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Welcome to Engaged Education

Trips with Engaged Education offer a program of experiential learning that allows students to take their education beyond the classroom while supporting MEDLIFE. Our trips explore today’s most pressing social and environmental issues in real-world contexts, inspiring travelers to make a difference. Every trip supports MEDLIFE in bringing medicine, education, and development to low-income communities.

 

LEARN

from certified guides, naturalists, and historians who share their insight with participants as they encounter sites of significance.

 

ENGAGE

with a library of provided materials that give an in-depth analysis of trip themes to enhance students’ understanding.

 

REFLECT
on lessons learned through interactive group discussions and immersive educational activities led by experts.

DEMOSTRATE
knowledge gained by completing an assessment task such as a presentation or report relating to the trip’s theme.

 

GET YOUR BROCHURE

“I brought my daughter on a trip because she hasn’t had too much exposure outside of our province. Just seeing the bigger picture of the world – we can talk about equity, diversity, and challenges of other people – but there is nothing that can do what this trip does. It is remarkable”

– Joanna, Parent & MEDLIFE Chapter Teacher Advisor at Glenforest High School, Ontario

 

Why Engaged Education?

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

We offer the chance to travel knowing that you’re making a direct, positive contribution to the places and people you encounter. We carefully select our partners and experiences, ensuring they are sustainable and eco-friendly. We introduce visitors to local people, whether thais a community member or a local Peruvian chef for a true gastronomic experience.

 

CUSTOMIZED TOURS

All our experiences are designed to be customized to the needs of our participants, adapting to different sizes of groups and interests, but always respecting the culture, diversity, and message of our allied communities. These customizations do not affect the nature or purpose of our experiences, but rather enrich and challenge us to improve them.

LOCALLY BASED GUIDES

Learn from certified guides, naturalists, and historians who share their insight with participants as they encounter sites of significance. Our local guides offer our participants a rich and diverse vision, not only of the trips they guide but of life itself, which they share with great appreciation, making each experience unique and special.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS ON SITE

Our 15+ years of traveling with MEDLIFE volunteers demonstrates our commitment to the safety of both our participants and our partner communities. We have a committed and experienced team of travel experts, guides, and providers who are ready to serve and ensure the safety of our travelers in all our experiences.

EXPLORE OUR EXPERIENCES

At Engaged Education, we have designed special programs that will allow travelers to connect and learn through experience about the reality, culture, and needs of our communities. At the moment we offer 3 customizable experiences for our participants:

 

REALITY TOURS

Reality Tour participants join MEDLIFE staff in the field to learn about our partner communities and the challenges they face daily. One of the Reality Tour’s main goals is to introduce you to social, political, and economic factors that have shaped current realities. A Reality Tour will give you insight into the kinds of struggles that poverty and marginalization create in these communities. This will equip you with the knowledge to become a more informed global citizen and changemaker.

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ROUND TABLES

Engaged Education Round Tables facilitate the exchange of cultures, stories, and knowledge between students and locals. They give students the opportunity to connect with a diverse range of people, including healthcare professionals, community leaders, and beneficiaries of MEDLIFE’s work. For example, students in Lima might have the chance to speak with doctors who worked on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in the public health system. 

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CUSTOM TRIPS

Let our team of travel experts plan an educational trip according to the needs and interests of your organization. From learning about natural selection in the Galapagos Islands to experiencing renaissance art in Florence, we’ll help you plan a trip with ease. By traveling with us, you can rest assured that your travels are having a positive impact. Unlike many for-profit educational travel corporations, we support local communities through our partner nonprofit MEDLIFE.  

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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
Parent

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.