50:50 Campaign Spotlight: Neha Nidhi

A third year at Ohio State University, Neha Nidhi likes a challenge. Despite a busy schedule balancing premed classes, a double major in Spanish and biology, and working as an RA, she decided to take on her own 50:50 campaign in order to spend her winter break in Lima, Peru volunteering on a Mobile Clinic. “It was a chance for me to see if I could do it on my own,” she told us. In the end, she raised $1200, enough to cover almost her entire participation fee, and contribute towards a community development project.

“It was a long process,” she says, “but I’m really proud of myself.”

In order to maximize the effectiveness of her fundraising campaign, she says she reached out to family and friends, and used all of the resources at her disposal. She recommends using not only Facebook, but other forms of communication as well in order to reach out to people in the workforce, who might be more willing and able to donate. Neha was born in India, and says most of her extended family is still there. So she asked her friends and family members to contact their own networks; her dad helped out by providing his coworkers’ emails. When she sent out her emails, she made sure to personalize each one, even throwing in some simple Spanish phrases, and explain how the 50:50 campaign works, with 50% of total donations going to her own trip, and 50% to continuing MEDLIFE’s work in Latin America. “It’s a great feeling knowing you’re not only helping yourself, but helping others too,” she says.

This week has been packed with new experiences for Neha, between volunteering each day at the Mobile Clinic and development project, and exploring Lima. “I’m really looking forward to making the most out of it,” she says. “I just wish there were more hours in the day so I can do more!”

Learn more about how you can reduce the cost of participation in your Mobile Clinic and start your own 50:50 Campaign here! Or support our work by donating to a specific students’ 50:50 campaign


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.