Toucan Abroad takes place in Cartago, Costa Rica where students will shadow Licensed Physical Therapists for 2 or 3 weeks for a total of 40 or 60 Observation hours (depends if during winter or summer).  During the program the students will live in private housing with daily breakfast and select group meals included. Outside of the clinic students will be enjoying various excursions and activities to maximize the experience of being in Costa Rica.  Additionally, students will be given some free time to explore on their own and foster their friendships. At the end of the program, every student receives a certificate signed by the program director and the appropriate physical therapists verifying the completion of the 60 observational hours.

A Typical Week Day (Mon-Fri)

Morning:  Students will go to their assigned PT clinic and observe for 4 to 5 hours, depending on the schedule.  Students should be ready for clinical experiences ranging from strictly observational to a more hands-on approach.  Additionally, at the end of your first week, depending on availability, you may have the option to switch clinics to gain experience in a different clinical environment.

Afternoon:  When students have completed their time in the clinic for the day, normally there will be a fun activity or excursion where the students will be able to unwind, enjoy each other’s company, and enjoy the culture of Costa Rica.  

Excursions and Activities may include:

  • Hiking Volcan Irazu

  • Visiting a local family owned coffee farm

  • Swimming in Aguas Termales (Hot Springs)

  • Learning Costa Rica dances like Merengue, Salsa, and Cumbia,

  • Walking Tours of Cartago and San Jose

  • Playing soccer with local Ticos

And much more!

Weekend:  In the winter program, the students will have one long weekend to travel.  It is strongly recommended to travel in groups for safety and way more fun! We are also able to suggest awesome trips, safe transportation, and affordable accommodation all throughout Costa Rica.


Housing and meals:

  • Housing will be provided to students in Hotel Las Brumas in a central location of Cartago

  • Students will usually room with 1 or 2 others in the during the trip

  • Breakfast will be provided all days that students are not on personal travel

  • Select Lunches and dinners will be provided during excursions and activities

Travel and Safety:

  • Daily travel to clinics will be thoroughly explained and guided so that students feel safe and confident each day - they will use Uber with their partner and should budget around $20 per week to safely cover costs.

  • All group trips will be together in private transportation

  • All students will be covered with travel insurance in case of an emergency

  • Toucan Abroad prioritizes safety first and will have members on call for 24/7 support of any kind.


Where? Cartago, Costa Rica

Cartago is a lively city located at the heart of the Central Valley at the foot of Irazu Volcano.  The mountainous city is filled with breathtaking views, fascinating history, and rich culture.  While still very accessible to San Jose, Cartago provides a more relaxed and safe place away from the commotion of  the capital while still offering a myriad of things to do and see.