It all basically began very simply… I was super tired of Europe. I know it might sound like a spoiled child speaking, but what I mean is I was tired of all the responsibilities… of the school, work and yes, people I knew too. I needed a change, a break from all known, something exciting.
While studying at my university in Amsterdam, we were supposed to do an internship at any chosen company around the world. So I saw this as an amazing opportunity to explore the rest of the world while working and living for 6 months somewhere where I’ve never been before. I had traveled quite a lot, but I’d never been to Central America before. At first, it all seemed like a crazy dream which would only be possible to accomplish with a lot of money in my pocket… which is never the case 🙂 But thanks to my mindset (or naivity) I decided to look for the internship anyway…. and found one in Costa Rica.
I couldn’t be more excited, as that meant improving my Spanish too! And the fact that the company paid a little pocket money was encouraging too.
I’ve came to realize that once you want something, you can always find means (finances) to achieve it. As a university student in the Netherlands, you can manage to get several grants; to support your internships abroad, and together with some money saved for the flight ticket, I was ready to go.
Highlights and Thoughts
The lifestyles of the Ticos (Costaricans) does not differ that much from the western lifestyle we know. Especially in the capital of San Jose, where shopping malls and fast food restaurants are around every corner. Even though I tried to escape to small towns around the whole country during every weekend a days off, I was totally in love with the locals of San Jose. I’ve never ever met friendlier, more enthusiastic and cheerful people as the friends I’ve met there. I was also surprised by how hard working the Ticos are…many of them study full time while working full time, which is often not the case in Europe.
I opened my laptop and searched interesting companies in Google that I’d be interested to work for. Then I contacted like 50 of them, and 1 of them worked out.
At a house of a local family’,’Escapes VIP, San Jose’,’Watch: https://vimeo.com/117109518?fb_action_ids=10206570809212962&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B968898343128078%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D
Food is delicious!
English is widely spoken.
If you are careful and modest, it is a quite safe country.
To my surprise, Costa Rica’s prices are not that low… comparable to Central Europe.
The best period of my life….I was literally smiling 24/7′,’Salary may not be that high, but to me other things were more important, which I would definitely recommend!