Volunteer Abroad Programs for Pre-Med Students in Ecuador

One of the locations we provide Service Learning Trips in is Ecuador. MEDLIFE Service Learning Trips are week-long educational journeys where volunteers work hand-in-hand with the local community on development projects, mobile medical clinics, and more. Located in South America, Ecuador is a beautiful country filled with rich history and diverse landscapes. You have the choice of volunteering in Riobamba, or Tena.

To learn more about our SLT locations, visit our website here.

There are several types of SLTs depending on your area of interest:

  • Classic Service Learning Trips
  • Nursing Service Learning Trips
  • Dental Service Learning Trips

Classic Service Learning Trips

Classic Service Learning Trips are excellent stepping stones for anyone interested in general medical care. During these trips you will experience a reality tour of the location you will be visiting, volunteer at a mobile clinic, and work under medical professionals. On top of that, you will also be working hand-in-hand with the local community on a development project.

Nursing Service Learning Trips

We also offer Nursing Service Learning Trips. On these trips, volunteers have a much more hands-on experience in the Mobile Clinics. As a volunteer, you will be assisting the MEDLIFE nurses by taking patients’ vitals and handing out educational pamphlets. From there, you will be assigned to one of three stations, General Medicine, Dental, and OBGYN. There you will shadow the MEDLIFE physicians and see what they do up close. Nursing SLT volunteers also get to work with the community on a development project.

Dental Service Learning Trips

Dental Service Learning Trips are similar but focus directly on providing dental care assistance. Like all SLTs, you will embark on a reality tour in one of the communities we work in. The mobile clinic you will be participating in is a Mobile Dental Clinic. Volunteers will run a Toothbrushing station for the kids to teach healthy dental habits, apply fluoride, and give out free toothbrushes. Volunteers will also get to visit a local school and host a Health Education and Dental Campaign Workshop. During this time the volunteers will get to teach kids about dental hygiene practices and self-care topics to provide the foundations for a healthy life.


If you would like to learn more about what we do on SLTs, visit our website.

We are always looking for volunteers to join our upcoming Service Learning Trips. If you are interested in dental care, nursing, or general health care, SLTs are amazing opportunities to gain experience while also making a difference in the lives of these community members.

To learn more about how you can join an SLT, download your free brochure.


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.