Winter Schedule

Pre-Vet and Vet Student condensed Externships of 2 weeks are available during Winter break. The dates indicated are the travel dates of arrival and departure.

Sunday December 9 - Sunday December 23, 2018

Sunday December 16 - Sunday December 30, 2018

Sunday December 23 - Sunday January 6, 2019

Sunday December 30 - Sunday January 13, 2019

Application Deadline October 30, 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 a half block clinical rotation in vet school. Credit available with prior approval from home institution.

  • 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 (as long as nests are still hatching)

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



  • Accommodations (choice between Simple or Deluxe room)
  • All meals 3 per day (except Saturday lunch and dinner, we usually go out to try local cuisine)
  • Program tuition and fee
  • Local field trip transportation
  • Tortuga Island snorkel trip

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Personal expenses

Cost & Payment Information

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

Deposit of $850 due within 10 days of acceptance to program, and is non-refundable. Due to an unavoidable circumstance, up to 90 days prior to your arrival, deposit is transferable to another date if available.

Balance due November 15, 2018.

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. 


***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!