Ministry of Health: Dengue Project - Fighting diseases in a tropical environment and assisting with the general health of the town is what the local Ministry of Health tries to do. The Ministry in Atenas conducts many health and social projects for the town including projects fighting dengue and other contagious diseases. The dengue project is a public health project informing the public about the ways to prevent dengue and trying to eliminate the spread of the disease.
It is a house-to-house community project, inspecting areas that could breed mosquitoes and educating the public. Currently, brochures and other materials are being designed to communicate information about this disease. The intern may also spend part of the time teaching English to the Ministry of Health officials. At least basic Spanish is required, preferably intermediate.
- Association for Women - Make and distribute brochures to fight violence against women and children, teach English, and other projects as needed.
- Public Daycare - Teach English in the public daycare program sponsored by the Ministry of Health. This is a project that can be done in conjunction with other projects as this will only require an hour or two each day. These are children from lower income families who do not have the access to English training that others in private daycare do.
- Red Cross - The public ambulance service assists the public through transportation to the clinic in cases of emergency. Work with them, train with them, and teach them English to use when they are working in the field. At least basic Spanish is needed, medical or first aid experience is preferred.
- Private Ambulance Service - Work with the highest quality ambulance service in Atenas. Assist them in the office and on runs. Should have some medical training and at least basic Spanish.
- Dentist Assistants - Assist dentists and observe practices in Costa Rica. Should have at least basic Spanish and be dental students.
- Retirement Home - Work with the elderly in a retirement home, leading activity time with the residents. Previous experience with the elderly is helpful, at least basic Spanish required.
- Association for the Mentally Challenged - Work with the mentally challenged helping and assisting them with projects. Previous experience with people with mental disabilities is helpful, at least basic Spanish required.
- Laboratory - Work in a private laboratory that runs general and specific blood, urine, and feces tests for the detection of diseases and infections. Assist in the lab with the doctor analyzing the samples. At least an intermediate level of Spanish is required. Experience in a lab required.
- Skills/Qualifications. In addition to the above listed requirements, previous experience in the public health industry is useful, but not necessary. Interns and volunteers are expected to be reliable, flexible, use initiative, and be patient.
- Intern's Responsibilities. As an intern in the health projects of Atenas, your activities will vary based on the project you are assigned to.
- Internship in Costa Rica: Internship Project and Role of Supervisor. One of the distinguished features of IFRE internship program in Costa Rica is continuous support and guidance of your supervisor. IFRE will assign a qualified supervisor to help and guide you throughout your stay. Usually the supervisor will be the director or qualified project staff for your internship project. As an intern, you will be involved in all activities that volunteers are involved in (in this sense there is no difference between volunteer and internship project).
But the internship project will go further. In the internship, you will select a particular area of your interest related to medical/health issues and explore the issue further with the help of a supervisor. Your project director DOES NOT develop an internship project for you. Therefore, you need to be very proactive to ensure the success of your internship. Your supervisor will give you at least 5 hours of time each week to guide you. However, you can contact him/her at any time for any help you may need.
- Room/Food. Room and board will be provided by the home stay families in Atenas for the entire duration of the program. They will provide 3 meals a day (lunch may be "to go" if the Internship experience requires that the Intern has to be gone from the house throughout the day). Experience the culture of Costa Rica, the incredible traditional food, and expand your Spanish. Supervision will be provided in Atenas for both the home stay and the Internship opportunity during the entire time of the program.
Internship program starts on the first and third Monday of each month. IFRE is proud to offer all of the services that our competitors offer at a very special economical price (nearly 50-175% less). We here at IFRE do not make 6-figured salaries; and we work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you the intern where it counts the most. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all interns involved.
Here is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE offers:
- IFRE is a 501 (C) 3 organization so your program fee will be tax deductible as provided by law.
- IFRE application fee: US $349. The application fee covers advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries).
- What's Included in Program Fee:
* 4 days: US$529
* 1 week: US$704
* 2 weeks: US$823
* 3 weeks: US$950
* 4 weeks: US$1076
* 5 weeks: US$1353
* 6 weeks: US$1454
* 7 weeks: US$1556
* 8 weeks: US$1657
* 9 weeks: US$1834
* 10 weeks: US$1935
* 11 weeks: US$2037
* 12 weeks: US$2136.
Program fee covers comprehensive insurance, room and food (3 local meals a day) for the entire project period, a donation to the project, Costa Rica office expenses (rent, utilities, salaries), communication, and project coordination.
- Costa Rica language program fee: No fee for Spanish language classes. Costa Rica program fee covers 2 hours per day of free Spanish lessons (for up to 12 weeks for Beginner and Intermediate level students).
- Additional costs for Interns: Airport drop-off and pick-up/reception services ($75), internal transportation ($1-4 each day depending up on location of project and language school or host family), international and domestic flights, visa extensions, personal expenses on water/soft drinks/entertainment ($1-3 per day), telephone, exit tax at the airport ($26), tourism activities in the country, and immunizations.
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