Summer Schedule

Pre-Vet and Vet Student, Full 4-week Externships. The dates indicated are the travel dates of arrival and departure. Four weeks is strongly recommended for the most complete experience, and ability to see as many cases and species as possible.

Sunday May 12 - Sunday June 9, 2019 

Sunday May 26 - Sunday June 23, 2019

Sunday June 9 - Sunday July 7, 2019

Sunday June 23 - Sunday July 21, 2019

Sunday July 7 - August 4, 2019

Sunday July 21 - Sunday August 18, 2019

Pre-Vet and Vet Student, Condensed 2-week Externships. The dates indicated are the travel dates of arrival and departure.

Sunday May 12 - Sunday May 26, 2019

Sunday August 4 - Sunday August 18, 2019

Application Deadline March 15, 2018. (Rolling admission until spaces are filled, apply early)

Program Activities

Hands-on patient care of primates and our other species. Carried out similar to clinical rotation in vet school. Credit available with prior approval from home institution. The 4-week Externship allows for much greater degree of experience and opportunity, also see the Program Overview page for more information about what you will learn.

  • Syringe and tube feeding, and food preparation
  • Primate orphan care
  • Wound repair and treatment
  • Medication preparation and administration 
  • Case management and medical records
  • Necropsy
  • Skills labs such as suturing techniques, fluid administration

Field Trips

  • Scarlet Macaw Reintroduction Site
  • Sustainable Farm "Bandera Azul" of Costa Rica
  • Sea Turtle Hatchery (once hatching has begun)

Discussion topics related to Patients and Conservation

  • Conservation Veterinary Medicine
  • How do we determine animals that can be rehabilitated or released
  • What is the process from rescue to release
  • Medications used and treatments in the field


  • Montezuma Waterfall hike
  • Cemetery Island tour
  • Bonfire or Reggae Night
  • Tortuga Island snorkel trip



  • Educational program tuition and fee
  • Administrative processing (forms, course credit, letters of recommendation/reference)
  • Donation to Wild Sun Rescue Center and turtle project
  • Shared accommodations (deluxe or simple room)
  • All meals 3 per day (except Saturday lunch and dinner, we usually go out to try local cuisine)
  • Use of grounds, yoga deck, swimming pool, wifi
  • Transportation to group activities
  • Tortuga Island snorkel trip
  • Group outings such as Cemetery Island tour, Montezuma waterfall and river hikes, Curu National Reserve, Lava Tidal Pools, AsoProLapa Scarlet Macaw Captive Breeding and Reintroduction Site, Sustainable farms, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (may differ per program)

Not Included

  • Medical Travel insurance *required for medical evacuation in the unlikely event of an emergency  (we recommend World Nomad to cover adventurous activities )
  • Airfare to San Jose (SJO) and Tambor (TMU), transfer to Cabuya
  • Extra activities (surfing, ATV rental, canopy ziplining, etc.)
  • Personal expenses 


  • Summer 4-week program Simple Room with shared bath, near rec center $5250
  • Summer 4-week program Deluxe Room with AC, mini-fridge, and ocean view $5850
  • Summer 2-week program Simple Room with shared bath, near rec center $3450
  • Summer 2-week program Deluxe Room with AC, mini-fridge, and ocean view $3750

Registration and Payments

Once accepted and registered with deposit, your accommodations at Wild Sun will be reserved to guarantee  your place. You will then receive a Preparation Guide containing the information on booking travel, packing, preliminary reading, etc.

Deposit due within 10 days of acceptance to program through Paypal, instructions received following receipt of application. Balance due 30 days prior to program date..

  • Deposit Full Externship Program (4-week) $1500
  • Deposit Condensed Externship (2-week) $850
  • Due to an unavoidable circumstance, up to 90 days prior to your arrival, deposit is transferable to another date if available.


***You will be required to provide proof of current tetanus, measles, and rabies vaccinations. Pre-vet students must have the rabies series to participate or sign a waiver.*** Bring any personal medications, epipens, or any specific essentials. Consult with your physician about any concerns. Malaria is designated as low risk in our region by the CDC, refer to the CDC for more travel information. Travel medical Insurance required, and is best to purchase at the time of initial program deposit for best coverage.

Grants and Scholarships

Students are encouraged to seek funding. Scholarships may be available through your Study Abroad office, vet school International Programs office, campus organizations, private companies, or online searches. An online fundraising campaign such as Fund My Travel Education, is another possible resource, start early!