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Review for Vida Volunteer, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I traveled with my college's Veterinarians Without Borders club to Costa Rica working with Vida. We got the chance to work directly with trained veterinarians to provide clinical services to poverty stricken communities. After taking care of their animals, we got to interact directly with the clients and see the impact our services had on these people's lives. The veterinarians we worked with taught all of us so much and for me personally, they showed me why I want to become a veterinarian myself: to help people through their animals. Most of my club was not very fluent in Spanish and the entire experience was out of our comfort zone. However, the Vida team made us feel comfortable. They taught us some Spanish so we could at least try to communicate, they provided us with insight on the culture of the communities we were in, and they simply provided for our every need. This experience was truly life changing.

Role:  Volunteer