Medical & Healthcare Volunteer Program in Costa Rica

Trip Highlights

  • Have a gala time at some of the most stellar beaches in all of South America. 
  • Enjoy the chilled-out lifestyle of Costa Rica.
  • Enjoy the rich bio-diversity of Costa Rica and explore its eco-reserves.
  • Take adventure trips to Arenal Volcano and explore several other eco-reserves.
  • Volunteer work in medical healthcare centres and local hospitals in and around the region of San Jose. 
  • Gain significant work experience on international level to expedite your medical career.
  • Experience the traditional Costa Rican life; like a true ‘Tico’!
  • Make the most of your gap year and convert it into a meaningful travel


As a developing country Costa Rica still needs the help of professional volunteers in the health area, but it is strictly focused on professional volunteers in long term projects. However, some small private and semi private clinics and pharmacies accept volunteers to work with them in “Health Campaigns” that help to detect and prevent illnesses in the communities surrounding them. The EBAIS system in Costa Rica is a preventive medical program in which the patients are coming to have a periodical evaluation. They take care of minor emergencies and inform and control the patient about the most common diseases and give them advises how they can feel better. 

Under the program nurses, doctors and 3rd and 4th year medical students can work in local community and semi private hospitals and clinics around Heredia and San Jose. You would work 4-6 hours 5 days a week assisting local doctors and nurses. Work is given in accordance to the experience and knowledge of the volunteer.

General tasks would include:

  • Shadowing the nurse.
  • Take basic signs like blood pressure, temperature, weight, etc.
  • Going with the staff to different campaigns at the community.
  • Go with the ATAP nurse to visit houses in the poorest area of the community to perform checkups.
  • Helping in office tasks 

This is a great program to help and to gain valuable experience and knowledge on how the medical system works in Costa Rica.


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