Volunteer Costa Rica If you are an undergraduate studying biology, chemistry or any of the sciences and are considering a career in medicine this is the ideal program for you.  You will have an opportunity to see what life as a healthcare professional will be like. Having this experience is a great way to strengthen your application to medical/nursing/PA school.

Volunteer at a children’s hospital in San Jose. Some of the activities in which the volunteer will be involved are:

  • Feed the babies
  • Help with language therapy
  • Go on rounds and support doctors with non-evasive tasks
  • Teach the kids math or science or other subjects
  • Take part in any special project assigned by the doctors

Volunteer in Costa Rica San Jose: Pre-Medical/Pre-Nursing

Requirement: loose fitting clothing or scrubs, flat closed toed shoes or sneakers/trainers, no jewelry/earring/rings, no perfume or strong deodorant, hair must be tied up, no photograph in the hospital.  If you are sick you should not report to work that day.  These requirements are mandatory for the safety and well being of the patients.

This project can be combined with the Spanish Language Immersion option

ONLY Monday or Tuesday arrival: flight must arrive before 8pm (no exceptions) to San Jose. The clinic orientation is on Wednesday.

Volunteer Opportunities: Costa Rica: San Jose: Pre-Medical/Pre-Nursing


  • Project length: From 2 weeks to 6 weeks
  • Arrival Airport: San Jose (SJO) Juan Santamaría International Airport.
  • Work Schedule: 8:30am-1:00pm, 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Requirements: Intermediate Spanish or Spanish lessons in country, $80 for hospital ID card and 2 Passport pictures for the hospital ID card.
  • Gender: Only females allowed in this program
  • 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 wwwnc.cdc.gov/


  • Accommodation: Host Families. 
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
  • Arrival: Airport (SJO).  Meet and greet by ABV Staff and transfer to host family.
  • Orientation: Orientation upon arrival.
  • Support: Full time in-country ABV Coordinator.  24 hour 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. Laundry and Internet. Any extra activities and excursions or tours not described on the planned itinerary.


When you join an A Broader View program your financial contribution supports the hundreds of needy communities where our volunteer programs are based.  Donations are helping to stimulate the local economies with coordinator and hosting jobs, with new constructions at local school and orphanage, with much needed medical supplies to under served hospitals and clinics. 

ABV works tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where we are based.  As a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization we receive 100% of our funding from our volunteers' program fee donations. Your program fee is used for airport pick up & transfer, departure transfer, placement logistics, orientation, food & accommodations, in-country assistance as well as programmatic administrative support and continuity of our volunteer programs.   If you have questions about our program fees email to [email protected] or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.

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