One Billion+ Campaign Tour UPDATE: Oct. 5, 2012


Another successful week of the One Billion+ Campaign Tour has come to a close and we are strongly urging all of our student chapters to make their best effort to fundraise for our Wawa Wasi Day Care Center Project this month. We’ve also added an additional presenter to the mix — Mauricio Parra, our former summer intern, has taken over Florida on behalf of MEDLIFE! Check out how he and the rest of the crew are doing on each of their legs of the tour below:

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Oct. 4th, 2012:

Today I met with UF’s MEDLIFE executive board where I hosted a small workshop to help them during their transition into becoming a strong and established chapter in Florida. Within this workshop, I gave them a long overview of the organization, reiterating to them our mission by using examples from all of our patient follow-ups. Afterwards, we analyzed their plans for the year, focusing mainly on how they have gone about promoting the organization, and I provided them with helpful tips that have worked with my chapter. Our meeting ended up lasting over two hours, and I feel that we managed to accomplish a lot in preparation for their actual General Body Meeting with Juan at the end of the tour. All of the officers seemed to be very eager to get the club going, and I told them that we will be there with them every step of the way! Now, I’m on my way to my presentation in Orlando for UCF!”

Next week, Mauricio will be travelling to Miami. Check out the Southeast region tour schedule page to find out where he’ll be speaking.


Oct. 4, 2012: 1-Biz-NY

“The presentation at Cornell went very well, with a mixture of new students and established MEDLIFE members showing up. Most of the students who attended were interested in signing up for a Mobile Clinic this January, and all seemed interested to learn about the patients and projects we are currently overseeing in Lima. I met a few students on the Cornell executive board, and they assisted in answering new students’ questions about our work on Latin America. Overall, it was great to see enthusiastic students who want to get involved and make a difference! “

Next week, Biz will be travelling to New Jersey! Find out where she’s headed by checking the Mid Atlantic tour schedule page.



Oct. 1, 2012:

San Luis Obispo, most commonly referred to as SLO, recently was named as the happiest city in the country, and we weren’t disappointed — it is a great little city! Despite not having a talk arranged when the tour started the Cal Poly e-board quickly pulled together a meeting in their library. We met with probably around 10-15 students there. They have participated in multiple clinics so far and are really excited to grow their chapter even more. They were accepted as an official school chapter at the end of last year so in many ways they are just starting to get formalized. We’re happy to be helping them along their way, they seem like a promising group.”  

Next week, Nick will be travelling throughout southern California! Find out where he’ll be stopping by checking the California tour schedule page.


Oct. 5, 2012: 1-Sean-Ohio2 

“This week has been exceptionally awesome. Binghamton had a phenomenal turnout — great job Danielle. Pitt’s campus is beautiful and Lauren gave me a great tour. Ross and Rachel are ideal student leaders, not to mention should probably end up together if they are dedicated Friends fans, such as myself. Penn State chapter is destined for great things. University of Miami is full of great people. I especially want to thank Taylor and Chris for all their help with getting my car out of trouble and putting me up in the nice hotel. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the tour brings!”

Next week, Sean will be heading to different states in the Midwest! Find out where he’ll be stopping by checking the Midwest tour schedule page


1 Juan Nc UpdateOct. 3, 2012: 

“I’m in North Carolina and the weather is really beautiful. Going to UNC was awesome. I met with Maili and Danielle, two students in their sophomore year that have never even been on a Mobile Clinic! Yet, when Maili heard about MEDLIFE, she felt inspired to bring it to UNC and recruited her high school friend, and fellow UNC classmate, Danielle, to help her. Together, they have taken the initiative to build a chapter from scratch at UNC. The 1B+ Campaign stop at their school doubled-up as the first introductory meeting. There was a great turn out and the chapter is well on its way to a strong start!”


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.