Vida Volunteer
96% Rating
(119 Reviews)

Vida Volunteer

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 works 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 professional or just have a passion for helping others, Vida will provide you with a meaningful service-learning experience.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Katie
Female
29 years old
Traverse city, mi
Michigan State University

Vida vet trip to Guatemala

8/10

Had an amazing time with my friends. Brought us together As a medical and surgical team. Improved my physical exam skills. Learned about a lot of diseases that we may not see commonly in a US veterinary clinic. Learned how to communicate in a language I was not familiar with Really opened my eyes to pet care in a third world country. Earned a grant from UW Wisconsin for our work in educating these children on how to take care of an animal. Wish I could have gained more surgical skills. I would love to go back in the future as a veterinarian, and Teacher. This won't let me leave a review unless it's 200 characters, which I find really really unfair. Because I have some good things to say about the program. Am I at 200 characters yet?

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John
Male
32 years old
New York, New York
Columbia University

Worthwhile, Eye opening

8/10

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
Female
24 years old
Davis, CA
University of California- Davis

Guatemala!!

10/10

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 can this program be improved?

I wish the homestays in Ixtahuacan were longer!

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Elizabeth
Female
24 years old
Davis, California
University of California- Davis

Simply amazing!

10/10

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 can 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
Male
24 years old
Mississauga, Ontario
McMaster University

Hands down the best service-learning trip I've experienced

10/10

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 can this program be improved?

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

Program Listings

Nicaragua

Vida Volunteer
Join Vida in Nicaragua with their veterinary volunteer programs. Vida currently offers 1-2 week long programs in Nicaragua fo...

Costa Rica

Vida Volunteer
Join Vida in Costa Rica as a volunteer in their field clinics! Programs in Costa Rica are typically 2-weeks in length. Volunt...

Guatemala

Vida Volunteer
Join Vida in Guatemala as a volunteer in their field clinics! Experience the culture and history of Guatemala, its beautiful...