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FAQs 

GETTING STARTED

FUNDRAISING AND PAYMENTS

PREPARATIONS

THE Service Learning Trip EXPERIENCE:

 

 

 

GETTING STARTED

1. How do I apply to a Service Learning Trip?

First, create a new user account by clicking ‘Sign Up for a Service Learning Trip' at the top of the screen, to the right of the MEDLIFE logo. After you've created your website account, you can log in by going to the yellow myMEDLIFE tab at the top right of the screen. Then, visit the ‘Upcoming Service Learning Trips' page under the ‘Service Learning Trips' tab and click ‘Register' for the Service Learning Trip you would like to attend. When you have submitted your application and paid the $200 deposit, your spot on the Service Learning Trip will be fully reserved!

2. What makes a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip unique? 

There are many organizations that offer mission trips to undergraduate students and volunteers. Why should you choose a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip? Because we provide more for our patients, community members and participants.

For our patients:

  • We bring more than just a doctor and some medication. All Mobile Clinics are staffed by local dentists, gynecologists, nurses and primary care doctors. We equip these professionals with the tools and supplies they need so that we can offer more than just a consult.

  • We hire local doctors and specialists. Local doctors have essential knowledge of the language, culture and existing healthcare system of their country. They are also familiar with the symptoms and treatments of common ailments to provide our patients with a higher degree of care than would a foreign professional.

  • We provide follow-up care. MEDLIFE has full-time employees in Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, and Tanzania who dedicate themselves to follow up with our patients year-round. When MEDLIFE sees patients during a Mobile Clinic who require additional services, we make a commitment to return and help them get the care they need.

  • MEDLIFE Project Fund projects. Our Service Learning Trips serve as the first point of contact between MEDLIFE and impoverished communities. This introduction may lead to further collaboration through MEDLIFE Project Fund projects. Through the MEDLIFE Project Fund, we bring long-term aid in the form of new schools, clinics, and a variety of other development projects. In this way, Service Learning Trips are an essential part of MEDLIFE's plan to bring sustainable forms of aid to the communities and families we serve.

For our participants:

  • Mobile Clinics- Participants have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from our medical professionals, community leaders, and MEDLIFE staff. All MEDLIFE doctors are instructed to give our participants an educational, hands-on experience while they're volunteering their time at our clinics.

  • Community Development- Infrastructure projects and development workshops give volunteers a chance to work alongside community members on a development project. Working side-by-side with local residents provides a way for participants to forge relationships with community members outside of the clinic setting.

  • MEDLIFE Student Chapters- MEDLIFE is an organization that relies heavily upon the contributions of student chapters. A university or high school MEDLIFE Student Chapter provides a forum for which students who share the common goal of helping the poor can meet to discuss global health topics, socialize, and plan for Service Learning Trips and fundraising events.

  • Further Opportunities- MEDLIFE places a great degree of responsibility on motivated undergraduate and high school student leaders who wish to become involved beyond the member level. Dedicated MEDLIFE members can apply to join the Student Advisory Board (a board of students that oversee MEDLIFE's operations on the national level) or to a local Chapter Officer position. MEDLIFE also offers summer and year-round internships that allow students to make a direct contribution to our efforts in Latin America.

  • Making a Difference- MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics have provided medical care to thousands of community members in Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Tanzania who previously did not have access to healthcare. The MEDLIFE Project Fund projects have also had a long-term positive effect on communities. MEDLIFE strives to make a lasting and significant difference in needy areas. Join us!

3. Where can I attend a Service Learning Trip (Locations)? 

MEDLIFE conducts Service Learning Trips in several locations. Service Learning Trips are held in Lima, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Riobamba, Ecuador; Tena, Ecuador; Esmeraldas, Ecuador; Managua, Nicaragua; and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. MEDLIFE has also conducted Service Learning Trips in Panama, and we hope to return in the coming years. Click here to learn more about our work in each country

4. When does MEDLIFE host Service Learning Trips?

MEDLIFE offers several different Service Learning Trip options during students' winter, spring, and summer breaks. Click here to see our upcoming Service Learning Trips.

