Global Health Team #CR527GH

COUNTRY: Costa Rica

ARRIVAL: May 27, 2017
DEPARTURE: June 8, 2017
DURATION: 13 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: San Jose
DEPARTURE CITY: San Jose
COST: $2195

Just 1 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Costa Rica they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Global Health Teams

ISL’s global health teams are interdisciplinary and able to provide a variety of general medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, healthcare management, and nutrition services in developing communities. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, our teams work in various settings to provide field clinics in which patient needs are assessed and acute conditions are treated.

Regardless of background, volunteers are able to receive an invaluable opportunity to not only interactively observe health professionals in action, but to actively assist with important aspects of health care under careful supervision. Our holistic approach makes ISL’s global health teams ideal for students of the health professions at all education levels.


Costa Rica

Costa Rica (“rich coast” in Spanish) is a Central American country bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua and Panama. Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, democratic, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of a few sovereign nations without a standing army. While Costa Rica is known for its coffee and tropical fruit exports, tourism is now the largest industry. 25% of the country’s land area is protected—one of the largest percentages in the world. From tropical Cloud Forests to Volcanoes to Beaches, Costa Rica is truly rich in geographical and bio diversity.

Costa Rica’s poverty rate is lower than most Latin American countries, but it has stalled at around 20% for almost two decades. Even so, according to Habitat for Humanity, more than 52% of the population lives in substandard houses or settlements. Costa Rica also has a large number of poverty stricken immigrants, mostly Nicaraguans. These are the communities where ISL volunteers serve. Costa Rica is good first country to visit for those who have not been exposed to extreme poverty before.


What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by licensed medical professionals, project medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.

What to Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

Meet the Staff

Leonardo Rodriguez Costa Rica Physical Therapist and Team Leader
Leonardo Rodriguez
Team Leader and PT

Leonardo is a bilingual Physical Therapist and Team Leader. His involvement with ISL brings him great satisfaction he says, “due to the ideals ISL stands for–Service and Learning”. He enjoys the mutual interaction that occurs with volunteers from different walks of life and the reciprocal exchange of cultures.

Abdi Acuna ISL-Costa Rica Team Leader
Abdi Acuna
Team Leader

Abdi has been with ISL-Costa Rica since 2010 and has a Master´s degree in Graphic Design. ISL volunteers love the fact that he is also certified in Massage Therapy! He enjoys traveling and playing guitar and soccer. He has always felt grateful to work with so many volunteers and to serve the underserved.

Marta Cabezas Costa Rica Team Leader
Marta Cabezas
Team Leader

Since 2006, Marta has been a Costa Rica Team Leader favorite with ISL volunteers. When she is not leading teams, she is a grandma, a hard core soccer fan, and a bilingual secretary. She has also collected over 170 Nativity sets!

Gabriela Perez
Gabriela Perez
Co-Country Coordinator

Gabriela is responsible for overseeing ISL-Costa Rica staff members and making sure everything runs smoothly for ISL teams in Costa Rica. She especially enjoys working with children and the elderly in her community. She is also pursuing a degree in Preschool Education. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, reading and spending time with her family.

Pouchi Chan
Pouchi Chan
Country Coordinator

Pouchi is responsible for overseeing ISL-Costa Rica staff members and making sure everything runs smoothly for ISL teams in Costa Rica. She graduated from the University of Costa Rica and enjoys traveling, getting to know people from different cultures and working with ISL volunteers.  Her favorite outdoor adventures include hiking and camping.

Activity Information

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change

Goal: To learn about global health issues, provide acute care to populations with little or no access, experience

Costa Rica culture, and gain perspective on the global landscape.

May 27/ Sat: Arrival

Meet ISL staff at the Juan Santamaría airport; settle into Casa de la Espiritualidad La Purísima in Alajuela.

This retreat house is located just 5 minutes from the Juan Santamaria international airport and few minutes walking from Alajuela Downtown where you will find lots of things to do and see, from museums, churches, stores, ice cream parlors, to a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.

This place has rooms with 2 beds each and its private bathroom. Hot water, Internet access and beautiful and peaceful gardens are some of the plus volunteers can find here.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Dinner paid by volunteer.

 May 28/ Sun: Practical Orientation/ Professional Orientation and Spanish Class

Morning: Welcome to Costa Rica and practical orientation, Spanish Class.

