COSTA RICA

Adelphi University School of Nursing
Academic/Community Service Volunteer Project

Costa Rica toursMarch 12-17, 2012

Experience the natural beauty and spirituality of this natural wonderland!

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, dentological 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.

Community International Nurses Volunteer Program includes:

  • Volunteer Program at “The Bridge” a “people helping people” program in rural Costa Rica
  • Volunteer program at San Jose’s Clinca Biblica

Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip air transportation from JFK to San Jose
  • Roundtrip Airport/Hotel transfers
  • 2 Nights accommodations at the Shawandha Hotel in Puerto Viejo
  • 3 Nights accommodations at the BW Irazu Hotel
  • Hotel taxes
  • Continental Breakfast throughout
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Roundtrip transportation from San Jose to Puerto Viejo
  • Local transportation for Community Service program

Added Features:

  • Special Sarapiqui Rain Forest Tour & Zip Line
  • Sarapiqui River Cruise

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Monday, March 12:  US/San Jose  – On to Puerto Viejo  (D)

Puerto Viejo Costa Rica tourDepart 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 Puerto Viejo. Located on the Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, this spot is simply unique! Its wilderness plays with ecological options and scenic beauty.  All this, without the overwhelming crowds found in other tour destinations. Free time before your group dinner. Overnight and dinner in Puerto Viejo.

Day 2. Tuesday, March 13: In Puerto Viejo – “The Bridge” Volunteer Program  (B/L/D)

After breakfast, start on your special Volunteer program with a project called “El Puente – The Bridge, (that offers educational assistance, food and local work projects mainly to indigenous people in Costa Rica.  They have been helping people out of poverty globally since 1987.  Your program will consist of working with the Locals in 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 too. Return to your hotel for some free R & R. Overnight and dinner in Puerto Viejo.

Day 3. Wednesday, March 14: In Puerto Viejo.  “The Bridge” Volunteer.  Afternoon to San Jose  (B/L/D

After breakfast, continuation of the The Bridge” program.  Then after lunch, board our coach for the journey back through the Costa Rica countryside to San Jose. After checking in at our hotel, time for a swim before dinner.

Day 4. Thursday,  March 15: 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 5. Friday,  March 16: In San Jose.  Sarapiqui Rain Forest Tour and Sarapiqui River Cruise (B/L/D

Sarapiqui river cruiseA 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 area  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 by 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 dinner at the La Gallera Restaurant at the hotel.

Day 6.  Saturday, March 17: San Jose/USA (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Arrive same day.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Puerto Viejo: Shawandha Hotel in Puerto Viejo

This unique hideaway communicates an incredible surrounding of nature with  its spacious bungalows in a splendid tropical park.  The rooms are furnished in an artistic combination of woods. Bamboo and palm give each bungalow its own individual character and style. There is much to do on its 14 tropical acres including exploring the nearby rain forest and relaxing on the peaceful beach. It features an excellent restaurant with local cuisine, and it works towards sustainable development.

San Jose: Best Western Irazu

The 325 room Best Western Irazu is located only 10 minutes from Downtown San Jose. “The prestige of a great name and the experience of a hotel… to those who deserve nothing less than the very best” is the promise of quality, friendly service and value in lodging accommodations to all its visitors. All air-conditioned rooms offer 25″ color TV, in-room ironing board, hair dryer and full-length mirror. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee served 24-hours a day in the lobby. Happy Hour from 5pm to 6pm at the “La Cantina Bar,” free local calls and Internet access.  The hotel’s facilities include: Denny’s Restaurant, La Cantina Bar, Pizza Hut, and Burger King “touch button” for delivery service, lit tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, room service, exercise room, landscaped gardens. A shopping center is located next door to the hotel with souvenir shops, bank, grocery store, pharmacy and much more.