Our Mission


The Mission of Toucan Abroad is to broaden the perspective and form future leaders in the physical therapy field by exposing them to multiple PT specialists demonstrating expert patient care, all within a new culture. We want students to evolve by gaining a more holistic view of the profession, themselves, and the world by being immersed into a different society and shadowing licensed physical therapists.


Philip Wykowski

Founder and Program Director

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Fernando Muñoz 

Regional Director


Philip earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business at the University of Dallas in Texas. As a reoccuring PT patient, he is very passionate about the physical therapy field. Additionally, he has been involved with multiple study abroad programs and has traveled and lived in Europe and Latin America. Through Toucan Abroad he combined his passions of physical therapy and studying abroad to give pre-PT students the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience and grow as individuals.


Fernando is a native to Cartago, Costa Rica who currently works for Amazon as Audible Resolution Lead and is also a chef. He studied at Chef Universitidad Latina de Costa Rica and received his degree in Gastronomy. He then worked overseas as a chef at a 5-star hotel in Barcelona, Spain. Additionally, Fernando has spent a lot of time of working with study abroad students in Costa Rica from other American universities in past programs.


Luis Daniel Valverde

Program Associate

Luis Daniel is a resident of Cartago. He is civil engineer student at the Universidad de Costa Rica, currently finishing his licensure in the field. He is also a photographer and has worked as an actor and model for different companies. Luis Daniel has participated in exchange programs in the United States, so he knows how important it is for people to have great educational experience while also having a good time and enjoying the culture of the country during their time abroad.