This experience provided a greater understanding of different rehab techniques while merging the individual in a unique atmosphere. Even if someone does not speak Spanish, the therapists try their best and use Google translate in order to communicate. All of the physical therapists are extremely welcoming and passionate about what they do. They accept you the minute that they meet you. They teach you by asking questions on what would you do if you were in their position. I am grateful and blessed for the opportunity! It’s not all work, for we got to see the fun/beautiful side of Costa Rica! I was also able to make a friend group that I can stay in touch with. ¡Pura Vida!
I have countless hours of experience in many different settings and I can confidently say that I gained the most from this experience in such a short amount of time! The therapists were eager to teach and gave me a plethora of knowledge, the people in Costa Rica were warm and welcoming, the director of our program did everything he could to make sure we had the best experience, and the friends made along the way are ones I will keep for a lifetime! I learned many techniques that I would not have otherwise seen in the United States and I was immersed into a beautiful culture.
During this trip I got to shadow multiple therapists that were more then willing to teach and pass their knowledge onto me, just because I was eager to learn. They were willing to go out of their way to make sure that you learned everything that you were interested in. While shadowing I learned about multiple different techniques that I would not see in a United States clinic. I would recommend this program to anyone who want to go into Physical Therapy, or anyone who is on the fence about Physical Therapy. It will change your mind and make you want to go into the field even more than you wanted to before. This was the best experience that I have ever had, and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I am happy I got to be a part of.
I had the time of my life during this trip and made the most amazing memories with my group and the doctors. There was not one part of this trip I would change because it was just so perfect. I got to make lifelong friends all while learning and studying the things I love in COSTA RICA! The people there are amazing, the food is amazing, and there was not a second where I did not feel safe. I will vouch for this program and the creator, Philip Wykowski, for the rest of my life and recommend anyone on the fence about it to go for it!
This experience was once in a lifetime and I wish I was back in Costa Rica already! Anyone going into Pre-Physical Therapy should definitely check this program out! So glad I was able to take part in such an amazing opportunity.