Alternative Spring Break

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Applications for 2017 are now closed.

Community Partner

International Service Learning


Good Health and Well-Being, Reduced Inequalities

*Take from: The Global Goals For Sustainable Development

Dates of Travel

February 18-25, 2017

Number of Participants

15 Student Participants
1 Student Team Leader
2 Faculty/Staff Team Leaders


Participants in the ASB Costa Rica experience will assist Costa Rican physicians in an under-serviced community.  They will be involved in patient interviews, recording symptoms, taking blood pressure, respiratory rate and visiting homes in the community to notify community members of the clinic and to provide an appointment time, all will be done with the assistance of translators.

Please Note: all activities are directed/supervised by trained physicians; translators assist participants in communicating with patients.


International Service Learning (ISL) aims to simultaneously provide educational opportunities for students from developed countries while providing services for developing countries (including employment opportunities for health professionals, translators, cooks, etc.)


$3,000 CAD

Trip Cost covers:

Medical Precautions

Participants must visit their family doctor or a travel clinic to ensure that their immunizations are up to date, and that there are no health concerns for travel. The cost of medical precautions is not included in ASB fees, and is the responsibility of the participant.

Sample Day

7:30 am:


8:15 am:

Leave for clinic

9:00 am:

Arrive and set up clinic

12:00 pm:


12:45 pm:

Return to clinic for afternoon

5:00 pm:

Finish clinic, travel home

7:30 pm:


8:30 pm:

Team Reflection

10:00 pm:

Social Time/Rest


Participants will sleep in hotel-like accommodations operated by nuns and in conjunction with ISL. Sheets/towels are provided.


Meals are prepared in-house by ISL staff or at approved local restaurants, and reflect a variety of local foods (rice, beans, chicken, tortillas, plantains, etc.) Students with specific dietary restrictions may wish to bring supplementary snacks.

Other activities may include