• Toll-Free: 1-866-205-6515 (US & CA), 02921 28 3927(UK), (02) 4017 1041(Australia)
  • Phone: (214) 785-6605
  • info@globalcrossroad.com

Internship Costa Rica

Have you ever wanted to travel across incredible landscapes and jump into local Costa Rican culture? Have you considered an international abroad experience to take embrace your passion and learn from practical experience?

When you join an internship Costa Rica, you will have endless opportunities for personal and professional growth. All of our internship projects are managed by experienced professionals, so interns often receive individual attention and customized guidance. This in-turn will help you to enhance and refine your skills, bolster your resume, and enrich your personal growth. What’s more, by stepping into a different culture, you will receive personal insight and may even re-evaluate some of your perspectives on life.

Global Crossroads offers a variety of affordable, safe, and fun programs in Costa Rica, and we encourage you to choose from programs that suits your interest, career choice, and area of study. Whichever project you choose, whether it’s teaching school children English, working with turtles in environmental conservation projects, or inspiring children to pursue a bright future in orphanages, Costa Rica internship opportunities will help you to advance toward your career and life goals.

Global Crossroads invites you to browse through some of our most popular programs and select the project that interests you most. Once you have decided you’d like to pursue more information about your program of choice, send an email to our coordinators to let them know you are interested. They will support you the rest of the way!

Popular Internship Opportunities in Costa Rica

Experience the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle by embarking on one our internship opportunities. Read about some of our most popular internship programs below or contact us via email if you have any questions.

Orphanage and childcare internship Costa Rica program focuses on helping abandoned and at-risk children and teenagers across the country for a very long time. The Orphanage Internship project is carefully designed and supervised to provide international interns with professional quality work-experience whilst they carry out activities fully dedicated to the well-being of project-children.

As an intern, you will teach English and other subjects like math and science to children, help them complete their homework, assignments, organize games and sport activities, help the children with personal care, hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation and help the project with fundraising and other administrative tasks.

During this social work internship in Costa Rica, you will acquire valuable job-skills, explore prospective career paths, bolster your resume, visit the most thrilling places and discover exotic and vibrant culture of the country while working in the most unique and innovation work-setting.

Our interns in the orphanage project are preferred to have beginner to intermediate Spanish language skills. This is not a pre-requirement as we encourage you to take our short and intensive language immersion program in case your command over the language is poor.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding orphanage volunteer program in Costa Rica.

The teaching internship is an experimental learning structure for our interns in which they integrate their academic learning with practical and real-world experience in a highly professional and quality work-setting. In addition to it, the project equally aims to provide quality English language classes to local schoolchildren.

When you use your term or summer internship in Costa Rica to partake in this opportunity, you will be asked to instruct Basic English, both conversational and grammar, to the local schoolchildren and involve them in various fun-learning, sports, creative, arts and extracurricular activities. Your assignments will be given as according to your interests and skills.

Your hope of gaining an advantage of future career is met by the teaching internship program in Costa Rica. With real world perspective to professionalism and bolstered resume along with enhanced personal growth, you will standout whenever it comes to widening your future career horizon.

Previous experience is not required for you to become a teacher intern. Beginner to intermediate Spanish language skill is preferred though it is not a requirement. We conduct short and intensive crash course on the language prior to or simultaneously the project to make your stay more rewarding.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding teaching volunteer program in Costa Rica.

Sea turtles in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica are beautiful creatures. Their presence and general health also indicate ongoing environmental depletion and degradation. When you are a sea turtle intern in Costa Rica, you will focus on protecting turtle population with habitat preservation and breeding supervision.

As a participant, you will safeguard turtle habitats and monitor their breeding. You will also help to decrease poaching and help to secure healthy turtle nests. You will also participate in different programs planned and organized by the ministry of environment. You will preserve turtle habitats, work with hydroponics greenhouse, patrol and collect eggs during nighttime, document data of turtles, nest temperatures and population, prevent the predators, monitor and release hatchings, prepare chemical fertilizers and promote campaigns among others.

Tailored and professionally supervised Costa Rica turtle internship program helps to acquire valuable conservation skills and to bolster your resume. You will get a chance to explore turtles' lifecycles, habitats and breeding. Furthermore, you will get a chance to explore more about marine habitats, beautiful marine coastlines and the impacts of ongoing global climate change on them.

Basic communication skill in Spanish language and interests in environmental conservation is required for you to participate in turtle conservation project. If you have poor command over the language, we provide you with short-term and language-intensive course.

If you are interested in volunteer programs, we also offer rewarding turtle conservation volunteer program in Costa Rica.

If you are interested in our amazing volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica, please feel free to contact us

Dates and prices: Internship Costa Rica

Internships start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.

Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality Internship opportunities in Costa Rica. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.

Global Crossroad's intern application and registration fee cost US $299. The application fee covers the cost of advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries in USA office).

