Health program in Costa Rica – a volunteer’s testimonial!

Monday September 09, 2013 - Posted by to Volunteer Reports
Health program in Costa Rica

The organization we work with in Costa Rica offer many opportunities for volunteers to get first-hand experience in the health sector.

Depending on your level of knowledge, specialization, and skill, you may check blood pressure, distribute food and medicine, weigh babies, accompany emergency response vehicles, and help with other first-aid procedures.

Examples of places where volunteers are needed are hospitals, senior care centers, the Red Cross and EBAIS (small clinics in individual communities). Assistance with public health community campaigns and other basic education can also be part of the job.

The projects provide a wonderful opportunity to doctors, nurses, medical and pre-medical students to become familiar with the challenges and health issues of Costa Rica, and they would benefit the most from this type of volunteer work.

Health program in Costa Rica

To already get an idea of how a specific volunteer placement is like, read the following testimonial of Christel Bauló Estevez from Spain, who completed four weeks assisting at a senior care center:

“From the first moment the language institute and my host family gave me a very warm welcome, I have had one great experience after the other. I really couldn’t have made a better decision to change my hometown Barcelona to live and work a while in Costa Rica!

On the first day, the Spanish school provided us with all the necessary information regarding our stay in Costa Rica. The volunteer coordinator accompanied me to the health center where I was presented to the director and my new colleagues.

The schedule was set up such a way that in the mornings you would be learning Spanish or go volunteering. Since my native tongue is Spanish, I decided to do four weeks of volunteer work and enjoy the school’s activities in the afternoon. They offered us amongst other Latin dance and Caribbean cooking classes, which was a so much fun!

volunteer work in Costa Rica

The school is very well looked-after and situated in beautiful natural surroundings. Here we ate our breakfast, had access to wi-fi and computers to communicate with our ‘European families’ and they helped us organize our weekend trips. I was also very happy to improve my English, while helping the other students improve their Spanish; and as it turned out my grammar and vocab were not that bad after all!

The project resulted to be an incredibly enriching experience for my professional career. My tasks at the retirement home were (as I’m an official nurse), to prepare and distribute medications, check on vital signals, sanitary education and provide treatments to the elderly…all with very limited resources. This is when I realized how fortunate we are in Europe. I started to really appreciate the jobs and installations we have in Europe, i.e. the quality of medical assistance, and also value the efforts of the nurses at the home to give the ageing residents a dignified assistance full of affection.

Over the weekend, my roommate Elke from Belgium and I visited the Volcano Poás and the paradisiac beaches of Puerto Viejo de Limón, Montezuma, Santa Teresa and Jaco. Here we enjoyed spectacular sunsets, looked at the surfers waiting for their waves and got to know people from all over the world while dancing salsa at a fiesta on the beach!

After these experiences I understand why the Tico greeting is “Pura Vida!!”

Volunteer work in Costa Rica

For more information about our health volunteer projects click here.

09 Sep

5 thoughts on “Health program in Costa Rica – a volunteer’s testimonial!

  1. Clarissa White Wednesday September 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Hi there! I am a train nurse in the states and would like to know if I would be able to get involved in an organisation such as this? How do I get started?

    1. webmaster Post authorFriday September 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Hola Clarissa! Thank you for contacting us with your question! Yes you could contribute alot to our programs such as this one. We also work with a spanish school which can teach you come basic Spanish (if you need it) and also brushes you up on the medical terms in Spanish that you may need to use during your volunteering. For more info contact us on and we will be happy to help!

  2. Renee Inglis Tuesday October 01, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I am also in Nurses training and once I have finished would like to give a little back to the world community! This looks like the perfect opportunity! I will be in contact at the end of the year!

  3. Sharmine Saturday October 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    That’s what we’ve all been waiting for! Great ptosing!

  4. Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Thursday July 31, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Guys, we are really happy to read this kind of stories made in Costa Rica, As a little community, Puerto Viejo really needs this kind of volunteering programs. The people working on those programs are like Angels for Us, Thank you so much.


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