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It´s a little more difficult to find jobs here than in other Latin American countries, and wages are much lower than those in the U.S., with the average worker making $300 - $500 a month (although cost of living is cheaper as well). English language institutes in San Jose are the biggest employers of foreigners. Jobs in the tourism industry that require English speakers are also an option. Writers may be able to get paid for submissions to the English language newspaper, The Tico Times. The most hassle-free way to work in Costa Rica is by getting a job with one of the multi-national corporations that has a base there, such as Standard Fruit or Motorola. These jobs will also pay you a much larger salary. You may also be able to find a job with an NGO – there are several in Costa Rica that focus on agriculture, government, education, and health. Technically work permits are required, the obtainment of which can be a long and difficult process, but many people just cross the border every three months to get a new tourist visa.

Going through an organization that offers work abroad programs will definitely facilitate the process of obtaining legal employment. They will help with navigating logistical matters, such as work permits, and often offer job-placement services. provides a list of such organizations.

12 Oct 2010

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