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Healthcare or Medical projects in Costa Rica
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Healthcare or Medical projects in Costa Rica

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Project Overview

GVS has specially designed this program for doctors, nurses, medical graduate or undergraduate students to offer them an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on medical experience that will build their confidence and resume for further career. Our partner organizations are providing you a wonderful work place such as rural and urban clinic, children's nutrition center, school for disabled children, nursing home or other health related facilities in Costa Rica to cater disadvantaged children/people there. Costa Rica is one of the developed countries in Central America where universal healthcare system exists, meaning that the entire population is covered by the healthcare system. Moreover there are government-sponsored network of 29 hospitals and more than 250 clinics throughout the country. In such conditions it is very hard to believe that despite the universal healthcare system; most of the Costa Ricans are still facing many challenges in healthcare. Especially in rural areas and indigenous communities there is limited access to medical healthcare. These strikingly beautiful areas are plagued by numerous health problems and are in need of financial resources for several local health clinics. There is severe lack of qualified doctors and trained medical professionals. The area's population exceeds 2,000, but there is only one doctor to provide care. Similarly due to lack of financial resources, it is very difficult to improve infrastructure, and acquire modern equipment & certain medicines in these areas. Additionally, a greater gap between rich and poor allows wealthy people to use expensive private healthcare facilities while the poor, unemployed and migrants do not even have access to basic healthcare and as a result they often succumb to various types of fatal diseases. Therefore volunteer's assistance in many areas is greatly and urgently needed. At whichever project you work, your primary goal is to help the poor and at-risk people/children in Costa Rica. Volunteer now and help us to make our efforts in this project more effective. Just through your dedicated efforts and help, the health status of many poor people can improve.

Responsibilities and Role of a Volunteer:

While volunteering at this project, you don't only have the opportunity to get medical experience but also to work closely with Costa Ricans in the medical field. As a volunteer in this project, most of your work will involve helping and assisting local doctors and nurses with their daily rounds to see the in-patients, making medical notes and updating records. You will also be able to sit in on doctor-patient consultations. You may also be asked to help with the computer entries, and keeping the equipment clean. You may also have the opportunity to work side-by-side with local doctors at various departments such as: Burn Units, Gynecology, physiotherapy, X-Ray, dermatology, neurosurgery, ICU, ENT etc. You will also be traveling to patients' home in rural areas to help with vaccinations and do other checkups. You can also educate them about health, sanitation and hygiene. Some other duties that you will be doing include, measuring of blood pressure, temperature, height, weight, distribute medication, keeping records of treated patients and possibly participating in treatment of minor injuries. While working at school for disabled children, you will support those disabled children by providing them your attention, love and care. You have to motivate disabled young children and produce confidence in them. You will also help in feeding, bathing, and playing with children. You can also assist in physical/occupational therapy sessions. Other than this, if you like you can also support the local project by bringing some light medical stuff like thermometer, bandages, disposable gloves, syringes or torch etc. You can also donate some money, old clothes, blankets and toys etc to the disabled children of Costa Rica. Thus, your help can make a big difference in the lives of poor people.

PLEASE NOTE: Working at health project is a critical one so you need to be conscious about your each responsibility. Your working hours are flexible. You are required to work from Monday to Friday only, one session in the morning and one in the evening with the afternoon off to travel or to take rest. However some of the hospitals arrange surgeries in afternoon and you have the option to attend these surgeries or going for rest. You can get the work schedule from medical staff. All of them are very friendly & helping and will provide you any kind of activity or help you needed in the project. Besides this, you are also expected to make certain disruptions in the work schedule due to traditional, cultural festivals, your exams or other similar situations. During that period you are not allowed to work and can manage your free time for a short holiday trip.

Project Skills and Education Requirements:

Only doctors, nurses, medical students or those who have some medical related experience can join our health program. Volunteers without having any experience in medical field are not allowed to participate in this program due to the health risk associated with it. You should be at least 18 years old and should have some knowledge of spoken and written English. You must be enthusiastic, self motivated, hardworking, and confident in working both alone and as a part of team. You also need to be flexible while dealing with disabled people. You should also have an open mind, compassion, patience and eagerness to work with poor people and disabled children. You also need to submit a proof of healthcare certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials before your arrival at this project.

Project Factfile

The below given project fact file gives you a quick and general overview about the program. If you having any confusion or questions about the given program, then please feel free to write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org and let us know about your problem. We will solve your problem and our customer care centre will reply you in 1-2 days.

Country: Costa Rica
Project Type: Teaching English in Buddhist Temple School Project
The Locations:  
The project starting dates: Our orphanage project begins on every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. If you are not able to schedule your flight date in the above mentioned date, then please write us: info@globalvolunteersolutions.org for other alternative dates so that we could arrange alternative dates for our volunteers.
Who can apply – This project is open for all ages and nationalities. You should be at least 18 years old. How ever, if a volunteer is less then 18, then he/she has to take permission letter from their parents or from their guardians.
Requirements and other skills: this project does not need any specific qualification or special experience, all you need is lots of enthusiasm, flexibility, self-motivation, full confidence and open mind to learn from new cultures. A volunteer must have at least medium level of English communication skills for this project, as you will need English to exchange your views with others
Project Duration:

We have both short-term and long-term projects. How ever it will depend on the volunteer's demand and flexibility. Projects are available from 2 weeks up to 12 weeks.