In addition to the application fee, as a Costa Rica intern, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our Internships. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.

The program fee for internship and volunteering is basically same in Costa Rica. However, unlike volunteers, interns often work closely with guided supervision from a local project director, and a small weekly supervision fee ($25-50/ week) may be incurred in addition to volunteer program fees.

Learn more about our highly affordable volunteer program fees in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Internships vs. Volunteers Programs

In general, volunteer programs focus on humanitarian outreach and project support. Volunteering is popular amongst people who want to share their love and passion for underprivileged children, impoverished communities, or conservation efforts in need of resources.

Internship programs focus on creating a real-world learning environment for interns and students so that they practice professional development and obtain new skills. Similar to volunteers, interns may work on a variety of projects (many times alongside volunteers) that benefits local communities, children, wildlife and similar projects. Teaching programs, medical outreach, and children’s support are the most popular internship projects.

Room and Food: Internship Costa Rica

nepal intern accommodation

Our interns are provided with accommodations with host families. Our host families are located in a safe and clean neighborhood and are near to internet cafes, local markets, local bus stop, police station and departmental store. Our host family provides comfortable bedrooms and community areas. There is a shared and furnished kitchen, television and shared bathrooms with running water and clean bathrooms. Staying with host families will further immerse into the beautiful culture and Costa Rican way of life.

Three local Costa Rican meals —breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to interns. We also provide vegetarian meals to interns which they must mention about it on their application forms.

Learn more about your accommodation and meal plans in Costa Rica.

Supervision and Field Support

While working as an intern in Costa Rica with Global Crossroads, your internship project is supervised by qualified professionals. In most of the cases, the head of the project will serve as the supervisor of your internship program. The supervisors are experts in their respective fields where they will help you with any problem you have and mentor you p till the completion of the project.

Learn more about our field and in-country support.

College Credit

Global Crossroads does not provide college credit for its internship projects. Our local office or your supervisor will provide you with a letter and certificate on the completion of your program verifying your work as an intern and your job responsibilities as an intern.

You can earn an academic credit for internship projects in Costa Rica by pre arranging the project with your college/university. The students shall have to coordinate with their faculties and professors regarding the college credit for internship prior to applying for Global Crossroad.

Free Time

Our Costa Rica internship programs have flexible schedules and are stationed in the most alluring and incredible places of the country. You will get a lot of free time which you can utilize it by going to rafting, hiking, bird watching, zip lining or viewing nightlife in Costa Rica where there is surplus of beauty and hospitality, cloud forests, volcanoes, stretched out Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Although we don't generally arrange activities for our Costa Rica interns, our local staffs will assist you accordingly with information and support for your various free time activities. There is lots of travelling and fun options in Costa Rica, which our local team of staffs will help you choose the best options.

Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration options in Costa Rica.

FAQs: Internship Costa Rica

Arrival and Departure

You should plan to arrive into Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica. Once you arrive, a Global Crossroads representative will be waiting to pick you up.

Please consult our country coordinator before leaving your home country, and make sure to send us your correct flight information once you have booked your travel. If there are any changes, delays, or if you miss your flight please contact us as soon as possible.

We do not offer airport drop-off service, so you will need to arrange your own departure plans.


You need to secure a tourist visa in order to participate in Global Crossroads internship program in Costa Rica.

Depending on your Nationality, a ‘visa on arrival’ may be available in case of emergency. Visa extension is possible by visiting department of immigration if you decide you would like to extend your time in Costa Rica. Visit nearby Costa Rican Embassy for detail information.


For travel to Costa Rica, the CDC recommends vaccinations against: Rabies, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Typhoid

How can I apply to a Costa Rica Intern Program?

Global Crossroad’s internship applications are straightforward: go online, fill out the program application, and submit it to us. We will follow up with you within 24-hours of your application submittal.

Why go with Global Crossroads?

Global Crossroads is an international humanitarian non-profit who has partnered with over 20,000 people and hundreds of local organizations since 2003 to facilitate outstandingly significant and incredibly safe volunteer and intern abroad experiences.

We offer the most affordable international internships in Costa Rica when compared with other organizations. We use the tax-deductible registration fee to support your experience and enhance local projects while the program fee gets paid directly to your service project.

In particular, when you intern in Costa Rica you will to create long lasting connections with your home-away-from-home host family, project coordinators, and fellow interns. If for any reason you feel uncomfortable during your time abroad, our unparalleled support staff will do everything they can to improve your situation and ensure that you have a good experience.

Our Volunteer Abroad Programs

Globalcross road offers best affordable volunteer opportunities across 20 countries around the world. If you are interested in our highly impactful and rewarding volunteering opportunities in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Cambodia, Nepal ,Sri lanka, Bali, Ghana , Kenya, South Africa , Tanzania , Uganda, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Costa Rica , Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala , Argentina , and, Brazil