2015-2016 SAB Applications are now open!


Are you a dedicated MEDLIFE chapter member who is looking for a way to become more involved in MEDLIFE? Applications for the MEDLIFE Student Advisory Board for the 2015-2016 school year have now opened!

Joining the MEDLIFE Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a great way to get more involved with the organization, take on more responsibility, and work towards future career goals.

 “Members of the Student Advisory Board are some of MEDLIFE’s most dedicated volunteers,” said MEDLIFE’s Expansion Associate Kendra Downer. “They are on the ground at universities interacting every day with the people that make MEDLIFE possible: our chapter members.”

MEDLIFE is currently looking for applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Mobile Clinic Planning
  • Fundraising and Event Planning
  • Chapter Management (member retention and management)

“MEDLIFE hopes to expand to over 300 chapters, and with the SAB advising new and existing chapters on important chapter issues,” said Kendra, “we hope to see all MEDLIFE chapters reach their full potential.” 


This is what Student Advisory Board Member Leema John, who was part of the SAB for the 2014-15 school year, had to say about her experience:

“The SAB work that I took part in was a mix of many things,” Leema said. “During the first semester, the focus was on chapter management, which was conquered as a team. Each team member focused on a particular area of MEDLIFE and chapter development, I helped chapters in New England and Canada with fundraising efforts.”

Later in her work with SAB, they switched their focus to expansion. “I would reach out to high schools and universities both near and far that did not have MEDLIFE chapters,” she said.

Leema’s advice to prospective applicants was this:

“I would stress the importance of clear and effective communication (as the majority of it is not in person) and flexibility, as the SAB program is continually evolving to reflect the needs of MEDLIFE’s growth as an organization.”

Leema stresses that she got a lot out of the hard work she put into her time on Student Advisory board; it taught her skills that she sees as crucial to her professional development and to employment after college. “As a busy college student, the SAB team taught me to manage my time well, communicate effectively through impersonal platforms (phone, skype, email, etc), and develop a sense of accountability to both my SAB team members and chapters. As a member of the SAB team, I had the opportunity to work with students that were very diverse, but linked by dedication to the MEDLIFE mission.”

Working on the SAB also led Leema to further opportunities for professional development. Leema initially joined the SAB as a launching pad to get to the MEDLIFE summer internship that she had her eye on since she first got involved with MEDLIFE as a freshman. “I figured that the SAB was the middle ground between the position that I had held in the past, and what I aspired to obtain in the future,” Leema said. “It seemed like a great way to get further involved in an organization that I truly felt passionate about.”

In the summer of 2015, Leema traveled to Lima, Peru as a summer intern in the MEDLIFE Department of Student Affairs. Two of the other 2015 summer interns were also on the SAB board before they got the internship.

Get in your applications here as soon as possible! They will only remain open until suitable candidates have been found.


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.