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Jungle Mountain View

Internship Program (Missionary Training)

Come to the jungles of Costa Rica to experience missionary life firsthand

At a Glance

Length of trip

6-12 weeks

What you will be doing

Missionary training


18-30 (recommended)

Physical Activity Level

Hike up to 2 miles per day, including some steep terrain. Be able to lift 40 pounds.


$1,260 per month
Does not include round-trip airfare from your home to San Jose, Costa Rica

The Basics

The Nest is in Talamanca, Costa Rica, on approximately 5 acres. It is a beautiful setting nestled on the BriBri, indigenous reservation.


You will experience the food and food preparation practices of the BriBris, learn about the organic farming methods, see the melipona bees in action and serve the BriBri community with outreach and planned Nest activities for women, children, youth and men.


In your accommodations, you will sleep humbly inside one of our huts, shower and drink from our artesian well, eat healthy and balanced foods, sleep in the quietness and awaken with the sounds of the jungle. 


The Nest is not a tourist destination and will never be. The Nest invites those who are willing to serve with a humble heart, leaving behind the comfort of one’s life, and in faith follow Jesus into a pioneering mission inside the jungle of southern Costa Rica.



- Pick up at the airport 

- Lodging for 6 -12 weeks

- 1-2 nights in San Jose for flights.

- 3 meals a day

- A teacher for 2-hour daily training.

- Mentorship from one of The Nest’s staff. 

- A variety of opportunities to serve, including evangelism, outreach, working in the farm and with the animals, grounds upkeep, cleaning, assisting with meals, raising money for The Nest, and assisting with international missionary groups. 

- Graduation dinner and completion certificate. If references are needed for the completion of this program, The Nest will be happy to provide them. 

- A Cultural tour of The Nest

Does not include:

- Round trip airfare from your home to San Jose, Costa Rica, local transportation, personal expenses. 

The Daily Schedule
(subject to adjustments)

  • Devotions – 5:30-6:30

  • Breakfast at 6:30

  • Physical work at the Nest, farming, animal, ground keeping, preparing lunch - 7:00-10:00

  • 10:30-12:00 – Training Class 1

  • 12:00 Lunch

  • 12-3:00 Break

  • 3:00-5:00 - Training Class 2

  • 5:30 Dinner

  • 7:00-8:00 Chores

  • Free Time


Recommended Pre-read and bring to The Nest the following books as part of the Missionary Training Program:

  1. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

  2. Is that really you God by Loren Cunningham

  3. The God Ask by Steve Shad each

  4. Boundaries by John Townsend

  5. Chasing the Dragon by Jackie Pullinger 

  6. Vision Map: Charting a Step-by-Step Course for Your Biggest Hopes and Dreams by Joel Mals. 


Booking: Once a date has been agreed upon for your trip you will be responsible for booking your flight to and from San Jose. The Nest team will book hotels and transport for you from there. 

Payment: A deposit of $300/person will be due upon trip booking to guarantee your spot. The remainder of the program fees will be due 2 weeks before your arrival date. 

As the local team will be booking transport, buying food and supplies, and paying staff costs necessary for your trip, our deadline for refunds upon cancelation is 2 weeks before your arrival date. 

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Interested? Get in touch to find out more

If this kind of short-term missions trip is something that you or your church might be interested in participating in please just send us an email at:

We will send you more details asap.

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