Mobile Clinics Testimonials

MC-TESTIMONIALS
Name: Tiffany Fung 
University: McGill University 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I heard about MEDLIFE through the McGill website I enjoyed doing the project days and going to the inauguration to see both how many people lack resources but also how appreciative they are of what we do. I enjoyed meeting new people at project and clinics. I would because it opens your views to poverty and makes you realize there needs to be done to help.

Name: Victoria DiCanio 
University: University of Connecticut
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I found out about MEDLIFE through a meeting at UCONN. The most impactful part for me was the reality tour. I knew there were health issues but not this badly. It was very eye opening to see first hand and hear the people's stories. it was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make Yes! It was such an amazing experience. I hope to join another trip.

 
Name: Alli Chemmachel
University: Marquette University 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I found out about MEDLIFE through my brother and friends who had gone on trips before. The most impactful parts for me are the clinics and the reality tour. A lot of people come to the clinics because they can't afford to go to the hospital, and it was crazy to see the living conditions of the people up in the mountains. The most enjoyable part is the clinics, and getting the chance to talk to the locals and the doctors. I would definitely recommend a trip to others because it is a life changing experience to see how poor the healthcare system can be in other countries and to see the living conditions of the poor people.

Name: Gary Jiang
University: University of British Columbia
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends. When looking at the city at night, I could clearly see the places that weren't lit because of lack of electricity. All of these places were near the top of the hill, of course. It's amazing that some people are denied things lik electricity when in the first world electricity is not a luxury but something taken for granted. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many new people during this trip as well as experience a new culture, despite the language barrier. It was also enjoyable being able to help make a difference in people's lives, even if my help was minimal. It is also good to know that there are so many young people out there that are looking to help. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to help those in need and witness the effects of poverty and a corrupt government. Even if you don't speak Spanish and you feel like you won't be able to make a contribution just know that even the smallest contributors can have a monuments effect

Name: Kelly Fu
University: University of British Columbia 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends who previously attend a mobile clinic. Every day at clinic and project was impactful. You always learn something new about the people, their culture, and their struggles. But the fact that these people still have an optimistic view makes me appreciate what I have and makes me want to do more. The best part was probably meeting all the other students who share a common goal and want to make an impact. Yes, it was an eye opening trip with good company from friends and friendly staff.

 
Name: Amanda Silberberg 
University: University of Toronto
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends who had done MEDLIFE trips before me. The most impactful part of the trip for me was meeting the people in the communities we did clinics and projects in. It was amazing to see how friendly and welcoming they were, despite their hardships. It made me proud to be part of the work we were doing in their communities. I really enjoyed meeting all of the kids and playing around with them at the toothbrush station. I also liked working the triage station because I got to meet every person coming in to the clinic. I would absolutely recommend a Medlife trip!! It is an amazing chance to do some good and learn a ton. You also get to meet lots of awesome people and visit new places- definitely a great experience.

Name: Anita Woo
University: University of Toronto
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima

I found about about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was interacting with the different communities at the mobile clinics. They showed me how much work still needs to be done and that every little change can make a difference in someones life. 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. 
Name: Chirag Vaswani 
University: University of Toronto 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima

I found out about MEDLIFE through Facebook. I found that the group tour was very helpful to experience first hand what poverty really is. I learned many interesting things during the tour such as how goods become more expensive as you go up the mountain. I definitely enjoyed interacting with patients during the clinics. By being able to exercise my unskilled Spanish I was able to meet the locals, help in dental, take blood pressure and guide patients to the correct location. Yes! The experience in its entirety makes MEDLIFE worthwhile! I met friendly staff and friends, and got to experience life in Lima as well.

Name: Alexandra Silberberg 
University: University of Waterloo 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
A friend went on a MEDLIFE trip to Cusco a couple years ago. Working at the clinics and the project was incredibly impactful. I thought I had an idea about what people face when living in poor conditions, but it was shocking to learn how the government and the system works against the people who need help the most. I loved working at the clinic, as it allowed us to interact directly with members of the community and provide them with the help that they deserve. I also enjoyed getting to know the other members of our trip and seeing everyone's compassion and desire to help. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip. Regardless of what you're studying in school or where you come from, MEDLIFE provides the opportunity to experience a new culture and see the realities of the underprivileged population, as well as play a role in changing those realities for the better.

