Live the Osa Costa Rica Internship & Immersion Program

Teacher Application

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Workshop Dates:Thursday, August 5th - Saturday August 14th, 2021

Application deadline: Sunday, May 23, 2021

Informational meeting: Thursday, May 6 at 4:00 pm EST (send email to to register and get the Zoom link)

The total number of accepted applicants will be 14


Live the Osa, LLC is teaming with The National Writing Project of New Hampshire to bring you this 10-day summer workshop in Costa Rica. This trip is an opportunity for teachers to live in Costa Rica, reflect on cultural differences, attend local schools, see the natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula, share ideas with colleagues and reflect on your experiences through writing.

Live the Osa is more than just a program. This is an opportunity to become part of this rural Costa Rican community, to live and work with the locals as well as collaborate with US colleagues. This program is based on strong, trustworthy connections within this welcoming community. The experience will inherently change your perspective on life and create new ideas for your classroom.

Group Trip Cost

Approximately $2400 per person includes everything, except Plymouth State University credits (which are available for an extra fee). Please inquire about professional development funds.

Participant Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age
  • At least one year of teaching experience (any level and/or subject area)
  • Some Spanish background is a plus, but not required
  • Some travel experience is useful, but not required
  • Strong desire, confidence, motivation and leadership skills
  • Strong desire to continue teaching career
  • Flexible and open to new ideas and cultures
  • Physically and mentally able to live in a small village in a tropical climate

Other Requirements

  • In addition to the trip, participants will be required to attend one full-day workshop a few weeks before departure and one full-day workshop upon return.
  • Participants will also be required to write a reflection paper upon return.

Additional Options

  • Upon return, participants may do additional coursework in order to receive Plymouth State credits.
  • Returned participants from each year will be invited to be part of ongoing PLC meetings with the focus of bringing culture into your curriculum, school and district.


Day Morning Afternoon Night
Day 1 Fly to San José Bus to Parrita Hotel Wilson - Parrita
Day 2 Bus to Osa Spanish Class
Visit Mangroves
Day 3 Sustainable Farm Spanish Class
Writing and Reflection
Day 4 Medicinal Plant Farm Prepare for Homestay, Spanish Class Homestay
Day 5 Visit Elementary Schools Scavenger Hunt in Town Homestay
Day 6 Visit High School Rainforest Hike
Reflection and Writing
Day 7 Boat Across Golf to Nicuesa Eco-Lodge Rainforest Hike
Plan English Lesson
Day 8 Horseback to Rural School
Teach English
Visit another rural school
Teach English
Day 9 Pick Up from Homestays, Shopping in Town Wrap-Up, Beach, Salsa Dancing Ceibo
Day 10 Fly to San José Fly to Boston Home