Our Homes Medlife



MEDLIFE has seven main sites where we currently work – our homes. The sites are rich in culture, heritage, and natural beauty, but each also has a poverty-stricken population in need. Through our work, we hope to educate students about the issues of poverty that are common among all sites, as well as the issues that are unique to each specific site. In order to do so, we make sure to develop a deep understanding of the local culture, the population, and the problems they face.


Why Latin America & Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over one billion people worldwide are facing a critical shortage in health care.


Millions of People suffer from disease250 million people in South America are suffering from a non-communicable disease, such as cancer, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease.

Millions of People don't have health insurance274 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean do not have health insurance.

288,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwideIn 2000, there were over 288,000 deaths from cervical cancer worldwide. Approximately 80% of these deaths occurred in developing countries.

unsafe water result in deaths88% of diarrheal deaths worldwide are the result of unsafe water, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

Life ExpectancyGlobal life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 60 years in the WHO African Region and 76.8 years in the WHO European Region, giving a ratio of 1.3 between the two regions.

More than 10 million people in Africa live on less than 1 dollar per dayMore than 10 million people in Africa live on less than $1 per day, the so-called food poverty line below which people are unable to purchase enough food for an adequate diet.

Orphan children in AfricaThere are approximately 50 million orphaned children in Africa, most of them HIV-positive.

Sub-Saharan AfricaSub-Saharan Africa accounts for 11 percent of the world’s population, yet bears 24 percent of the global disease burden and commands less than one percent of global health expenditure.

Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.