• Costa Rica
    • Cartago
J-Term, Short Term, Summer, Winter
Subject Areas
Kinesiology Physical Therapy Public Health

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment


Starting Price
Price Details
Summer 2023 Program (3 Weeks, 60 Observation Hours): $3,750

Winter 2023-24 Program (2 Weeks, 40 Observation Hours): $2,995
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Nov 03, 2023
Jul 24, 2023
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About Program

Join Toucan Abroad and other students from around the US in this highly enriching program. We aim to expand your perspective and grow into future leaders in the field of physical therapy through exposure to the work of licensed PT specialists. You’ll shadow them while they provide expert patient care. Evolve by developing a more holistic view of yourself, your future profession, and the world through immersion into a different society.
For two weeks, you’ll engage in 40 to 60 clinical observation hours in different PT specialties. You’ll also have time to bask in the breathtaking natural beauty of Costa Rica and experience its rich culture.

Toucan Abroad gives you the opportunity to stand out among other PT school applicants through a unique, unparalleled experience abroad through this program.

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Program Highlights

  • Accumulate 40 or 60 hours of clinical observation in different PT specialties, allowing you to gain real practice alongside other undergraduates and licensed therapists.
  • Improve and practice Spanish in the professional health setting.
  • Create meaningful friendships with other students who share your dream of attending a Physical Therapy School.
  • Embark on planned excursions to a stunning rainforest, to beaches, and volcanoes as well as other beautiful places!
  • Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and learn about the 'pura vida'.

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Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
based on 47 reviews
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  • Academics 4.4
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.9
  • Safety 4.95
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Toucan Abroad June

Toucan Abroad is the perfect experience to explore the field of physical therapy while also fully immersing yourself into the culture of a new country! The program had the perfect balance of gaining experience in clinics while also having fun and exploring Costa Rica! It allowed me to make relationships with other pre-PT students across the country that I will cherish for a long time! The experience of seeing physical therapists in other countries is so unique on a resume and helped prepared me for my future in physical therapy!

  • Experiencing a new culture
  • Hands on experience in physical therapy
21 people found this review helpful.
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Toucan Abroad!

This program was an all-around amazing experience! I connected with many peers on the same career path who share a love of adventure and physical therapy. In the clinics, I got to learn from PTs who were genuinely eager to share their knowledge with us. It was incredible to see the techniques different PTs use when approaching different injuries and populations and compare their methods to those used by PTs here in the US. The weekends were packed with adventure with boating, biking, beach-hopping and bonding with the group!

  • Learning PT techniques in various clinics
  • Endless adventures
  • Making friends with other future PTs
25 people found this review helpful.
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Toucan Abroad

Traveling with Toucan Abroad was an absolute dream. I went in with a group of 15 strangers, and left with 15 new great friends. It was a great balance of work and fun, and Phil does a great job making sure you have the trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for a trip where there is some structure, but you also have the flexibility to do your own exploring. I truly left feeling like a local. There was not a single time where I felt in danger in any way, Cartago is a great and safe city. If you are an aspiring PT,l and want to get a hands-on experience while having a fantastic vacation, this trip is definitely for you.

  • Observation Hours
  • Group and individual activities
  • Great staff
25 people found this review helpful.
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Best Experience You'll Ever Have, Like Ever Ever

First off, Toucan Abroad is extremely safe. Going to a foreign country alone is very scary. But from the moment I landed, I felt like I was in good hands. Phil and Fernando made excellent hosts in this beautiful country. When you leave you'll have twenty more best friends and leave with a completely different mindset about life (Pura Vida). And don't worry about bringing any entertainment devices with you; every day will be filled to the brim with activities, including two weekends spent at the beach, surfing lessons, a trip to the hot springs, hiking volcanoes, and swimming through a waterfall. You'll also get to experience physical therapy like you have never done in the past. The PTs there are amazing and will let you practice dry needling, electrotherapy, massages, and ultrasounds among other techniques that you may not be able to do back in the States. This was one of the best decisions I have ever made and am dying to go back. Don't miss out on an experience of a lifetime.

  • Looks great on PT application.
  • Creating lasting relationships.
  • Being able to experience the culture of another country.
24 people found this review helpful.
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Toucan Abroad in Cartago Costa Rica

I can't recommend Toucan Abroad enough for any pre-PT or pre-allied health student!!! The clinics we got to work with offered exceptional teaching and hands-on learning opportunities. Phil and Fernando are some of the most fun, caring, adventurous and encouraging people I have ever met which made the trip that much better. The program, the people, the clinics, the weekend trips, and all the simple moments in between were some of the best moments of my life. After participating in Toucan Abroad I feel even more confident in my decision to go into the field of Physical Therapy.

  • Affordable
  • Group oriented
  • 65 observation hours in a variety of clinical settings
22 people found this review helpful.
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One of the best experiences abroad!

Love the program! Met a lot do great people, created a bunch of connections with PTs and members. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to go into physical therapy and exploring the different ways PTs do things in Costa Rica and exploring Costa Rica as well. Like Phil, it is a work hard, play hard type of program. Work hard during the week, and the weekends are filled with lots of fun and adventure. The most important thing is to get out of your comfort zone as soon as you land, and take it all in.

  • Explore a new country
  • Learn a lot from PTs
  • Time goes by fast
25 people found this review helpful.
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Toucan Abroad

This program I would describe as a work hard and play harder program. It consisted of over 65 hours of hands on physical therapy shadowing over the span of 3 weeks in Cartago. Along with that each day we participated in different excursions like hiking volcano, exploring coffee farms, discovering hidden waterfalls and even learning how to Latin dance. On weekends we drove to different beaches in Costa Rica where we were able to learn to surf, ride ATVs to waterfalls, and snorkel. I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in going into physical therapy! Also I hope to be able to participate in the Mexico trip as well next year!

  • 65+ hours of hands on physical therapy experience
  • Adventures in nature
  • Expanding knowledge in the Spanish language DQ
  • Little expensive (but definitely worth it)
25 people found this review helpful.
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Toucan Abroad in Costa Rica

This has been one of the coolest experiences of my life. I learned so much in the clinics and all of the physical therapist are amazing. During this trip I got to learn PT techniques that I have never seen before and get a lot of hands on practice. Everyday is a new adventure from zip lining, hiking to volcanoes and waterfalls, going to different beaches, and making great friendships. The toucan team and staff are so nice, fun, and make you feel safe and comfortable the whole time. This trip will push you out of your comfort zone in the best way possible and I’ve made memories that I will hold on to forever. Don’t hesitate. It’s a once in a life time opportunity!

  • Beautiful country
  • Delicious food
  • Amazing team staff / director
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22 people found this review helpful.

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