Day 1 of the $1 tour: NYC to Baltimore


Joe and I had an incredibly successful first day of our tour: we covered 235 miles, hosted a presentation for over 50 students, and collected $41 for the MEDLIFE Fund! Read more about our day below, and keep an eye out for another post soon with our complete travel schedule!

31-1I met Joe this morning at a train stop near his home town of Franklin Square in Long Island, New York. I had arrived on a train from Manhattan, and Joe — who just two days ago had returned home from Lima, Peru — picked me up in his Volkswagen Jetta, our third traveling companion for the coming six weeks.

We shot down I-95 from New York to Baltimore, where we had our first presentation of the tour scheduled at Johns Hopkins University. We had received word from the president of Johns Hopkins MEDLIFE, junior Ava Yap, that we would be greeted by a group of Hopkins students as well as some free food. Joe and I were excited about each of these prospects, but we were blown away by the results of Ava and her fellow chapter officers’ preparation: we were treated to a tasty selection of Peruvian snacks (grilled sweet plantains, fried yucca, and tortillas), as well as well over 50 JHU students!

31-2Joe and I summoned up our courage and delivered our presentation on student involvement with MEDLIFE, and held a Q&A with the students and chapter officers. At the close of the presentation, we were pleased to see that we had received $41 in donations from the attendees — a fantastic start to our $1 tour! (You can keep track of our tour donations, and make a donation of our own, on our $1 tour campaign page.)

We can only hope that the rest of our presentations continue to be this successful. Thank you to Ava and all of the of the other officers at Johns Hopkins for doing an excellent job in planning and promoting our presentation.

We’re now settled in at the household of MEDLIFE intern Amara Channell, whose family has shown us incredible hospitality in housing us (and offering us an abundance of food!) as we stay in the DC area. Another big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Channell for supporting our tour.

Our next stop is the Unversity of Maryland — wish us luck! And be sure to check out our complete tour schedule in a post coming soon.




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.