Costa Rica Medical Volunteer Opportunities-Over 22000 Happy Volunteers Since 2006


  • Join an incredibly affordable program trusted by over 22,000 since 2006
  • Your safety is our highest priority, and all our projects and facilities have been thoroughly vetted
  • Fulfill your passion for medical work and gain valuable experience while on a lifechanging adventure
  • Experience the feeling of providing much-needed care to disadvantaged people
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, food and in-country support


Are you a medical professional or pursuing a degree in healthcare and want to help people in need? Would you like to volunteer in Costa Rica and make a difference in paradise?

Medical volunteering in Costa Rica is all about gaining invaluable experience. As a medical volunteer in Costa Rica, you will to educate locals on different health topics which can help improve their quality of life, and you will also help provide basic care. You will shadow local doctors and nurses in the treatment of sick patients and carry out training related to nutrition and disease prevention. This program is the perfect project for those who are pursuing a career in the healthcare field or medical professionals seeking to gain insight into a foreign healthcare system.

The assistance you provide will help Costa Rican doctors and various organizations better serve the needs of underprivileged patients that are seeking care. You will be gaining valuable experience in a medical setting, and this will help prepare you for a future career in the healthcare field.

Important Information

In order to qualify for our Costa Rica medical volunteer project, you will need to have a background in the healthcare field. You will need to furnish a valid medical student id, or certification as a physician, nurse, EMT, etc. from an accredited institution.

Spanish language skills are highly desired, but not required. If you cannot speak Spanish, we highly recommend you enroll in a Spanish language program. We offer them while you volunteer so it’s super convenient for you and will really help enrich your time abroad.

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  • Arthur Chloe recommends this program
    Aug 04, 2020

    Great Experience!

    The overall price for the trip was very reasonable. I didn't feel like I was spending more money than the program deserved when it came to housing and accommodation and project placement. I also really enjoyed my host family -- they could not have been a better fit for me and they made this trip a great experience. My Spanish has improved dramatically and I feel like I have a deeper understanding for Costa Rica as a country due to my excellent host family. All my meals were delicious, I had my own private room, we have a clean shower and dependable wifi, and overall my host mom and sister were just very kind, accommodating, encouraging, and fun. I rate my home-stay experience 10/10. I also enjoyed the excursions very much. The Island Day Tour was absolutely beautiful and was organized so well -- someone picked me up, took me to the tour, I was taken care of the entire tour, and then someone brought me back to my host family. I felt very safe and comfortable. I really appreciate the opportunity to see different parts of the country and how smoothly those things worked. I also appreciated my country coordinator, Lauren. Lauren was great about being in touch with me and helping me through various issues and checking in with me to make sure the program was going smoothly. I felt like I had adequate support in this program and was grateful for that.

    How this program can be improved?

    Overall, I think IFRE is a great organization with great employees, and I loved my time in Costa Rica and with my host family.