Nursing Team #StAnselm010618

COUNTRY: Costa Rica

ARRIVAL: January 6, 2018
DEPARTURE: January 14, 2018
DURATION: 9 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: San Jose
DEPARTURE CITY: San Jose
COST: $0
The St. Anselm nursing team will be starting the new year off in a beautiful way: Traveling to Costa Rica, enjoying the rich culture and cuisine, exploring the amazing landscape, and using their skills to benefit communities in need. Thank you for your continued partnership!

Nursing Teams

ISL’s nursing teams actively participate in health clinic service, in partnership with local community agencies, in an effort provide acute care and public health education to vulnerable populations. Volunteers are introduced to issues relevant to healthcare professions such as nursing, medicine, social work, counseling, education, and allied health professions.

Our nursing program was developed to provide a learning experience that strengthens cultural competency in an ethnically diverse setting, while providing genuine service in developing communities.


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, coursework, 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

Day 1 (Thursday, Aug 17): Arrival and Practical orientation

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 features volunteers can enjoy.

“Welcome to Costa Rica” orientation

Evening: Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.
Dinner provided by ISL

Day 2 (Friday, Aug 18): AM: Professional Orientation. PM: Spanish Lesson

Morning: Review Health Assessment (led by Pamela Preston-Safarz).
Afternoon: Spanish Lesson
Evening: Learn some Latino dances; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.
Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers.

Day 3 (Saturday, Aug 19): House Visits and Health Fair in Dulce Nombre

Morning/Afternoon: House Visits in Dulce Nombre, a rural community located 30 minutes from your lodging. (The team will split into small groups and visit 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.) Volunteers will also take the time to educate patients by giving away prevention sheets, performing chart growth curves for children; and taking blood pressure for the health fair.
Evening: Natural medicine Seminar, Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.
Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers.

Day 4 (Sunday, Aug 20): Clinic in Dulce Nomre

Morning/Afternoon: Set up field clinic in Dulce Nombre, volunteers work in groups and rotate through stations 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); tropical medicine seminar.
Evening: Talk with a Costa Rican Nurse, group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.
Breakfast & lunch provided by ISL; dinner paid by volunteers.

Day 5 (Monday, Aug 21): AM: House Visits Community in San Miguel. PM: Share with the Community

Morning: House Visits in San Miguel, an urban community located 20 minutes from your lodging.
Afternoon: Share with the community, volunteers will prepare activities to perform with children.
Evening: Tropical Disease seminar, group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.
Breakfast & Lunch provided by ISL, dinner paid by volunteers.

Day 6 (Tuesday, Aug 22): Community Clinic in San Miguel

Morning/Afternoon: Community Clinic
Evening: Talk with a Costa Rican Nurse, group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.
Breakfast & Lunch provided by ISL, dinner paid by volunteers.

Day 7 (Wednesday, Aug 23): AM: House Visit in Los Huevitos Community PM: San José city tour

Morning: House Visits in Los Huevitos, an urban community located 15 minutes from your lodging.
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.

Day 8 (Thursday, Aug 24): Clinic in Los Huevitos Community

Morning/Afternoon: Community Clinic in Los Huevitos
Evening: Case Discussion; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.
Breakfast & Lunch provided by ISL, dinner paid by volunteers.

Day 9 (Friday, Aug 25): Jacó Beach and Zip-lining Vista Los Sueños $35 (optional).

A 1. 5 hour drive from Alajela, Jaco Beach is the closest beach to the Central Valley and is one of the most visited coastal destinations in Costa Rica. The beach is a 2.5 mile (4 km) strip which offers world renowned surfing and more. Early morning or around sunset is often the best time to see scarlet macaws in flight. It is a great place to view much of Costa Rica’s wildlife and the amazing contrast of forest and ocean, side by side.
The Vista Los Sueños Canopy property boasts spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. From the property, you will have the opportunity to view a wide variety of wild life and tropical forests.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided by ISL

Day 10 (Saturday, Aug 26): Depart

Breakfast provided by ISL.