Internship Team #CRPhysicalTherapy

COUNTRY: Costa Rica

ARRIVAL: January 1, 2017
DEPARTURE: January 31, 2017
DURATION: 31 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: San Jose
DEPARTURE CITY: San Jose
COST: $3495

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

This organization is an established retirement community in Costa Rica, near ISL headquarters. The community houses expensive physical therapy facilities, open spaces, living and recreational spaces, and a clinic surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The Intern will assist with Morning exercises and PT activities.

Internship Teams

For 22 years ISL has provided short term service trips of the highest quality. We are excited to provide our volunteers with opportunities to further extend their travel, service and learning through immersive internship opportunities. We see international internships as an opportunity for individuals to develop their professional, intercultural, and language skills, all while assisting organizations that are doing important work in host countries.


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 internship placement at the local host organization, accommodation with a host family (or in some cases a hotel/guest house), most meals, and support. Our interns receive support meetings with our internship specialists before the trip, during, and debriefing after. Additionally, local ISL staff will be available at all times while in country, including regular check-ins.

 

What to Bring

Once you register for your internship we will provide you with a list of information documents, which includes a packing list. Additional items may be necessary depending on internship placement, as specified by the internship coordinator.

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

Once you register for your internship we will provide you with a list of information documents, which includes a packing list. Additional items may be necessary depending on internship placement, as specified by the internship coordinator.