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Requirements

In order for La Clinica de la Mariposa to serve others in the best way possible, we have specific requirements that each volunteer must meet, whether you are a student, supervisor, or other health care provider.

In general, all applicants must:

  • have what is called a "servant's heart". This means that you are willing to serve others without expecting anything in return.

  • submit a complete and accurate application.

Students: Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by a representative from Santé, Inc., who will then contact your respective university to determine your eligibility**. If eligible, you will then be contacted by someone at your university to attend a selection interview with faculty from your university. If you are selected as a potential candidate, you must then be available for a Skype/phone interview with a representative from Santé, Inc. Final participants will be selected after both interviews and all interviewees will be notified via email of the final decision.

Professionals: Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by a representative from Santé, Inc., who will then contact you directly to discuss your eligibility**. If eligible, you must then be available for a Skype/phone interview with a representative from Santé, Inc. Final participants will be selected after all student and professional interviews have been completed, and all interviewees will be notified via email of the final decision.


For your application to be considered, all STUDENT applicants must**:

  • be a student of a natural health care program that is accredited by its respective accrediting agency as recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.

  • be academically and behaviorally in good-standing and in the last year of studies. For example, chiropractic students on a trimester system must have completed T7 or above to be considered; chiropractic students on a quarter system must be Q10 or above to be considered*.

  • if a chiropractic student, you must have passed parts I, II, and III of the National Chiropractic Board Examinations. If a massage student, you must have completed at least two basic relaxation massage courses.

  • follow treatment guidelines and use techniques taught in the core curriculum of your respective university. Using treatments and techniques not approved by the university and/or Santé, Inc., may result in expulsion from the program.

  • demonstrate and maintain attitudes and behavior that support an integrative health care model.

  • provide copies of the following to Santé, Inc. and/or your university, if requested:

    • current academic transcript from health care university

    • if chiropractic student, a copy of national board examination results

    • background check, if requested, at your own expense


For your application to be considered, all PROFESSIONAL applicants must**:

  • be an actively-licensed professional of a natural health care discipline.

  • be professionally and behaviorally in good-standing with state and national boards and licensing agencies.

  • follow treatment guidelines and use techniques taught in the core curriculum of accredited universities in your respective discipline. Using treatments and techniques not approved by the university involved in the trip and/or Santé, Inc., may result in expulsion from the program.

  • demonstrate and maintain attitudes and behavior that support an integrative health care model.

  • Provide copies of the following to Santé, Inc. and/or your university, if requested:

    • Current curriculum vitae

    • Copy of degree(s) earned

    • Copy of current license, if applicable

    • Copy of current malpractice/personal liability insurance declaration page

    • Background check, if requested, at your own expense


Once the selection process is complete and you have been chosen to participate, you must:

  • pay a participation fee of $200 per week of participation, payable to Santé, Inc., at least 30 days prior to departure.

  • attend the state-side orientation session held at your university prior to departure, as well as orientation in Costa Rica prior to beginning your clinical experience.

  • review the provided Santé manuals (Student & Professional Volunteer Manual and Emergency Contact Information Manual) and complete the quiz with a passing score of 80% of above.

  • purchase your round-trip flight and send a copy of your itinerary to Santé, Inc. If you are a student, you must travel on the same flight to and from Costa Rica with all of the other selected students from your university.

  • purchase travel health insurance and trip cancellation insurance, complete with coverage for emergency repatriation to your home country and send a copy of the declarations page to Santé, Inc.

  • have enough money available to cover your daily expenses while in Costa Rica. Typical expenses include food, personal care products, souvenirs, and day trips on free days (no overnight trips allowed until after you are finished with volunteering in the clinic). Housing is arranged and provided by Santé, Inc. Lunches are provided by the community each day we are in the clinic.

  • provide a copy of your passport photo page.

  • fill out the "Emergency Contact Information" form. A copy will be sent to Santé, Inc.

  • sign the release of liability waiver provided by Santé, Inc.


By applying, you agree to the following expectations and non-negotiable rules:

  • This is a clinical and experimental service-learning trip. You are an intern or professional who is learning and volunteering at the clinic, La Clínica de la Mariposa. This is service and education, NOT a vacation.

  • It is your responsibility to meet any of your university's curriculum responsibilities before and during this service-learning trip. Being selected as a participant does not exempt you from completing your other curriculum requirements. It is your responsibility to obtain permission from your professors to be absent from classes to participate in this experience. It is your responsibility to complete assignments and exams as required by your professors.

  • You are required to purchase your own health insurance for traveling internationally. Some options to consider can be found at: www.squaremouth.com, www.insuremytrip.com, or www.tripinsurancestore.com. Be sure that it includes repatriation coverage.

