Get an in-depth experience of Education Abroad program development, participant recruitment, in-country experience, and re-entry activities of education abroad. Experience the opportunity to oversee an education abroad program. Live the process, the important concepts and themes associated with the different education abroad phases and understand how details of these aspects affect the student experience abroad.
Costa Rica boasts a wealth of natural scenic beauty and a pleasant climate year-round. San Pedro, the program site, is in the capital and geographical heart of Costa Rica. Interns meet at the institute situated close to museums, parks, a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, and shopping centers. Home stay accommodations are located within walking distance of the institute. Excursions and volunteer opportunities outside the city allow interns to experience the contrasts and variety of scenery in the Central Valley, immersed in tropical forest reserves while overseeing the program and its participants.
IDS-3947 Internship (1 credit)
This is an unpaid experiential learning program hosted either on or off campus, with self-guided touch points for students through Career Services.
Explore and gain confidence and clarity about Education Abroad goals.
Gain hands-on experience at organizing education abroad programs from pre-departure preparation to re-entry activities, and will be able to identify the ‘transferable skills’ gained through their work.
Get acquainted with: International Risk and Security, Program Development, Re-entry Activity Organization, Intercultural Awareness Development.
Begin career planning that enables networking with employment opportunities & resume building
Gain important employability skills
Connect with a professionals in the Education Abroad field to learn more about the career
Total program cost: $1,378
Included in the cost:
Lodging and meals
Museum Entrance Fees
Emergency Health and Evacuation Insurance
Not included in the cost:
How and When to Pay
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Health and Safety
USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.
Interns are responsible for reserving and purchasing their international transportation to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica. Please do not purchase your ticket until the USF Education Abroad Office has released the official group flight schedule, as these will be the flights on which the USF faculty will travel. It is highly advised that interns travel on these flights, as this is the arriving and departing flight schedule that will provide group ground transportation to and from ILISA. Participants who must travel on other than the group-designated flights must arrange to arrive at the San Jose airport at approximately the same time or earlier than the group flight.
Students will be staying with Costa Rican host families who are carefully selected, trained and monitored. This arrangement provides a more in-depth understanding of the daily life of Costa Ricans, who are noted for their friendliness. Cultural awareness is much enhanced by the daily interaction with the homestay families. Another advantage of homestay lodging is that it includes breakfast and dinner daily, thereby making the program more economical for the student. Internet access can be expected at the homestay residences, and at plentiful internet cafes.
Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.
Faculty and Contacts
Nancy Di Bella has been traveling to Costa Rica with USF students since 2005 when she was teaching Spanish for the World Language Department. She has been working as an Education Abroad Program Coordinator since 2014. Education Abroad has enabled her to experience teaching for programs abroad as Faculty leader and as a Program Coordinator. This has given her a better appreciation for everything involved in the coordination of programs abroad, from the idea and its proposal to actually taking students to the destination and overseeing their experience in country.