Microfinance Internship

founded in 2005
Integrated Learning Experience
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Coordinator | Jose
Coordinator | Jose
Book with Flex Option! Choose new departure dates or change to a different volunteer program at no extra costs.


Improve your Spanish through total immersion.
Work in a fun and relaxed environment.
Gain real-world experience.
Meet other volunteers from around the world.
Work with experienced staff
Interns in this program mentor small and medium business owners so they have sustainable growth and the right tools to manage their company and small loans. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Interns joining the Microfinance and business program will be helping small entrepreneurs manage their business plans, loans and advise them on key decisions for better growth. Interns can also help in workshops that range from basic financial literacy, marketing, accounting, data analysis, and more. Depending on the intern's profile, skills and interests he/she can be assigned to different areas.
Interns must speak basic Spanish and are preferred to have a background in finance, economics, accounting, marketing, and related fields. Intensive Spanish lessons are also available in Costa Rica before starting the internship.

Possible tasks:

  • Financial literacy workshops.
  • Guiding individual small business owners
  • Loan management training.
  • Helping small entrepreneurs establish the right tools for their future business.
  • Helping small entrepreneurs make feasibility studies.
  • Smart use of technology and training in ready available financial tools.

Availability: Year-long.
Program Duration: 4-24 weeks
Location: San Ramon de Alajuela.
Schedule: Flexible schedule, but typically around 30 hours of work per week starting at 8 am. Monday-Friday

Typical day

7 am : breakfast with host family

7:30 am: walk to project

8am : meet with project staff to oversee daily tasks

1pm: lunch time

4pm: Project work time ends

7 pm: Dinner with host family

Free-time activities

San Ramon is centrally located to various places like la Fortuna or Monteverde. Also many hikes are available around San Ramon.

Gyms and various sporting centers are also available.



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 (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
business,economics ,finance,accounting at studying or completed level
Required Documents
CV, online application and
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Work experience appreciatted
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience

  • Accommodation: Host family , in private room with two meals per day
  • Participation in cultural activities.
  • On call support throughout the service.
  • Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service.
  • Orientation to placement
  • Welcome at airport with transport.
  • Certificate of program completion.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pickup provided from SJO airport to you host family or other accommodation.

Host family, in private room with two meals per day.
Or volunteer hostel with no meals and kitchen access (extra cost).

Dorm Room Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Other types of diet may require participant to cook for him/herself.

Two meals per day

Internet Access
Good 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.
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


Details on arrival

Every Sunday at SJO airport.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$313 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Integrated Learning Experience 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 Integrated Learning Experience during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Microfinance Internship

Interns in this program mentor small and medium business owners so they have sustainable growth and the right tools to manage their company and small loans.


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