Program Details

Come to paradise and get certified to teach English around the world! Spend a month in Bocas del Toro, Panama getting your TEFL certification and hands on experience teaching!
Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Program Type:
Teach Abroad
Degree Level:
1-3 months
Teach Abroad:
Placement Audience:

Program Overview

Program Description:

This month long class certifies participants to be TEFL teachers giving them the opportunity to teach English at schools and organizations around the world! We are currently in the process of becoming accredited by the International TEFL Accreditation Council (ITEFLAC) so that your certification will be recognized internationally. Includes 100 hours of classroom instruction plus 20 hours of hands-on practical teaching experience over a 4 week course period.

Benefits of becoming a TEFL teacher:

  • Give back to local communities by teaching English
  • A way to get paid to travel
  • Be immersed in new cultures & learn new languages
  • Develop professional skills to help you in the future



Taught by Jennifer Jackson, Masters of Education & TEFL Certified.
After completing her Masters degree in Education at Assumption College in Massachusetts, Jennifer moved to Costa Rica 2017 to obtain her TEFL certification and then worked at a private school teaching English for two years. After multiple visits to Bocas del Toro, Jennifer had a dream to open a TEFL certification program on the islands and thus partnered with Give & Surf to make this dream a reality.


September 4 – September 29
October 9- November 3

January 8-february 2
February 12-march 9
March 19-April 13
April 23-may 18
May 28-June 22
July 2 –July 27
August 6-August 31
September 10- October 5

One-month certification class: $1,799
Plus accommodations & weekly weekend excursions (optional): +$600
Requirements: Must be 18+, must be a native English speaker or have advanced fluency


TEFL certification plus additional volunteer teaching experience
Stay after your experience for any length of time to get additional hands-on teaching experience leading free English classes for locals. A great way to build your resume and get more experience under your belt.

TEFL certification plus traditional Give & Surf volunteer experience
Come before your class or stay afterwards and volunteer with Give & Surf including helping with our preschool and after-school programs and teaching English classes to children.

Package prices will be tailored to you based on your length of stay and accommodations.

TEFL Certification plus learn Spanish at Habla Ya Spanish School
Come before your TEFL course and be immersed in the local language and culture by taking Spanish classes and/or doing a homestay with a local family.

$1,450 USD. Includes 120 hour, month-long certification course. Housing and activities available for an additional fee. Extension packages including learning Spanish, volunteering, and teaching English are also available.

Additional Program Information

Must be at least 18 years old. Must be eligible to travel to Panama. Must be a native English speaker or have advanced fluency.

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