Manuel Antonio is a picturesque national park that offers the chance to enjoy nature’s spoils outside your medical volunteering. Situated on the Pacific Coast, you can enjoy white sand beaches and bush trails in your time off.
The Healthcare volunteer program is based in community care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living homes. The healthcare system in Costa Rica is relatively well developed, however local staff work hard and appreciate the assistance of volunteers.
Volunteers should expect to be acting in a shadowing or assisting role alongside local staff. You can help with distributing medication, rehabilitation exercises, feeding, bathing and keeping patients company. Qualified professionals who speak Spanish are more likely to have hands-on duties in assisting with check-ups, triage, taking vitals and preparing medical equipment. There is a genuine need for volunteer physical therapists, particularly in helping in elderly care facilities.
Please keep in mind that local regulations are likely to prevent independent medical volunteer work. Your help is often required for tasks such as helping people go for a walk, which requires staff members but is often not considered a priority task for doctors and nurses.
This project is well suited to volunteers currently working towards a healthcare degree and who have practical or shadowing experience. Your volunteer tasks will be determined by your level of training, Spanish language level, ability to take initiative and your program duration. Longer term volunteers are more likely to have more hands-on roles.
This project is open to volunteers currently working towards a healthcare degree and who have practical or shadowing experience. Please note you will need to bring scrubs to wear to your placement each day.Apply now