Team members are working under the legal “umbrella” of licensure via the local government and its relationship with WCI (Well Child International). During your WCI experience, you will be involved in many or all of the following activities:
• Neighborhood clinics
• In home-screenings/surveying
• Governmental clinic and hospital experience
• Providing health education
• Training neighborhood health care workers
• Serving in women’s shelters and orphanages
• Immunization campaigns
• Eye and dental care for children/mothers.
To view a sample itinerary, click on the link: https://wellchildinternational.org/sample-itinerary
Funding Your Trip
Become a WCI Ambassador and get $100 travel credit for other volunteers you recruit. WCI provides materials and help for you to reach out to the health professions organizations at your school—it’s easy!
Use any one of a number of self-funding sites (Go Fund Me, Good Samaritan Missions., etc.) or write your “support letter”—we’ll help you.
Many students greatly reduce their costs, and in some cases go one more than one trip free utilizing the above!!
Contact: Funding@WellChildInternational.org or (509) 640-6767
The Brief on Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a Central American country bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua, and Panama. Costa Rica has become one of the most stable, democratic, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America. It permanently abolished its army in 1949, becoming the first of very few sovereign nations without a standing army. In fact, one of Costa Rica’s nicknames is the “Switzerland of Latin America” because of its neutrality. While Costa Rica is known for its coffee and tropical fruit exports, tourism is now the largest industry. Twenty-five percent of the country’s land area is protected—one of the largest percentages in the world.
Where We Serve in Costa Rica
Because Costa Rica is such a diverse place geographically, the communities where we serve fall into two categories: rural and urban.
The Need in Costa Rica
Costa Rica has a social security system that, unfortunately, is oversaturated by immigrants, mostly Nicaraguans, and only covers public and private sector employees and self-employed people that contribute most directly to the economy. The unemployment rate is very high with a large population of immigrants living in poverty.
As with any great work, it takes great relationships to get the job done. That’s why WCI Costa Rica has partnered with nonprofits, NGOs, governmental and religious groups and institutions to better serve the people of Costa Rica.