My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Vida Volunteer, Arlington, VA, USA
I went on 2 VIDA trips, and I loved both experiences. I had an amazing time and got to meet some great people. Both Nicaragua and Guatemala had communities in need, and beautiful cultures. I would definitely recommend VIDA to anyone interested in traveling, while also serving! Safety was never an issue becuase of our amazing staff members (Eduardo, Cynthia, Eli, and Ale) who were always around to assist and make sure we felt comfortable. On this trip, I was able to gain essential clinical skills while living a Nicaraguan or Guatemalan life.
I learned so much in this week, including how to communicate with patients. We had to be very careful with what we said or how we said it because we were there to convey clarity and compassion, not confusion. We were to make sure patients understood their diagnoses because many of these patients were unaware of simple health concerns, such as dehydration or hypertension. Because of this, I gained confidence, and embraced my surroundings. I realized how much I take for granted and how little others may have in life. I was able to meet and bond with many local Nicaraguans, who gifted me with fruits out of appreciation. This international experience showed me a different way of living. It showed me the importance of community and public health.