Be a part of Medical Volunteering Project in Costa Rica to understand the healthcare system of a developing country that needs the help of professional volunteers in long term projects. However, some small private and semi-private clinics and pharmacies accept volunteers to work with them in “Health Campaigns” that help to detect and prevent illnesses in the communities surrounding them.
The EBAIS system in Costa Rica is a preventive Medical program in which the patients are coming to have a periodical evaluation. They take care of minor emergencies and inform and control the patient about the most common diseases and give them advises how they can feel better.
Under this program Pre-medical, nursing and medical students can work in local community clinics in and around Santa Barbara de Heredia. You would work 4-6 hours 5 days a week assisting local doctors and nurses. Work is given in accordance with the experience and knowledge of the volunteer.
General tasks would include:
This is a great program to help and to gain valuable experience and knowledge on how the medical system works in Costa Rica.
Being an International Organization, we try to make sure that our volunteers are given the kind of comfort and flexibility they seek. In terms of airport pick up, stay, local travel or work and even city tour, we help our volunteers and facilitate everything for them.
Volunteers are picked up from the San Jose International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Costa Rica will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand.
As a volunteer, you'll have a choice either to stay at the volunteer hostel or with a host family, immersing in the local culture. All meals are provided at the homestay while at the hostel, only 2 meals will be provided.
The volunteer hostel is amidst a coffee farm, with old yet well-maintained buildings. There's a huge garden with ample greenery and freshness. There are two rooms with attached bathrooms, and wifi facilities, as well as a working kitchen, will be available. Each room can accommodate 4 people on bunk beds and there's storage space as well. Living at the hostel will give you an opportunity to connect with other volunteers and know about them. There's a common eating space where all the volunteers can gather, share their meals and catch up.
If you choose to live with the host family, you'll get to know more about the local culture & lifestyle. It'll also be a great opportunity for you to polish your Spanish skills. Comfortable safe accommodation is ensured for all volunteers.
All volunteers are given an Orientation beginning on their project start date. Orientation is conducted by the local staff and covers topics such as Costa Rican Customs, Rules and Expectations, Safety and Introduction to your project and placement.
Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day at the host family house. Local Costa Rican cuisine is a fusion of cuisines from different parts of the world. Common foods are Rice, Vegetables, Beans, Pork, Meat, Chicken etc. Those staying at the volunteer hostel are provided with two meals a day.
During your Free Time
Volunteers are free to visit and see places or do shopping during their free time. You can explore the local markets or travel to the beaches which can be visited on the weekends. The country offers unparalleled natural beauty, active volcanoes, rainforests, and a wide range of national parks and eco-tourism. In addition, Costa Rica has over 1,000 miles of gorgeous white-and-black sand beaches. Visit these things you can do in your leisure time.
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Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants should have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Medical volunteers must provide a clean criminal background check report, CV as well as other documents pertaining to their qualifications prior to joining the program. Pre Medical, Medicine and Nursing students are welcome to join the program. Students must have an intermediate level of Spanish to join the program and effectively communicate with the medical staff and patients.
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