San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

Medical Clinic

Spanish (Intermediate), Spanish (Advanced)

Learn about health issues, prevention, health care and patient care in Costa Rica. Participants may be placed in a general hospital, public or private clinic, community health center or other health care settings. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with medical professionals in health care settings and may serve in a variety of ways depending on the health care facility with which they are placed, which may include preparing emergency kits, accompanying patients and sterilizing materials. Participants may also accompany trained professionals on home visits and/or assist medical staff in coordinating and conducting health campaigns on such topics as nutrition, dengue and immunizations. Please note that participants' experiences may vary depending on interests, host organization, language level and education level. This placement is ideal for individuals in nursing or pre-med fields. Please contact the Service-Learning Costa Rica Program Manager if you are interested in a particular area of medicine or health care. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility.

Children's Hospital

Spanish (High Intermediate)

This hospital treats children with a vast array of medical conditions including burns, cancer, acute conditions, premature birth, and more. Visit and read to children in the various wards. Assist volunteer staff at the hospital with the duties of the ward and boost morale of the patients through story-telling, arts and crafts projects and games. Placements that may involve patient interaction are observation-based; participants are required to complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) workshop for eligibility. *Female participants only