Afternoon: Professional Orientation (practice taking vital signs and patient histories, patient examination, house visits, community triage) with a local Physician.

Evening: Learn some latino dance, group reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided by ISL.

May 29/ Mon: AM: House Visits in community 1, PM: Share with the community

Morning: House Visits in community 1, an urban community located 40 minutes from your lodging.  (Team splits into small groups and visits homes in an ISL partner community letting them know that we are providing free health care, assessing living conditions and selecting people with acute problems that can be treated in our clinics. Common acute health concerns include lice, scabies, intestinal parasites, diarrhea, and acute childhood illnesses. This will allow volunteers to also correlate lifestyle with disease.)

Afternoon: Share with the community, volunteers will prepare activities to perform with children.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteer.

.May 30/ Tue: Community 1 Clinic 

Morning/Afternoon: Set up field clinic in community, volunteers work in groups and rotate performing patient interviews, taking vitals, and helping in the pharmacy. They will also have the opportunity to observe the examination/diagnosis/treatment process where appropriate under the supervision of a local professional);

Evening: Group reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided by ISL.

May 31/ Wed: Community 1 Clinic

Morning/Afternoon: Continue serving in the community 1. Tropical Medicine Seminar.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteer.

April 1/ Thu: AM: Community Health Fair in Community 2, PM: San José city tour

Morning: Host Health Fair in the community 2. Volunteers visit house by house performing chart growth curves for children; taking blood pressure, and providing educational sheets on how to prevent common diseases.

Afternoon: San José city tour. There will be an opportunity to purchase local crafts and souvenirs.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL, dinner paid by volunteers.

April 2/ Fri:  Poás Volcano National Park $15 entrance fee and Doka Coffee Tour (lunch included) $28 

https://dokaestate.com/coffee_tour/tour_coffee.html

The Doka Coffee takes you into the whole process of the coffee production and processing.  Costa Rica has a large variety of microclimates and altitudes within short distances. This route explains how the different climatic factors favor the taste of our coffee. This tour also includes a non-alcoholic welcome cocktail, lunch, and a visit to a butterfly garden.

http://costa-rica-guide.com/nature/national-parks/poas-volcano/

Here you can learn about the history of the volcano and get current information about the geomorphic processes that shaped the ecological attraction. Walking just 15 minutes from the visitor’s center, the main crater supplies guests with a spectacular view. At almost a mile in diameter (1.6 km), the crater´s rain-fed sulfuric pool still bubbles and emits smoke into the air, reminding you of its imposing activity.

Breakfast provided by ISL; lunch & dinner paid by volunteer.

April 3/ Sat: AM: House Visits in community 3, PM: Community Health Fair in Community 4

Morning: House Visits in community 3, an urban community located 30 minutes from your lodging.

Afternoon: Host Health Fair in the community 4.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteer.

April 4/ Sun: Community 3 Clinic

Morning/Afternoon: Set up field clinic in community, volunteers work in groups and rotate performing patient interviews, taking vitals, and helping in the pharmacy. Suture class.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteer.

April 5/ Mon: Community 3 Clinic

Morning/ Afternoon: Continue serving in the community 3.  Case discussion session led by local physician.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteer.

April 6/ Tue: Help at a Nursing Home

Morning/Afternoon: Visit to nursing home. Activities that can be done are: help with grooming and play bingo; help the nurse or the Physical therapist, etc.

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers.

April 7/ Wed: Recreation Day. Jacó Beach and Zip lining Los Sueños (optional) $35 

Website: http://www.canopyvistalossuenos.com/

Jacó Beach is the closest beach to the Central Valley and it’s a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. It is a great place to view much of Costa Rica’s wildlife, as well as having the opportunity to zip line through the tropical jungle.

Breakfast provided by ISL; lunch & dinner paid by volunteer.

April 8/ Thu: Departure

Breakfast provided by ISL.

Hotel: Casa de Espiritualidad Franciscana, Alajuela, Ph: 011 (506) 2430-9678 / WiFi Available

Volunteer Experience Coordinator:. Ph: Email:

Country Coordinator CR: Pouchi Chan Chen Cell: 011 506 8825-1193 Email: pouchi@islonline.org

Team Leader name & contact info:. Cell: 011 506 Email:

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