Meet the Interns: Inge

Inge1Our first Peruvian intern has begun her week at the MEDLIFE offices in Lima.  Ingeborg Lopez-Torres, or Inge as she prefers to be called, is a recent graduate of the communications program at the Design Institute Toulouse Laurtrec and is looking forward to honing her craft while helping out those most in need. 

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I grew up in a beach town called Pimentel which is part of Chiclayo, a district in the North of Peru. The summers there were amazing; horseback riding in the afternoons and relaxing under the sun in the evenings.  Although it was a very quaint place to grow up, there was still poverty around us, and so my family participated in annual christmas drives and parties for the poor.  I also participated in the Rotary Club, donating food and clothes and providing medical attention.

Why did you decide to become an intern? 

I Iiked the idea of doing social work and helping out people that I would’ve never met otherwise. Working here has made me more sensitive to those in need and made me realize that there really are a lot of people in Lima who need our help. Working hard towards improving the lives of others is a gratifying feeling that is like no other.

How do you think the internship will help you with your future career goals?

This internship will help me grow as a person in many ways. I don’t think it matters how successful or intelligent or wealthy you are; you will never feel fulfilled if you don’t have a good heart. As long as I’m mindful of that, I’m sure that I will do well and be happy in any career I choose.


Tell us an anecdote from your experience with MEDLIFE thus far:

The first time I went to the slums of Lima with Carlos Benavides, director of MEDLIFE Peru, I was humbled by the kindness and warmth we encountered amongst its residents. Before then, I had no concept of the amount of poverty that there is so close to where I live. The people we help receive us with open arms and so much generosity; it was definitely an eye-opening experience.

What do you hope to learn at MEDLIFE? 

I hope to really get to know the people we help, find out their stories, get involved with them and not just be helping out for the moment. Even if I am not working with MEDLIFE in the future, I would love to continue to be a part of those peoples’ lives.

So far, I have enjoyed getting to know the MEDLIFE staff and am looking forward to working with the student volunteers.


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.