It is difficult but not impossible to find work in Costa Rica. The most likely source of paid employment is as a language teacher in language institutes in and around San José, which advertise courses in the local newspapers. Word of mouth from other travelers is another way to find out about this kind of work.
Writers can occasionally sell work to the English-language weekly, the Tico Times. Naturalists of river guides may be able to find work with private lodges or adventure travel operators. Don't expect to make more than survival wages from these jobs, and don't arrive in Costa Rica expecting to get a job easily and immediately. Getting a bona fide job requires a work permit, which is a bureaucratic, time-consuming and difficult process. Don't get caught working without a permit.
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