Required Donation: You pay $ 220 for 2 weeks, US$75 for every week thereafter except registration and application processing fee.
Donation Contribution: almost 70%-80% weekly program fee directly goes to your food and accommodation plus project support. Remaining 20% -30% donations goes to field management, coordinators and other general expenses in the host county.
Arrival/Departure Point:  
Accommodation: you will get minimal types of accommodation. Volunteer should not expect any luxurious accommodation while stay and work in the project site. Our Accommodation depends on your project locations. You may stay with a host family or in a Guest House in single or shared room with a fan, with a shared bathroom with cold water and half board.
Food: Host family provide 2-3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch or dinner) or as per the itinerary. You will receive normal and same types of food that local family prepares for themselves. Volunteers do not expect special food from the host family. Some volunteers have lunch at the orphanage or as per the itinerary
Project Hours: Working Hours are flexible; 5-6 days a week, approximately 3-4 hours per day, all other time is free. The project coordinator or staff will provide you all the working hours and activities that you will need to prepare in the project.
Cost of getting to the project from host family: Depending on location; up to 1 hour bus ride or other types of transportation (Budget approximately US$10-15 per week). This is NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR WEEKLY FEE.
Support Group: GVS has an effective and sound support system which is always present to route and guide you whenever you need any kind of help. You can contact our local coordinator 24/7 for any help or assistance.
What you will gain: From GVS orphanage project, volunteers will learn a lot. Volunteers will have a breath taking experience in Sri Lanka, as you will be helping the disadvantaged and poor children's. Visits to different tourist sites and ancient temples and fords will unable volunteers to learn from Sri Lankan culture and their tradition. This project will also help to develop your socializing skills, confidence level. Besides learning, this project will add tangible things to your resume, which will help you in your professional career, and you can easily achieve your goals and brighten your future.

Program Dates & Costs

In order to adjust the flight schedule of the volunteer and to make our schedule more flexible, All Global Volunteer Solutions programs start on every 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month

Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

volunteers are advised to adjust their flight schedule and other important works according to language program schedules (not available in Thailand). It is very unlikely to make extra arrangements for the missed classes. Internees and volunteers can stay and wait at the hotel on their own expense to start the program from the beginning.
Note: if a volunteer could not schedule or arrange their flight date in the above mentioned dates, then please write us for other alternative dates
Weekly Program Fee for volunteering only

Language and cultural orientation program Fee: US $ 250

Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost Volunteering in week Total weekly Cost
2 weeks volunteering     US$ 220 2 weeks Internship       US$ 255
3 weeks volunteering     US$ 295 3 weeks Internship       US$ 330
4 weeks volunteering     US$ 370 4 weeks Internship       US$ 405
5 weeks volunteering     US$ 445 5 weeks Internship       US$ 480
6 weeks volunteering     US$ 520 6 weeks Internship       US$ 555
7 weeks volunteering     US$ 595 7 weeks Internship       US$ 630
8 weeks volunteering     US$ 670 8 weeks Internship       US$ 705
9 weeks volunteering     US$ 745 9 weeks Internship       US$ 780
10 weeks volunteering     US$ 820 10 weeks Internship       US$ 855
11 weeks volunteering     US$ 895 11 weeks Internship       US$ 930
12 weeks volunteering     US$ 970 12 weeks Internship       US$ 1005
Cost of airport receive, transfer to host family/ hostel: US$ 95



General Questions, Before you Travel

01. What's the best time to apply for a Uganda volunteer program?
02. How long will it take for GVS to process my application?
03. What are the documents required from me during the application period?
04. Are there necessary qualifications for volunteers in the Uganda program?

Passport and Visa Information
Visa requirements
Program Informations

01. What in-country support do I have when in Uganda?
02. Can I get a daily schedule of programs in Uganda?
03. Where is the Uganda programs situated?
04. What is the official language of Uganda?
05. How long does the Uganda volunteer program last?
06. Will GVS arrange my flight to Uganda?
07. Is there a particular airport that I must contact and book my flight with?
08. When should I arrive in Uganda?
09. How will I recognize the GVS country coordinator?
10. What should I do if my flight to Uganda is delayed?
11. What happens if my in-country contact fails to show up?
12. Is there anything I need to prepare before leaving for Uganda?
13. How do I travel back to the airport after my volunteer program?

Food and Lodging

01. Where, how and with Whom Will I be staying with in Uganda?
02. What room will I be staying in?
03. Can I stay with my girlfriend/boyfriend or female/male friend at the same room?
04. Can I bring my local villager friend in my room?
05. Can I bring electrical appliances?
06. What about my meals?
07. What are the dos and don'ts during the project duration and the stay with the host family?
08. What happens if I am unhappy with my project or hosting facilities?
09. May I decide how long I want to stay once I get there?
10. What do I do in my free time when I am not working in the project?
11. What about drinking water?

Health and Safety Queries

01. Is it safe in Uganda?
02. What are the principle healths risks in Uganda?
03. Do I need to get health insurance?
04. Who do I contact in case of a health-related emergency?
05. What are the sanitary conditions in Uganda?

Money Information

01. Is it safe to carry cash with me?
02. How much money should I bring with me?
03. What is the local currency and how do I know the exchange rate?
04. Are ATMs easily available? If yes, which debit and credit cards are accepted?
05. How do I make contact with the GVS in-country coordinator?
06. How can my family members contact me?

Local Culture Information

01. Is there a special dress code that I should follow while staying in Uganda?
02. What should I know about Uganda's religious conduct?
03. How do I respect the Uganda's people?

Materials to Bring

There are different materials that you can bring with yourself

Free Time

01. Enjoying free Time in Uganda




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is derived from generic information about the country, and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly, and the information contained here may not be up to date. Participants should consult Global Volunteer Solutions staff or travel advisors to verify this information.