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 1 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 can I travel?

Easy. Choose the dates that work best for you. Although some programs have date restrictions the majority of our volunteer programs are available year round. Volunteers select their own program start date and complete an online application. Once you have been accepted and dates approved, ABV will ask you to confirm your registration by paying a $120 included in the overall fee.

Money Matters

A Broader View Volunteers work tirelessly year round to support our volunteers, and also to serve the local communities where ABV projects are based. As a tax-exempt 501 c(3) organization A Broader View receive 100% of our funding from volunteer contributions. Through your program fee contribution our non-profit charity organization can operate beneficial humanitarian aid programs which are successful and continuous supported year round.

Local, professional full-time coordinators, placement logistics, airport pick up and departure transportation, arrival orientation, food & local accommodations, are a major part of providing a safe, meaningful volunteer experience. When you join A Broader View, you will receive pre-trip visa and vaccination support, assistance with flights, fundraising planning, through our interactive online volunteer portal. Our local partners not only benefit from volunteers valuable contributions at the project, they benefit financially with year-round monetary support from A Broader View. In the last decade A Broader View has donated over 3.5 million dollars in international aid.

By joining A Broader View you are not only helping to make a difference during your own trip, your impact will last even after you go home.

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