High School Volunteer Programs in Costa Rica

A Service Learning Trip is a week-long educational journey where volunteers work hand-in-hand with the local community on development projects, mobile medical clinics, and more. The trip allows volunteers to understand the realities of extreme poverty firsthand, personally connect them with the communities that MEDLIFE supports, and ignite action within them to join the MEDLIFE Movement in the fight for a world free from the constraints of poverty.

MEDLIFE offers Service Learning Trips tailored specifically for high school students to volunteer while simultaneously getting to travel abroad, and most importantly, making a difference in the lives of the people in our partner communities.

MEDLIFE Service Learning Trips

One of the locations we offer High School SLTs is Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Tamarindo is a town on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste. Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta are two of its well-known surf beaches. Playa Grande, located in the northern portion of Las Baulas National Marine Park, is an important nesting place for giant leatherback turtles. Howler monkeys and crocodiles are among the wildlife that thrives in the mangrove-lined estuary of the Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge.

Aside from getting to travel to a beautiful country, you may have never been to before, there are several other reasons to join a High School Service Learning Trip.

Benefits Of Joining A High School SLT:

  • Volunteers get to travel and see different parts of the world
  • Learn about medicine, poverty reduction, and education
  • Make connections with like-minded people & members of the community
  • Add volunteer experience to resume for university or future jobs
  • Gain experience in medical care at a rudimentary level
  • Parents/guardians and teachers can potentially travel for free by joining an SLT as a chaperone
  • Explore the city/country you are volunteering in and experience what it has to offer tourists
  • Make a difference in the lives of the people in our partner communities by helping to provide access to medical care, education, housing, and more!

These are just some of the potential benefits you can gain from joining a high school SLT. Everyone’s experience is different, and we welcome you to join and see for yourself how awesome it can be to give back.

To see all our upcoming Service Learning Trips for high school students, visit our website today!


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.