Work & Travel Abroad

Costa Rica (on hold until further notice)

Find a job before you travel!

If you choose the Costa Rica Platinum package, we will have a work placement before your departure
from your home country! You will have the choice between city jobs with placements in businesses
located in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose, tourism industry jobs throughout the country
or jobs in education.

You have one year to explore Costa Rica. It is great to start with a job in hand and help fund your future travels!
We arrange a job BEFORE you leave Canada.

Three types of placements depending on your experience:

"City Jobs"

Placements in businesses located in the Greater Metropolitan Area of San José. Participating companies include mainly small and medium size businesses in various industries. Placements will vary depending on previous experience of the applicant, language requirements of the position, and other specific requirements.

Example of positions: Data / Marketing Analyst / Call Center Operator/ Special Project Assistant/ Translator

“Tourism Industry Jobs”

Placements in companies operating in the tourism industry. Companies include: hotels, resorts, restaurants, tour operators, and car rental agencies.

Placements are throughout the country including San Jose. Applicants must be open to any location.

Example of positions: Food & Beverage / Activities organizer/ Customer Service/ Front Desk Assistant

“Jobs in Education”

School Teacher Assistant or Administrative Assistant at Bilingual Schools

Open to participants with preferably some teaching experience or students/graduates of an Education degree.

To be eligible for the program:

  • You must be eligible for the Youth Mobility Program Canada-Costa Rica with no dependents
  • You must have Medical Insurance for the entire duration that you are in Costa Rica.
  • You must have a minimum of 6 months experience in customer service positions or need some teaching experience or students/graduates of an Education degree for jobs in education.
  • You must provide a resume, two references and one smiling picture ☺
  • Knowledge of Spanish is a plus.
  • You are open to a new experience, you wish to understand and integrate Costa Rican work culture, you have an interest in Spanish and you are ready to be an Ambassador for Canadian youth!

To be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen and resident with a valid CANADIAN PASSPORT (valid for at a minimum the duration of your visa)
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • You must have a clear Police Record
  • You must be in possession of a departure ticket leaving Costa Rica at the end of your authorized period of stay.
  • You must confirm your intention to travel to Costa Rica and work to supplement your financial resources.
  • You must provide a proof of funds of at least $2.500 Canadian Dollars in a personal bank account or sponsor such as parents

Visa Costs

The working holiday visa costs $112 USD and requires an in person interview at the Costa Rican embassy in Ottawa or one of the Consulates in Toronto or Vancouver. Visa holders must apply for a Temporary residence card upon arrival in Costa Rica. The cost of this card is $98 USD.

What’s included:

  • Instructions on how to apply for the Working Holiday Visa
  • Flexibility in where you book your flight and insurance
  • A paid job placement
  • An orientation on your day of arrival in San Jose
  • A guide about living and working in Costa Rica
  • Travel details and assistance to reach placement destination will be provided before departure
  • Assistance with finding accommodation (some resorts do provide staff accommodation!)
  • Assistance from our partner organization throughout your stay in Costa Rica
  • Advice on opening a bank account

What’s not included:

  • Working Holiday Visa fee (be it processed in Canada or in Costa Rica)
  • Airfare
  • Medical Insurance
  • Transportation to employment
  • Personal expenses

With natural beautiful landscapes, Costa Rica is one of the most visited destinations in Central America by lovers of natural adventures and ecotourism, a term that was created in Costa Rica

The country is divided into seven provinces (San Jose –it is capital city; Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Puntarenas, Guanacaste, and Limon), 81 counties, and 463 districts –in 51,100 square kilometers (19,730 square miles), which is the country size.

Its official currency is the “colón” and Spanish is the native language.

One of the most significant and well-known characteristics of the country is the abolishment of the army, which was removed on December 1st, 1948.

Costa Rica has a number of national symbols that represent Costa Ricans and their traditions.

One of the most important symbols of Costa Rica include the National Anthem, the Coat of Arms in the Republic of Costa Rica, the National Flag, the White-tail Deer, the Guaria Morada (Guarianthe skinneri, a purple orchid), the Marimba, the Oxcart, the Yigüirro, the Guanacaste Tree, among others!

The city of San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica. San Jose is located very close to Juan Santamaria International Airport, which makes the city a frequent stopover for tourists and visitors from all over the world.

Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo has become a hit with tourists due to
its proximity. Participants could visit its stunning white-sand beaches located 3 hours from San Jose. Puerto Viejo is also know for its relaxed attitude
and famous for it’s surfing.

Arenal Volcano

3 hours away from San Jose, the Arenal Volcano is
an unavoidable destination for tourists while being
in Costa Rica. While it’s easy to relax and just enjoy
the beautiful landscape, tourist can also enjoy
exciting activities like hiking, canopying and

Cartago Ruins

Cartago is drenched in unique culture due to its stunning and unique architecture. The landscape of Cartago is very different from most of other
regions in the country. Travelers can explore pre-
Columbian ruins and dive deep into the past and
history of this unique province.

Stone Spheres

One of the strangest mysteries in archaeology was discovered in Costa Rica. Since the 1930’s, hundreds of stone balls have been found, ranging
in size from a few centimeters to over two meters
in diameter. The spheres were initially located in
the Diquis Delta of Costa Rica and are monolithic sculptures made by ancient settlers.

Braulio Carrillo National Park

Located 30 minutes from San José, the Braulio Carrillo offers a dense rainforest, tumbling waterfalls and rushing rivers. Hikers will notice an amazing variety of flora and fauna and will be able
to discover how the scenery can dramatically
change over short distances in Costa Rica.

Program fee:

CAD $1249 + 5% GST (includes a $150 non refundable booking fee)

City and tourism industry jobs are available all year round.

Minimum program Duration: 4 months

Jobs in Education – Periods of employment:
  • Beginning of August 2015 to Mid June 2016
    • Application deadline May 31st, 2015
  • End of January 2016 to beginning of December 2016
    • Application deadline August 30th, 2015

Program start date (Program on hold until further notice)

Please register a minimum 10 to 12 weeks prior to your preferred program start date

Program availability (Program on hold until further notice)

City and tourism industry jobs are available all year round.Minimum program Duration: 4 months

Jobs in Education – Periods of employment

  • Beginning of August 2015 to Mid June 2016
    • Application deadline May 31st, 2015
  • End of January 2016 to beginning of December 2016
    • Application deadline August 30th, 2015