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





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.