6 Ways to Support MEDLIFE During COVID-19


The MEDLIFE Movement is a global network of amazing humans from many different walks of life. We share a common vision, a world free from the constraints of poverty. Just like there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for poverty, there’s also no one right way to participate in the MEDLIFE Movement. That’s why we’ve created this list of 7 different ways that you can support MEDLIFE during COVID-19 and our work in medicine, education, and development.

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1. Join Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains is MEDLIFE’s monthly giving program. During this period, donations are going towards relief for vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19. We’re purchasing and delivering food, water, and other necessities to affected low-income communities in Peru & Ecuador. During the pandemic and beyond, we will continue to listen to our partner communities and adjust our response as necessary.

The name of the program is inspired by the mountains of MEDLIFE’s logo that represent three barriers that low-income communities face: Medicine, Education, & Development. By committing to donate on a monthly basis, you help us move those mountains. Your gift will shift barriers and improve access to healthcare, education, and a safe home. Sign up now to be a part of the change we’re creating!

2. Make a donation

If you’re unable to commit to making a monthly donation during these unstable times, we encourage you to make a one-time donation. Right now, we can’t welcome volunteers to our partner communities due to travel restrictions and public health guidelines. This means that we are relying on donations to help us continue our Patient Follow-Up Program, COVID-19 Relief initiative, and other educational and community development work.

Despite all this hardship, we’re feeling uplifted by the incredible amounts of generosity global citizens are showing for their neighbors. We know that the bright light of compassion will always shine through the chaos! Donate now to help keep families healthy and safe during COVID-19.


3. Fundraise for MEDLIFE

Another way to support MEDLIFE during COVID-19 is by fundraising to support our work in medicine, education, and development. You can join your local MEDLIFE Chapter’s efforts or fundraise independently. A great place to start is by creating a fundraiser on our Give Lively fundraising platform.

You can create a customized page with a photo and personal statement. Next, you can start sharing the page and encouraging others to donate! You can even organize or participate in a virtual fundraiser to maximize your donations!

4. Register for a Future Service Learning Trip

In these unprecedented times of travel bans, the world of Service Learning Trips may feel like a lifetime away. While right now we are surrounded by uncertainty, eventually, the chaos of COVID-19 will pass. When it does, we know that it will leave our future leaders – the student-led MEDLIFE Movement – more compassionate and empowered than ever. We also know that the community need for medical services, educational workshops, and development projects is likely to be greater than ever.

Despite the uncertainty, you can register for a future Service Learning Trip now to show that you support MEDLIFE, believe in the Movement, and are hopeful for a better future. There are even some benefits of planning a Service Learning Trip in advance that you will be able to enjoy! Learn more here.

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5. Spread the Word

We understand that times are tough right now and not everyone will be able to contribute to MEDLIFE financially. You can still be part of the change we’re creating by helping us grow the Movement, and in turn, helping us grow our impact.

Telling others about MEDLIFE helps to raise awareness of the challenges created by poverty and the work we’re doing to support low-income communities. By reaching more people and increasing our supporter base, we’ll be able to bring healthcare and other essential services to more underserved families.

You can spread the word by sharing our posts on social media, referring a friend to MEDLIFE, starting a Chapter at your school, or simply by telling others about your experience with MEDLIFE!

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6. Live the MEDLIFE values 

Being a MEDLIFEr means more than simply joining a Chapter or traveling on a Service Learning Trip. It means advocating for medicine, education, and development for low-income families everywhere. It means joining the fight for a world free from the constraints of poverty both at home and abroad. 

There are many ways to put the MEDLIFE values into practice in your own life. You can listen to people from different walks of life and show gratitude to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19. You can organize your community to advocate for the rights of groups who are disproportionately affected by health crises. 

We believe that today’s MEDLIFErs are tomorrow’s leaders in the healthcare field and beyond. By living the MEDLIFE values, you help make our vision a reality by bringing us closer to a world where everyone has access to healthcare, education, and a safe home. 


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.