Volunteer for Medical Care in San Ramón, Costa Rica

San Ramón, Costa Rica

217 People are researching this program

INLEX CA

New Program
  • From $1449 USD for 4 Weeks

  • 4 - 8 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

Costa Rica offers free healthcare to its citizens, but resources are limited and help is always needed. In the Medical program, as a volunteer, you will be working side by side with Costa Rican doctors and nurses to treat patients in rural clinics or hospitals.

This projects requires volunteers to be in the health field at home.

This program is intended for:

– Medical students in their third year or further

– Doctors

– Nurses

– Physiotherapists

– Dentists

Minimum Spanish requirement: Intermediate

Arrival and Orientation

Orientation is held the day after your arrival with all the volunteers that have arrived on the same day as you and it is followed by a walking tour of San Ramon de Alajuela. We will discuss topics like:

– Who we are

– The country

– Your program

– Health and safety precautions

– Living with a host family

– Transportation

– Expectations

– Responsibilities

– Exchanging currency

– Communication

– Information on Spanish lessons

– Do's and don'ts

The orientation takes most of the day and is vital to understanding the country, the program, and to ensure you have a great experience. This will be the time to ask questions, learn about your time here and meet staff and other participants. You will be informed of the time of orientation upon arrival.

Accommodations

Your host family is eager to welcome you and integrate you into their family, traditions and day-to-day life. Living with a host family is different from staying in a hostel or guest house as you will be given the opportunity to integrate into an authentic cultural experience as well as improve your Spanish while sharing your culture as well. In a way, you will become a part of the family, so please remember to respect the house rules, help in the house and treat each other with respect. The host family will give you 2 meals per day (unless specified otherwise), usually breakfast and dinner and for lunch you will cover the cost of by either buying food for yourself, eat outside or pay the host family a little extra for lunch. Laundry is not included in the program. You can ask your host family to use their washing facilities to wash your own laundry or sometimes, host families are willing to do the laundry for an extra charge. This varies from family to family, so we leave this decision up to you.

Field Conditions

As a volunteer on INLEX/CA’s Costa Rica Medical Care program, you will have the chance to work side-by-side with local doctors and nurses to treat patients in a rural clinic or hospital. A few of your activities will include:

– Helping doctors with treating patients

– Sorting medical supplies

– Assisting in emergency situations

– Helping to conduct health awareness workshops

You’re also invited to take Spanish classes as part of your trip to Costa Rica, which will help to give you a truly immersive experience. To sign up, you must have experience in a health care field as well as intermediate Spanish language ability.

Your Impact

This is a great volunteer opportunity for medical students in their third year or further, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and dentists. Volunteering abroad with a medical or health care program is a wonderful way to learn about local practices, to learn from doctors and nurses, and to gain more insight into your field.

Location

San Ramón, Costa Rica
  • Where you will be volunteering
    San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will be helping doctors and providing medical assistance.

  • Where you'll be staying
    San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica

    Volunteers will stay with a host family for an authentic cultural experience.

  • Nearest Airport
    Juan Santamaría international airport, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Cost

Projects range from 4 to 8 weeks. The registration fee is already included in the pricing.

4 Weeks
8 Weeks
4 Weeks

$1449 USD

What’s Included

  • Coffee, tea and Wi-Fi in our office

  • Thorough orientation of the program and walking tour in San Ramon de Alajuela

  • Transportation to the language school and volunteer project site

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Participation in cultural activities

  • Introduction to your project placement

  • Accommodation with a host family with two meals per day

  • Pick up at the airport

What’s Not Included

  • Visa renewal and related costs (if staying more than 90 days)

  • Transportation upon finishing your program

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel or medical insurance

  • Airport/exit taxes

  • Airfare

  • Laundry

Project Start Dates

Projects start every other Sunday and run all year, except for the winter holidays.

Organization

INLEXCA´s mission is to strengthen human resources in Central America through volunteer programs, educational tours and internships. In addition to this, INLEXCA provides opportunities to students, professionals, and interested persons from countries outside the Central American region, to better understand the reality and challenges faced by the countries in the region. We work towards : -Sustainability in the projects and communities that we work in. -Programs that promote cultural exchange. -Safe and affordable programs. -Strengthening and empowering communities. -Authentic experiences for our volunteers. -Facilitating education. Our office was set up by former Peace Corps staff in Guatemala in 2005, who wanted to provide flexible programs that would allow prospective volunteers to choose how long they wanted to volunteer for and in what area they wanted to focus on. This flexibility allows our participants the option to commit for as long as they want, unlike other programs that required one or two year commitments. We do this because we believe in the principle that every volunteer can make a difference, no matter how long they volunteer for, together, we can help communities grow and become stronger. Many years and happy volunteers later, we work with key partner projects to develop communities in each of our destinations. INLEXCA is member of the Federation in International Living and abides by their standard of quality.