5. Who can attend a Service Learning Trip?

Any current undergraduate or graduate student from any university can attend a Service Learning Trip. You do not need to be a current member of a MEDLIFE chapter to serve as a volunteer. MEDLIFE also has high school Student Chapters and coordinates trips specifically to high school students. For these Service Learning Trips, chaperones must also attend. Recent graduates and medical professionals interested in participating should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

6. What is the minimum number of volunteers needed to confirm a Service Learning Trip?

MEDLIFE requires a commitment from a minimum of 20 participants to confirm a Service Learning Trip. Groups who wish to arrange a Service Learning Trip must contact MEDLIFE at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

7. Do I need to speak the local language?

Service Learning Trip participants are not required to speak Spanish or Swahili or to have any previous medical experience. It is helpful for participants to familiarize themselves with basic phrases in the local language and the medical and cultural landscape in the country they plan to visit. Here is a list of useful Spanish phrases for our Latin American locations.

FUNDRAISING AND PAYMENTS

1. What is the Service Learning Trip participation fee?

The cost of participation in a one-week Service Learning Trip (including the $200 deposit), plus airfare is $990. The $200 deposit is refundable but only as long as the cancellation is announced prior to registration deadline. Any payments toward the participation fee by the participant or any other party will not be refunded if cancellation occurs after the registration deadline.

2. What does the participation fee cover?

This fee covers all meals Monday through Friday (the participant is responsible for meals over the weekend), in-country transportation (including airport pick-up and drop-off on the Service Learning Trip start and end dates) and lodging (eight nights) during the Service Learning Trip. It also provides funding for all expenses associated with the volunteering itself (the hiring of doctors and nurses, purchase of medicine and equipment, etc.). Finally, the participation fee funds all aspects of MEDLIFE's operating budget covering everything from staff salaries to office equipment to medical supplies, as well as patient follow-up care. Airfare is not included in the participation fee.

3. What are my financial obligations (in addition to participation fee)? 

Participants are required to cover their own meals and expenses during the weekend. If you wish to arrive early or stay beyond the program dates, you will be responsible for your own expenses, including hotel, meals, transportation, etc., during that time.

You should have access to enough money to cover additional snacks and drinks, souvenirs, and the US$30-US$40 airport exit fee. Cash only in Ecuador (Canadian dollars are not easy to exchange in Ecuador, so be sure to have US$). Credit and debit cards are accepted in Peru.

4. How do I make a payment?

To make a payment you should go to the yellow myMEDLIFE tab on the MEDLIFE website and log into your account using the same username you created while registering for the Service Learning Trip. This should bring you to your 95:5 fundraising page. After logging in, go to MyMEDLIFE INFO below the yellow myMEDLIFE tab. This will take you to a separate page where you can manage all of your Service Learning Trip information. By clicking on "Pay your full participation fee" under the icon with the dollar sign, you will be able to enter your payment information. Once you complete the payment, you should receive a confirmation email from PayPal.

In the event that you cannot pay online, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating your intention to do so, along with the dates and location of your Service Learning Trip. A MEDLIFE staff member will get back to you with information on how to proceed. This email must be sent at least 24 hours before the payment deadline.

The $200 deposit is refundable but only as long as the cancellation is announced prior to registration deadline.  Any money paid toward the participation fee by the participant or any other party will not be refunded if cancellation occurs after this date.

If registration does not meet the minimum number of required participants, the Service Learning Trip will be canceled and all money will be refunded in full. If you are interested in participating in a two-week trip there must be a total of 20 participants (combining the one-week and two-week participants) in order to confirm that Service Learning Trip. Participants may also have the option of moving to another trip date.

5. How do I request a refund?

To request a refund, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it listing your name and the dates and location of the Service Learning Trip you are registered for. The $200 deposit is refundable but only as long as the cancellation is announced prior to registration deadline. Any payments toward the participation fee by the participant or any other party will not be refunded if cancellation occurs after this deadline date.

6. What if I need to cancel? 

To cancel, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it listing your name and the dates and location of the Service Learning Trip you are registered to attend. The $200 deposit is refundable but only as long as the cancellation is announced prior to registration deadline. Any payments toward the participation fee by the volunteer or any other party will not be refunded if cancellation occurs beyond the registration deadline.

