One Billion+ Campaign Tour UPDATE! - MEDLIFE

One Billion+ Campaign Tour UPDATE!

This week kicks off our One Billion+ Campaign Tour across the United States and Canada! Read below for some quick journal entries on the road from our four presenters including Director of MEDLIFE, Nick Ellis, Co-Founder Juan Vanegas, and year-round interns Sean White and Biz Shenk:


Sept. 26, 2012:

I Flew into San Francisco today and met with the UC Berkeley chapter. The presentation went well and then I met up with their executive board and discussed the possibility of their chapter eventually becoming a regional center for MEDLIFE in the future; they are very excited about it. I also talked to them about how it would be great to get more people involved. They also shared with me about their prerequisites for students wanting to go abroad on a Mobile Clinic — there are classes that they require their participants to take before they go so that they are better prepared and effective for their trip. This sounds like an interesting idea that we could share with other chapters. It was a great day in Berkeley.”

View Nick’s photos from Berkeley, CA by clicking HERE

Next week, Nick will be travelling all over southern California, from San Luis Obispo down to Riverside. Check out the California tour schedule page to find out where he’ll be exactly.


Sept. 27, 2012: 1-Juan Nc Update

“Today I headed out to Virginia Commonwealth University for a presentation at 3:30 PM. The talk was at a big lecture hall; about 20 people showed up and it went really, really well. I was able to talk to students and their pre-health advisor for a while after the presentation and then a couple of the officers asked me if they could take me on a tour of their campus. They were incredibly hospitable; they even insisted on buying me dinner! Most importantly, I got to talk to them a lot about what their monthly goals should be, what the main themes are that they should be covering at every meeting and about sending students on Mobile Clinics via the 50:50 Campaign. Overall, it was a very positive day!”

View Juan’s photos from Virginia by clicking HERE

Next week, Juan will be travelling to North Carolina and Maine! Find out where he’ll be stopping by checking the Southeast region tour schedule page.



Sept. 26, 2012:

Today I met with Mrs. Gauthier at Grand Blanc High School. She is excited about setting up a high school Chapter at GBHS. Several of her students have been looking for an international clinical experience and it seems like MEDLIFE will fit that need well. Expanding MEDLIFE to high schools is a new venture for us, with our first group of highschoolers coming in November to Lima — this should be fun and interesting. After the presentation, I hit the road for Toronto. Now I’m here safe and sound and getting prepared for tomorrow’s talks at York and University of Toronto.”  

Next week, Sean will be travelling to Pennsylvania and Ohio! Find out where he’ll be stopping by checking the Midwest region tour schedule page.


Sept. 27, 2012: Biz-Mass 

“Headed to Wellesley College around 11:30 AM to meet up with Nikita, a junior majoring in psychology and biology. The presentation went incredibly well, with about 20 or so students showing up. All were very attentive and asked questions throughout the presentation. At the end, everyone even stayed to ask more questions regarding the Mobile Clinics and how to get involved.”

View more of Biz’s photos from Mass by clicking HERE

This weekend, Biz will be heading to Rhode Island and Connecticut! Find out where she’ll be stopping by checking the Northeast region tour schedule page