Clinic Medical Internship

founded in 2005
Integrated Learning Experience
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Coordinator | Diego
Coordinator | Diego
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Hands on learning experiences
Meet other interns and volunteers from around the world.
Improve your Spanish
Explore the mesmerizing natural wonders of Costa Rica
Add experience to your resume
Gain real world experience in Costa Rica shadowing doctors, nurses and medical staff! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Costa Rica offers free healthcare to its citizens, but resources are limited and help is always needed. Participants work in small private and public clinics where interns can assist doctors in a variety of fields and procedures. Interns joining the medical program must have proven academic training in the medical field to apply. Nursing students are also welcome to apply. Basic Spanish is required to communicate with patients and staff. The level of responsibility given to the intern is tied to the intern's training and experience.

Possible tasks:
  • Shadowing doctors in the treatment of patients
  • Helping sort medical supplies
  • Preparing medical equipment.
  • Helping in emergencies and field visits
  • Helping in health awareness workshops.
Program Duration: 4-12 weeks
Schedule: Two shifts are available, 7:30 am-12 pm and 2 pm 6 pm.Monday-Friday

Typical day

  • 7 am : breakfast with host family
  • 7:30 am walk to project
  • 8am : meet with project staff to oversee daily tasks
  • 1pm: lunch time
  • 4pm: Project work time ends
  • 7 pm: Dinner with host family

Free-time activities

San Ramon is centrally located to many hikes around the area and well connected to other tourism hotspots like Monteverde and Arenal.
There are various gyms and fitness centers around town where participants can exercise along with a couple of yoga studios.



In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level) or Spanish (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Medicial, nursing or health related major at Students or graduated level
Required Documents
CV, proof of health insurance and proof of academic training
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience

  • Accommodation: Host family, in private room with two meals per day
  • Participation in cultural activities.
  • On call support throughout the service.
  • Coordination with the host country organization of volunteer service.
  • Orientation to volunteer work or intern placement.
  • Welcome at airport with transport.
  • Certificate of program completion.

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport pickup provided from  Juan Santa Maria International airport in San Jose.

Transport takes about 2 hour or so.

Room in a host family with two meals per day.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and Dinner

Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Other types of diet may require participant to cook for him/herself

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose. We assist you to find cheap flights to Costa Rica.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Costa Rica provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Costa Rica you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Costa Rica.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Arrival days are every Sunday except the last two Sundays of December.
Orientation is held on Mondays.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$313 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Integrated Learning Experience will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Integrated Learning Experience during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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