Share your theater expertise by interning with a community arts group in San José, Costa Rica, the country’s cultural and political capital. You will contribute your own creative input and skills to the organization, culminating in a final project that you will develop. Through your internship you will learn about the dynamics of a performing arts organization as well as gain an international perspective about theater. In order for participants to become fully involved in the community theater group, PAA’s minimum internship length is one month.
Experience the diverse culture of one of Central America’s most interesting and thrilling destinations. From the influence of Afro-Caribbean rhythms to pre-Columbian dances to traditionally Spanish music, Costa Rica’s arts scene infuses every aspect of the country. Theater, opera, ballet, and classical music are flourishing in the cultural center of San Jose, home to the National Theater, National Dance Workshop, and National Symphony Orchestra. On the country’s Caribbean coast, theater, music and dance are an integral part of everyday life. You’re sure to be inspired by the calypso and reggae music, an annual music festival, and traditional performances that tell stories of enchanted coffee pickers. Outside of the realm of performing arts, this breathtaking destination leaves no shortage of activities to satisfy your appetite for delicious food, thrilling adventure, or unique activities. You will be hours away from cloud forests, beaches, and rainforests in one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world.
Complete your experience of Costa Rican culture and the Spanish language by living with a host family during the length of your internship. Located in charming neighborhoods throughout the city, you will stay in a middle class home in a private room. Along with building relationships with your family, you will be provided with breakfast, dinner, and laundry service while living in your home stay. Please click on the second small photograph to the right of this text to see a picture of a participant with his host family.
Flexible start dates. Application deadline is two months before you would like your internship to begin. If the two month deadline has passed, please contact us to see if an exception is possible.
• Airport pickup and drop-off
• Accommodation with host family
• Guaranteed internship placement
• Welcome orientation
• Cultural activities such as cooking, Latin dance, and Spanish conversation
• Tour of city including guided accompaniment of how to travel to internship
• Weekly individual meeting with program leader to ensure successful experience
• Free luggage storage, internet usage, and Costa Rican coffee and juice at program headquarters
• Optional excursions
• Professional, English-speaking on-site staff
• 24-hour emergency support
• Pre-departure orientation
• Post-program support
• Opportunity to add Spanish course for discounted price
*If accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be due upon accepting our offer. This is not an additional fee; it will be applied toward the total cost of the program.
Please note: Performing Arts Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner companies.
Spend anywhere from one month onward working with a performing arts organization in San José. New awareness and spaces for artistic expression are being created in Costa Rica for children in vulnerable conditions, which presents great opportunities for volunteering and internships. During your internship, you will be involved in the creative process of a company and will contribute your own skills and ideas. At the same time, you will learn how an international arts organization functions, how theater is created in Costa Rica, and experience cultural collaboration that will help you grow as an artist. Each internship is customized, meaning that specific duties and tasks will vary widely from person to person. Example internships include:
• Working with a local theater group, leading workshops and classes with the chance of performing with the company if qualified.
• Interning with a socially progressive theater group that focuses on female empowerment teaching theater to girls and women. Duties include helping develop performances that focus on women’s rights, abuse and health issues, along with leading specific workshops.
• Assisting with pronunciation, intonation, and tone with a Costa Rican theater organization that performs in English. You will also contribute your own acting skills through workshops and courses.
• Working at the National Theater in San Jose, helping with operations, participating in rehearsals, managing the season, etc.