Internship in Education

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founded in 2003
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High­lights

Give back to the local communities by providing them with much needed help.
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.
Gain professional experience in an International setting.
Gain professional experience in teaching English to local communities in San José! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Education internship placements are in private or International Baccalaureate (IB) schools. The classes you teach and/or assist with are in English, and the schools are typically bilingual. Interns are paired with a designated faculty member at the school and report directly to them.


Possible tasks for Education Interns include: 
• Observe and aid in classroom instruction and management 
• Develop lesson plans and teach designated subjects 
• Work with students both in small groups and one-on-one 
• Attend weekly meetings with the school director 

When finding a suitable internship placement, we always take your goals and interests into account. You gain valuable experience in your desired field, but please also keep in mind that placements are meant to be mutually beneficial. The tasks available and assigned to you may vary depending on the current projects and aims of the school in which you are placed. 

You are always supported by our in-country coordinators, but they are not with you at your placement every day. Please be prepared for some independence and leadership.

The majority of internship placements are located in and around San José. 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 your project, though taxis are widely 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 your work place. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip will rarely cost more than ₡350 (about $0.75). Taxis will be much more expensive and the cost will vary.

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

Within San José, participants can take a city tour, see shows at the National Theatre, visit the central market, and go zip-lining. Our local staff always posts a monthly events calendar to let them know of the activities going on around Maximo. Outside of San José, they can hike up volcanos, go whitewater rafting, and take a trip to the Pacific or Caribbean coasts. There are a lot of options and our staff is well-acquainted with the area to help advise on the must-see places. Tours and trips can also be easily booked through our on-site travel partner.

Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
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)
Criminal Background Check
required
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 in San José is included. Interns 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)
$1,995
5 weeks
$2,290
6 weeks
$2,585
7 weeks
$2,880
8 weeks
$2,995
12 weeks
$4,175
16 weeks
$5,355
50 weeks (max. stay)
$15,385
Average fees
$403 /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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Internship in Education

Gain professional experience in teaching English to local communities in San José!

$403/week

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