Spanish language, impressive nature, unfamiliar culture… hotel internship in Costa Rica
Recently, s-w-e-p also organizes hotel internships in Costa Rica.
The country in Central America is approximately 11 flight hours away from Europe. Costa Rica has a lot to offer – but there are also some things you have to keep in mind.
Before you take the decision to do your hotel internship in Costa Rica, you should be aware of the fact, that Costa Rica cannot be compared with Europe. The level of poverty is very high and there is a great number of people suffering from poverty. Even though none of our interns’ was robbed in Costa Rica, we would like to point out that you have to take care of your valuables like your money, mobile phone, camera, etc., especially because you are in a poor country. On the other side, the locals are really open-minded and helpful. The Middle American country is known for its very friendly, happy and relaxed atmosphere.
For a hotel work placement in Costa Rica you should have intermediate Spanish skills because the most locals are unable to speak in English. Moreover, it is usual that the employees as well as our interns work 6 days per week. In other words, the Costa Rican workers have a 48 hours week with just one day off. However, their workload is quite different than the workload in our culture as for example the work attitude is more relaxed. You cannot expect that everything is planned in detail. And that is the point: While you are realizing your internship in Costa Rica you have to get used to the way how the locals handle their tasks and you will learn to deal with the unfamiliar working style.
During your internship you will further improve your Spanish skills and you will gain valuable experiences in the hotel industry. In your leisure time, you can discover the unique landscape and the flora and fauna by visiting the beautiful national parks. Furthermore, you can go for a daytrip to the capital San José. We also recommend you a trip to the neighboring country Panama – it is definitely worth and we are sure you will enjoy it!
Until now we have organized various hotel internships in Costa Rica and all our interns were totally impressed by the unique, beautiful landscape and the great diversity of the country.
By realizing a hotel work placement in Costa Rica, you will develop your own personality for sure. You will gain invaluable experiences that will accompany you your whole life, and you will have memories that last forever. Due to the beautiful nature, there are many things to see and explore. For example: Rainforests, cloud forests, beautiful sand beaches, flora and fauna, volcanic landscapes etc.
To get more information about Costa Rica, please go to “Locations – Costa Rica”.
If you are interested in having a relaxed time with less party nights but with plenty of adventures and experiences in the nature, then Costa Rica could be the right country for your hotel internship! ?
Why should you do your internship in Costa Rica?
You are thinking about doing an internship in Costa Rica? We will tell you more about the beautiful country and convince you to go there. A destination which became more and more popular within the last years. This adventurous and fascinating place is a hot spot for travelers from all over the world. There are just too many reasons why to do an internship in Costa Rica.
How to describe Costa Rica in 3 words?
Happiness – Coffee – Jungle
Probably this says it all “Pura Vida” (pure life) resembles the whole lifestyle and the attitude in one of the 20 countries in Latin America. People in Costa Rica are well-known for their happiness. Luckily, our Italian friend Christopher Columbus discovered the country in 1502 as the first European and was immediately heartily welcomed by the inhabitants. Every town or village has the holy trinity: a church, a bar and a soccer field. Those are the 3 things Ticos (inhabitants of Costa Rica are called Ticos and Ticas) need to have in their lives to be happy and satisfied.
Before travelling to Costa Rica you should know at least some main facts:
Costa Rica was a colony of Spain for 300 years until they got independent in 1838. Therefore we can assume that the official language of the country is Spanish.
The country which is located in Central America itself has about 4.5 million inhabitants, whereby 1/5 of the population lives in the capital San José. Probably every second banana you ever bought has its origin from Costa Rica as they are the second largest exporter after Ecuador of Banana-licious.
For the coffee addicts among us, probably you will visit Coffee Heaven.
When it goes to this issue the Ticos are really exact. The equivalents of wine tasters in France are Catadores (specialists in tasting coffee) in Costa Rica. They have a special training of 5 years. An indication to recognize high-quality coffee: If it tastes nice when it is cold, it is definitely a good one.
One of the reasons to plan your internship in Costa Rica is of course the food: The Costa Rican cuisine is just a must for all the food lovers out there. From various exotic fruits like coconuts, mammon chino, mammon, pejibaje and a lot of more. Basically a traditional Costa Rican dish has to (yes has to) consist out of meat, rice with beans (which they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner – always) potatoes, veggies and the famous Salsa Lizano (traditional Costa Rican sauce which is similar to Worchester sauce, all restaurants have it on the table).
Peace and nature
If you like adventures, nature and animals – you will be so stunned by this place! Costa Rica is offering a lot to see: gorgeous beaches, beautiful jungles and a variety of animals which you probably only know from TV. Birds are singing everywhere around you, if you just look up on a tree you will be watched by a sloth. How can you not be happy in such a place like this?
Therefore, it is no miracle that Costa Rica has no army. The army was abolished by the government in 1948. Peace, neutrality and freedom, this is what Costa Rica stands for and lives every day to its fullest.