Medical Volunteer (medical experience required)

Join us in Costa Rica this summer and gain real medical experience, working alongside Doctors and qualified medical workers in a private clinic.

Volunteering in Costa Rica will give you a truly unique opportunity to learn directly from English speaking doctors and paramedics. Prior medical experience as a medical student is required, as well as enthusiasm to learn and get stuck in where you can! You’ll be based in the paradise town of Quepos, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Here you’ll work Monday to Friday at a private clinic for at least 4 hours per day, with the chance to work longer, subject to group sizes. 

After an introduction with the Gapforce Team and settling down in your host family or hostel, you will be introduced to the hospital and the staff the next dayThe clinic serves both the local community and tourists in and around the town, which means you’ll likely experience a huge variety of issues. The majority of your time will be observation and learning, however where possible, the doctors will involve you in minor procedures. The clinic also operates two ambulances, which gives you the chance to join the paramedics and learn about pre-hospital care. You can help out in simple but practical ways, vastly increasing your own knowledge and understanding of medical practice. 


  • Medical internship in a state-accredited clinic and the day-to-day organisation of a hospital
  • Jungle Canopy Tour & Ziplining in one of the world's ten most beautiful national parks (Manuel Anonio)
  • Private surf lessons 
  • Experience life in one of the most beautiful and safest Central American nations

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
Education Requirements
Medicine at Medical School (at least 3 semesters) level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Costa Rica? Volunteer World directly connects you with Greenforce

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Free-time activities

You’ll have mornings or afternoons off depending on your schedule, plus the weekends. This leaves plenty of time to really experience what this location has to offer. There’s something for absolutely everyone – stunning beaches, abundant wildlife, adventure sports galore, hiking, scuba diving, culture, volcanoes, thermal spas and loads more!

We even include private surfing lessons to get you started and a half day zip lining tour of the rainforest canopy! On the weekends we will offer advice and support if you would like to go exploring further afield. However you are of course welcome to relax at home, visit and explore your local surroundings. You’ll always have something brilliant to do in this tropical gem.

We can help you book transport and accommodation for visits to the stunning pacific coast (as short drive away) where there are opportunities to swim, sunbathe, snorkel, scuba dive and surf.

Water Sports


What's included?
Pre-departure briefing
3 meals a day
Airport pick up
Welcome and safety briefing
Professional placements

Please note that transport to the project is not included, however we will advise you in country the best method to use (depending on project). Some projects are within walking distance and others are a short bus ride away. We recommend no bringing more than $5 per day for this cost.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Airport pick-up in San José on the day of the program start


You will be based in homestays with local families, giving you a great opportunity to learn about real Costa Rican culture and customs. As a minimum, at least one of the family members will speak good English. You’ll usually be placed with another volunteer in the same family, so you won’t be alone. You can also choose to stay in a hosteö nearby.

Guest Family Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day will be provided. The food is basic but nutritious and incorporates local produce and local recipes.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Quepos/Costa Rica between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Greenforce will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (20%)
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 (80%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

Get ready to volunteer in Costa Rica

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Costa Rica. Please check the visa regulations for Costa Rica.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Costa Rica and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Costa Rica.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Costa Rica.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Tobias Bolaños International (SYQ) 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.
Vaccine Checker
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.
What can you do in leisure-time in Costa Rica while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Costa Rica upfront.
Quepos, Quepos, Costa Rica