Local Leadership adventures

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Concerns

  1. What if we are in lockdown on the trip dates and unable to travel?

    MEDLIFE will not operate trips in places where local authorities have lockdowns or movement restrictions. We will follow local guidelines and if unable to operate, we will provide options to postpone or cancel with a full refund.


  2. What if COVID-19 vaccinations are not available to me prior to a trip?

    We have designed our trip dates to align with government vaccination rollout plans in order to ensure that all registrants have a chance to receive vaccinations prior to a trip. If vaccinations are not available in your region prior to the trip, MEDLIFE will work with registrants, our partner organizations, and local authorities to assess the viability of traveling in that destination.


  3. What if I prefer not to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

    All registrants are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination in order to travel. This is in place to protect travelers, staff, and the communities we visit.


  4. I have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 and am now required to quarantine, what do I do?

    MEDLIFE cannot risk exposing travelers, staff, or members of partner organizations to COVID-19. In the case you are required to quarantine, please contact MEDLIFE immediately. In most cases, it will be considered a cancellation and normal terms and conditions will apply.


  5. What if my College/University/High School is not allowing students to travel?

    While the Local Leadership program is not a school-sponsored program, we encourage all students to abide by their institution’s local guidelines.


Your arrival & departure

  1. Is transportation to the start point included?

    Transportation to the start point of the trip is not included in the trip price. We have Chapters and travelers coming from various locations nearby, while others may need to fly to the destination. You are required to arrive at the start point prior to the meeting time specified in your itinerary.


  2. What time do I need to arrive by?

    For US programs, you must arrive before 8am on the day of departure. Depending on where you are arriving from, it may be best to arrive a day early and book a night’s accommodation at the start point hotel.

    For Canada programs, you must arrive at the start point before noon.


  3. Can I book extra accommodation before or after the trip?

    Yes, simply contact MEDLIFE and we can provide rates for pre-trip and post-trip accommodation if necessary.


  4. Where do I meet the group on day 1 of the tour?

    Each trip has a specific meeting point. You can see your trip’s starting point in your itinerary.


  5. Can I drive to the start point?

    Each participant can arrive at the start point by whichever means they are able. However, you will be responsible for parking arrangements and any costs associated with parking your vehicle. Once on tour, all participants are required to use the tour supplier transportation – you may not use your own vehicle to transport yourself or others during the tour.


Miscellaneous questions

  1. Can I use my voucher for a Local Leadership program?

    Yes, if you have a voucher from a previous program that was canceled due to COVID-19, you may redeem them by contacting us with the trip name and date you wish to participate.


  2. Can I fundraise for this trip?

    You may fundraise for your trip through My Movement on the MyMEDLIFE Portal. However, your deposit and full payment (60 days prior to the trip) must be paid on the dates indicated. MEDLIFE has contractual obligations to pay our partner travel companies and secure reservations on these programs at specified times.

    In addition, while you may fundraise – if you do not reach your fundraising goal you will be required to pay the remaining amount by the times indicated – we are unable to provide refunds for any amount fundraised after the final payment deadline.


  3. What if a trip does not reach the minimum required travelers to run?

    If a trip does not meet the minimum required number of travelers, we will be forced to cancel the departure – we will make this decision 60 days before departure at the latest. If you have paid a deposit and your trip is canceled, you will be entitled to a refund or to select another trip and date that is operating.


  4. If a trip is cancelled and I booked a flight ticket, will MEDLIFE refund the flight cost?

    MEDLIFE is unable to provide refunds for flight tickets in the event that a tour does not operate. If you are planning to fly to the starting point of your Local Leadership program, we recommend that you review the airline’s terms and conditions. In addition, please consider trip cancellation insurance as a means of protecting you in the event of trip cancellation.


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.