Top 5 Reasons To Volunteer Abroad With MEDLIFE

Volunteering abroad on a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip can be a transformative experience that combines volunteering, cultural immersion, and personal growth. Here are the top five reasons to volunteer on a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip:

Meaningful Contribution:

Volunteering on an SLT allows you to directly contribute to improving the lives of underserved communities. Whether it’s assisting in medical clinics, constructing infrastructure, or conducting educational workshops, your efforts have a tangible impact on individuals and families in need. You have the opportunity to provide essential services, support, and resources that can make a significant difference in the lives of those you serve.

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Cultural Immersion:

You will have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture. By working closely with local communities and engaging in their daily lives, you gain a deeper understanding of their traditions, values, and challenges. This cultural immersion fosters empathy, broadens your perspective, and enhances your cross-cultural communication and understanding.

Professional Development:

Participating in a MEDLIFE SLT offers valuable professional development opportunities. You can gain hands-on experience in your field of interest, such as healthcare, public health, education, or community development. Engaging with local professionals and MEDLIFE staff allows you to learn new skills, expand your knowledge, and develop a global mindset that can benefit your future career endeavors.


Personal Growth:

Volunteering abroad on a Service Learning Trip challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and confront new experiences. You’ll develop resilience, adaptability, and problem-solving skills as you navigate unfamiliar environments and work on projects with limited resources. The experience encourages personal growth, self-reflection, and a greater appreciation for the opportunities and privileges you have in your own life.

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Lifelong Connections:

Participating in a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip provides the chance to connect with like-minded individuals from around the world. You’ll meet fellow volunteers, local community members, and MEDLIFE staff who share a common passion for service and global health. These connections can lead to lifelong friendships, professional networks, and a sense of belonging to a community of change-makers.

By volunteering on a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip, you can make a meaningful contribution, immerse yourself in a different culture, develop professionally and personally, and forge lifelong connections. It is an opportunity to learn, grow, and create positive change while gaining a deeper understanding of global health issues and the importance of community empowerment.

If you are interested in joining a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip in Peru, Ecuador, or Costa Rica, visit our website to learn more.


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.