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Jungle Medicine | Costa Rica | January 2023


Jungle Medicine Training Course in Costa Rica an exciting and comprehensive course for all those medical professionals responsible for clients, patients or team members in a tropical or jungle environment.

World Extreme Medicine ( formerly Expedition and Wilderness Medicine) course alumni have left to take part in expeditions across the globe, responded to natural disasters and emergencies and gain placements with organisations such us Raleigh InternationalUK-Med, Team Rubicon and Médecins Sans Frontières

Start: 09 January 2023, 07:30
End: 15 January 2023, 16:00

  • Spaces Left: HIGH
  • Prerequisites:
    • Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final year of study
    • Attendance of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course (or similar) highly recommended
    • Basic navigation skills
    • Basic knowledge of expedition planning
    • Good fitness level

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Intro Jungle Medicine Training CPD Course in Costa Rica

Our 7-day Jungle Medicine training course provides an immersive training experience set within the stunning tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, all under the expert guidance of our faculty team.

A Jungle Medicine training course is set on the stunning Pacuare River, Costa Rica. As featured in the British Medical Journal and as the Editor’s Choice.   Read Dr Alex Rowe’s write-up of the Jungle course.


The Jungle Medicine course aims to equip doctors, nurses and paramedics with practical survival skills, an overview of tropical medicine, logistical knowledge and pre-hospital skills required on a jungle expedition.

This action-packed course kicks off by rafting into camp before running through the essential information you’ll need for the days ahead.

Splitting the course into practical and theory-based elements gives the WEM team the opportunity to vary teaching methods and importantly, get you hands-on ‘learning by doing’. You’ll learn basic navigation and camp craft skills for use in this complex training environment, we’ll discuss the common conditions found in jungle environments and learn how to treat conditions common in Jungle and sub-tropical locations.

Accreditation will be offered through the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. We estimate 30 hours of CPD will be awarded for the complete course.

What’s included?
All tutoring, accommodation and meals during the course
WEM care package
Downloadable course resources
Safety equipment

What’s not included?
Travel costs
Travel and health insurance
Personal equipment

Do you need travel and health insurance?
We recommend all participants travelling outside of their home country, or where aero-medical evacuation may be required, have specific travel insurance in place for the expedition.

For your safety and security, we reserve the right to refuse access to an expedition until we have details of adequate insurance cover provided to us.

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It is recommended that you arrive in San Jose on Sunday 8 January to ensure you’re ready to meet the group transfer at 0730 on Monday 9 January.

You will return to San Jose on Sunday 15 January, due to potential travel disruption you must not book a flight out of Costa Rica before the evening.

When making travel plans we find a super helpful site.




Course Content

Standard operating procedures for a jungle environment
Heat related illness and hydration and basic navigation

  • GPS
  • Setting up a hammock
  • Using a machete
  • Trekking in the jungle
  • Water in the jungle
  • Navigation in the jungle
  • Fire lighting
  • Primary survey in the wilderness
  • Malaria
  • Tropical medicine
  • Managing fever in the tropics
  • Casevac drill
  • Improvised carries
  • Trekking all day in the jungle
  • Navigating into camp using GPS and bearing
  • How to effectively communicate using VHF-UHF radios and voice procedures.
  • Case presentations
  • Medical kits
  • Public Health
  • Managing snake, scorpion and spider envenomations
  • Sleep in self-made camp
  • Scenario
  • Raft out to final camp

Itinerary by day

(Course content and timings subject to change.)

Eoin Walker

Eoin Walker is a Pre-Hospital Mass Causality Incident Management Paramedic

He has worked for World Extreme Medicine for 4 years both domestically and internationally teaching on pre-hospital trauma and expedition skills. He has undertaken various global expeditions as an expedition medic. He also works as part of the Mobile Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT). After responding to the 7/7 bombings in London he works internationally teaching Pre-Hospital Mass Causality Incident Management.

He has progressed through his BSc and MSc in Critical Care and works for UKmed on behalf of WHO. Eoin is currently working as an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner for London Ambulance Service in East London.

Joe Rowles

Joe is an Emergency Medicine doctor and former Special Forces soldier with an interest in pre-hospital, remote and expedition medicine.

He holds a Master’s degree in Austere and Military Trauma Science, Diploma in Immediate Care, is a faculty member for the Diploma in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Exeter where he is a module lead for the MSc in Extreme Medicine. He co-authored the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh guidelines for medical provision for wilderness medicine and is currently medical director for Survivor USA, the world’s largest reality television show.

Joe has provided bespoke medical training to UK counter terrorist officers as well as private and government security forces around the world. He has recently been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo with government anti-poaching forces.

Josie Gilday

Josie is a qualified nurse, specialised in tropical diseases, with an MSc Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has over three years field experience with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in various countries including Haiti, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Myanmar, DRC and South Sudan. Josie roles included proposing and developing a nurse training program, researching and writing the nursing component of MSF’s Non-Communicable Disease guidelines, setting up and managing paediatric and adult primary and secondary health facilities, and management of national staff and expatriates.

Josie currently works as the Health Advisor for West and Central Africa for the British Red Cross.





  1. Kevin (verified owner)

    I took the course in 2019 and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Excellent blend of teaching and practical skills that really boosted my confidence in pursuing a career in expeditionary medicine

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