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6 ways to spread the holiday cheer by empowering others

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Spread the holiday cheer with MEDLIFE this year by creating moments of empowerment. Here are 6 ideas to get you started: 

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1. Donate to our Walls That Unify project 

This year, we’re raising funds to build retention walls in the community of Union Santa Fe as part of our Walls That Unify project. These families live in a human settlement on a precarious hillside in one of the world’s major earthquake zones. Without retention walls to protect their homes, they live under the constant threat of disaster.

Would you consider donating $50 to help bring a safer home to Union Santa Fe this holiday season? You can even donate in honor of your loved ones to say thank you for providing you with a safe home for the holidays! Donate here.

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2. Organize a fundraiser

Gather your friends, organize a fun activity, AND raise funds for a good cause! What better way could there possibly be to embrace the holiday spirit?!! To make things even easier for you, we’ve put together this list of creative fundraiser ideas to get you inspired! 

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3. Sign up for a Service Learning Trip 

Service Learning Trips give you the opportunity to travel to Peru, Ecuador, or Tanzania, and work hand in hand with the local community on development projects and mobile medical clinics. These trips are designed to enhance your understanding of extreme poverty, personally connect you with low-income communities, and (hopefully) inspire you to join us in creating a world free from the constraints of poverty! Register here.

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4. Refer a friend  

Have you been personally impacted by your MEDLIFE experience? Did you learn something new during your Service Learning Trip? Do you feel empowered by empowering others? Do you even just think our t-shirts are really cool?

Spread the cheer and MEDLIFE love by telling all your friends to come on a Service Learning Trip! Not only does this give you the chance to travel with your friends, but it also grows our impact in low-income communities across the globe. The more the merrier!⠀

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5. Travel with Good Life Expeditions

Did you know that we have a partner travel agency? Whether you’re traveling as a volunteer or just looking for a Latin American/African getaway, every trip booked through Good Life Expeditions supports MEDLIFE’s work. Start ticking places off your travel bucket list by booking a trip for 2020!

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6. Shop for gear that gives back

In the age of minimalism and Marie Kondo, we all know that we’re only allowed to own things that ‘spark joy.’ This holiday season, you can spark joy for yourself and others by going for a guilt-free shopping spree on our online store. Not only is our merch actually adorable, but it also helps us build retention walls in Union Santa Fe.

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7. FOR BONUS POINTS: Apply to intern with us 

(if you made it this far in our post, you deserve a BONUS so here’s number 7)

Are you a passionate MEDLIFE Chapter leader interested in public health, international development, community organizing, and NGO communications? Our internship applications are opening very soon! Watch this space for more info very soon. 

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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
Parent

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.