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  • Project: Medical Project
  • Room and Board: Host family & 3 times a day local food
  • Work Hours: 30-36 hours per week
  • Start Date: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month
  • Arrival and Departure: Juan Santa Maria International Airport, San Jose
  • Location: Puntarenas, Guanacaste
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Project Summary

Gain medical experience in a fascinating country with vibrant culture and work with local doctors to treat Costa Ricans.

While the healthcare system in Costa Rica is quite good, there is also a need to advance the quality as well as reach those in need. RCDP works with local clinics and hospitals to concentrate on the fields of general medicine, gynecology, pediatrics, obstetrics, neurology, dental, family medicine, psychology, counseling, social work, physical, occupational rehabilitation, rehabilitation for children, and others. For those who are interested in the healthcare field or already practicing medicine, this project is in great need of your interests and talents. You will have the opportunity to work and learn from local doctors, see the healthcare system of Costa Rica directly, and if you have good Spanish to treat local patients with minor injuries.


To participate in the medical project, you will need to be either a medical professional or a medical student. You must provide proof of this. If you don't understand Spanish you can still volunteer, but volunteers with the ability to speak Spanish can interact more with locals.

Volunteer's Responsibilities

Your actual responsibility during the healthcare project in Costa Rica will depend on your skill and experience. Among general things, you might do are assist in consulting room, dispensary and help with physiotherapy, treatment of minor injuries, maternal help and childcare, assisting midwives on visits, and checking and recording patient's information.

Your work will might include:

  • Measuring BP, temperature, height, weight
  • Assisting doctors and medical staffs with health center tasks
  • Helping in health camps (if any)
  • Dispensing medications
  • Immunizations
  • Treating minor injuries or wounds
  • OPD or out-patient services
  • Providing tips to patients on health, nutrition and sanitation
  • Counseling patients
  • Assisting hospital's administration

Project Location

Puntarenas is located in the Pacific Coast and is the shortest coastal town from San Jose, the capital and the largest city in Costa Rica. Because of this, Puntarenas receives plenty of tourists. The town has plenty of hotels and also a port. Despite being popular for beach and surfer, the beaches of Puntarenas are one of the most polluted in Costa Rica. There are regular beach cleaning activities.

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