March 15-21, 2014


Adelphi University proudly encourages global work as part of the extensive and integral complexities of professional nursing. Each Spring break (March) nursing faculty and nursing students travel to Costa Rica. Students are exposed to all types of patients. Opportunities for providing healthcare in the home, in schools and in makeshift clinics are part of the program.

The nursing students learn aspects of the Costa Rican culture as it relates to healing, medicine, patient teaching, healthy nutrition and healthcare practices. These opportunities enrich the students, often changing their lives forever. Each year, the program becomes more enriched with multiple opportunities. It is a wonderful experience for all involved. The students and the patients, whom they serve, come away with a renewed sense of compassion. The coming year, 2014, nurse practitioner students will be welcomed as well. Join us for what will surely be a great learning experience for all.

During the program, there will be time to explore San Jose for shopping and a visit to the wonderful museum. Plus a full day tour including white-water rafting on the Sarapiqui rapids (moderate rapids) followed by a river cruise through the lush countryside that ends with lunch at a local Hacienda.

Students must register for the following 1-credit course, which is part of the 2014 spring semester and undergraduate students will only pay additional tuition fees if they are part-time (11 credits or fewer) or go over 17 credits. STUDY ABROAD: On-site in Costa Rica, 0302-244, 1 credit. Some class sessions will be held on the Adelphi campus prior to and upon return from Costa Rica. This one-credit course is open only to nursing students who have completed Fundamentals.

Helen Ballestas, Professor of Nursing;
Beth Heydemann, Professor of Nursing;


1st Day, Saturday, March 15- Depart for San Jose
Evening departure for our non-stop flight to San Jose. Upon arrival, transfer to our accommodations followed by a light dinner.

2nd Day, Sunday, March 16- In San Jose (B/D)
After breakfast, we will depart for the San Jose city center and time to explore this wonderful city founded in 1737, San José was a forgotten backwater of the Spanish empire until the late 19th century, when it boomed with the coffee business. The city boasts some of the finest museums in Central America, including Costa Rican Art Museum, featuring a lovely open-air sculpture garden. For shopping, local craft items and cheap souvenirs, head to the Mercado Central, or the open-air market on the Plaza de la Democracia. Be sure to check out the extensive and impressive collection of indigenous art and craftworks on offer at Galería Namu. Back to the hotel in the afternoon for dinner.

woman right3rd Day, Monday, March 17- In San Jose – Nursing volunteer Program (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we visit the elementary school right outside of nearby Hatilia for our volunteer program.
Return to the hotel to have dinner with the group.

4th Day & 5th Day, Tuesday, March 18 & Wednesday, March 19- In San Jose – Nursing volunteer Program (B/L/D)
Two full days visiting clinics and visiting patients in their homes in collaboration with Asuncion Mision Consuelo.

6h Day, Thursday, March 20- In San Jose – White Water Rafting & River Cruise (B/L/D)
riverAfter breakfast it’s off the an exciting day as we depart for the Sarapiquí River rapids that are moderate class II-III (the picture is more dramatic than the rapids actually are) and is the perfect adventure to satisfy your daily dosage for adrenaline and water splash! In addition, the clear, warm water is perfect for enjoying a swim between rapids. The crafts used are very raftingstable, easy to maneuver and really fun! The run takes two and a half hours combining spectacular rainforest with colorful farmlands. In the afternoon we will continue our tour as we navigate the Sarapiqui River on a small cruise boat past beautiful scenery river surrounded by lowlands of tropical rain forest with lush vegetation and a large variety of plants, animals and birds. Lunch will be served at a Hacienda style house at the end of the tour and some time will be given to enjoy some of the other activities offered. Return to our hotel for dinner.

7th Day, Friday, March 21- To JFK (B)
Morning at leisure to relax by the pool before we transfer to the airport for our connecting flight home to New York.

Tour Portion will include:

  • Roundtrip air transportation from JFK to San Jose
  • 6 Nights accommodations at the BW Irazu Hotel
  • Breakfast throughout
  • 3 box lunches (March 17, 18, 19) and one lunch on river cruise
  • 6 dinners at the BW Irazu Hotel
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transportation throughout the stay including a coach to go to the city on the morning of 3/16
  • Sarapiqui white water rafting trip
  • Sarapiqui river cruise including lunch
  • Museum entrance fee

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Photo credit: Tambaki the Jaguar