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Volunteer in the vibrant city of San Jose in Costa Rica to provide medical care for those in need! This unique program has two placement options- health care and medical care. The healthcare placement is for students of health science, nursing and pre-med. The other, even more hands-on option of medical care, is designed for licensed medical professional or those in their third or fourth year of medical school. In both placements, volunteers are sure to have a positive impact on the local communities as well as be a part of culutural immersion! Volunteers have the option to add on additional activities for a small fee to practice or learn Spanish!
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Location of the Project:  San Jose, Costa Rica
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Project length:  Min 1 week - Max 1 year
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Arrival Airport:  Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
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Volunteer Work:  Patient care, clinical work
Age:  18-80
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Number of Volunteers:  Up to 10 international volunteers
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Important Note:  All volunteers must bring their own scrubs and stethoscope, but the surcharge for local materials for this program is included in the program cost.

What's Included

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Accommodations:  Shared rooms with a host family
Food:  Breakfast and dinner are provided every day
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Airport Transfers:  Airport pickup is provided upon arrival
Orientation:  You will receive a general program orientation and a specialized healthcare orientation at the homebase institute in San Jose. There will be an additional project introduction during your first day of volunteer work.
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Support:  Local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support

What's not Included

Flights, visas, travel health insurance, lunches, daily transport to and from project (approx. $2 per day), personal expenses.
Pura vida! This project takes place in the ever-vibrant capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose. Costa Rica is located in Central America, with Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. The city is located in the Central Valley, so volunteers can reach any coast or border in Costa Rica in just 3-4 hours. Within San Jose; however there is excellent shopping, nightlife, and a great live music scene that shouldn’t be missed. 
Both healthcare and medical volunteers may be placed in local hospitals, clinics, elder homes or related institutions.

Volunteers in the healthcare placement will focus mainly on providing companionship for patients and tending to their general needs. Healthcare volunteers may partake in conversation therapy or arts and crafts with people with disabilities, distribute medications in an elders home or lead workshops.

Volunteers in the medical placement may be involved in more hands-on tasks such as taking vital signs, updating patient records, shadowing other medical professionals, partaking in medical campaigns and vaccination programs and/or assisting with check-ups and triage.

Some of your tasks may include:
  • Providing companionship for patients
  • Distributing medications
  • Assisting with general check-ups
  • Taking vital signs
  • Organizing and updating patient records

Please note: Volunteer activities depend on placement, previous experience and training and language skills. 

Typical Schedule: Volunteers will work 3-4 hours  per day, on either a morning or afternoon shift, Monday-Friday. Schedules are subject to change depending on the current needs of the program.

Holidays: While the project remains open throughout the year, activities and volunteer schedules may vary during holidays. For specific dates, please consult with our placement coordinators.
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Internet:  Internet is available at most host families and at the institute in San Jose
Laundry
Laundry:  Laundry is available for an additional fee at host families or at local laundromats (called lavanderias)
Accommodations
Accommodations:  Volunteers with will stay in shared, single-gender rooms with a host family. Rooms accommodate up to four volunteers. Couples may request a private room with the host family.
Food:  Breakfast and dinner are provided every day. Certain diets can be accommodated if notice is given in advance.
Please take note of this program's minimum requirements:
  • Strong level of English (healthcare placement)
  • Strong level of Spanish (medical placement)
  • Must be a pre-med, nursing, or health science student or a medical professional
  • Must be flexible and open-minded
  • Proof of medical education, training, certifications, and licenses
Consider joining one or more of these specialized program add-ons to add another dimension to your volunteer and travel experience in Costa Rica:

Spanish Language Immersion - 1 to 24 weeks of Spanish language lessons in small group or private classes

Surf School - Day surf school at the beautiful Manuel Antonio beach

Scuba Diving Certification - Four-day PADI diving certification

Mini Adventure—Catch the best highlights of Costa Rica on this week-long tour including Costa Rica Cultural Night, Volcano tour, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Coffee Farm tour and Catamaran tour to Tortuga Island.

Please note that there is an additional fee for these programs. Prices available upon request.
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