Volunteer in Peru & Beyond with New Service Learning Trips

As you head back to school for the new academic year, we’re expanding our Service Learning Trip options. Everyone can volunteer in Peru and beyond! As the MEDLIFE Movement has grown over the last 15 years, our Service Learning Trips evolved with us. We strive to include students from all disciplines, not just health and medicine!

We can give you more opportunities to learn and continue empowering low-income communities through medicine, education, and development. Our confirmed dates for our new Service Learning Trips are below. Remember that these trips can be planned for any date and you can volunteer in Peru or our other sites at a time that works for you.

Why Service Learning Trips?

We believe that real change starts from within. You must first experience the realities of poverty firsthand before you can truly be part of the solution. By diversifying the Movement beyond the original Mobile Clinic, we not only give passionate students the opportunity to see the world through new eyes, but also create long-lasting, sustainable change through specific projects, education, and healthcare.

With these new Service Learning Trips available, MEDLIFE offers you the opportunity to take your education beyond the classroom by becoming a volunteer in Peru. No matter what you’re passionate about.

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1. Development Corps

Historical, social, and political factors combined with a lack of urban planning led to a rise in the informal land occupation on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Members of these communities seek safe public spaces for recreation and leisure. The inhospitable land, scarcity of public space, and a lack of financial resources continue to get in the way of progress. MEDLIFE works to change that through Development Corps.

Development Corps is a week-long Service Learning Trip that allows students interested in architecture, engineering, and community development to volunteer in Peru. You work hand in hand with local professionals and community members on a development project in urban settlements on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Your trip empowers impoverished communities by constructing safe public spaces where kids can play, young people can hang out with friends, and families can spend time together.

Upcoming Trips

  • January 11 – 19, 2020
  • March 14 – 22, 2020
  • May 16 – 24, 2020

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2. Education Workshop

With low levels of English education, inappropriate infrastructure, and outdated teaching methodologies, the children of Peru are struggling to get an adequate education. This stifles their opportunities to chase their dreams and fulfill their potential as they grow up. Education Workshop is a week-long Service Learning Trip with a long-term impact.

It allows students interested in teaching to work hand in hand with local professionals to bring quality education to low-income communities on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. This trip empowers local students and their families by providing a variety of quality, immersive educational activities. As a volunteer in Peru, you have the opportunity to lead activities.

These foster the development of soft skills, like teamwork and creativity. Our Education Workshop also gives local students an opportunity to practice their English. It teaches them about healthy habits, like handwashing and toothbrushing. Volunteers also create a positive environment by building kid-friendly learning spaces at schools.

Upcoming Trips

  • December 14 – 22, 2019

  • May 23 – 31, 2020

Register here!

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3. Dental Clinic

In our regular Mobile Clinics, the dental station is consistently one of the most requested services. The dentists are only able to treat 15 patients a day. The high demand led to the creation of Dental Clinic, a Service Learning Trip dedicated entirely to the type of health services the communities have requested.

Dental Clinic is a week-long Service Learning Trip that allows students interested in dentistry to volunteer in Peru. They support a Mobile Dental Clinic in low-income communities surrounding Lima, Peru. Volunteers shadow local dental professionals as they provide free, high-quality dental care directly to people who lack access to basic services.

Volunteers provide support in a variety of roles including patient registration, station set-up, and instrument preparation. It also allows them to shadow dentists throughout procedures like extractions, fillings, and cleanings. Students also have the opportunity to lead workshops with kids about dental health to provide them with the tools to lead healthier lives.

Upcoming Trips

  • January 11 – 19, 2020

  • February 29 – March 8, 2020

  • May 23 – 31, 2020

  • August 1 – 9, 2020

Register now! Contact [email protected] to find out more information.

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4. Leadership Corps

Cycles of poverty and inequality are deeply intertwined with a country’s historical and political circumstances. In order to create a world free from the constraints of poverty, we must first understand its root causes. Leadership Corps is a two-week Field Course that gives student leaders the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the underlying causes of poverty.

Through academic discussions and field visits in Peru and Ecuador, volunteers learn about social inequality and how it has been shaped by internal migration and urbanization. This trip explores key issues faced by local communities. It examines the work that MEDLIFE and other local community organizations undertake to support low-income communities. Students hear from MEDLIFE’s founder Dr. Nick Ellis and key local community leaders on how the MEDLIFE Movement was born out of the communities you visit.

Upcoming Trips 

See you on the next Service Learning Trip!

*The listed dates are for confirmed SLTs. These trips can be planned for any date if we have enough volunteers. 


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.