The three week shadowing program I did through Toucan Abroad was hands down the best experience of my life. The shadowing and clinic opportunities couldn’t be compared to those I have been a part of here in the U.S. If you are ever questioning what you want to do as a career, and have even the smallest desire to do PT- go study abroad! Toucan abroad provided real life exposure to what the field may hold and I fell in love.
I recommend this program to anyone out there eager to be more hands-on in multiple physical therapy settings, make new friends, learn new PT techniques, travel through beautiful Costa Rica, and experience the adventure of a lifetime with Philip Wykowski and Fernando Muñoz.
This unique program provides professional PT shadowing, an amazing cultural experience, and an unbreakable bond between fellow PT/pre-PT students from all over. These past 3 weeks have been absolutely life changing, and I will definitely take everything I learned with me to my profession in the future!
Going on this trip was the best decision I’ve made hands down. I have made so many special memories with incredible people that I will never forget. Not only did I meet lots of wonderful people, but I also made lifelong friends and a family. The physical therapist I shadowed will always have a special place in my heart. I learned so much information and techniques from the PTs over the three weeks. All of the PT’s are very passionate about their jobs and patients. They are very eager to teach you and want you to learn from them. Every one of them is so welcoming and makes you feel like you’re a part of their family.
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.
Toucan Abroad has made a huge impact on my life. I will never forget all the memories I made with my new lifelong friends and the therapists. I miss all of them already and can’t wait to see all of them soon! The experience in the clinics is much different than any clinic I’ve been in the US. The therapists treat you like family and they want to help you learn as much as possible.
Relationships are built quickly and it will seem like you’ve known your group for years just from spending three quality weeks with each other. Overall the free weekends are the best because you get to see the pure beauty of Costa Rica. You will see anything from a volcano, to waterfalls, to beautiful beaches, to local swimming holes with rope swings. Costa Rica is full of adventurous surprises so it is important to always keep an open mind.
This has been the most life changing trip I have ever had in a professional standpoint and also a personal standpoint. The amount of information we are taught really gives a clear view of what physical therapy is all about. The therapists are amazing as far as adapting to us and teaching us as much as possible in the time we have. Three weeks with people you have never met before could sound intimidating, but it turned out to be the best 3 weeks of my life.
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.
Deciding to go on this trip was one of the best decisions of my life! I never thought that I would learn as much as I did and make so many new friends with the group I went with. At first glance, the program may not seem legit, but it is! The clinicians are absolutely amazing and really allow you to be hands-on and learn as much as possible during your time with them. Everyone is so kind and welcoming, making you feel right at home no matter where you go. I was in a group of 19 and we all go along great! If you are someone who has wanted to study abroad in the field of physical therapy and explore a beautiful country, apply for this program!
It was truly a life-changing experience and I would recommend it to any pre-PT student looking for hands-on practice and adventure. Fernando and Phil did the most incredible job making sure each and everyone of us had the time of our lives. And I am incredibly grateful for every moment.
I am so incredibly thankful that I had the opportunity to go on this trip. This was the experience of a lifetime and probably the best 3 weeks of my life...I shadowed in two different clinics, one was a pediatric setting working with kids with cerebral paralysis and one was based on aquatherapy. These settings were so rewarding and enriching to my learning experience, I could not have asked for anything better.I think one of the best parts of Toucan Abroad is how it’s set up, in terms of education and travel. We shadowed throughout the week and traveled on the weekends, which was the perfect ratio. The weekends were really a time to embrace the beautiful country we were in. We had 2 free weekends, which we spent traveling to 2 different coasts and immersing ourselves into the Costa Rican lifestyle. The 3 weeks that I spent in Costa Rica were some that I will always cherish; I made lifelong friends, ate some of the best food, hiked a volcano, got to see toucans, sloths, and monkeys in the wild, and gained 60 hours of shadowing.It is so worth it. Pura Vida!
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!