Volunteer in Costa Rica with INLEX and join a dedicated team of international volunteers making a positive impact in various fields. Alternatively, you can intern as well if you have experience in the chosen program or related field.
Costa Rica is widely known as a destination of great biodiversity, great beaches, warm culture, and stunning natural wonders. By joining our volunteer program in Costa Rica or internship program you will be able to experience Costa Rica in a very different and authentic way, immersing yourself in the “tico”(Costa Rican) way of life.
You will be working alongside other international volunteers and interns, making a positive impact in needed areas of Costa Rica. There are many fields to choose from including education, construction, medical programs and more. If you don’t find what you are looking for, get in touch with us as new opportunities are always becoming available.
Working since 2005, INLEX has created a wide network of opportunities for internships in Costa Rican organization and companies. Internships are available in different fields and some require previous knowledge, see below what we have available.
Most of our programs are located in San Ramon de Alajuela and neighboring towns.
Wildlife programs are located on the pacific coast and central rain forest regions.
Pickups are available from 8 am-10:30 pm on specified dates.
Can’t make it these dates?
Let us know, we are flexible!
5, 12, 19, 26
7, 21, 28
7, 14, 21
4, 11, 18, 25
2, 16, 23, 30
6, 13, 20, 27
4, 11, 18, 25
1, 8, 22, 29
5, 12, 19, 26
3, 17, 24, 31
7, 14, 21
We don’t expect volunteers or interns to be experts in Spanish, but we expect them to be able to communicate in their projects.
If you don’t know Spanish, don’t worry! We offer intensive Spanish classes before your program.
Interns are expected to have a higher level of Spanish in general
Two accommodation choices are available:
Host Family: You will be provided with a bed in a welcoming local host family near your project. The host family provides two meals per day.
Volunteer hostel: The hostel option is for people who want to meet other travelers and volunteers. The accommodation is dormitory-style with a locker.
Many volunteers are surprised to find that they have to pay a fee, but in order to make our programs sustainable, we have to charge a fee per volunteer. Many of the costs are incurred even before you leave your home country.
Included in your program are Spanish classes (if you included them), housing, food, orientation, walking tour, emergency support, transport from the airport, use of our facilities, etc. Your fees go into paying our kind staff, teachers, legal fees, taxes, host families, food, transportation, internet, phone bills, other utilities, maintenance, rental space, insurance, office supplies, the volunteer application process, emergency support, arranging and designing all of our programs, infrastructure, maintaining our website, making promotional material, establishing new partnerships with other organizations and much more! But most importantly, these fees go into making sure you have great experience volunteering and everything runs smoothly.
You will arrive at Juan Santamaría international airport where you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. Please look for a sign with your name on it. From the airport, you will be transported to your accommodation.
Airport information: http://www.fly2sanjose.net/
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ENTER COSTA RICA WITH A RETURN TICKET WITHIN 90 DAYS AFTER YOUR ARRIVAL DATE, OF WHICH YOU CAN CHANGE AFTER ENTERING THE COUNTRY. COSTA RICAN IMMIGRATION MAY DENY YOUR ENTRY IF YOUR EXIT TICKET IS NOT WITHIN THE 90 DAY PERIOD.
Costs vary depending on how long you want to stay, visit our costs section and options you choose.
The richness of Costa Rica stems from the cultural diversity of its people. Throughout its history, waves of immigrants have added to the pre-Hispanic native populations, settling on this land and making it their home.
Presently, in addition to the majority Mestizo demographic, there are several colonial and national immigrant ethnicities that have restored their unique cultural heritage like African descendants, Chinese, Hebrews, Lebanese, Italians, etc., as well as native people of Bribri, Cabécar, Maleku, Teribe, Boruca, Ngöbe, Huetar and Chorotega.
Currency: El Colón, USD 1.00 = ¢ 600.00 (average exchange rate, September 2018). The US Dollar can be used in some touristic places but not throughout the whole country.
Climate: The country has a tropical and subtropical climate and is part of the Neotropic Ecozone. Costa Rica’s dry season in most places is from December to April, while the rainy season is from May to November. The average temperature is from 18ºC – 30ºC.
Typical food: Gallo Pinto and Casado are typical dishes in the country but you will find that it differs by region. The basic diet includes beans, rice, meat, seafood, all kind of fresh vegetables and fruits, bread and tortillas which is what you will be mainly eating.