The goal of this global health-focused experience is to learn about local healthcare challenges, experience Costa Rican culture, and gain perspective on the global wellness landscape. You will learn how to calculate
Sunday, February 17, 2019 – Sunday, February 24, 2019
At the end of the Alternative Spring Break 2018 program, students participating in this experience will be able to:
Your team will be exposed to a true local Costa Rican experience. The ideal participant loves learning about new cultures, and has a well-rounded perception of healthy activities and a healthy lifestyle. Ideal participants are flexible, reliable, and committed to learning. During this experience, you will be challenged to lean into your discomfort, and go with the flow.
Total cost (subject to change) – $3,400 CAD
Note: ASB participants will be responsible for any luggage costs assigned by individual airlines, airport tax, souvenirs, or additional food/snacks during the trip.
Day 1-2 (Orientation): You will arrive, have some time to settle in and explore downtown Alajuela, and be introduced to our partners from ISL, who will lead you through professional orientation and teach you how to calculate BMI.
Day 3-5 (Community Visits): These days will be spent visiting community sports centres, soup kitchen and schools to distribute health promotions, calculate BMI, and understand the complexities of poverty in Costa Rica.
Day 6-7 (Health Fair): You will work with ISL in hosting a community health fair where you will distribute important educational handouts on the prevention of common diseases. The timing of this fair is important as it takes place just before the rainy season starts. It is important to eliminate all possible areas around a home where water can be contained and mosquitos can grow. In addition to this, you will work in partnership with the Women’s Community House.
Day 8 (Recreation): You will conclude your adventure enjoying the Costa Rican beach, and you will be provided with an opportunity to zip line through the tropical jungle.
PLEASE NOTE: Itinerary is draft, and subject to change at any point in time.
You will call Cada de Espiritualidad Franciscana home for your 8-day experience, and this is a local guesthouse in Alajuela just outside of San Jose.
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.
This experience does not involve travel through the USA.
You are responsible for ensuring that you have the required travel documents and travel visas necessary to participate in the experience.
If you require disability related accommodation, or have other special considerations, we encourage you to contact us before applying. We may require further information to determine how we can best meet your accommodation needs.