7. How can I use MEDLIFE's online 95:5 fundraising tool to raise money for my trip?

You can reduce the cost of your participation on a Service Learning Trip with the 95:5 online fundraising campaign. When you register for a Service Learning Trip, an online fundraising campaign page is automatically created for you. During this process, you have the option to edit the campaign text, as well as create a unique campaign URL. **IMPORTANT**: While your campaign is being created, please do not refresh the page, as it will cause multiple campaigns to be created. When you log into your MyMEDLIFE account using the yellow myMEDLIFE tab, you should be taken directly to your 95:5 campaign page. From here you can customize your page by adding a photo and sending out your campaign link to friends and family using the email tool. You can check to see who has donated and how many donations you've received in total as you fundraise.

Read more information about the 95:5 Campaign.

8. After I pay the registration fee, when do I need to pay the remaining program fee?

The participation fee must be paid in full three weeks prior to the starting date of the Service Learning Trip.

 

PREPARATIONS

1. What are the passport and visa requirements? 

For citizens of most countries, the only requirement to enter Peru, Ecuador or Tanzania is a valid passport that will be valid at least six months longer than your trip.However, citizens of some countries will need an additional visa. Tanzania has additional Visa costs and requirements for volunteers working in their country. Volunteers are responsible for their own visa coordination. However, MEDLIFE will provide documentation or trip information if necessary. Passport and Visa requirements.

2. How do I purchase my airfare? 

Participants are responsible for buying their own airfare and uploading their flight arrival and departure information to their MyMEDLIFE account. Timeframes vary depending on the location of the trip. Please see below for your specific Service Learning Trip location:

Lima, PERU

  • Arrival: Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) on Saturday, the starting date of your Volunteer Trip, from 6:00 pm until 1:00 a.m. (next day)
  • Departure: Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) on Sunday, the final day of your Volunteer Trip. ALL DAY.

Cusco, PERU

  • Arrival: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cuzco (CUZ) on Saturday, the starting date of your Volunteer Trip, 05:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • Departure: Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cuzco (CUZ) on Sunday, the final day of your Volunteer Trip. ALL DAY.

Managua, NICARAGUA

  • Arrival: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport on Saturday, the starting date of your Volunteer Trip, from 6:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (Sunday).
  • Departure: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport on the following Sunday of your Volunteer Trip, from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tena, ECUADOR

  • Arrival: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on Saturday, the starting date of your Volunteer Trip, 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.*
  • Departure: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on Sunday, the final day of your Volunteer Trip, from 1:00 p.m.

Note: Participants that arrive in the morning or afternoon will have to wait on their own at the airport until MEDLIFE transportation arrives to pick them up.*Please keep in mind that Tena is ~5 hours from Quito, and upon the entire group’s arrival, we will depart for the hostel.

Riobamba, ECUADOR

  • Arrival: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on Saturday, the starting date of your Volunteer Trip, 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.*
  • Departure: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on Sunday, the final day of your Volunteer Trip, from 10:00 a.m. or later.

Note: Participants that arrive in the morning or afternoon will have to wait on their own at the airport until MEDLIFE transportation arrives to pick them up. *Please keep in mind that Riobamba is ~4 hours from Quito, and upon the entire group’s arrival, we will depart for the hostel.

Kilimanjaro, TANZANIA

  • Arrival: Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO) on Saturday, the starting date of your Volunteer Trip, from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. 
  • Departure: Kilimanjaro International Airport(JRO) on Sunday, the final day of your Volunteer Trip, from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m.

We recommend that volunteers who are traveling as a group or Student Chapter purchase flights as a together. If coordinated early enough, it is sometimes possible to get flight discounts as a group.

3. What vaccinations do I need? 

While MEDLIFE does not have its own policy for vaccinations, we require participants to meet all CDC immunization recommendations for the country of travel. Participants may need to visit a travel clinic to receive these immunizations. You may refer to this link for recommended vaccinations.

4. Am I required to purchase travel health insurance?

No, MEDLIFE will provide $50,000 worth of travel health insurance to each participant during their Service Learning Trip.

5. How much spending money do I need  /  How can I exchange money?

We recommend that you have access to at least $150 to $200 during your Service Learning Trip week to cover two days of meals, tourism activities, and any additional food, drinks, or souvenirs you wish to purchase. Participants can access their bank accounts via ATM/debit card and can also easily change cash with money-exchange officials on the streets or in nearby exchange houses.

6. What should I pack?

You should plan to look professional but dress comfortably. Jeans, shorts, polos, athletic wear, and t-shirts are all acceptable. In all locations, a MEDLIFE t-shirt will be provided but is not required.

