Live the Osa Costa Rica Internship & Immersion Program
Live the Osa intern working with students at a school


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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."

Live the Osa intern working with an accountant at an office

Participant Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age (some exceptions may be granted)
  • 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

$500 per week includes:
  • Lodging
  • Three meals a day
  • Internship logistics
  • Bicycle use
  • Does not include travel expenses
  • 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.

$10 for one hour of Spanish lessons (optional)

Live the Osa intern working at a fruit and vegetable vendor

Internship Options

There are many options for internships (beyond the list below), and we will work with you to make the best possible matches. We recommend you try more than one. Our local host will organize your internships in advance and introduce you upon arrival; however, it is your responsibility to set a schedule with your internship and follow through with the set responsibilities.

Some options include:

  • Public Elementary and High Schools
  • Private Elementary Bilingual School
  • Law Office
  • Bank
  • Dental Office
  • Accounting Firm
  • Fisherman
  • Pharmacy
  • Local Store
  • Construction
  • Hotel
  • National Park
  • Restaurant
  • Police Station
  • Environmental Non-Profit
  • Sustainable Farm
  • Medicinal Plant Garden