standard, accredited intensive four-week TEFL class and include:

  1. At least 100 hours of coursework and training;
  2. At least 6-20 hours of live practice teaching and observation involving actual ESL students (not peers – no role-playing);
  3. External validation and accreditation by a recognized, independent body within the field;

Exceeding International Standards: This course not only meets these standards, but exceeds them. With 150 hours of training, this course exceeds the industry standard by 50%.

What does Accreditation mean?

This course meets the highest international standards and are accredited and externally monitored by leading international accrediting bodies in the field of TEFL/TESOL.

What will my schedule be like during the course?

You will have class Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. Practicum will be scheduled after class hours on some evenings during the week from 6pm-8pm. You should expect a full day of class and work during the week with 3-5 hours of homework per night. The weekend is yours to explore and work on assignments.

The school also plans events for the students every weekend including meet and greets, beach trips, volcano surfing and pool parties!

Where will I do my practicum?

The school holds free English classes for the local neighbors 4 days a week at 3 different levels. Part of practicum will be teaching these classes, but you will also log student teaching hours at the local University.

What exactly is the job fair?

The school staff sets up a job fair to occur during the 3rd week of every course where directors from schools in major cities in Nicaragua will come to the TESOL school to interview each teacher.

Before the job fair, you will go over your resume, one on one, with student affairs so that you’re prepared for these interviews.

Is Nicaragua safe?

It is often said that Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in Latin America. However, as always, you should always exercise caution. Be aware of pick-pockets, especially in tourist areas and on crowded buses. Foreigners are advised to keep any bags at hand and in sight at all times. Avoid walking around alone at night; staying in groups at all times is ideal.

How do I get to the school when I land?

You should plan to arrive the Thursday before your course starts. Someone from the school will do group airport pick-ups for $20-$30 per person, $60 for private pick-up or you may take public transportation to the school which is very easy to do!

Do I need a visa?

For the TEFL course, a tourist visa is sufficient as it usually allows you to stay in the country for 90 days. If you plan to stay in Nicaragua to teach, you will need to leave the country every 90 days to renew you visa. Most teachers take a short bus ride to Costa Rica to do this.

Will I be able to learn Spanish during the course?

Everyone learns at their own pace, but taking your course in Nicaragua is a great way to learn or perfect your Spanish! The training center is part of a local community, which means you’ll get to know lots of locals and have a lot of opportunities to practice the language. We highly recommend staying with a host family if you are interested in practicing your Spanish!

Is it easy to get around?

Yes! Getting around in León is manageable by foot, and if you want to be like the locals, you can get yourself a bicycle. There are also buses called ruletos and taxis that you can use to get further distances.

Schedule a Call

Have questions or want to talk to the program manager, Kara? Set up a time to have a phone call below.

Application Process

1. Start Your Application Here (Approximately 5 Minutes)Greenheart Travel Application. This first step includes things like your name, address and chosen start date and should take around 5 minutes to complete. Once complete, you will receive a link to a digital Terms and Conditions form.

2. Sign the Terms and Conditions Document (Approximately 10 Minutes): These are our basic policies like cancellation policies, deferral policies, etc.

3. Fill out your Registration Form (Approximately 10 Minutes): Fill out a simple form to formally register for your course.

4. Submit your $600 Deposit (Approximately 5 Minutes): A deposit is required in order to apply for the program and is subtracted from your total program fee.

5. You’re Accepted! Woohoo! We’ll review your application and we are usually able to accept people within a 1-2 weeks of when they submit the initial deposit.

6. Talk to Your School. After you submit your deposit, you’ll be contacted directly by school staff to arrange your housing and arrival details

7. Balance: Your remaining tuition balance will be due to the school 6 weeks prior to your course start date.