High School Study Abroad Adventures

Costa Rica Medicine + Eco Adventure

Whitewater raft through the rainforest, experience Costa Rican culture, participate in community health outreach programs and earn medical certifications!

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Scrub in for days of unique global health experiences

  • Learn the importance of patient care and community outreach programs as you shadow physicians at a local clinic.
  • Witness patient care in action and engage in local community outreach projects in rural communities.
  • Embark on quintessential Costa Rican outdoor adventures including whitewater rafting, surfing and hiking.
  • Explore holistic approaches to medicine like traditional medicine, nutrition and yoga.
  • Earn CPR and First Aid certifications and have fun participating in interactive medical scenarios with your friends.
June 24 - July 13 $5,480 Available Enroll Now
July 16 - August 4 $5,480 Available Enroll Now
“The clinic was such an interesting and new way to see the medical world. It gives you opportunities to experience medicine first-hand as a high school student. This trip made me excited to do more traveling in the future!” Emma, high school alumna


Credits Available


Certifications Available


Service Hours

Three health science credits available through Lesley University.

Course description: This course immerses students in the world of medicine as they volunteer at a nonprofit clinic. Students experience both the clinical and health education aspects of community medicine in Costa Rica.

Course objectives:

  • Gain hands-on medical experience through clinical interactions, working in pharmacy and medical certifications.
  • Assist with patient intake, recording vitals and completing medical records. Learn about the goals and challenges for healthcare initiatives in a cultural context.
  • Prepare health education outreach projects for local children.
  • Earn CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Explore different types of traditional and western medicinal practices as you learn about diabetes prevention, yoga, ethnobotany, dental hygiene and art therapy.

Two medical response certifications available:

  • CPR certification
  • First Aid certification

20 hours of service learning through projects with community-based clinics.


  • Available to students completing grades 9-12. No additional experience necessary.