Internships in Costa Rica
Ticos (Costa Ricans) can claim to live in Paradise. Their relatively small country located in the tropic has ideal weather conditions and is gifted with almost everything lovers of nature may dream of.
Its tropical jungles with magical waterfalls and inhabited by a reach wildlife, white-sand beaches and bewildering gardens, and a prosperous, polite and friendly population that has been blessed for decades with stable political and economic conditions. Costa Rica is the most developed country of Central America and enjoys high quality life conditions and government services. The main economic activities are tourism, agriculture and manufacturing.
To participate in most of this programs and internships,volunteers will need to have intermediate to advanced Spanish language skills and they can either take classes on site during the program they chose or take a one-week full immersion Spanish course on their first week in the country before starting to do the volunteer work. The local staff may instruct you on how to access these Spanish but fees are not included in the programs.
Our internships and programs in Costa Rica require a high level of commitment from the interns and their minimum duration is usually from four to six weeks.
On a request basis, our partners in Costa Rica can arrange for professional internships in areas such as micro-finances, recycling and physical therapy.
All our volunteers and interns must be at least eighteen years old on their starting date of any program, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. They must have full travel insurance and an intermediate level of Spanish language skills.
Volunteers participating in the English Teaching program must have a good level of that language, and those participating in the Medical internships must have an intermediate level of Spanish language skills and some previous medical experience.
Pre-Med students are also welcome to volunteer in the Healthcare and Medical programs.
Yet the main volunteer’s qualities required for every program are a sincere willingness to help, responsibility as well as a positive and proactive attitude.
An intern can start working on a program at any chosen date all year round ant stay from one week on, with no maximum duration limit.
Most programs are located in San José and the surrounding areas, but there are placements in many other places around the country.
For volunteers whose projects are placed in San José:
On your arrival at San Jose airport, a member of our local staff will be waiting for you with your name written on a n notice. Once you both meet, he or she will take you to the guesthouse or homestay in Santa Barbara, introduce you to the volunteers that will be your housemates or to your host, show you the facilities and help you settle.
On your first day at your project placement,usually a Monday, you’ll be taken around the town and to your project placement, where you’ll meet the people you’ll be working with. You’ll be instructed on basic rules, local customs, travel options and what to expect from this volunteering experience. You will also have the opportunity to clear any remaining doubts you may still have.
For volunteers whose projects are located in Jaco Beach (Saturday arrivals):
Volunteers will be received at San José airport by a member of our local staff who will drive them to their accommodation place for the night in Santa Barbara, a suburb of San Jose city.
A local volunteer coordinator will pick them up on Sunday morning, provide them with a full orientation and then continue to their final destination using public and private transport. Once on Jaco Beach, volunteers are introduced to their local homemates or hosts and, on the following day, Monday, they’ll be taken to their project’s placement and meet the staff and volunteers the’ll be working with..
The above orientation program also applies to volunteers whose projects are located anywhere else in the country,but depending on the time of arrival at San José airport, they may not need to spend the night in Santa Barbara and continue to their project’s location on the same day of their arrival (Saturday).
Volunteers for the Agroecology program, will catch the local bus from San José to their project’s location, at about a three-hours drive to the south of the capital city. Full instructions are provided.
All volunteers will receive the orientation before leaving San José.
Volunteers tasks and schedules will vary from project to project, but a working week will usually start on Monday and end or Friday; leaving the weekends free for relaxing, socializing, sightseeing and travelling.
We try to be as flexible as possible and allow volunteers to take an additional day off now and then, on special request and with notice given well in advanced. Yet volunteers must be aware that most of our projects depend greatly on their assistance and that they have a responsibility towards the people involved in their program.
A volunteer weekday schedule will vary from day to day according to the project’s requirements of each day, but working usually starts at seven am and finishes at about four pm.Sometimes work ends a couple of hours early, sometimes a couple of hours late; so flexibility is a must.
It is a good idea to start the working day planning the schedule of the day ahead when arriving to your placement each morning.
Weekends are your relaxing days and a good plan may be to go to the sunny beaches or explore the many beautiful landscapes of this paradisiac country. If you are not sure of where to begin, ask the local team for ideas and advice. The choice is endless and there is something for every taste.
• Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica.
• A total of 4,889,826 people live in Costa Rica.
• Costa Rica is home to more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity, even though its land occupies a mere 0.03% of the Earth’s surface.
• Costa Rica’s owns approximately 580,000 kilometres squared of marine mass, which is about 10 times the size of the land area which belongs to the country.
• Costa Ricans are commonly known as “Ticos” (males) and “Ticas” (females).
• Less than 1 percent of Costa Ricans have indigenous roots.
• The Costa Rican coastline stretches along for 1289 kilometres.
• 7 of Costa Rica’s 121 volcanic formations are active.
• There are 750,000 species of insects in Costa Rica and about 20,000 of those are spiders.
• Around 25% of Costa Rica is made up of protected forests and reserves.
• Costa Rica’s capital city is San Jose.
• Average life expectancy is around 77 years, which is one of the highest life expectancy figures in the world.
• Costa Rica doesn’t have an army.
• The national currency is the Colon, but many stores and other establishments trade in US dollars.
• Costa Rica is home to around 52 species of hummingbirds.
For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/costa-rica-p-9.html
Internship & Accommodation:
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*Please note: All Internship programs in Costa Rica attract a Registration Fee of USD 279 on top of the program Fee. You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.
*Please read our refund policy.
What do my fees pay for?
Registration Fee: Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, staff salary, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with participants.
Program Fee Internship and accommodation: Airport pick-up, orientation and walking tour, host family housing with private room, breakfast and dinner, 4-6 hours of internship work per day Monday-Friday, 1-hour private Spanish classes Monday-Friday, Free Salsa lessons, Free access to computer lab and internet, program supervision, in-country 24/7 participant support and in-country administration costs.
What’s no included: Air tickets,Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses, International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Costa Rica generally find USD 80 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.