Yosemite - Local Leadership Adventures

MEDLIFE’s Local Leadership Adventures offer the chance to explore some of the most impressive landscapes in your own backyard while learning about important social issues that affect marginalized and low-income communities, like food security, social determinants of health, and indigenous land rights. 


From Service Learning Trips to Local Leadership Adventures, travel opens our eyes to new perspectives, creates cross-cultural connections, and deepens our understanding of the world around us.

MEDLIFE’s domestic trips have been designed to build your leadership skills as a global changemaker and strengthen the bonds of your MEDLIFE Chapter. Through immersive educational activities, hands-on volunteering, and epic travel experiences, a Local Leadership Adventure with MEDLIFE will give you the tools to make a difference and create a positive impact both at home and abroad.

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Our trips are created with sustainability in mind. For example, we partner with environmentally conscious organizations like Incredible Adventures, San Francisco’s greenest tour company. We also support eco-friendly projects like Fuel Efficient Stoves.


Giving back to local communities is at the heart of what we do at MEDLIFE. Our domestic trips include volunteer opportunities and visits to local non-profits where possible, all while supporting local small businesses and MEDLIFE’s work in Peru, Ecuador, and Tanzania.



At MEDLIFE, we believe that travel broadens our understanding of the world around us. Our trips go beyond the surface, introducing you to local historical contexts and inviting you to consider some of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century.


MEDLIFE trips will inspire you to take action as a global citizen with a renewed passion for building a world free from the constraints of poverty. Through eye-opening travel experiences, we hope to empower you with the tools to become an agent for change! 



Yosemite - Local Leadership AdventuresSIERRA NEVADA & THE LEGACY OF JOHN MUIR

Explore glacially-formed cliffs, wildflower-speckled meadows, and hike to the towering Sequoias in the heart of Yosemite’s dynamic wilderness. With a focus on activism, environmentalism, and community leadership, this experience will equip you with tools to make a difference as a global citizen. 

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Grand Canyon - Local Leadership AdventuresGRAND CANYON & THE NAVAJO

This trip will open your eyes to new perspectives as you learn about the rich culture and history of the Navajo Nation with Indigenous guides welcoming you upon their traditional lands. You’ll see ancient petrified sand dunes, towering sandstone cliffs, and of course the majestic Grand Canyon itself.

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Manitoulin Island - Local Leadership AdventuresMANITOULIN ISLAND & INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Transverse Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island and home to Wikwemikong, Canada’s only officially recognized unceded Indigenous territory. Created with input from academics and community elders, this adventure will take you deeper than simply seeing the sites.

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Local Leadership Adventures with MEDLIFE follow high standards of COVID-19 safety protocols.

To learn more about safe travel during the pandemic, click here. 

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.