5 Reasons To Join A MEDLIFE Chapter

MEDLIFE Chapters are dynamic student groups that offer students a rewarding opportunity to volunteer with an international nonprofit, build leadership skills, and most importantly, empower low-income communities through medicine, education, and development. Joining a MEDLIFE Chapter can offer numerous benefits for anyone interested in global health, community development, and making connections on their campus. Here are five key benefits of joining a MEDLIFE chapter:

Meaningful Impact:

By joining a MEDLIFE Chapter, you have the opportunity to make a tangible impact in the lives of underserved communities. Through volunteering on Service Learning Trips, fundraising, and organizing initiatives, you can contribute to improving access to healthcare, education, and basic necessities for low-income families worldwide.

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Global Perspective and Cultural Exchange:

Participating in your Chapter’s activities exposes you to diverse cultures, traditions, and communities around the world. You’ll have the chance to work alongside local community members, fostering cross-cultural understanding and gaining a deeper appreciation for global issues and the challenges faced by underserved populations.

Skill Development:

Your Chapter can provide valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth. You can enhance your leadership, teamwork, communication, and project management skills through organizing events, coordinating initiatives, and collaborating with fellow Chapter members and partner organizations.

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Networking and Connections:

MEDLIFE Chapters often have strong networks within the global health and development sectors. By joining, you can connect with like-minded individuals, professionals, and organizations that share your passion for making a positive impact on global health. These connections can be beneficial for future career opportunities, mentorship, and collaboration.

Community and Support System:

Joining a MEDLIFE Chapter creates a sense of community and belonging. You become part of a group of individuals who share similar goals, values, and interests. This support system offers opportunities for friendship, personal growth, and a shared commitment to creating positive change. MEDLIFE Chapters often organize social events, workshops, and conferences that foster a sense of community among members.

Overall, joining a MEDLIFE Chapter allows you to actively contribute to global health initiatives, gain a global perspective, develop valuable skills, build connections, and be part of a supportive community—all while making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

If you are interested in joining or starting a Chapter on your campus, visit our website to learn more about our mission and how you can get involved.


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.