Suggested items:

  • Towel 
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers or hiking boots for the tour and project site
  • Shorts (1-3) 
  • Long pants (1-3) 
  • Long and short-sleeved shirts (3-5)
  • Nice outfit for going out
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Windbreaker or light rain jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Camera, film, and battery 
  • Personal medicines and toiletry items
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Passport
  • Insurance card (health/travel) 
  • Money, Credit cards, ATM card 
  • Personal ID (Driver's License) 
  • Watch with second hand is very useful
  • * Sheets/bed linens will be provided by the hotel 
  • * Many students like to have two outfits per day, as clinic and project sites can often be dusty, muddy, or rainy

7. Will my electrical appliances work abroad?

Most electronics like cell phone chargers and computers are built for multiple voltages and work fine in Ecuadorian and Peruvian outlets. Bathroom items like hair dryers and straighteners are often too high voltage and require converters.

  • Ecuador & Nicaragua: 110/120 volts (same as U.S. and Canada); North American outlets (but may not be identical to U.S./Canadian outlets and thus require an adapter)
  • Peru: 220 volts (you will need a converter and adapter)
  • Tanzania: 230 volts (you will need a converter and adapter)

8. Should I bring medical donations? What are MEDLIFE's supply needs? 

Yes! If you are attending a Service Learning Trip, you can help out beyond your participation by soliciting donations for the following list of commonly used supplies and medicines. The more that you bring with you, the more our staff can spend on patient follow-up care and more specialized treatments for our patients during Mobile Clinics:

  • Latex gloves 
  • Masks 
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Thermometers 
  • Thermometer covers 
  • Toothbrushes 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Urine dipstick tests 
  • Electronic blood pressure cuffs 
  • Mebendazole 
  • Gauze
  • Albendazole 
  • Children and adult multivitamins and calcium pills

Check the list of specific donations for LimaCusco, and Ecuador. Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it more up-to-date information on our supply needs.

9. How can my Student Chapter prepare for a Mobile Clinic?

Many MEDLIFE Student chapters host Service Learning Trip preparation meetings on campus before departing for their trip. This is a great way for participants to meet one another and address any questions and concerns that students have. We recommend that Student Chapters host meetings to go over useful phrases in the local language, train students in the techniques required for the Triage station (taking blood pressure, breathing rate, and pulse, etc.), and to solicit donations (medication, medical supplies) from outside sources. It is very helpful to have students who have participated in past Service Learning Trips in attendance at these meetings so that they can speak of their experiences. Please contact your SAB representative if you are interested in hosting such a meeting.

 

The Service Learning Trip EXPERIENCE

1. Who will pick me up from the airport?

If you arrive within the scheduled timeframe that was specified to you in the flight email sent out to all participants, a MEDLIFE staff member will be waiting to pick you up in the international arrivals area to transport you to your hotel. Look for someone in a MEDLIFE t-shirt and/or with a MEDLIFE sign. If you arrive before or after the specified timeframe, MEDLIFE can still coordinate to pick you up from the airport, but you will need to cover the transportation costs. This varies by location, so please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your trip dates and location for specific transportation costs.

If for some reason you cannot find the MEDLIFE representative or your flight has been changed, please call our Lima or Riobamba offices or your respective Service Learning Trip staff members. All contact information will be provided to participants via email and available on our website.

2. What should I do if my flight is delayed or canceled?

If your flight is delayed or canceled, contact the Lima office as soon as possible at 844 633 5433. ALSO, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line "Flight change/cancellation."

3. Who leads the Service Learning Trips?

Service Learning Trips are led by a combination of Local and International full-time staff members, with the help of local doctors and community leaders.

4. What happens to our patients after a Mobile Clinic ends?

When our Mobile Clinic doctors identify a patient who requires treatment that the Clinic itself is unequipped to provide, MEDLIFE's in-country staff then follows up with that patient individually after the Clinic ends to ensure they receive whatever additional care they need. Click here to read more about patient follow-up care.

5. Where do volunteers stay?

MEDLIFE always arranges for Service Learning Trip participants to lodge together in reputable, safe, and clean hotels with at least one MEDLIFE staff member. All hotels at which we stay have electricity, running water, hot showers, internet access, clean linens, and safe-lock boxes for valuables. Bottled water and safe food are always available either at the hotel itself or at nearby establishments. Below are some hotels at which participants commonly reside (please note it is not guaranteed that you will stay at one of these hotels. A MEDLIFE representative will provide specific hotel details in advance of your trip).

