Healthcare Volunteering in Costa Rica

Our Healthcare Volunteering in Costa Rica program places volunteers at hospitals, small clinics, and senior care centers. Volunteers also occasionally take part in public health education campaigns in schools and community centers.

This programs is geared toward medical and nursing students. First and second year students may work alongside Costa Rican medical professionals to distribute and sort medication, assist with rehabilitation exercises, and feed, bath and keep patients company. More advanced students and nurses and doctors usually shadow local doctors and nurses. These volunteers assist with check ups, triage, taking vitals and preparing medical equipment.

As a volunteer in our Healthcare Volunteering in Costa Rica program, you must have realistic expectations about the nature of the work you can do. Costa Rica is a relatively well-developed country and as such it has strict laws and regulations regarding patient care. All participants in our Healthcare Volunteering in Costa Rica program must bring scrubs and documentation of their credentials like professional licenses and level of education. 

Healthcare Volunteering In Costa Rica

Program Overview

Project Length: 2 – 12 weeks
Start Dates: Every Monday, Year-round (except Easter/Xmas).  
Program Cities: Heredia and Jaco Beach
Arrival City: San José (SJO)
Accommodations: Costa Rican host family
Meals: 3 per day with host family
Schedule: Monday-Friday, 5-6 hours per day
Free Time: Nights & weekends for cultural exploration + excursions
Requirements: Ages 18+; Qualified health professionals or students only
Languages: Basic Spanish required

Program Fees (USD $)

  • 1 Week:$995
  • 2 Weeks: $1125
  • 3 Weeks: $1245
  • 4 Weeks: $1355
  • 5 Weeks: $1480
  • 6 Weeks: $1595
  • 7 Weeks: $1720
  • 8 Weeks: $1845
  • 9 Weeks: $1965
  • 10 Weeks: $2075
  • 11 Weeks: $2195
  • 12 Weeks: $2315
  • Spanish Classes: add $15 per hour (max 4 hours per day)

What’s Included

  • Airport Pickup
  • Meals and Accommodations
  • Meaningful Volunteering Placement
  • 24 Emergency Assistance from local staff and US staff
  • Orientation & Tour on arrival
  • Pre-Departure Guidance & Support
  • Supervisor/Mentor at volunteer placement
  • Volunteering Handbook
  • Guidance with Excursions
  • Cosmic Volunteers T-shirt
  • Certificate of Participation
  • An experience that will last a lifetime!

Not Included: Flights, Visa, Vaccinations, Insurance, Language Classes.


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