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Project Information

Participate with us in physical therapy in Costa Rica. Gain physical therapy experience while learning from some of the most friendliest and helpful therapists. Shadow and work under the supervision of well-trained and certified therapist. This placement gives participants an opportunity to experience how being a physical therapist professional would be while expanding their knowledge of the field through hands on field experience. Participants may work in a number of fields and will have the experience to interact with many patients in varying atmospheres including: sports therapy, private practice therapy, occupational therapy, and more. Participants may work in a variety of settings including private practices, hospitals, elderly homes, community workshops, and more.

participants/Interns will be expected to be professional and respectful at all times. Participants will also need to be self­ starters (able to see what needs to be done, or who can be helped). participants will assist and learn from licensed physical therapist in their practice. We will do our very best to ensure that participants are placed in roles where they will gain the greatest experience, as well as make the greatest impact in the community.

Additional Information

While Spanish is not mandatory, please consider that your role while in this program will largely be determined by how well you can communicate- with patients. We also frequently work with educational institutions to make sure that internship roles fulfill the requirements of the Participant institutes. A strong desire to learn about medical field, this program is best for medical students or students interested in pursuing a degree or job in the medical field.

Skills & Qualifications

Over 17 years old, proof of First Aid and CPR required. Health insurance required. Basic Spanish level preferred but not required.



Volunteer's Role

Where will WE stay?

Participants have the option to either stay with well-screened host families or at our headquarters depending mainly on availability and preference. Should participants have a preference, they should let our in-country coordinator know as soon as possible-in their application. We try to accommodate preferences. Host Families are well-screened and offer participants a shared bathroom, private bedroom, electricity, and running water. Headquarters housing offers participants shared bathrooms, hostel-style bedrooms, electricity, running water, and WiFi. Participants receive three light traditional meals per day at either accommodations.

What will we eat?

Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.

What Will our Schedule Look like?

Participants will work a minimum of 4 hours per day, 5 days per week.

What can we do in our freetime?

Yes! Evenings and weekends are for you to spend either relaxing, or doing pre planned excursions and activities. We have partnerships with various tour groups to offer participants a number of fun things they can do in addition to their Spanish Immersion Service. Some of the activities we are happy to help plan for your group are: Zip Lining, ATV Tours, Surf Lessons, Beach Days, Tours and Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Boat Tours, Horseback Riding