Community Internship

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High­lights

Contribute to UN SDG #4, Quality Education and #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Immerse in a new culture and work on community development projects at a grass roots level
Opportunity to complete an optional Community Development online course offered in partnership with University of Richmond in the United States
Learn Spanish and experience a new culture
Travel to Cimaronnes, Costa Rica to work as an intern on essential community development initiatives. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families

Experience the Costa Rican culture when you travel to the village of Cimaronnes to work on empowerment initiatives.

As a participant on this program you will contribute directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6, Quality education. Join a team of international participants and work on various activities depending on the needs of the community at the time.


You could expect to get involved in:

  • Teaching health, wellness and sports at a high school
  • Teaching English and/or math at a high school
  • Teaching English at an Elementary School
  • Potential adult English classes
  • Working with a Women's Entrepreneur group (meetings biweekly)

Expect to be challenged and immersed in real projects, so you will need to be creative, agile, and resourceful, all the while mindful that you will be working with community members who have limited resources.


This program includes an optional Community Development online course which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States.


Get in touch for more information!


Typical day

Participants are expected to remain flexible as project work changes based on weather as well as needs of our project partners.

Estimated Schedule:
8-10am: Work with Community
12pm: Lunch
1pm - 4pm: Work with Community
6pm: Dinner
9pm: Bed Time

Interns will have weekly sessions with an in country mentor. 

Free-time activities

By participating in this program, you are not only offered an opportunity to work toward conserving ecosystems but also the opportunity to see local sites! Our dedicated field staff are the best resource when researching local trips, they have compiled this list of activities.


These side trips are not included in the program fee but are highly recommended:

  • Irazu Volcano National Park 

  • Puerto Viejo

  • White Water Rafting 

  • Cahuita National park 

  • Tortuguero Hill Hike

  • Zipline Rainforest Canopy tour 

  • Coffee plantation tour 

  • Kayaking & Canoeing

The possibilities are endless!


Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
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 (basic level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No specific skills required, all training is provided online 8 weeks prior to program start through self paced training materials. This program requires you to have basic Spanish and so a minimum of 10 Hours of lessons is compulsory unless you are fluent.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by GVI

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Certification and summary of training and experience received
  • Confidential professional reference
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Teamwork and leadership experience
  • Weekly evaulation with your mentor
  • Welcome meeting

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pick ups are provided from Juan Santamaria Airport within a specified time period. 

Accommodation

In central Costa Rica, Cimaronnes our base is nestled in the valley between two national parks. 

Accommodation is in shared dormitories and can be considered basic. 

 




Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
 Meals are included and participants will take it in turns to cook meals for the group. Dietary requirements can be catered for. 
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


2021
  • 29 May 2021
  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 24 Jul 2021
  • 21 Aug 2021
  • 18 Sep 2021
  • 16 Oct 2021
  • 13 Nov 2021
2022
  • 08 Jan 2022
  • 22 Jan 2022
  • 05 Feb 2022
  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 05 Mar 2022
  • 19 Mar 2022
  • 02 Apr 2022
  • 16 Apr 2022
  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 14 May 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 11 Jun 2022
  • 25 Jun 2022
  • 09 Jul 2022
  • 23 Jul 2022
  • 06 Aug 2022
  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 03 Sep 2022
  • 17 Sep 2022
  • 01 Oct 2022
  • 15 Oct 2022
  • 29 Oct 2022
  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 26 Nov 2022
  • 10 Dec 2022

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

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$3,593
6 weeks
$4,325
8 weeks
$4,935
10 weeks
$5,545
12 weeks (max. stay)
$6,277
Average fees
$711 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. GVI 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 GVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Community Internship

Travel to Cimaronnes, Costa Rica to work as an intern on essential community development initiatives.

$583/week

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