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VIDA Volunteer Travel. Information Session. All About VIDA. Non-profit humanitarian organization: USA and Costa Rica Provides free medical, dental and veterinary services to needy communities in Central America Provides volunteers with unique hands-on learning opportunities

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VIDA Volunteer Travel

Information Session

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All About VIDA

  • Non-profit humanitarian organization: USA and Costa Rica

  • Provides free medical, dental and veterinary services to needy communities in Central America

  • Provides volunteers with unique hands-on learning opportunities

  • Offers short term volunteer opportunities in:

    • Costa Rica

    • Nicaragua

    • Panama

    • Honduras

    • Coming Soon: Guatemala, Jamaica and Mexico

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Is VIDA right for you?

  • Are you adventurous?

  • Are you looking for hands-on experience in the field that you are working or studying in?

  • Are you interested in learning about another culture?

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Welcome to VIDA AMSA Chapter

  • Currently looking at prices for flights

  • Need at least 15 people

  • Nicaragua/ Costa Rica/ Honduras?

  • March 13th- March 21st (Sunday)

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Medical Trips

  • VIDA Medical trips offer hands-on experience including:

-Patient Interviews

-Taking Vitals

-Giving Injections and


-Working in the Pharmacy

- As well as: blood sugar testing, quick dip urinalysis, and pap smears

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Dental Trips

  • VIDA Dental Trips give students a chance to practice dental procedures

  • Patient Exams

-Teeth Cleaning

- Tooth Extractions

- Sealants

- Fillings

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Vet Trips

  • VIDA Veterinary Trips allow students to work directly with animals

  • Castration Surgeries

- Grooming

- Work with large animals

- Vaccinations

- Administering Catheters

- Teeth Cleanings

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  • VIDA Volunteers stay at a variety of hotels during their stay as well as with Homestay Families

  • Why Homestays:

  • VIDA aims to hire small independent businesses and families in the counties we work in

  • This saves the volunteers money

  • Promotes the economy of the countries we work in

  • Gives the volunteers a chance to experience the culture firsthand

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The Families

  • VIDA visits every house

  • VIDA meets with every family

  • Volunteers are in pairs with a separate room

  • Real Costa Rican food

  • They love to host students

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VIDA Volunteers Work Hard and Play Hard Too!

  • White Water Rafting

  • Canopy Tours

  • Dancing

  • Horseback Riding

  • National Parks

  • Beaches

  • Snorkeling

  • Volcanoes

  • Water Sports

  • Bungee Jumping

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Program Fees

$1,695.00 12 nights and 13 days

$1,395.00 8 nights and 9 days

($100.00 app fee credited to total amount paid)

  • VIDA Staff Pick-up and drop off at Airports as well as In country transportation

  • Accommodations with host families and hotels

  • Meals: On average 2 meals per day during clinic days and 1 per day on non-clinic days

  • Full day orientation and Medical/Dental/Veterinary Manual

  • 24 hour Bilingual guides and health professionals

  • Survival Spanish class

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Program Fees Contd

  • Pre-adventure coordination, support, and itinerary planning

  • All medicine, equipment, supplies, and professionals needed to complete successful veterinary, dental and medical clinics

  • Statement of volunteer service hours; Letters of recommendation will be assessed on a case by case basis

  • Evening group activities

  • Cultural and Recreational activities

  • Border and Customs fees

  • Post adventure follow-up

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What is not included in the program fees

  • Airfare

  • Personal Spending Money

  • Academic Credit

  • Laundry

  • Internet/telephone fees

  • Airport departure tax

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Application Process

  • Fill out the online application via the website and pay your $100.00 application fee (Paypal) to guarantee your position on the team.

  • Application deadlines are typically 90 to 45 days prior to trip start date.

  • You will receive an email confirming your position on the team soon after enrolling.

  • Once teams are full, we post that info on the website and close applications for that team.

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  • Schedule flight to arrive by 2pm, first day of your trip and your departure flight anytime the last day of the trip

  • Students: If your campus is organizing your VIDA trip it is best to fly down as a group

  • Enrolling independently: VIDA will provide flight information about other VIDA volunteers on your trip

  • Try Travelocity or Sidestep for discount airfare

  • Popular airlines here: Delta, American Airlines, TACA/Lacsa, US airways and Continental

  • VIDA Staff will await you outside of the arrival area with a “VIDA” sign.

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  • VIDA strongly encourages all volunteers to gather/bring $100 worth of donations.

  • Donations of medicines are needed to enhance our basic pharmacy

  • Donations of clothing, toys, stickers, and shoes etc are needed for patients as well

  • Dental Donations include: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, gauze, and gloves

  • Veterinary Donations include: gloves, gauze, sutures, metal choke collars, leashes, and kennels

  • A list of medications and other useful donations can be found on our website at

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Please contact us via the 1-888-365-VIDA number or email at for more details.