If you want to make a difference in a child's life, look no further!
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.
- Yes! This is a perfect program for friends who want to volunteer together.
- Short term for 2 or 3 weeks. Or choose a longer time commitment of 1, 2 or 3 months.
- $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.
Participants will pay $24 for hospital t-shirts and id when they arrive at the hospital. 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.
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.
This program has flexible dates. Arrival should be on a Sunday.
8:30-3 with a break for lunch.
Orientation is included. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to a local hostel for 1-night. You will have a walking tour of San Jose and an orientation. You will then move on to your host family. Your accommodation at the hostel, the walking tour and orientation are all including in your program fee.
An intermediate level of Spanish is required. Especially working with younger children who may not have had that much English instruction at school.
Not included. Participants can sign up for classes in San Jose before they begin volunteering. Please ask about the costs and classes.
You will need to have an intermediate level of Spanish to be accepted at the hospital.
San Jose area of Costa Rica.
Your continued good health and your safety are paramount to GeoVisions. Access to medical treatment keeps you safe, healthy and participating on the program.
Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance is included for US citizens as long as you are on the program.
Under the current insurance laws in the United States, we are unable to insure participants outside the US on our policy, which we have obtained from Travel Guard. However, if you live outside the US we hope you will still participate with us. You will need to scan your proof of insurance and send it to us.
Yeah. We know. These laws make no sense to us either.
Included to host family after the first night in the hostel and after your walking tour and orientation.
Included with host family.
3-meals per day are included with your host family.