Costa Rica Rainforest Canopy Bridge

Dates

Session 1

May 19 – May 30, 2019*
Students depart from the U.S. on May 19, 2019

Session 2

June 2 – June 13, 2019*
Students depart from the U.S. on June 2, 2019

Price

Program Fee: $3,300

*Dates and prices subject to change

What's Included

  • Pre-departure support
  • Online orientation
  • Personal assistance
  • Flight recommendations
  • Parental communication
  • Housing
  • Welcome dinner
  • All program-related activities (including 5-day intensive professional experience in clinic or school, introduction to local communities, cultural orientation)
  • Kayaking, waterfall hike and rafting adventure, transportation between locations
  • International medical insurance
  • Group transfers to/from airport during arrival window
  • Emergency assistance
  • Final Dinner
  • Leadership opportunities with LeadAbroad on campus
  • Internship positions abroad
  • Resume assistance and references for internships, jobs and positions on campus
  • LinkedIn networking group
  • Young alumni events

The PRO Difference

The PRO program focuses on providing hands-on professional experience to all of our students. PRO Costa Rica offers three unique paths: global health, nursing or physical therapy.

In global health, students travel to local communities to perform home visits, conduct public health surveys and run pop-up clinics to provide basic medical care to the families. This focus area is perfect for any health/medical related majors and disciplines. In nursing, students will visit clinics to take patient vitals, assist in clinic activities and learn about careers in nursing through the lens of another culture. This track is designed for nursing or pre-nursing students. In physical therapy, students will provide evaluations and services including orthopedic massage and soft tissue assessments. This track is perfect for PT students. On all focus areas, students will be working alongside local professionals in their field as well as translators. Basic Spanish is helpful but not required.

Once we complete our hands-on experience, we will head to the beach at Samara and the jungle of Arenal to fully experience the adventure of Costa Rica while debriefing about student’s experiences serving the local community and the impact on their long term career ambitions.

“One of the biggest lessons I took away from m trip is how much you can learn about yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone. I never realized how much I underestimated myself until I tried all of the new experiences the program offered. My only regret is that I didn’t try LeadAbroad sooner!””

– Elizabeth Harris, University of Arkansas

Benefits

  • Develop professional and personal skills vital to getting your first job and excelling in your career no matter what your major is
  • Build confidence and increase skills by working directly with patients or supporting a classroom
  • Differentiate yourself from your peers and improve your individual brand
  • Gain great experience that will help you show tangible results and learning in future interviews
  • No previous experience or courses required for either global health or teaching tracks
  • Engage in hands-on, result-driven projects with patients or students
  • Build your resume while learning applicable professional skills
  • Work and learn in underserved communities that will broaden your perspectives for either field
  • Pre-departure planning, support and group flight options from the LeadAbroad team
  • Program Director available 24/7 to assist with activities, health and safety
  • Guided adventure activities in some of the most popular areas of Costa Rica
  • Make friends by joining the included cultural, social and personal development opportunities like community club and welcome and final dinners
  • Get to know professional mentors who lead the program daily
  • Work closely with volunteers focused on education or medical paths
  • Learn about yourself, your vision and your values through adventure and service activities

Accommodation

While in Costa Rica, you will stay in a few types of accommodations. During the first half of the program for your professional experience, you live in modest dorm style housing alongside the PRO staff. When we head to the beach at Samara, we stay in a boutique hotel which is a quick two block walk to the waterfront. In Arenal, students will stay at Las Colinas, a centrally located, safe hotel with great common space and walkability to the best restaurants in town.

Accommodation

While in Costa Rica, you will stay in a few types of accommodations. During the first half of the program for your professional experience, you live in modest dorm style housing alongside the PRO staff. When we head to the beach at Samara, we stay in a boutique hotel which is a quick two block walk to the waterfront. In Arenal, students will stay at Las Colinas, a centrally located, safe hotel with great common space and walkability to the best restaurants in town.

Engagement

Our engagement model is the secret sauce that makes PRO different from other professional programs abroad. The PRO team consists of a program director, peer leaders and local PRO guides who will support you during every aspect of your international experience. We do not simply arrange your housing and activities; instead, the PRO Costa Rica team will focus on your professional, personal and cultural engagement to help you have the best experience possible.

Professional engagement begins with your chosen track of either global health or education: real-world experience assisting patients and supporting students in the classroom. With a projected cohort of 40 students, you will have an opportunity to know the staff and your fellow students as you build your professional skills and engage in the pura vida culture.

Personal engagement is created during our community club meetings and leadership workshops. These gatherings encourage you to pause and reflect on all that you are experiencing abroad. Each meeting will have a unique focus ranging from your personal strengths to your vision and values. Through intentional conversations, these meetings can provide a renewed sense of purpose and direction for your life while also helping you get to know your fellow students.

Cultural engagement is derived from the plethora of cultural activities that the PRO staff will plan as well as the daily life you will experience in Costa Rica. There are plenty of opportunities for you to take advantage of the Central American adventure capital from kayaking to waterfall hikes! Our program director and peer interns search for all of the most authentic cultural experiences and make them accessible to our students. Or, if there is something that you want to do, let us know and we will help you accomplish it.

“I got to share amazing experiences with new friends from across the country, and I discovered that being outside of my comfort zone is one of my favorite places to be. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!”

– Lindsay Nation, University of Georgia

Flights

Once you are accepted, we will provide detailed information on how to book your flight to Costa Rica.  Airfare is not included in your program fee; however, our team of flight experts will recommended itineraries and meet you at the San Jose International Airport (SJO). Our staff will be at the terminal waiting for you with huge signs and cheers.  Students will need to arrive in the recommended arrival window in order to attend the onsite orientation on the first day of the program!


Health & Safety

Your safety is our number one priority on all programs. We execute safety procedures in Costa Rica including assessment, education, security measures, ongoing monitoring and emergency response protocol. The LeadAbroad Policies, Terms & Conditions document outlines these policies in detail.

We want every student to remain healthy on the program so they can get the most of their time in Costa Rica. Though we are prepared to handle inevitable health issues, we certainly do not want you to miss out on the adventures and fun. Therefore, we combine pre-departure preparation with on the ground strategies to ensure our students are healthy and happy.

Prior to departure, every student will complete a detailed health questionnaire. We encourage you to visit your doctor and dentist to ensure that you are up to date on all vaccinations and have complete supply of prescriptions. We also offer international medical insurance through TW Lord & Associates for all LeadAbroad students. It is important to note that this is different than trip protection and travel insurance. We will provide many more details on health and safety information in the student login after you are accepted.