Would you like to help GLV grow and receive more volunteers for our projects? Would you like to build your resume, gain invaluable work experience, and even fulfill course credits for your university degree? Then you should apply for our GLV Internship program.
- Age requirement: 18+ years
- Working Schedule: 5 days a week (Monday – Friday) for 6 – 8 hours a day
- Language requirement: You must speak English and a basic level of Spanish would be an advantage, but it is not necessary.
- Costs: Each week is $149 payable to GLV or directly to your host family
- Accommodation: Host family
- Food: 3 meals daily
- Location: Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula, Southern Costa Rica
- We provide: 24/7 emergency telephone support
- Optional: A letter of recommendation and certificate at the end of your volunteer time
We are always looking for communications, media, and marketing interns with good computer skills. We need help to “spread the word” of the projects we have on offer in Costa Rica. With your help, you’ll help all of the projects in Costa Rica to receive more volunteers…!
You will work closely with the Owner of GLV and Costa Rica Program Manager – Janina Schan – and you’ll learn what you’ll have to do.
At the end you’ll receive a certificate and a letter of recommendation for your successful internship completion. Let us know if you need to meet any special requirements for your program of study or for your school – we are glad to accommodate your needs for a thesis or major paper.
We are receiving lots of University students that conduct their major research within Green Life Volunteers – just ask us and we’ll help you with your school requirements!
What We Offer
- After your internship we offer you to go to a project of your choice for the weekly fee only (!) – so you won’t have to pay the initial organizational fee and you’ll only pay the weekly fee for the project’s accommodation and food.
- A quite flexible and relaxed work schedule. Usually you’d work 5 days a week for around 6-8 hours a day (depending on the schedule of the Program Manager) – You’ll have the weekends off and be able to explore the Osa Peninsula and Costa Rica!
- We find an amazing host family for you, where you’ll be staying and receive 2-3 meals a day. You will only have to pay for your host family stay, the costs are 149 USD per week. We may also be able to organize an apartment for you, and you’ll only have to pay around 250 USD per month for rent, and cook your own meals. We will discuss your options during your sign up process – depending on your length of stay you may choose a host family stay or your own apartment.
- Fun and “Pura Vida” work environment attitude. We believe that it should always be fun to work at GLV !
What you’ll be doing
- Contact Universities, Travel Agencies, and other organizations via email to promote our projects
- Make project videos using video editing software
- Promotion on volunteer sites
- Help making flyers and brochures
- Help with website content writing
- Assist with promoting Green Life Volunteers
- Update social media websites
How do you qualify
- Have your own laptop computer that you can bring to Costa Rica and work on
- Have experience and enjoy working on computers
- Have experience in media/communications/marketing (not essential though)
- Speak English fluently (Necessary)
- Spanish on a basic level would be good, but is not essential
- Any other language (for example German) would be great too!
The costs for this project are:
- You’ll just pay the weekly fee, $149 per week, to live with your host family if you’re an Intern with GLV
Not included in our costs:
- National and International flights
- Travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Additional travel
- Any additional food or snacks besides the host family meals
- First night in San Joe in a hostel
- Transport to and from the project from San Jose
- Last night in San Jose in a hostel
- Taxis and airport shuttles
- Other personal expenses
You’ll be located in one of the most beautiful parts of the country – in Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica!
From here you can do almost any fun activity – dolphin and whale watching, hiking in Corcovado National park, lying at the beach and swimming, surfing, canopy tours, tree climbing and waterfall rappelling, horseback riding, and much much more!
The town you’ll be living and working at is called Puerto Jimenez, and is a hip and small little village. There is a hosptial, medical facilities, pharmacies, and dentists. We have banks and supermarkets. There is also a small swimming beach close to town. It’s a very Costa Rican place, and less touristy and developed than other parts of Costa Rica.
To find out more read out Location section.
Read what our past Interns had to say:
Jian spent 2 months at GLVs office and helped with videos, web work, and promotions. Read his review: "I spent two months interning in Green Life Volunteers. While I am now sitting down and looking back what I had been through in the past days, I would say it is a...
Project: GLV Internship. Length: 7 months. Age of Volunteer at the time of volunteering: 26. I did my graduation internship at Green Life Volunteers in Costa Rica. Green Life Volunteers is a very nice non-profit volunteer organization. Green Life Volunteers is...
Project Name: GLV Internship. Project Length: 7 months. Age of volunteer at time of volunteer project: 25. My name is Kaho Leung and I did my graduation internship at Green Life Volunteers. Janina Schan is the owner, a very helpful young woman who has a clear vision...
Green Life Volunteers has only strengthened my desire to travel and explore different cultures. There’s a big difference between volunteering in your home country and doing so abroad. You experience so much more by living in a way that’s new to you. Well, at least I...
All of GLVs Past Interns
Jian, June -July 2016
Jian was GLVs intern in May - June - July of 2016. He did an amazing job, and helped mainly with video editing and GLV promotions on University and Volunteer platforms. He was an amazing intern - and he enjoyed his stay very much. Read his full review here.
Carlies, 2015 - 2016
Carlies is here together with Thyrza through their Tourism Degree on the HZ Unviersity of Applied Sciences in Vissingen, the Netherlands. They're staying for a 7 months internship at GLV. She's helping with all aspects of GLV's office and administrative work, and is also writing her major thesis on the topics of volunteering. Her main focus in GLV is writing new website content, making handbooks for each project, and promoting projects at Universities around the world. Thyrza and Carlies have also been fostering dogs and Carlies even adopted a doggie and are taking her back to the Netherlands.
Thyrza, 2015 - 2016
Thyrza is here together with Carlies through their Tourism Degree on the HZ Unviersity of Applied Sciences in Vissingen, the Netherlands. They're staying for a 7 months internship at GLV. Thyrza is helping with all aspects of GLV's office and administrative work, and is also writing her major thesis on the topics of volunteering. For that she's been interviewing various volunteers. She also helped GLV a lot with making beautiful project videos and with general promotions of our projects on different websites.
Guanho, 2014 - 2015
Guanho was an intern in 2014-2015 through the Tourism Degree on the HZ Unviersity of Applied Sciences in Vissingen, the Netherlands. He was doing his 7 months internship also together with Kaho. They've been helping with all aspects of GLV's office and administrative work, and also wrote their major thesis on the topics of volunteering. Guanho's focus was the projects.
Kaho, 2014 - 2015
Kaho was an intern in 2014-2015 through the Tourism Degree on the HZ Unviersity of Applied Sciences in Vissingen, the Netherlands. He was doing his 7 months internship also together with Guanho. They've been helping with all aspects of GLV's office and administrative work, and also wrote their major thesis on the topics of volunteering. Kaho's focus was student volunteering.
Allison spent 3 months in Puerto Jimenez and helped mainly with the dog and cat rescue project. She was a real asset to GLV since she took off a lot of work of Janina Schan's shoulders and helped with many aspects of Green Life Volunteers' dog and cat rescue project. She's now back in the USA was an adopted dog that used to be a street dog for years in Puerto Jimenez.
Avery was an excellent intern for 2 months with Green Life Volunteers in 2014. She was helping with all administrative aspects and promoting of projects.
Abigail helped for a short time in 2014 with making of videos. This was a new aspect of GLV and she was the first intern to have helped with that aspect of GLV.
Judy was with Green Life Volunteers in 2013 and was one of the first long term interns of GLV. She helped with promoting GLVs projects in the world, and did a great job at it.