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Global Service Learning Program in Costa Rica

The ILR School is in the works of creating a pilot summer Global Service Learning (GSL) opportunity in San Jose, Costa Rica with the organization FUNDECOR. FUNDECOR was established through international cooperation (a grant and endowment from USAID) as a Costa RicaCosta Rican non-governmental organization in 1989.  FUNDECOR ’s concentration is in sustainable economic development with a focus on preserving the land and the economy of the Central Volcanic Region of Costa Rica.  It is also working throughout Central America as well as northern South America.

ToucanThe GSL program will focus on strengthening the human resources function at FUNDECOR as the organization expands to the next level of growth and complexity.  The relevance of this GSL experience for ILR students is to provide a robust international experience for 2-3 students interested in human resources in an international NGO setting. The project will entail reviewing and analyzing a human resources assessment report which was completed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) a few years ago where recommendations were made regarding compensation practices, benchmarking of salaries, and job descriptions.  ILR students will be asked to analyze the report and to follow-up on its recommendations.

Details about the Costa Rica GSL Program

Number of opportunities: 2 or 3 ILR students will be selected for the pilot 2014 summer program.

Timing: Students will travel to Costa Rica in early June for a period of 6-weeks.  Exact dates will be provided.

Pre-departure Course: Students selected to the program will be REQUIRED to take part in 4 pre-departure sessions (the dates and times will be set up to accommodate the schedules of the participants). 


All program-related costs will be covered through an ILR grant.  These items include housing, food, cost for transportation to work and work-related activity, round-trip airline flight from the USA  to San Jose (returning to the same US airport), and MEDEX (emergency evacuation  insurance).  Students will be required to pay for all personal-related spending in Costa Rica (souvenirs, weekend travel, etc.), passport costs, immunizations  and health insurance coverage while in Costa Rica (most health insurance policies already cover international health care costs).


Safe housing, located near reliable public transportation, will be identified by FUNDECOR for the ILR students.  Housing costs will be covered by ILR (see above).


Minimum GPA of 2.9 at the time of departure and be in good standing with the ILR School and the university (no pending Judicial Administrative violations). Spring 2014 graduates are not eligible (you must be enrolled in ILR for fall 2014). 


The ideal candidate will have demonstrated cross-cultural skills, experience in human resources (courses and internship experience), excellent written and oral communication skills, team work experience, service-orientation, flexibility, adaptability and maturity.  Knowledge of basic Spanish language is required. 


Donna Ramil, Associate Director International Programs, 117 Ives Hall for further information.

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Costa Rica GSL Application

Apply here by Tuesday, March 25th, 5pm.