Physiotherapy Internship

founded in 2005
Integrated Learning Experience
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Coordinator | Diego
Coordinator | Diego
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Gain real world experience in the physiotherapy field and pain management. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Integrated Learning Experiences Central America was founded with the idea in mind to make a positive impact in the communities that we work in. The philosophy of the organization has roots in the founders' experience in the Peace Corps and the ultimate goal is to help communities help themselves in the long term.

The physiotherapy program is a great fit for people looking for experience with real patients in physiotherapy clinics. Interns joining this program must have experience in PT, rehabilitation, or occupational therapy. Depending on the intern's profile he or she can be assigned to different clinics that focus on chronic pain management, sports injuries, or geriatrics.

Possible tasks:
  • Helping patients during physiotherapy sessions.
  • Home visits.
  • Developing workshops aimed to create awareness of occupational therapy and how to avoid certain conditions.
  • Shadowing therapists as needed.
Availability: Year-long.
Program Duration: 4-24 weeks
Location: San Ramon de Alajuela.
Schedule: Schedule changes depending on workload, but typically working hours are from 8am - 3pm. Monday-Thursday.

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 various places like la Fortuna or Monteverde. Also many hikes are available around San Ramon.
Gyms and various sporting centers are also available.


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 (basic level)
Education Requirements
Physiotherapy or related field at Student or graduated in physiotherapy or related field level
Required Documents
CV, proof of academic training, Travel health insurance and copy of passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 08:30 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Integrated Learning Experience


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 is provided to host community.


Host family with two meals per day. 

Private room with shared bathroom.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Breakfast and dinner.

Vegetarian diets ok. If you have other dietary restrictions a kitchen is available to cook your own meals.

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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Physiotherapy Internship

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