ICIES stands for Instituto Costarricense Intercultural en Español and is a small organization devoted to helping students and young professionals in their plans to study or work in Costa Rica. Established almost 15 years ago, we have since helped dozens of Europeans and North Americans from 12 to 30 years old find internships, volunteering work, high school and university programs and arranged everything so that their stay was as smooth as possible.
Our mission is to provide you with the most genuine experience you can get. By allowing you to live with a host family or to be in contact with one during their stay, we make sure that you will be exposed to the living conditions, language, traditions and culture that make ticos who they are. You will form lasting friendships and create memories that will stay with you long after you go back to your home country. We will also put you in touch with diverse recreational activities like salsa dancing, cooking lessons and soccer as well as show you the best spots to eat, go out or watch a movie.
Finally, we also want you to discover the beautiful landscapes and the exotic fauna and flora that have made Costa Rica famous. Hiking on the flanks of volcanoes, walking in secluded beaches and visiting small towns and big cities alike, you will slowly drift into a slower and more relaxed state of mind that you will bring back with you. As we say in Costa Rica, pura vida!
What makes us different
There are dozens of other organizations offering services similar to ours so it might be hard to one to go with. Here’s a couple of reasons why we think you should choose us
Owned by locals, local staff
Focus on Costa Rica
More support for each participant
Host family selection
If you want more information about our organization and what makes us different, don’t hesitate to Contact us for more information