1. Sign Up
Complete our easy online application and pay a $95 deposit towards the program fee (refundable in the unlikely event that placement is not possible). We’ll contact you right away to confirm your preferred travel dates and program details, and finalize your enrollment.
2. Receive pre-departure materials and support
Before traveling you’ll have some pre-departure resources to review in your own time. Your InterExchange program coordinator is available to answer any questions you have as you prepare to travel.
3. Arrive in Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio placements: Arrive at San José (SJO) airport on any Saturday. You’ll be met by a representative and taken to the home of a San José host family for the night. Sunday morning you’ll be set up with an onward bus transfer to Quepos (close to Manuel Antonio) where your host family will be waiting.
San José placements: Arrive at San José (SJO) airport on any Sunday. You’ll be met by a representative who will bring you into San José. There a host family will welcome you for your first night in Costa Rica.
You can check in with support staff in either location on your arrival day, depending on your time of arrival. In case of flight delays or other concerns, you’ll have the office and emergency contact numbers.
Your host family will ensure you know where to go for an orientation meeting Monday morning. Following orientation and an ESL crash course, a support staff member will ensure that you know your way around. They will travel with you to your teaching assignment on your first day.
Mondays - Fridays you’ll go to your teaching assignment by walking or public bus (about $0.60). Schedules vary but expect to teach about 3-4 hours per day, either in the morning or afternoon depending on the project. If you opt to join a Spanish class, this will be scheduled in your down time.
As a teacher or tutor, you work with students one-on-one or in groups. Your responsibilities may include preparing lessons in advance, teaching through games and activities, and/or providing support on-site for other teachers and students. Especially if your teaching assignment takes place at a school, you will likely be assisting another teacher, who is a non-native English speaker.
6. Enjoy the Weekend
While some projects may have special requests for weekend help, in general weekends are free to travel and explore. San José is a great leaping-off point for a number of national parks, volcanoes, and other sites. Manuel Antonio is great for its beaches as well as Manuel Antonio National Park. Support staff can assist you with your travel plans and there are usually other participants looking to link up and travel together.
7. Check out and plan your next trip!
The final day of your program will be a Saturday. Breakfast will be provided as usual, and then you will need to make your own way to your next destination. A return transfer to the airport can be booked, optionally. Contact InterExchange for help with your next international adventure!