Development & Engineering Volunteer Programs with MEDLIFE

While MEDLIFE offers a variety of Service Learning Trips catered to nursing students, dental students, and general medical care students, we also provide the possibility of SLTs custom-made for Development and Engineering students. These trips can be extremely beneficial in allowing students to learn more about what they are studying back home in a real-life setting.

Lack of infrastructure and basic resources is a common reality for the communities we partner with. Many live without electricity, water, bathrooms, nearby schools, and more. During a week of engaged and fulfilling service, you can help us tackle some of the needs of these communities by working on a development project. If you’re studying engineering, urban planning, or international development, this trip would be a great option for you.


Not only does it look great on a resume, a development-focused SLT is amazing experience for anyone looking to work in the development/engineering sector back home. You will be working with experienced professionals who have previously worked on many development projects and can offer some great pointers and mentoring to our volunteers. The projects you will be working on will directly benefit the members of our partner communities and therefore will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about building infrastructure for large communities on a smaller budget.


We are always looking to expand our SLT experiences for students and teachers. Because of this, we have created a page on our website specifically for custom SLTs. If you are interested in developing a trip for your students that is based around your specific area of study, you can get started by entering your information in the form on this page.

To view all of our upcoming Service Learning Trips, visit our website today!


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.