$1 Tour Update: Washington, DC to Athens, Georgia

36-1Wow! It’s hard to believe that only a week has passed since our last blog post – over the past seven days we’ve traveled over 600 miles from Washington, DC to our current home of Athens, Georgia. We’ve stopped at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke University to host presentations, hand out flyers on campus, or meet with prospective student leaders.

Life on the road hasn’t been too hard so far thanks to our very accommodating hosts: the Channell family in Mclean, VA and the Perkins family in Chapel Hill, NC. Both families have gone out of their way to support Joe and I on our tour, and we thank them graciously for their generosity. In Athens, we’re planning to stay with UGA student Danny Guidot, who has lent us some apartment space during our time in Athens. Thanks Danny!


36-2Two of our most successful presentations this past week were at the University of Maryland and NC State University, where more than 40 students turned out at each school to hear Joe and I speak about the opportunities MEDLIFE offers. While most of our jokes have failed miserably (thank you to those few students who have given us courtesy laughs!), the presentations have done a great job communicating MEDLIFE’s accomplishments and goals to interested students.

Outside of the presentations, we’ve barely had enough time to catch up with our normal MEDLIFE workload. Unfortunately, this means we haven’t been able to dedicate much time to soliciting donations to our $1 tour campaign. We have been collecting donations during presentations, but we really need to step up our efforts if we want to come close to reaching our goal. Please consider supporting community development in Ecuador and Peru by making a donation online through our campaign page!

Tonight we’re meeting with MEDLIFE students at the University of Georgia. They’ll even be preparing a dinner for our visit. We’re happy to be traveling through Georgia, where old-fashioned southern hospitality has been treating us quite well!



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.