How To Get The Best Out Of Volunteering Abroad With MEDLIFE

If you’re planning to join a Service Learning Trip with MEDLIFE, it is important to make sure that you are enjoying yourself and interacting mindfully with everything the experience has to offer. In order to to do so, we have compiled a list of things to keep in mind before, during, and after your SLT. Here are some tips on how to get the best out of your SLT experience:

1. Research the country you’ll be visiting:

Take the time to learn about the country you’ll be visiting and its culture, customs, and traditions. This will help you better understand the needs of the community you’ll be working in and how you can best support them during your trip.

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2. Prepare physically and mentally:

Service Learning Trips can be physically and emotionally challenging, so it’s important to prepare yourself ahead of time. Make sure you’re physically fit and able to handle the demands of the trip, and mentally prepared to adapt to a new environment and culture. An important thing to remember is that you will be required to be on your feet a lot of the time, and will be outdoors in the sun. Proper footwear, sunscreen, and lots of water are essential to preparing yourself physically.

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3. Be open-minded and respectful:

Approach the community with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Respect their customs and traditions, and be sensitive to their needs and experiences. Remember that you are a guest in their community and should act accordingly.

4. Build relationships:

Take the time to build relationships with the community members, MEDLIFE staff, and fellow volunteers. Listen to their stories and experiences, and be open to learning from them. Building relationships will not only make your experience more meaningful but also help ensure the sustainability of MEDLIFE’s programs in the community.

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5. Reflect on your experience:

Take the time to reflect on your experience and what you’ve learned. Consider how you can apply what you’ve learned to your own life and community, and how you can continue to support MEDLIFE’s efforts even after your trip has ended.

By following these tips, you can aim to get the best out of your service learning trip with MEDLIFE and make a positive impact on the community you’re visiting. Remember to approach the experience with humility, respect, and a willingness to learn. The purpose of our SLTs is to assist our partner communities, but the well-being and fulfillment of our volunteers are also a priority. If you are interested in joining a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip, 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.