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Review for Vida Volunteer, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with VIDA for a total of four years now. My first three trips were to Nicaragua and Costa Rica and my fourth was to Guatemala. All three of these countries have so much to offer with natural beauty and unique architecture that makes them something everyone needs to cross off their bucket list. I have learned an exponential amount working in the VIDA clinics and got the chance to participate in integral procedures to my future as a veterinarian. They allow students to participate in everything from general exams, placing catheters, intubating, monitoring anesthesia, and assisting in surgeries. Everything is intently supervised by board certified veterinary professionals so it is a fantastic way to become competent at useful skills in a safe environment.
VIDA assigns a team leader to each group of students and they travel with us to make sure we get to where we need to go safely and efficiently. I made so many fantastic connections with the veterinarians, veterinary support staff, home stay families, and team leaders that will last a lifetime. As my home stay mom told me, "mi casa es tu casa" or "my house is your house". I look forward to hopefully attending my fifth VIDA trip during my years in veterinary school and once again working alongside my friends from this wonderful organization.

Role:  Volunteer