5 Ways To Make A Difference This Summer

Over the summer holiday, students may find themselves working, taking extra courses, or returning home to spend time with family and friends. However, it has been proven that giving back to the community/world can greatly improve feelings of self-worth and accomplishment. If you are looking for ways to give back this summer there are plenty of options for you. Here are five ways you can make a difference this summer:

1. Volunteer

Look for local organizations or non-profits that align with your interests and inquire about volunteer opportunities. You can donate your time and effort to help others and make a meaningful impact on your local community or a community in another country. MEDLIFE offers Service Learning Trips for those who are looking to assist low-income communities in Latin America. Volunteers get to provide quality healthcare to those in need and work on a development project to improve local infrastructure.

2. Go Eco-Friendly

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy nature, but it’s also a great opportunity to take steps to protect the environment. You can reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling, using a bike or public transportation instead of driving, and using reusable bags and water bottles. You can also look into organizations that plant trees to improve the environment, which can help to build a more sustainable future.

3. Learn A New Skill

Summer break can also be an opportunity to learn something new, like a language or a new instrument. Not only will you broaden your knowledge and skills, but you’ll also enhance your cognitive abilities and improve your memory. To share your talents, try to find ways you can perform for others or teach your skills. Perhaps a local boys and girls club could use a bilingual volunteer. Or a retirement home would like someone to come and perform music for them.

4. Connect With Family And Friends

Summer break is a great time to strengthen your relationships with loved ones. Plan a trip or a fun activity together, or simply spend quality time catching up over dinner or a game night. Time with your loved ones is invaluable. It is important to make the time to cherish their company.

5. Give Back To Those In Need

Look for opportunities to donate to a charity or organization supporting a cause you’re passionate about. You can also organize a fundraiser or donation drive to gather resources and support for those in need. Something as simple as donating old clothes to a homeless shelter could greatly impact someone’s life for the better.

Take some time to research what is available to you and what you are interested in. If volunteering abroad sounds like something you would like to do, visit our website today to learn more about how you can join a Service Learning Trip in Peru, Ecuador, or Costa Rica. We could use a changemaker like you on our team!


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.