As you head back to school for the new academic year, we’re expanding our Service Learning Trip options so that everyone can volunteer in Peru and beyond! As the MEDLIFE Movement has grown over the last 15 years, our Service Learning Trips have evolved with us. We are striving to include students from all disciplines (not just health and medicine!) so that 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, but 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 first hand before you can truly be part of the solution. By diversifying the Movement beyond the original Mobile Clinic, we are not only giving passionate students the opportunity to see the world through new eyes, but also creating long-lasting, sustainable change through specific projects, education, and healthcare.
With these new Service Learning Trips available, MEDLIFE is offering you the opportunity to take your education beyond the classroom by becoming a volunteer in Peru, no matter what you’re passionate about.
1. Development Corps
Historical, social, and political factors combined with a lack of urban planning have 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, but the inhospitable land, scarcity of public space, and a lack of financial resources have continued to get in the way of progress. MEDLIFE is working 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 will 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 will empower impoverished communities by constructing safe public spaces where kids can play, young people can hang out with their friends, and families can spend time together.
January 11 – 19, 2020
March 14 – 22, 2020
May 16 – 24, 2020
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With low levels of English education, inappropriate infrastructure, and outdated teaching methodologies, the children of Peru are struggling to get an adequate education.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 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 will empower local students and their families by providing a variety of quality, immersive educational activities. As a volunteer in Peru, you will have the opportunity to lead activities that foster the development of soft skills, like teamwork and creativity. Education Workshop also gives local students an opportunity to practice their English and teaches them about healthy habits, like handwashing and toothbrushing. Volunteers will also help create a positive environment by building kid-friendly learning spaces at schools.
December 14 – 22, 2019
May 23 – 31, 2020
3. Dental Clinic
In our regular Mobile Clinics, the dental station is consistently one of the most-requested services, but 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 and support a Mobile Dental Clinic in low-income communities surrounding Lima, Peru. Volunteers will shadow local dental professionals as they provide free, high-quality dental care directly to people who lack access to basic services. Volunteers will provide support in a variety of roles including patient registration, station set-up, instrument preparation, and will also shadow dentists throughout procedures like extractions, fillings, and cleanings. Students will also have the opportunity to lead workshops with kids about dental health providing them with the tools to lead healthier lives.
January 11 – 19, 2020
February 29 – March 8, 2020
May 23 – 31, 2020
August 1 – 9, 2020
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 will learn about social inequality and how it has been shaped by internal migration and urbanization. This trip will explore key issues faced by local communities and examine the work that MEDLIFE and other local community organizations undertake to support low-income communities. Students will 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.
June 13-28, 2020 (TBC)
See you on the next Service Learning Trip!
*The listed dates are for confirmed SLTs, but these trips can be planned for any date if we have enough volunteers.