PRO Costa Rica

Real-world professional experience and travel program

Join us!
Session 1: May 16 – May 27, 2022
Session 2: May 30 – June 10, 2022

Professional

Adventure

Resume Builder

Best For

Students interested in nursing, global health, pre-med or pre-PT


New travelers


Students seeking resume-building experience or medical hours

Highlights

﹢ Learn in the capital of San Jose and explore the jungle region of Arenal

﹢ 5 days of hands-on medical experience

﹢ 28 shadowing hours (no professional or Spanish-language experience necessary)

﹢ Workshops & reflections

﹢ Bucket-list adventures like whitewater rafting, zip-lining adventure and waterfall hiking

﹢ Cultural immersion (and local translators)

“LeadAbroad made me feel comfortable and welcomed every step of the way. The hands-on clinic experience was an amazing learning opportunity that would be impossible to get anywhere else!”

Kailee Cunningham

West Liberty University

“LeadAbroad is more than just a travel program. It’s about giving back to a community, learning more about yourself, and growing into a better person.”

Sydney McCain

University of Alabama

Dates

Session 1: May 16 – May 27, 2022

Session 2: May 30 – June 10, 2022

Pricing

Session 1 Program Fee: $3,700

Session 2 Program Fee: $3,400

Dates

Session 1: May 16 – May 27, 2022

Session 2: May 30 – June 10, 2022

Pricing

Session 1 Program Fee: $3,700

Session 2 Program Fee: $3,400

Overview

PRO Costa Rica offers hands-on, professional experience in three unique tracks: global health, nursing or physical therapy. You will develop professional and personal skills that are vital to success during and after college, and you will build confidence by working directly with patients in a clinic setting. Each small learning pod will perform patient in-take, evaluate and then present the patient to the physician for diagnosis (think Grey’s Anatomy). Differentiate yourself from your peers and increase your confidence that you are on the right path by participating in this medical shadowing experience.

Once the group completes our hands-on experience, we will travel to explore the jungle of Arenal to fully experience the adventure of Costa Rica. This component of the program provides time for learning, self-reflection and debriefing about our experiences serving the local community and the impact on their long term career ambitions. Let’s be honest, these are also the study abroad adventures you’ll be telling your kids about one day!

Overview

PRO Costa Rica offers hands-on, professional experience in three unique tracks: global health, nursing or physical therapy. You will develop professional and personal skills that are vital to success during and after college, and you will build confidence by working directly with patients in a clinic setting. Each small learning pod will perform patient in-take, evaluate and then present the patient to the physician for diagnosis (think Grey’s Anatomy). Differentiate yourself from your peers and increase your confidence that you are on the right path by participating in this medical shadowing experience.

Once the group completes our hands-on experience, we will travel to explore the jungle of Arenal to fully experience the adventure of Costa Rica. This component of the program provides time for learning, self-reflection and debriefing about our experiences serving the local community and the impact on their long term career ambitions. Let’s be honest, these are also the study abroad adventures you’ll be telling your kids about one day!

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Like many universities, we have rolling admissions. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of being accepted.

LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE ABROAD

Learn what makes LeadAbroad unique and join us on an adventure to discover yourself, connect with friends and come alive this summer!

What’s Included

Let us do the planning so you can stress less and travel more. Your program fee covers many of the expenses of your time abroad.

  • Pre-departure support
  • Online orientations
  • Personal assistance
  • Flight recommendations and/or group flights
  • Parental communication
  • On-campus and/or virtual program meet-ups
  • Private social media groups for introductions and roommate matching
  • Housing
  • Welcome dinner
  • Final farewell dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included during medical service
  • Breakfast included during adventure portion
  • Leadership & personal development workshops
  • LeadAbroad journal
  • Medical service training
  • Cultural orientation
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Spanish lesson
  • Latin dance class
  • Suture workshop
  • Rafting adventure
  • Waterfall hike
  • Zip-lining adventure
  • International medical insurance
  • Airport bus transfers to/from program accommodations if within group arrival window
  • 24/7 emergency support from U.S.-based domestic team
  • Resume assistance
  • Proof of Participation letter documenting hours of service
  • References from LeadAbroad staff for internships, grad school and/or jobs
  • On-campus leadership & ambassador programs
  • Private LinkedIn & Facebook networking groups
  • Family (Alumni) events
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • In-country costs: some meals, transportation and independent activities
  • Optional medical professional reference letter from observing doctor (must request and pay before program)

Real-World Medical Experience

Whether you are wrapping your pre-med classes or just starting out and wondering if a career in medicine is right for you, PRO Costa Rica will provide you with real-world experience and mentorship under incredible medical professionals. There are three focus areas on this PRO program.

