Meet the Interns: Meredith


Meredith McKay is MEDLIFE’s Media Intern in Ecuador. She has spent nearly 6 weeks in Riobamba so far and has a lot of great material from two Mobile Clinics. Currently, Meredith is in Lima, Peru, capturing footage from our stair construction project for a MEDLIFE Engineering Brigade video. Find out more about Meredith’s work in her interview:


12-1Where are you from?

I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta and now attend the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. I study International Affairs and Mass Media Arts with a focus in filmmaking.

How did you hear about MEDLIFE?

A couple of me good friends started the UGA MEDLIFE Chapter this past year. After hearing about the amazing time that UGA students had on their first Mobile Clinic in Lima, Peru, I knew I had to get involved somehow. The Media Internship has provided me with an invaluable experience to work with MEDLIFE and appreciate Latin culture.

What’s your focus this summer?

In the media field, I’m primarily focused on filmmaking. We’re creating new promotional videos to show how awesome the Mobile Clinics are, as well as videos on the other aspects of MEDLIFE’s operation that many students are unaware of, such as patient follow-up care. I’m particularly excited about a nutrition education video that JP, Rachel, and I are working on — it will teach better dietary and nutritional practices to the families of Cebadas, Ecuador, where malnutrition is rampant.

What’s the biggest difference between Athens, Georgia and Riobamba, Ecuador?

The biggest difference between the two cities is definitely the food! In Riobamba you can get fresh fruit juices and ceviche, but I still miss barbecue and cobbler!


Thanks, Meredith! We’re looking forward to seeing the Engineering Brigades and Mobile Clinics videos 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.