How Starting a MEDLIFE Chapter Can Improve Your Resume

Starting a MEDLIFE chapter can be an excellent way to positively impact your resume and distinguish yourself from other job candidates. MEDLIFE is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families living in low-income communities in Latin America.

By starting a MEDLIFE chapter at your university or in your community, you can demonstrate to potential employers that you possess leadership skills, are passionate about global health, and are committed to making a positive impact in the world.

Here are some of the ways that starting a MEDLIFE chapter can benefit your resume:

1. Leadership Skills

Starting a MEDLIFE chapter requires strong leadership skills. As the founder and leader of the Chapter, you will be responsible for recruiting members, organizing events and fundraisers, and working with the national MEDLIFE team to plan Service Learning Trips and other initiatives. This experience can demonstrate to potential employers that you are capable of taking on a leadership role and managing a team.

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2. Global Health Experience

MEDLIFE’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families living in low-income communities in Latin America. By starting a MEDLIFE chapter, you will gain valuable experience in global health and develop a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by communities in need. This experience can be particularly valuable if you are pursuing a career in healthcare, public health, or international development.

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3. Service Experience

MEDLIFE Chapters organize Service Learning Trips to communities in need, where volunteers work on projects such as renovating schools and clinics, providing healthcare services, and distributing essential supplies. By participating in an SLT and organizing them for your Chapter, you will gain valuable experience in service and develop a deep commitment to giving back to others. This experience can demonstrate to potential employers that you are a compassionate and dedicated individual.

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4. Networking Opportunities

Starting a MEDLIFE Chapter can provide you with numerous networking opportunities. You will work closely with the national MEDLIFE organization and connect with other Chapters and volunteers around the country. You may also have the opportunity to meet healthcare professionals, public health experts, and other individuals who are passionate about global health and development. These connections can be valuable when it comes to pursuing internships, jobs, or other opportunities in the field.

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In conclusion, starting a MEDLIFE chapter can have a positive impact on your resume by demonstrating your leadership skills, global health experience, service experience, and networking abilities. By taking on this leadership role, you can set yourself apart from other job candidates and demonstrate your commitment to making a positive impact in the world. If you are interested in starting or joining a MEDLIFE Chapter, visit our website to learn more.


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.