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.
$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 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.
This program has flexible dates. Arrival should be on a Sunday.
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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:
Volunteer Activities May Include:
(Activities are based on your medical experience.)
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