Student Spotlight: Nathan Anderson


School: University of Pennsylvania, class of 2011

What Nate’s up to now: Currently Nate is serving for Teach for America. With his free time, Nate tries to keep up with all things MEDLIFE and continue to help out when needed.



Experience with MEDLIFE:

    • MEDLIFE 2010 Summer Intern: Based out of Lima, Peru, Nate immediately immersed himself in MEDLIFE’s mission and the Latin culture. Nate split his time between working on new chapter development in the United States, and helping our MEDVIDA staff extend healthcare services and deliver infrastructural development projects to families and individuals living in the urban slums (or “pueblos jovenes”) that surround Lima. Together with community members, the MEDVIDA staff, and fellow summer interns, Nate was part of the first-ever MEDLIFE Fund development project in Peru, which consisted of constructing two sets of staircases for families living on muddy hillsides.
    • Expansion Team member 2010-2011: After Nate finished his summer internship with MEDLIFE, he continued to help the communities in need by becoming a valuable contributor to the Expansion Team. As a MEDLIFE Expansion Team member, Nate worked alongside motivated individuals from various universities to assist them in the process of founding a new chapter. This process involves hosting an official MEDLIFE presentation for interested students, arranging a MEDLIFE fundraiser, and coordinating the school’s first Mobile Clinic. With Nate’s enthusiasm, he has helped students from University of Washington, UCLA, University of Maryland, and MIT found MEDLIFE Chapters. Nate’s dedication to MEDLIFE has been directly responsible for the positive results achieved by those chapters.
    • Accomplishments: Nate recruited 43 students to participate in a MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic this past year. Through his service as an undergraduate student, Nate was responsible for delivering care to over 1,200 patients on Mobile Clinics, and almost $4,000 raised for MEDLIFE Fund development projects!

Thanks for all your help, Nathan, and best of luck in the future!


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.