Language Immersion: No

* Price in US dollars
Toll Free: US/CA (1) 866-423-3258

Costa Rica: Heredia: Pre Medical/Pre Nursing Students

Costa Rica: Heredia: Pre Medical/Pre Nursing

For pre-health students seeking to gain insight into health care services offered in Costa Rica, this program offers some options to volunteers.  In Heredia programs include a public clinic, palliative care center and an elderly care facility.   Depending on your currently level of Spanish, and interests, the volunteer work is  focused on shadowing and limited clinical work experience.  Volunteer participating in this program gain the understanding of global health, out patient clinic environments overseas and health professionals in a developing country.  Volunteer less than proficient in Spanish must join the Language Immersion program.   This is a combination of volunteer hours and Spanish lessons with a local tutor.

General  Notes & Requirements:

  • Palliative care project -  donation $100 per week
  • Advanced Spanish speaking volunteers preferred for all medical programs
  • Shadowing and observation is main focus of these projects.

This is a great chance to improve your skills, build your resume by learning about medicine in a developing nation and improve your Spanish.

ONLY Friday, Saturday or Sunday arrival:  flight must arrive before 8pm (no exceptions) to San Jose. The orientation is same or next day.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Health Campaigns Program


  • Project length: From 1 weeks to 6 weeks.
  • Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO) Juan Santamaría International Airport.
  • Work Schedule: Monday to Thursday during the mornings. Minimum 5 hours per day.
  • Age Limits: Minimum 18 years or older for solo travelers.
  • Airlines: American, United, Delta, US Airways, Copa, Taca, Avianca, Spirit Airways.
  • Vaccinations: Routine Vac, Hep-A and Typhoid


  • Accommodation: Host Families.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
  • Laundry: Free once a week.
  • Internet: available in some host families and projects
  • Arrival: Airport (SJO) meet and greet by ABV Staff and Airport transfer on arrival to San Jose
  • Orientation: Orientation upon arrival.
  • Support: Full time in-country ABV Coordinator.  24/7 emergency contact number.
  • Departure: Transfer back to the airport at the end of the program.

Not included:

  • Flights. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Internet (Only available in some host families and projects). Any extra activities and excursions or tours not described on the planned itinerary.

Central America / US$
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6
Costa Rica91010251240135514701580

The volunteer prices and the immersion prices are not combined, you choose from one or the other price.

Central America / US$
Weeks 1 2 3 4
Costa Rica - Spanish Immersion1070137516851995

Any extra week of “accommodation and meals” will be US$150/week after week 4 until week 6, more Spanish lessons can be paid locally to the coordinator.


A Broader View Volunteer (ABV)  allows every traveler to choose their own program start date. This means you can arrive on any flight, any day of the week. Since ABV program fees are 100% tax deductible* we encourage you to fund raise. ABV offers advice and assistance with flight planning, affordable travel insurance, as well as procuring a visa, if necessary. Our ABV staff is available to any your questions. Contact us by email, through the on-line chat feature on our website or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.


Volunteer Registration Fee – ongoing support from ABV staff, program marketing costs, information pack, administration costs, ABV donation Fund, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

Volunteer Program Fee – ABV donation fund, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, accommodation and meals during volunteer program period, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs. As a US Non-Profit Charity Organization all your fees are tax deductible and you can fundraise from our website to pay for the fees.

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