Hotel and Tourism Internship MA

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High­lights

Gain professional experience in an international setting.
Gain Spanish practice by living with a host family and sharing daily life with locals.
Make memories you'll never forget during your time abroad.
Learn more about the Latin American ways, customs and habits.
Work as an intern and help a local Costa Rican company grow. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Hospitality & Tourism internship placements are with hotels, hostels, tourist agencies, tour operators, or restaurants. All placements are with small, locally-owned businesses. Work may vary depending on the time of year (high/low season) and current business projects and goals at your placement.

At hostel and hotel placements, interns will participate in the following activities:

  • Assist with sales, reservations, and pre-arrival service
  • Provide sales and marketing support through both online and direct promotion
  • Attend to reception desk responsibilities, including check-in, check out, and guest requests
  • Recommend hotel services and facilities to guests
  • Provide information about local activities, restaurants, and travel
  • Maintain and ensure full guest satisfaction
  • Aid in coordination of day-to-day operations of hotel/hostel

At tour agencies and operators, interns will participate in the following activities:

  • Assist with sales, reservations, and pre-arrival service
  • Provide online sales and marketing support through website updates, social media management, and review sites (e.g. traveladvisor.com)
  • Update and develop promotional materials
  • Maintain and ensure full customer satisfaction
  • Aid in coordination of day-to-day operations of tours and transportation
  • Provide assistance on local tours

At restaurants, interns will participate in the following activities:

  • Provide online sales and marketing support through website updates, social media management, and review sites (e.g. traveladvisor.com)
  • Assist with community outreach and promotion
  • Update and develop promotional materials
  • Maintain and ensure full customer satisfaction
  • Assist with basic accounting and stock and supply purchases
  • Help with day-to-day restaurant operations

As part of the internship program, participants receive 1 hour of private Spanish lessons every day, Monday to Friday. The classes can be personalized to the level and work schedule, and focuses on vocabulary relevant to the internship placement. 

Our Native Spanish Program is taught by experienced, certified, native Spanish instructors. Maximo Nivel uses the Communicative Method of language teaching, which is focused primarily on immersive, spoken interaction as a means of learning. For this reason, please note that teachers speak only in Spanish 100% of the time during class.

All interns are required to submit weekly journals and a final deliverable.

Internships of less than 8 weeks require either a 10-20 page written paper or a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation. Internships of 8 weeks or longer require both a 10-20 page written paper and a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation.

Final Deliverables are expected to cover the following:

  • Overview of the company worked with and the intern's role
  • Organization review
  • Sector analysis in host or home country
  • Analysis of obstacles incurred
  • Outcomes/results
Interns are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators, but they are not with them at the placement every day. Please be prepared for some independence and leadership.

The majority of internship placements are located in the Quepos and Manuel Antonio Area. Travel time varies widely from place to place and interns should expect to spend 20-90 minutes traveling each way. The city bus system is generally the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from the project, though taxis are available and are still an option. For the first visit to the placement, interns are taken by a Maximo Nivel representative using the local transport and given additional information about how to get to and from the work place. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one-way trip will rarely cost more than ₡350 (about $0.75). 

Typical day

Working hours vary by placement, but interns can expect to work 4-6 hours per day, Monday to Friday, at around 8 or 9 AM. 1-hour Spanish classes are Monday to Friday, and interns may have additional planning or tasks to do outside of work. Weekends are free to relax, explore, travel, or do any independent work they have.​ Breakfast is typically at 7 AM. 

Free-time activities

In Manuel Antonio you can take to the ocean with scuba, surfing, snorkeling, body boarding, and more. Alternatively, stick to land excursions and explore the National Park, go hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining, or seek out other adventure tours. If you want to travel outside of Manuel Antonio, there are opportunities to explore volcanoes, go white-water rafting, visit the cloud forest, and tour coffee farms. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (private room with breakfast and dinner)
- Spanish classes (5 hours of lessons/week)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of internship
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pick up from the San José airport and bus transfer to and from Manuel Antonio is included. Volunteers find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.

Accommodation

Interns stay in a traditional family-stay where you they are placed with a pre-approved middle class Costa Rican family. Breakfast and dinner are included in their home stay.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Interns have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Every Monday, all year round.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,295
5 weeks
$2,635
6 weeks
$2,975
7 weeks
$3,315
8 weeks
$3,445
9 weeks
$3,785
10 weeks
$4,125
11 weeks
$4,465
12 weeks
$4,805
13 weeks
$5,140
14 weeks
$5,480
15 weeks
$5,820
16 weeks
$6,160
17 weeks
$6,500
18 weeks
$6,840
19 weeks
$7,180
20 weeks
$7,515
21 weeks
$7,855
22 weeks
$8,195
23 weeks
$8,535
24 weeks
$8,875
25 weeks
$9,215
26 weeks
$9,550
27 weeks
$9,890
28 weeks
$10,230
29 weeks
$10,570
30 weeks
$10,910
31 weeks
$11,250
32 weeks
$11,590
33 weeks
$11,925
34 weeks
$12,265
35 weeks
$12,605
36 weeks
$12,945
37 weeks
$13,285
38 weeks
$13,625
39 weeks
$13,965
40 weeks
$14,300
41 weeks
$14,640
42 weeks
$14,980
43 weeks
$15,320
44 weeks
$15,660
45 weeks
$16,000
46 weeks
$16,335
47 weeks
$16,675
48 weeks
$17,015
49 weeks
$17,355
50 weeks (max. stay)
$17,695
Average fees
$464 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Maximo Nivel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Hotel and Tourism Internship MA

Work as an intern and help a local Costa Rican company grow.

$464/week

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