VIDA Volunteer

Quick Facts

Vida Volunteer

Vida was created to be a resource to help fellow human beings and animals, while providing volunteers with a service learning and life-changing experience. It is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit humanitarian organization based in Minnesota and operating out in Central America. Our EIN is 39-2077094.

Our growth


Trip Length Number of clinic days/Health Promotion Days
9 days/ 8nights 4
10 days / 9 nights 5
11 days / 10 nights 5
12 days / 11 nights 6
13 days / 12 nights 6
14 days / 13 nights 7
15 days / 14 nights 8
16 days / 15 nights 9 (8 if trip combines countries)
17 days / 16 nights 9 (8 if trip combines countries)
18 days / 17 nights 10 (9 if trip combines two countries)
19 days / 18 nights 11 (10 if trip combines two countries)
20 days / 19 nights 11 (10 if trip combines two countries)
21 days / 20 nights 12 (11 if trip combines two countries)

For University Study Abroad Programs

We work with several Study Abroad offices in different universities across the US. If you are interested in organizing a Vida trip that meets specific university requirements please contact Ana at

Vida Trips:

Vida provides cultural integration activities and opening of the mind and heart to global healthcare and human issues.  All volunteers benefit from integrating with the members of the communities we serve here in Central America, therefore you can expect to spend some time at a local hospital or nursing home in order for you to experience the reality of the social service system and health care system.

Conditions might be basic, but always clean and comfortable. Lodging is usually a combination of hotel and homestays. We try to incorporate homestays with local families for a few days as it really shows a unique look into the culture and lifestyle.  If a particular trip is to be very rustic (ex. no running water or electricity) we inform all participants of these conditions in advance.

We also include recreational activities for our volunteers like white water rafting, beach days, volcano hike, horseback riding, hiking in national parks or canopy tours. There may also be some time to explore local communities if time permits.

How to get involved?

We have different trip options throughout the whole year. Please check out our full trip schedules to secure your spot today!

Vida trips go between USD$1,540-USD$2,660 and vary depending on the duration of the trip. This participation cost includes:

  • Ground transportation
  • Airport pick up/drop off
  • Lodging
  • Bilingual health professionals, guides and interpreters
  • Supplies/materials for clinics
  • Most meals
  • Tours
  • Border immigration fees.
Vida Volunteer

Volunteers are generally students (undergraduate or graduate)

interested in health care fields, such as general medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, or nursing. We also love to welcome healthcare professionals volunteer. Friends and family of students are welcome as well.

Over the past two decades, teachers, administrators, and parents have come to understand that when service is linked to learning, the combination opens the door to the multi-faceted education Americans want for all young people, equipping them for their roles not just as learners, but as community members and workers too. Service-learning's appeal is also increasing because service-learning practice is grounded in current research findings about effective teaching and learning. Investigators have found that when rigorous study in academic disciplines is linked to serious work on real needs, students' motivation to learn increases.

Unique Benefits

  • Academic and intellectual benefits
    • Service-learning supports young people in mastering important curriculum content by helping them make meaningful connections between what they are studying and its many applications.

  • Civic and ethical benefits
    • Service-learning allows young people to explore and develop skills for a range of ways to serve, including acts of kindness and caring, community stewardship, and civic action.

  • Social and personal benefits
    • Service-learning offers young people a holistic learning experience that can increase their engagement in learning, provide them access to adult mentors, bolster their self-confidence, enhance their preparation for the world of work and become a well-rounded future global health professional.