Updates From Ecuador: March 2013 Clinics

In Ecuador, MEDLIFE is wrapping up its second Mobile Clinic of the spring break season. This week we’re working in communities outside of Riobamba:

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Last week, MEDLIFE also completed our first ever Mobile Clinic in the community of Esmeraldas — on Ecuador’s Northern Coast. We received a warm welcome from the communities near Esmeraldas, and had one of the biggest turnouts that MEDLIFE Director of Ecuador Martha Chicaiza has seen in the country. Local magazines and news channels came out to interview Martha and the MEDLIFE crew about our plans to continue work in the area.

interview 600MEDLIFE Director of Ecuador Martha Chicaiza being interviewed by a local reporter

The city municipality also invited MEDLIFE to meet the Mayor of Esmeraldas, who explained more about the region and even gifted students with t-shirts, inviting them to return for Carnaval. During the final clinic day, the mayor also presided over the inauguration of our first staircase project in Esmeraldas (which couldn’t be 100% completed during the clinic week due to heavy rains). Residents from the community treated students to a presentation of their traditional music, marimba, as well as dancing and a communal lunch. 

MEDLIFE is excited to be off to a great start in Esmeraldas, and looking forward to a continued partnership with communities in this area. 


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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

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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.