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  • Program: Volunteer in Costa Rica
  • 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
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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

Medical volunteers will shadow local doctors and learn mostly from observation. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery during the project.

Accommodation/Meal and Supervision

RCDP will provide from your every need during the volunteer work project. During the project, you will stay with a host family. You will be provided with a separate room but you will have to share bathroom facilities. We have chosen our host family carefully and they will provide with a safe and secure location for you to stay. They will have experience of hosting foreign volunteers before and at least one member of the host family will be able to communicate with you in English. Staying with a host family is a wonderful way to learn about the lifestyle and culture of Costa Rica. You will be served 3 locals meals by the host family. The meals will be prepared hygienically. Our staff will also visit you regularly to check your progress and see if you're satisfied with the project or not. So you can rest assure that you will be completed looked after while you volunteer in orphanage work project in Costa Rica.

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