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Tom Stephens’ Photo Journal
By Tom Stephens
Tom Stephens joined the MEDLIFE team in the summer of 2014 as an intern in our communications department. Tom decided to stay on with MEDLIFE to continue his work as a photographer and videographer documenting what the organization does. Tom has captured beautiful and captivating moments from working in the field over the last several months. Take a peak at Tom’s work through his eyes:
Patient follow-ups have been some of the most moving experiences in my MEDLIFE career. Witnessing the true test of unconditional love unfold before your eyes is a reflective experience.
The mobile clinic work that MEDLIFE undertakes has inspired me creatively in my documentary work.
The toothbrush station is one my favourite places to take photos on a mobile clinic. The children’s smiles make the long days worthwhile.
Julio Pineda is one of the many patients that we keep in touch with through our patient follow up program. He lost his leg to diabetes 2 years ago.
Seeing the beaming faces of volunteers and employees on Inauguration day reveals the true passion that has gone into our development projects.
There is nothing more fulfilling than working on a development project in Lima when the sun is out.
Watching the final stages of Inauguration. The picture speaks for itself.
A portrait shot of Julio Rivera, another follow-up patient. Julio had not left his house for 8 years due to his illness. I was moved by being a part of his first journey out of his house.
I took this photo on a combi bus after spending a long day is the field — father and daughter resting together after a long day.
This photo was taken in hills outside Lima: 6pm on a Friday evening after an education workshop. There is a hidden beauty to this poverty stricken reality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.