Live the Osa Costa Rica Internship & Immersion Program

College Students and Graduates

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Live the Osa is more than just a program. This is an opportunity to become part of this rural Costa Rican community, to live and work with the locals. This program is based on strong, trustworthy connections within this welcoming community. The experience will inherently change your perspective on life.

A True Costa Rican Experience

  • Live with a local family in a rural village
  • Practice your Spanish
  • Get to know the local community
  • Intern at a variety of interesting locations
  • Chose your own dates (year-round, 1 to 12 week stays)
  • Explore this amazing part of the world

"The trip truly stands out as the best 4 weeks of my life. I know the friendships I formed with the host family and my internship hosts, not to mention those with other locals whom I simply met along the way, will last forever. That said, it's the people and community I appreciated most ... not just the monkeys and scarlet macaws flying overhead. I don't just want to return one day, I have to! Gracias por todo El Ceibo. Pura vida por siempre esta en mi corazon."
-José, Summer 2010

Participant Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age (some exceptions may be granted)
  • Presently an enrolled college student or recent college graduate
  • Some Spanish background is a plus, but not required
  • Some travel experience is useful, but not required
  • Must have desire, confidence, motivation and leadership skills
  • Must be flexible and open to new ideas and cultures
  • Must be physically and mentally able to live in a small village in a tropical climate


$100 application fee
$100 for 10 one-on-one Spanish classes

$400 per week includes:
  • Lodging (with local family)
  • Three meals a day (if eaten with the family)
  • Internship logistics and bicycle use (during entire stay)
  • Does not include travel expenses (see travel section for details)
  • Stay for a minimum of one week and a maximum of 3 months
  • Payment is required in full six weeks before arrival date (see Terms and Conditions). Cost is only a per week rate. Daily rates are not offered and extra stays will be charged for a full week unless you stay as a tourist.


__Submit application online
__Ask for letters of reference via online form
__Schedule in-person or phone interview

Once accepted you will receive the Live the Osa Handbook, then you may...

__Print online forms, sign and send along with required attachments
__Pay $100 deposit (checks payable to Live the Osa, LLC)
__Pay remainder of program cost at least six weeks before leaving date (or apply $50 late fee)
__Give Helaine all travel itinerary information, international flight, hotel, domestic flight or bus schedule

Personal Checklist

__Apply for passport
__Check with doctor on immunization updates
__Purchase international ticket
__Make domestic flight reservation
__Make San José hotel reservation or talk to Helaine about homestay option
__Pack (see packing list for suggestions)
__Give emergency contact important information, flight information, phone numbers, and copy of passport and credit cards