Support in Local Healthcare MA

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High­lights

Give back to the local communities by providing them with much needed help.
Gain Spanish practice by living with a host family and sharing daily life with locals.
Make memories you'll never forget during your time abroad.
Learn more about the Latin American ways, customs and habits.
As a volunteer you'll support us at an assisted living facility for elderly adults or at a school for disabled children. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Healthcare volunteers are typically placed at an assisted living facility for the elderly or at a special school for children with disabilities. If you have a strong preference we always do our best to accommodate you, however please note that due to availability and seasonal needs at our projects, we cannot guarantee any particular type of facility. We do have specific placements available for those with Physical Therapy training. 

As healthcare volunteers, participants directly assist project staff with day-to-day care work with a central focus of providing general care and companionship to patients.

At adult assisted living facilities, they may be asked to:

  • Plan arts and crafts, make conversation, engage in talk therapy
  • Accompany patients on walks
  • Sort and/or distribute medicine
  • Change beds
  • Feed and bathe patients
  • Ensure patients’ overall well-being
  • Help with administrative work and filing

Please be especially aware that conditions can be emotionally trying. Volunteers should prepare themself mentally and emotionally to work one-on-one with terminally ill patients. 

At facilities for children with disabilities, volunteers may be asked to:

  • Act as a classroom assistant and help run activities
  • Provide additional attention and care to the children
  • Work with one classroom or area of the school throughout your program
  • Help organize arts and crafts, play with the children, assist with physical therapy
  • Assist the children during meal times

Participants are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators but they are not on site at the project every day, so independence and leadership is important.

Physical Therapy volunteers should be aware that the local practices they join have limited resources. Therapy methods may be very different from those considered standard in their home country. They work in an underfunded facility for patients with mobility problems, assisting with and/or shadowing a professional physical therapist. Placements can involve treating adults or children. Their experience, qualifications, and Spanish level determine how much hands-on treatment they deliver to patients.

Our projects are located in the Quepos area. Walking or taking the bus is the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from your project. Travel time varies widely from project to project, and volunteers should expect to spend 10-30 minutes traveling each way. On the first day at the project, participants travel on local transport with a Maximo Nivel representative who provides all the necessary information on how to get there and back.

Typical day

Working hours may vary slightly, but volunteers can expect to work 3-4 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Volunteer shifts are in either the morning or the afternoon depending on the needs of your project. 

Free-time activities

In Manuel Antonio you can take to the ocean with scuba, surfing, snorkeling, body boarding, and more. Alternatively, stick to land excursions and explore the National Park, go hiking, horseback riding, zip-lining, or seek out other adventure tours. If you want to travel outside of Manuel Antonio, there are opportunities to explore volcanoes, go white-water rafting, visit the cloud forest, and tour coffee farms. 

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

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)
Criminal Background Check
required
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, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (shared room with breakfast and dinner)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at Juan Santamaria International Airport
Airport pick up from the San José airport and bus transfer to and from Manuel Antonio is included. Volunteers find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.
Accommodation

Volunteers stay in a traditional family-stay where you they are placed with a pre-approved middle class Peruvian family. Breakfast and dinner are included in their home stay.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

Volunteers have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
Vaccines
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

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Every Monday, all year round. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$2,077
5 weeks
$2,350
6 weeks
$2,623
7 weeks
$2,896
8 weeks
$3,169
12 weeks
$4,261
24 weeks
$7,537
50 weeks (max. stay)
$14,635
Average fees
$406 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Maximo Nivel 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 Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Support in Local Healthcare MA

As a volunteer you'll support us at an assisted living facility for elderly adults or at a school for disabled children.

$406/week

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