Community care facilities deliver a range of important health services in Costa Rica, and volunteers are able to work across a range of centers that are vital to the local community. As a Healthcare volunteer, you can work in clinics for disabled children or the homeless, nursing homes or ambulance services across San Jose. The healthcare system in Costa Rica is relatively well developed, however there is a need for volunteers to support and assist local nurses, doctors and caregivers.
This project is open to medical volunteers with experience ranging from pre-medical and pre-nursing students, to fully qualified professionals.
Local regulations mean hands-on volunteering should not be expected and can only be carried out by qualified volunteers who can also speak Spanish. Most volunteers will have a shadowing or assisting role.
Your tasks will be determined by your level of training, your Spanish language ability, ability to take initiative, as well as your program duration. Longer term volunteers are more likely to have more independent roles. Volunteers can assist with distributing and sorting medication, assisting with rehabilitation exercises, feeding, bathing, making beds, cleaning, keeping patients company. More experienced volunteers in their third year of study or above can also shadow local doctors and nurses, assist with check-ups, triage, taking vitals and preparing medical equipment.
The Healthcare project has an extra cost of $75 per week for supervision, materials and the logistics involved in this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply.Apply now