  • You will be traveling with your group to special clinic sites during your clinical experience. Santé personnel will determine clinic sites, and these will be explained as soon as they are arranged.  As a volunteer student, you are expected to behave professionally and follow the rules set by your university and Santé personnel. These rules will be explained in detail during the orientations prior to clinic and are also found in the La Clínica trip manual that you will be provided.

  • There will be two orientations that you are required to attend in order to participate in the clinical experience.

  1. The first orientation will take place at your university before the trip.  Details will be provided about the trip, behavioral expectations, trip and clinical experience rules, and important forms for you to fill out and sign.  This is also your opportunity to meet the group that is participating on this trip.

  2. Representatives from Santé, Inc. will provide a second orientation once in Costa Rica, prior to the start of your clinical experience. They will reiterate the information provided during the first orientation and provide the group with more specific expectations and rules about the clinic.

  • You will be provided a manual about the trip at your first orientation session. There will be an online exam by Santé that you will be expected to take.  You must pass the exam with an 80% or better score in order to enter the clinical experience.

  • There are travel restrictions.

  1. Students are expected to travel to and from Costa Rica together in a group. Separate or individual trips are not allowed for any reason.

  2. Students may not travel staying overnight apart from the group without a supervisor.

  3. Students may arrange group day trips and excursions to explore Costa Rica when not in clinic. They are expected to use the "buddy system" for security when traveling.

  • There will be at least one faculty supervisor from your university on this trip.  The supervisor is a faculty member at your university and you, as an intern, report to your supervisor for clinic and personal activities. This mentor is in place because it is a university activity that awards internship credit and there is professional and personal liability.

  • All students and supervisors will be staying in apartments that are rented by Santé. These apartments are clean and well-kept by the landlady, Sonia Solano. Santé has a long-standing relationship with the landlady and expect that you respect her and her accommodations that she works hard to maintain for everyone. There are rules about staying in these apartments:

  • Students may NOT stay in local hotels or find their own accommodations. They must stay with the group in the apartments.

  • Men and women do not share the same bedrooms; they may have a shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

  • No parties, no smoking, no drunkenness, and no guests in the apartments.

  • Quiet time is at 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. on weekends.
  • Food is not provided at the apartments. There is a local grocery store to purchase food, or you may eat in restaurants.

  • Students may stay an extra day in the apartments or store luggage at the apartments after the clinic is over for one day, but only with prior approval from the landlady.

  • Shared laundry (washer and clothesline to dry clothes--no dryer) is available at the apartments and each student is responsible for his/her own laundry.

  • You will be traveling to Costa Rica. This is not the United States/Canada and does not have the same standard of living as the United States/Canada. There are many differences that you will notice:  food, insects, spiders, living conditions (living in close quarters, noises, bed comfort), electricity, rules and laws, culture, climate (lots of rain and riptides), languages spoken, health care standards and health care quality. Please take into serious consideration that you are in a different place as you encounter new experiences on this trip.

  • You will be in a clinic situation that is different from what you experience in the United States/Canada. This trip will teach you how to work with health care professionals from different disciplines and interpreters.

  • In each community we serve, we start the day in a welcome circle that includes all of the community volunteers, the health care volunteers, the translators, and any patients who are present. After a welcome from the community, the supervisor or someone from Santé will share a Bible reading followed by a prayer offered by someone in the community. While this activity helps unite the group and start the day with a shared purpose, we understand that not everyone is comfortable participating in such an activity. Participating in the welcome circle is completely OPTIONAL, and those who wish not to participate may instead wait by their station until the clinic officially commences.

  • When you return from Costa Rica, you are expected to attend a debriefing session at your university to discuss your experience on the trip (what went well, what went poorly, and what could be improved). You may also be expected to participate in a team report to university administrators. You will also be asked by Santé to complete a follow-up survey about your experiences.

  • There are consequences for not following the rules outlined here:

  1. Not meeting the pre-departure La Clínica expectations negates your eligibility for this experience. This is not negotiable.

  2. Not following these rules (explained in the manual but also reiterated here and during orientations) and/or not behaving in a professional manner with your fellow students, Santé personnel, and their affiliates and/or patients will result in immediate expulsion from the clinical experience and no credit will be awarded for the experience. You will be expected to return to your home immediately at your own expense. Your university and Santé, Inc., will not pay for any charges incurred to return you to your home early--this will be your responsibility. You may also face disciplinary action as allowed within the student conduct policy and/or health center manual of your university.


**Participation requirements and eligibility are determined by Santé, Inc. and each individual health care university and may vary or change without prior notice.