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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

VIDA Volunteer Travel

Information Session

all about vida
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
is vida right for you
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?
welcome to vida amsa chapter
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)
medical trips
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

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

-Teeth Cleaning

- Tooth Extractions

- Sealants

- Fillings

vet trips
Vet Trips
  • VIDA Veterinary Trips allow students to work directly with animals
  • Castration Surgeries

- Grooming

- Work with large animals

- Vaccinations

- Administering Catheters

- Teeth Cleanings

  • 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
the families
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
vida volunteers work hard and play hard too
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
program fees
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
program fees contd
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
what is not included in the program fees
What is not included in the program fees
  • Airfare
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Academic Credit
  • Laundry
  • Internet/telephone fees
  • Airport departure tax
application process
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.
  • 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.
  • 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


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