Work and travel in Costa Rica: International Experience Canada
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What Costa Rica offers
The people of Costa Rica live by the motto “pura vida” which translates to “simple (pure) life”. Costa Rican culture is warm, relaxed and friendly making tourists feel at home. People of Costa Rica are happy and sociable people due to a culture of developing solid social networks of friends, families and neighbours. During your stay, expect to be invited to dinner with a Costa Rican family or to play soccer with locals. Spanish is the official language of the country, but several native dialects are spoken, as are English and Chinese.
Costa Rica is beautiful; full of mountains, valleys, grasslands, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and more. Made up of multiple microclimates, it is home to almost 6% of the world’s biodiversity. This truly speaks to the diverse landscapes Costa Rica offers. Take an excursion to the jungle and hike, bird watch, mountain bike or horseback ride. Enjoy water activities like diving, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing or paddle boarding. For the more adventurous type try zip-lining, rafting, surfing or try a waterfall rappelling tour!
Costa Rica has a diversified economy, not only with great agricultural products but also a vibrant knowledge-based economy.
Plan your trip
The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.
Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations (ROs) might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.
Most ROs charge a fee for their services.
- Tourism Costa Rica
- Cultural Information
- Check for travel advisories
- Safety and travel advice for LGBTQ2 travellers
Need more help planning? Contact a recognized organization.
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