San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica offers you one of the world’s greatest collections of rain forests, wild rivers, unspoiled beaches, wildlife, mountains and volcanoes. With its unique combination of beauty and spirituality, it’s the ultimate refreshment for your body, mind and soul.
Highlight will be the program with the Clinca Biblica is one of Costa Rica’s finest hospitals that provide medical, deontological and psychological attention to lower-income families. In 1968, the Board of Directors, Councils and Commissions created a non-profit institution whose mission is to use the economic resources generated by Clínica Bíblica for social aid actions to benefit different sectors of those most in need.
Their Integral Health Program aims to provide health care services with a modern approach to low-income people, not based on the concept of health as “absence of disease” but as a vision of health from an integral bio-psycho-social perspective. It relies on an inter-disciplinary team, with social workers, doctors, dental assistants and dentists, many of whom work free of charge.
The work is done by the Department of Social Action at the facilities of Clínica Bíblica, with emphasis on the child population. Low-income patients are treated in the facilities of the Clínica Bíblica Hospital, as well as people referred by several institutions. And at “The Bridge” a “people helping people” program in rural Costa Rica.
- Roundtrip air transportation to San Jose
- Roundtrip Airport/Hotel transfers
- 4 Nights accommodations at the BW Irazu Hotel
- Hotel taxes
- Continental Breakfast throughout
- 2 lunches
- 3 dinners
- Local transportation for Community Service program
- Special Sarapiqui Rain Forest Tour & Zip Liner
- Sarapiqui River Cruise
Volunteer Nurses/Doctor Program to provide
- Assessment of Vital signs (Blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature)
- Assessment Heart and Lung sounds
- Teaching Healthy diets, diabetic &, hypertension prevention & Dental health
- Vision and hearing assessments handouts
- “Dream Pillow” Project
Day 1. Wednesday: US/San Jose – To San Jose (D)
Depart on our international flight to San Jose. Arrive same day. Clear Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs. Meet our local tour representative. Transfer to our reserved accommodations in San Jose. Free time before your group dinner. Overnight and dinner in San Jose.
Day 2. Thursday: In San Jose. Clinca Biblica Program (B/L/D)
Today, a visit to the Clinca Biblica to meet with Administrators, Doctors and Nurses as they provide services for Costa Rican lower-income families. Discussions will center on the Clinic’s Integral Health Program that aims to provide health care services with a modern approach to low-income people, not based on the concept of health as “absence of disease” but as a vision of health from an integral bio-psycho-social perspective. Return to the hotel for some well-deserved R & R. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 3. Friday: In San Jose: Morning Clinic Work- “Dream Pillow” & Free Afternoon (B)
Spend the morning in La Carpio, one of the poorest section of San Jose to meet the young children of the district. Start a combination of examining the children and going “one-on-one with them on the “Dream Program” project, which will be an opportunity to teach the children the value of dreaming: how important it is to have dreams, to wish for things, to have goals in our lives, and how to visualize their dreams. Using fabric paints and markers, the children can create designs and affirmations, as well as put their names on cloth (in Spanish of course). Each child will leave with two decorations that they can hang in their homes.
Return to the hotel for a free afternoon for relaxing by the pool or taking a taxi into San Jose. San Jose is a wonderful city to shop or tour on our own. There is La Sabana Metropolitan Park, a green space known as the “lungs of San José.” Rohmoser, which is a residential area that houses the President’s home and several embassies. You can enjoy several areas of the city such as the National Museum, which was a base for the former disappeared army; the National Theater, which is a cultural jewel built at the end of the 19th century; and the Plaza de la Democracia, where you can browse through stalls selling all kinds of handicrafts. Have dinner this evening on our own as we try some of the wonderful San Jose restaurants
Day 4: Saturday: Sarapiqui Rain Forest Tour and Sarapiqui River Cruise (B/L/D
A day of Education AND fun as we learn about the region’s environment. The journey affords an excellent opportunity to view Costa Rica’s ever-changing panorama. Arrival at the Hacienda Pozo Azul, to start your tour of the Sarapiqui are rain forest. The tour will feature 12 cables (that you are hooked into) and 17 platforms that are build from 60 to 90 feet above group as you “fly” through a canyon and over the Sarapiqui River. Continue on your full day excursion as boat your Rover boat and navigate through the Sarapiqui River, with its beautiful scenery surrounded by lowlands of tropical rain forests and quiet farmland. As the boat passes through green waters and lush vegetation, you will also see a variety of Costa Rican plants, animals and birds. Lunch will be served during the cruise. Afternoon return to the hotel, where you will have some time to relax. Meet in the lobby for our farewell dinner at the La Gallera Restaurant at the hotel
Day 5: Sunday: San Jose/USA (B)
Transfer to the airport for our flight back home. Arrive same day.
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