Meet the Interns: Sage Whipple

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Sage Whipple recently joined MEDLIFE as an intern. She is from Ojai California and studied Business Administration at Northeastern Universtity. 

How did you get involved with MEDLIFE?

I had a connection through a friend that knows a MEDLIFE staff member and was able to configure an internship that worked with my school’s cooperative education program.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I’m from a small town in California and I’m currently a third year in university with an interest in pursuing a career in social entrepreneurship. This is the fourth continent I’ve worked in, and I hope to increase that experience in the future. I love hiking, the ocean, and exploring new places.

Why did you decide to become an intern?

I really wanted to gain exposure working in a nonprofit organization abroad in a field I had limited experience in, and MEDLIFE seemed like the perfect opportunity to work with passionate people working to create sustainable change. I want to take the experience I gain here into the remainder of my studies and into my career beyond that.

What was your first impression of Lima?

I immediately found it to be a busy place with a distinct personality. In my first day in Lima, I explored the area, sweat a lot in the summer heat, and took a salsa class. I’m excited to continue to immerse myself in the lively culture of the city and eat a lot of good food.

What are your goals for this internship?

In addition to becoming more comfortable with my Spanish and helping communities through my work with MEDLIFE, I hope to end this internship with a better understanding of working within a nonprofit and a more defined understanding of the skills and passion I can bring into my future experiences. I want to better learn how to be a catalyst for change and take my own unique perspective and skill set into every situation and organization I work with.


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.