Riobamba, Ecuador 
Hotel El Libertador 
Location: Avenida Daniel Leon Borja 29-22, Riobamba, Ecuador 
Phone: (593) 032-947-393 
Website: 
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tena, Ecuador 
Hotel Club del Oriente 
Location: Sector Pitunyacu Km. 2, Via Archidona, Baeza, Napo, Ecuador 
Phone: (593) 062 889 174 / 062 889 243 
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lima, Peru 
Pukará Hostal
Location: Calle González Larrañaga 130, San Antonio, Miraflores, Lima, Perú
Phone: (51) 1 445 4203 / 445 2754 
Website: www.hostalpukara.com.pe 

Esmeraldas, Ecuador 
Siona Hotel
Location: Av. 21 de Nov. Sector las Acacias, Atacames - Esmeraldas (EC080650), Ecuador 
Phone: (593) 06 276 0327 
Website: www.sionahotel.com

 

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 
Stella Maris Lodge
Location: Arusha - Himo Rd, Hai, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 
Phone: (255) 68 6663244
Website: www.stellamarislodge.com

Managua, Nicaragua
Central Park Hotel 
Location: Los Robles, Pool 8, media cuadra al sur, Frente al parque, Managua 10000, Nicaragua
Phone: (505) 2270 6155
Website: http://centralparkmanaguahotel.com/
Email: [email protected]gmail.com

6. What kinds of meals will be provided?

Breakfast is provided at the hotel (typically juice/tea/coffee, fruit, bread, and eggs). A bag lunch is provided during volunteer days and includes a sandwich and snacks (a piece of fruit, chips, and cookies). 

Dinner will be provided each day either at the hotel or a restaurant (depending on the destination). Bottled water is provided daily. MEDLIFE employees work to ensure that all food and facilities are safe for consumption by travelers. Dinner consists of an appetizer, main dish, and beverage; additional food and drinks may be ordered at cost to the participant. 

Meals are provided Monday-Friday of the Service Learning Trip. Participants are responsible for financing their own meals on weekends. However, MEDLIFE staff will often coordinate with the group to visit restaurants or other dining options.

7. What if I have dietary restrictions?

When applying for a Service Learning Trip, be sure to specify any dietary restrictions on your application in the allotted space. MEDLIFE will accommodate food allergies, religious observances, and choices like vegetarianism or veganism as long as we have advance notice. However, please do not list food items you do not like to eat.

8. What is the weather like?

In Peru, seasons are opposite from the United States and Canada. If traveling to Lima or Cuzco during the U.S. winter or spring (November - April), Lima will be very hot and dry. Cuzco is in its rainy season during this time and will be very cold and wet. During U.S. summer (May-August), Lima will most likely be chilly and damp, while Cuzco will likely be cold but sunny. In Riobamba, Ecuador, the high elevation of the clinic sites makes for cold mornings and warmer afternoons and very powerful sunshine. Tena, Ecuador is located in the tropical Amazonian region and is always humid and hot. 

It is impossible to predict with certainty what weather will be like during Service Learning Trips, but these are good guidelines to follow when packing for your trip. Online weather reports are often quite unreliable, even when consulted right before heading to your destination. We always recommend packing clothes that you can layer in order to accommodate climate changes.

9. What does a volunteer do?

All trips are supported by our volunteers. Volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from our medical professionals as they identify individual patients who require further treatment. Students work with our staff at patient intake, triage, consultations, and in the pharmacy. Participants also help run our educational programs and shadow the local doctors, dentists, and gynecologists. The typical Mobile Clinic week includes three days volunteering on-site at the Clinic, one day working with local community members on a development project (i.e. a stair or bathroom construction project), and one day of community learning. Click here for a sample itinerary.

10. How many students volunteer on each Service Learning Trip?

The number of volunteers varies by location, but MEDLIFE typically hosts between twenty and fifty volunteers on each trip. If one trip is particularly popular, MEDLIFE does its best to divide the group in two separate, simultaneous groups. In these cases, MEDLIFE tries to keep all volunteers from the same university or group together.

11. What is a typical Mobile Clinic schedule?

Click here for a sample itinerary.

