Introducing our new MEDLIFE Director of Tanzania: Terry Mulligan

We are glad to introduce Terry Mulligan, a 26 year old teacher who after teaching for 2 years in Chicago, started a life changing journey to Moshi, Tanzania. In Tanzania, Terry volunteered to teach in a small elementary school. Now he supports MEDLIFE and is helping us to execute the very first Mobile Clinic in Africa.

IMG 5136Terry during his visit to Peru next to MEDLIFE CEO Nick Ellis, MEDLIFE Director of Peru Carlos Benavides and MEDLIFE Director of Mobile Clinics Jorge Cockburn.

Terry visited our office last spring after meeting MEDLIFE Founder and CEO, Nick Ellis during his visit to Tanzania. They stayed at the “Stella Maris”, a beautiful hotel that also subsidizes an elementary school for low-income children and HIV orphans. 

Terry is not only a collaborator but also is a volunteer teacher of that school.

“Most of our students are orphans or they’re extremely disadvantaged. They all come from very poor backgrounds” Terry says. “And most of them have to walk 15 minutes to an 1 hour to get to school”.

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After seeing the great work Terry was doing and realizing that it was possible to run volunteer trips in Tanzania, he was invited to learn more about our organization. Last spring, Terry visited the MEDLIFE offices in Lima, Peru. In Peru, Terry was able to meet all of the staff and visit the communities where we work in Lima.

Terry finished his studies at University of Missouri, and achieved his Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. After working in Chicago for several years, he took the opportunity to go and teach in the school run by the Mailisita Foundation. “The first time I taught was for 44 African children with the Mailisita Foundation” says Terry “When I was just a volunteer. I could not imagine that after a couple years I would be returning for stay.”.

Moshi Tanzania is an area just at the foothills of mount Kilimanjaro. The spectacular natural beauty of the surrounding area nearly hides the true reality that the area is incredibly impoverished.

Tanzania has some of the poorest standards of living in the world. Only 44% of the people have access to improved drinking water sources and 70% don’t have access to electricity. In education, only around 25% get enrolled in secondary school.

“The People in Moshi are so welcoming. They are wonderful people who want and need help. The reason why I was so excited to work with MEDLIFE is because one of the principles of the organization is to work hand in hand with communities. The same way MEDLIFE works with communities in Peru or in Ecuador, we can create a partnership here in Tanzania. This will allow the locals to have responsibilities so that together we will be able to accomplish the goals of delivering medicine, education and development”.

At the moment Terry is becoming our new MEDLIFE Director of Tanzania and for the first time, he will be helping us to take the first Mobile Clinic to Moshi, Tanzania.

All of us at MEDLIFE are happy and excited to start this adventure, and we are ready to continue delivering MED’s to low-income families everywhere.


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.