Riobamba, Ecuador

Population  Population: 144,795

Land Area  Land Area: 990 km²

Languages  Languages: Spanish & Quechua Dialects

Currency   Currency: Peruvian Sol

About Riobamba

Map LocationRiobamba, a small city in the Andes mountains of Ecuador, is where it all started. This is the original MEDLIFE home, where Dr. Ellis first was inspired to start the Movement. The area is gorgeous and known as the trekking and climbing capital of the country thanks to the surrounding mountains and volcanoes that make up Chimborazo Province.

Why You Should Come

Why You Should ComeThough the area is rich in natural beauty, it lacks basic resources. It is one of the poorest provinces in Ecuador, and Riobamba city is surrounded by many smaller indigenous villages where realities of everyday life include malnutrition, lack of health care, and no sanitation infrastructure. These challenges can be attributed to a variety of things, but as the agricultural goods upon which the economy relies continue to decline in value, residents fall deeper into poverty. Volunteers in a MEDLIFE trip to Riobamba will gain an understanding of rural life for indigenous families in Ecuador, and how they arrived at their current state.

How You Can Help

MEDLIFE has had strong ties with the communities of Riobamba since our founding in 2004, and the area has become a primary destination for our Service Learning Trips and community development efforts.

That being said, there is still much work that needs to be done and none of it would be possible without motivated individuals like you choosing to volunteer in Service Learning Trips.

In Riobamba you can help us address the needs of low-income communities by signing up for the following Service Learning Trips:

Mobile Clinics

Mobile Clinics

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Additional Travel opportunities

Explore more of the culture, wildlife, and adventure of Ecuador by adding travel extensions to a Service Learning Trip. Our partner travel agency Good Life Expeditions can set up day tours or multi-day trip extensions before or after your SLT, and the profit from your experience will fund even more MEDLIFE projects! 

Below are some ideas to inspire you – contact Good Life Expeditions for more details.


Baños Full Day Tour

This add-on day tour already fits into the allotted time for your Service Learning Trip. Tour Baños, a small vibrant city at the foot of the Tungurahua Volcano south of Quito. Visit the Route of the Waterfalls and take a ride on the Swing at the End of the World, Casa del Arbol. Learn more.

Galapagos Islands Adventure

This 5-day once in a lifetime experience will take you to the Galapagos Islands for an incredible adventure to spot giant tortoises and iguanas on land and snorkel with sea lions and sharks in the ocean. Learn more.

Interested in a different type of trip or one that caters better to your personal interests or price point? Just let Good Life Expeditions know!

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.