12. Are the Service Learning Trip sites safe?

MEDLIFE staff place the greatest value on the safety of our participants. MEDLIFE meets all incoming students at the airport and accompanies them to the hotel via private transportation. Participants use solely private transportation throughout the entire week (to/from the airport, clinic sites, and tourist activities). Participants are warned to only leave the hotel during the day if they are in groups of greater than five people and to not leave the hotel at all at night unless accompanied or given authorization by MEDLIFE staff. MEDLIFE staff is always present at the communities where we conduct our Service Learning Trips. 

13. What happens if there is an emergency? 

All staff members have information regarding emergency phone numbers, locations of medical clinics, etc. Volunteers will be escorted by staff members through every step of the process.

14. Does the hotel have wifi? Will I need to bring my computer?

All hotels used by MEDLIFE have wi-fi as well as computers available for use by students. We highly recommend that students leave their computers at home. You will have no pressing use for them and bringing them will only occasion unnecessary risk of theft or damage.

15. What are grounds for dismissal from a mobile clinic and subsequent consequences if forced to leave?

Participants must obey all established rules for MEDLIFE Service Learning Trips. Failure to comply will result in a ban from participating in any event related to the Service Learning Trip, and/or to stay in the hotel that is designated for mobile clinic participants.Rules will change from clinic to clinic as our cultural areas are different and require different behavior. In general grounds for dismissal will include; breaking the law in the host country, inappropriate or unprofessional behavior towards patients or employees, use of illegal substances, or abuse of alcohol.

16. Are there cultural norms in these countries that it is recommended I follow in order not to come off as disrespectful?

For Peru or Ecuador, people are less conservative and there are no strict rules in place regarding what you can and can't wear. In any country, modesty is always encouraged as it will draw less unnecessary or potentially unwanted attention. Tanzania is a religiously diverse country as are the communities we serve. They are very conservative in their dress, so we request all female participants to wear long skirts or pants (no yoga pants or shorts) to respect the local people. The general rule in Tanzania while on clinic is No knees, shoulders, or cleavage can be showing. Our outward appearance is the first image anyone will have of our team, so we want to be respectful and professional to instill confidence in the care we provide.

17. What if I need to return home early from a trip due to illness, family emergency etc?  Is there any sort of financial reimbursement?

If participants need at any time to return home, MEDLIFE will help coordinate any arrangements needed for this to take place as much as the circumstances allow us to. Unfortunately, there is no reimbursement if a participant needs to leave the clinic early, as the participation fee goes towards covering all mobile clinic expensive ahead of time.

18. "How does the rooming situation work out? I have heard that a bunch of us are all in the same room with a bunch of beds but on the website, I wasn't seeing anything like that."

Yes, you will share a room with other people. All the people in the room will be volunteers. As much as we can we will try to allocate your rooms with people from your own chapter or school. You will never share a room with someone who is not connected to MEDLIFE.

19. What to pack. Besides basics like sneakers and comfortable clothes, people aren't sure what to pack for the location and the time of the year, for going out, etc.

You should plan to look professional but dress comfortably. Jeans, athletic wear, and t-shirts are all acceptable. In all locations, a MEDLIFE t-shirt will be provided but wearing it is not compulsory. 

  •  Riobamba: Cold and Exposed 
  • Tena and Esmeraldas: Hot and Humid 
  • Cusco: Cold / Sunny during the day (cold wind) and really cold at night (0-10°F).
  • Lima: Hot and Sunny in Summer (Dec-May) and Cold and Cloudy (50-70°F Humid and foggy) in Winter (May-August)
  • Tanzania: Hot and Dry (no shorts or yoga pants allowed)

MEDLIFE is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Disclaimer: In accordance with United States tax law and regulations, a donation to the MEDLIFE Project Fund is 100% tax-deductible by the person making the donation. However, only 5% of a donation given to the 95:5 campaign (i.e., the portion that goes towards MEDLIFE's General Fund) is tax-deductible for the person making the donation. The portion of a donation that reduces a student's cost of participating in a mobile clinic is not tax-deductible. If donors have general questions about whether or not donations to MEDLIFE are tax-deductible, they can call MEDLIFE'S U.S.-based office at 1-844-MEDLIFE (1-844-633-5433). However, specific questions about the deductibility of contributions should be directed to a donor's qualified tax advisor.