Vida Volunteer

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Volunteer abroad with Vida in Central America! With Vida, you have the opportunity to gain experience in three main fields: medicine, dental health, and veterinary medicine. As a volunteer with Vida, you will work with local professionals in these fields in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Working with coordinators from the field, Vida Volunteer work to set up mobile clinics to provide easily accessible services to the people and animals of communities in need. Whether you are an aspiring health-care profession or just have a passion for helping others, Vida will provide you with a meaningful service-learning experience.

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Program Reviews

  • John Smith
    Age: 25-30
    Male
    New York, New York
    Columbia University
    Worthwhile, Eye opening
    10/08/2014

    We travelled to many different towns and villages. Clinics were about 8-9 hours a day, but the patients made time fly. The doctors were knowledgable and loved to teach. Side trips were great too. Cliff diving in Lake Atitlan, zip lining, etc.

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  • Shelly Shamir
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Davis, CA
    University of California- Davis
    Guatemala!!
    07/24/2014

    I've been doing VIDA trips for 5 years now.. This has been my fourth trip, and my first in Guatemala... all I can say is it was amazing! We had our homestays in Ixtahuacan for only 2 nights, and I wish we could have stayed longer. We also visited Panajachel and Antigua. The country is breathtaking, the people are extremely nice and hospitable, the shopping opportunities are endlessly filled with beautiful textiles, the food is delicious, and the program was fantastic.

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish the homestays in Ixtahuacan were longer!

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  • Elizabeth Montgomery
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Davis, California
    University of California- Davis
    Simply amazing!
    07/23/2014

    I've been on two VIDA veterinary trips--last year in Costa Rica and this year in Guatemala--and I have to say that this year was even better than last year! The areas that we went were spectacular and had enough patients to keep us busy, while the recreational days were beyond amazing. Can't wait to go next year!

    How could this program be improved?

    I would like to have even more patients than we had this year. Towards the end of every day, most of us were just sitting around with nothing to do.

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  • Andrew Forbes
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Mississauga, Ontario
    McMaster University
    Hands down the best service-learning trip I've experienced
    05/20/2014

    I have a whole journal of the amazing experiences I had on this trip. But in summary, the clinic days are extremely interactive, you learn an incredible amount from the amazing doctors that work with VIDA, you are surrounded by like minded-motivated-hard working people, you form many close relationships and you also learn a lot about yourself. Additionally, with all of the self-growth this trip provides you the opportunity to take advantage of, the staff here also make the trip an amazing time, and will do everything in their power to help each volunteer get the most out of the trip and have fun.

    How could this program be improved?

    I was so blown away and touched by the experience that I have no ideas of how to improve it.

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  • Brittany
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
    Other
    Nursing Clinical in Nicaragua
    01/27/2014

    This three week experience was the best experience I have ever had. The VIDA staff are all exceptional and very well educated and helpful. I never felt unsafe at any time, even when we were not in the greatest parts of Nicaragua. Our personal leader was Amy, and I would recommend her to each and every person who has the chance to experience Nicaragua through VIDA. Each morning we had breakfast at our hotel, got on the bus that was always on time waiting for us, and did our daily activities (traveling to clinics, hospitals, preschools, health centers, etc). VIDA provided us lunch many of the days and then we had the opportunity multiple times to eat dinner as a group somewhere in Masaya, Nicaragua. The days were long at times but if there was ever a time where we felt that something that was planned was too much for us, there was never an issue making other plans. We were always VIDA's first priority, which was a wonderful feeling that I didn't think I would have traveling abroad. I hope to go back someday!

    How could this program be improved?

    If I had to change one thing it would be having a more stable hotel to stay at. We moved hotels a few times and it was stressful each time because we needed to pack everything up each time. Each hotel we stayed at was a good experience, but having one or two hotels instead of three or four would be better.

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Alumni Interviews

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    Vida Medical, Dental & Veterinary Programs in Guatemala
  • Guatemala has spectacular scenery
    Vida Medical, Dental & Veterinary Programs in Guatemala
  • Guatemala scenery
    Vida Medical, Dental & Veterinary Programs in Guatemala
  • Vida Medical, Dental & Veterinary Programs in Nicaragua
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