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.
PROGRAM DATES COST AVAILABILITY
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

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Credits Available

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Certifications Available

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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.

Requirements:

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