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Volunteer Health Programs in Costa Rica

Program Duration

2-4 Weeks

Dates

Ongoing

Qualifications

Volunteers with this program must be qualified health professionals such as doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, physical therapists, or nursing assistants. Students in graduate health programs or medical school are also welcome.

Minimum Education

Bachelor of Science

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Cost in US$:

USD 905 for two weeks

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • Language instruction

Program Fees Include:

Pre-departure Support: ELI's staff is very knowledgeable and happy to help volunteers to prepare for their travels.

Airport Pickup: Volunteers are met at the airport in San Jose and provided with transportation to their host family.

In-country Orientation: Each volunteer program starts with a two to three day orientation which covers important topics on the logistics of living and working in Costa Rica.

In-country Staff Support: ELI's Costa Rica coordinator has years of experience working with visitors to Costa Rica. He is very resourceful and on call 24/7 in case of emergency.

Accommodations: Volunteers will stay with a local host family where they will be provided with a room and breakfast and dinner each day. By living with a family, volunteers will learn about the day to day rhythms of Costa Rican life first hand as well as sample traditional meals not usually available in restaurants.

Spanish Instruction: Participants will receive one week (20 hours) of Spanish instruction at a local Spanish language school. Participants wanting more Spanish instruction can enroll in additional classes.

Experience Required

yes

    Volunteers should have experience working in health care fields.

Volunteer Types

  • Aids
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Hospital
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health
  • Senior Citizens
  • Women

Typical Volunteer

There is no typical ELI volunteer. We work with people from all over the world and a variety of backgrounds. ELI has placed volunteers ranging in age from 18-81. Successful volunteers are flexible, upbeat, energetic, and inquisitive.

Age Range

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Home-stays

Participants Travel

Independently

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Written Application