Children's Hospital In Costa Rica

Overview

Volunteer at a Children's Hospital in San Jose, Costa Rica. You can help make a lengthy hospital stay, for children who are there for extensive periods, much more pleasant. Whether through recreation, assistance, or just company ... these children welcome your presence.

The Children's Hospital in Costa Rica has 250 beds and serves only children under the age of 12.

Costa Rica is a beautiful, developing nation known for its environmental protection and innovation. From the rain forests of the interior to the sprawling Caribbean beaches of its coasts, it is a popular destination for travelers around the world. Costa Rica is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Central America because of its comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming natural beauty.

Before 1950, half of the country struggled with grinding poverty, and living beyond the age of 50 was an achievement in itself. Today, less than one in five Ticos (Costa Ricans) lives below the poverty line, and life expectancy is on a par with the USA. Given the rise in quality of life throughout the country, Ticos are generally self-content and passive about politics. But underneath the easy-going veneer is discernible pride and support for their unarmed democracy.

This program is a great choice if you want an international medical project, although Costa Rica has firm regulations on "hands on" work international medical volunteers can do.  It is also a great choice if you're looking for a humanitarian project. Either one will work at this hospital.  You will need to be at the level of "intermediate Spanish" to be accepted to the project.

There are many regulations in Costa Rica governing what international medical volunteers are allowed to do with patients, especially children.  But if your goal is to assist doctors and nurses in pediatrics ... this program will fulfill those goals.  Humanitarian volunteers will be able to assist by keeping the children busy and helping with the children's recreation, since most are hospitalized for extended periods.

Fee

$1,289 two-weeks, $1,479 three-weeks. 1 month is $1,779. 2 months is $2,199 and the 3-month fee is $2,609.

Visa

The Costa Rican government charges a departure tax of $28. Please be prepared to pay this amount, cash, at the airport upon departure from Costa Rica.

Start Dates

This program has flexible dates. Arrival should be on a Sunday.

Eligibility

  • An intermediate level of Spanish is required. Especially working with younger children who may not have had that much English instruction at school.
  • 18+

Costs

$1,289 two-weeks, $1,479 three-weeks. 1 month is $1,779. 2 months is $2,199 and the 3-month fee is $2,609.

The fee you pay to tutor in France goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation. The fee partially covers the cost of providing accommodation, meals, insurance and pre-departure & in-country support while you're in France. 

The Children's Hospital is dedicated to the well being of children.  It is a private, non-profit center created for children.  If you want to make a difference in a child's life, look no further! Work to make the lives of sick children in Costa Rica full of companionship and fun.  To help to accomplish this, volunteers should have the following:

  • Enjoyment of working with kids.
  • Fantastic interpersonal skills with the patients, parents, employees and the rest of the members of the hospital community.
  • A special charisma for dealing with people that need special treatment and sensitivity for the conditions and afflictions of the children at the hospital.

Volunteer Activities May Include:

  • Assisting doctors and nurses in care for children.
  • Helping with the children's therapy and recreation.
  • Keep children company during their stay at the hospital.
  • Feed the babies.
  • Help with language therapy.
  • Support doctors with the completion of patients' forms.

(Activities are based on your medical experience.)

What You Get For Your Program Fee:

  • Personalized volunteer placement with our partner in Costa Rica, based on your skills and interests, including all the coordination, in-person visits and communication necessary with the local organization.
  • A comfortable, safe place to live in Costa Rica, the basic amenities, 3 meals per day with a host family, and transportation from the airport to your placements and programs.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager (and former volunteer with GeoVisions) who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Costa Rica.
  • In-country basic language assistance and (optional) language classes. These classes, if taken, are at an additional expense.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Extensive medical, travel and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • Orientation and a walking tour of San Jose.

Application Process

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FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook Page, Instagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your French since you're now living as a local and helping your host family realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience tutoring English to a family in France and you're ahead of the game.