In global health and nursing tracks, students travel to local communities to perform home visits, take patient vitals, assist in clinic activities, conduct public health surveys and run pop-up clinics to provide basic medical care to locals. This focus area is perfect for any health/medical related majors and disciplines or pre-nursing students.

Physical therapy students will provide evaluations and services including orthopedic massage and soft tissue assessments. This track is perfect for physical therapy, athletic training or occupational therapy students. In all focus areas, students will be working alongside local professionals in their field as well as translators. No professional or Spanish-language experience is required.

Real-World Medical Experience

Whether you are wrapping your pre-med classes or just starting out and wondering if a career in medicine is right for you, PRO Costa Rica will provide you with real-world experience and mentorship under incredible medical professionals. There are three focus areas on this PRO program.

In global health and nursing tracks, students travel to local communities to perform home visits, take patient vitals, assist in clinic activities, conduct public health surveys and run pop-up clinics to provide basic medical care to locals. This focus area is perfect for any health/medical related majors and disciplines or pre-nursing students.

Physical therapy students will provide evaluations and services including orthopedic massage and soft tissue assessments. This track is perfect for physical therapy, athletic training or occupational therapy students. In all focus areas, students will be working alongside local professionals in their field as well as translators. No professional or Spanish-language experience is required.

Bucket-List Adventures

The fresh jungle air of Arenal awaits you after we finish our impactful medical service in the communities surrounding San Jose. Costa Rica is known for its tropical forests and lush landscapes and we cannot allow you to leave without experiencing a few iconic adventures. We will check-in to our hotel in picturesque La Fortuna, a small yet bustling town where views of the Arenal volcano are around every corner, and head to the trail for a waterfall hike with swimming holes. Over the final days of the adventure portion, we will go whitewater rafting and zip-lining. Do not worry, there will be plenty of time for independent adventures like visiting hot springs, observing sloths, chocolate tasting tours, canyoneering and more.

Bucket-List Adventures

The fresh jungle air of Arenal awaits you after we finish our impactful medical service in the communities surrounding San Jose. Costa Rica is known for its tropical forests and lush landscapes and we cannot allow you to leave without experiencing a few iconic adventures. We will check-in to our hotel in picturesque La Fortuna, a small yet bustling town where views of the Arenal volcano are around every corner, and head to the trail for a waterfall hike with swimming holes. Over the final days of the adventure portion, we will go whitewater rafting and zip-lining. Do not worry – there will be plenty of time for independent adventures like visiting hot springs, observing sloths, chocolate tasting tours, canyoneering and more.

Personal Development

We recognize the unique opportunity of bringing students together in an intentional community of like-minded young adults. By stepping outside of your comfort zone with your cohort of students, we will build a strong community foundation and create life-long friendships. The PRO staff will facilitate gatherings for workshops and create space to pause and reflect on all that you are experiencing abroad. Each meeting will have a unique focus ranging from your personal strengths, practicing gratitude, creating your vision statement or identifying your values. Through guided conversations, these leadership exercises will provide a renewed sense of purpose and direction for your life.

Personal Development

We recognize the unique opportunity of bringing students together in an intentional community of like-minded young adults. By stepping outside of your comfort zone with your cohort of students, we will build a strong community foundation and create life-long friendships. The PRO staff will facilitate gatherings for workshops and create space to pause and reflect on all that you are experiencing abroad. Each meeting will have a unique focus ranging from your personal strengths, practicing gratitude, creating your vision statement or identifying your values. Through guided conversations, these leadership exercises will provide a renewed sense of purpose and direction for your life.

PRO Costa Rica Clinic

Accommodations

While in Costa Rica, you will stay in two unique 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 arrive in Arenal, you will stay at a centrally located hotel with great common spaces and walkability to the best restaurants and shops in town. All accommodations are safe, secure and have 24/7 front desk support.

Free WiFi

Nearby Dining

Front Desk Support

Laundry Services

Flights, Safety, Finances & More

Our expert team has over 13 years of experience leading students and families through the travel abroad process. Whether you have questions about how to book your flight, health and safety procedures or how program finances work, we have answers. If this is your first big adventure abroad without your family, you will be glad you chose LeadAbroad to guide you through the preparation and your time abroad.

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Questions about details, dates and pricing? Nervous to travel alone? Curious about the acceptance criteria? We’d love to chat! Pick a time below, and our team will give you a call.

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