Name: Oliver Wang
University: Stanford University 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I found out about MEDLIFE from a friend in my hometown who went on a trip with MEDLIFE and is part of their chapter. I feel like I always knew what poverty was in the context of American society, and thought it might translate across the world- but this trip taught me that I was wrong. Feeling the shaky, uneven roads, smelling the burning trash and sewage, and seeing children play with stray dogs showed me what poverty felt like for a few hours. And even then it was not what I was expecting. Knowing isn't truly knowing until you've glimpsed it with your own eyes. Getting to know the people from across the USA and Canada was my favorite part. The connections I've made will stay with me forever as we go down similar paths. Hanging out, drinking beers, playing cards, walking to wong and talking through the night made the experience as a whole meaningful in so many ways beyond volunteering. Definitely! MEDLIFE provides a perfect blend of work and play. The days are spend helping others at clinics, building communities through projects and learning about the state of poverty. While the night is about trying new foods, drinking with friends, learning to salsa and so much more

Name: Minnie Fu
University: McGill University 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 15-23 Lima
I have been involved with my schools chapter for the last 3 years but had not been on a trip. Many of my friends have gone and enjoyed it. The MEDLIFE chapter at my school promoted the trip well. The most impactful part was seeing first hand the reality that these people live in and then interacting with them and coming to the realization that we are so similar yet, due to fate, lead such different lives at no fault or work of our own. I was most moved at seeing the generosity of the women who worked at the comedor who despite not having a lot, gave up a lot of their time and pooled their own limited resources to feed and help others. It made me realize how far kindness can go no matter how much you may have to give. I enjoyed learning about the history as well as the political and economic circumstances that cause the poverty around Lima. It really helped me appreciate how culturally sensitive MEDLIFE is as an organization and reassures me that you work will have lasting impact on some of the root causes surrounding what keep people here in poverty. Yes. I really thought that this was an eye-opening experience. I enjoyed seeing all of the different aspects surrounding appropriate healthcare, but it was the interactions with the Peruvians and I appreciation I have now have for what I get effortlessly at home that made this experience the most worthwhile.

Name: Allyson Fritzler 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through a friend who posted about her trip on Facebook. The most impactful part of my trip was how appreciative everyone was. Everyone was so happy to have us there. I enjoyed everything about my volunteer trip. I cannot pick one thing because every part of this trip was beyond amazing. I would highly recommend MEDLIFE's volunteer trip to others. The trip impacted me more than I could have ever imagined.

Name: Kathelyn Herrera
University: California State University-Long Beach
Date/Location:2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through my college chapter. I knew all the facts of the impoverished people, but actually seeing them and helping the doctors painted a real picture of just how uneducated and underserved these people really are. When I was assigned to shadow the OB doctor and the dentist, their detailed description of their actions and diagnosis made it feel like I was learning something new every minute and was introducing me into specialities I may be interested in. I would without a doubt recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It's great to get a better sense of the world as a "big picture" and the best way to do that is sacrifice your time and money on people who could really appreciate it and lack the same advantages we take for granted. 

Name: Megan Devillers 
University: University of North Dakota
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA 
I heard about MEDLIFE through my University of North Dakota's MEDLIFE chapter. I loved the tour and being able to walk around the areas we were in. It truly showed how difficult life is in the hills and how hard people have to work every day. It made me want to travel more and help more people. I loved seeing all to the patients' faces after treatment and after building the projects. It was nice to see that our work impacted so many people. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It not only gave me a chance to experience another country, but also to help people as well.  

Name: Tiffany Fung
University: McGill University 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through the McGill website I enjoyed doing the project days and going to the inauguration to see both how many people lack resources but also how appreciative they are of what we do. I enjoyed meeting new people at project and clinics. I would because it opens your views to poverty and makes you realize there needs to be done to help.

Name: David Saff
University: Maclay High School 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through a friend of my mom's.  The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was coming in actual contact with the people in the clinics. 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. It was great experience overall. 

Name: Sarina Patel
University: Fullerton College 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through the internet and friends who have gone on previous trips. The most impactful part of the trip was the clinics. I always knew there were many issues in such areas though I highly underestimated their severity. I also was shocked by how content people were with their lifestyles.  The most enjoyable part of my trip was definitely the clinics because they were the perfect balance between work and play. They allowed me to make some great friends, learn more about myself, and better understand the difficulties these citizens face daily. I would recommend this trip in a heartbeat! It was the best 10 days of my life. It was educational but also very enjoyable. It was a perfect balance. 

Name: Jose Alejandro Diaz
University: Miami Dade College  
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my college chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was realizing how real poverty is and how ungrateful one can be for the littlest of things. I really loved shadowing experienced doctors and learning how to diagnose and act around patients. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip for sure. The experience was overall incredible. Giving to families in need felt great and heartwarming. I know they truly appreciate it and that's all I want in return. 

Name: Katherine Ren 
University: Cornell University  
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my sister who went of a brigade through some college/university chapter's advertisement. The most impactful part was being in the field and noticing the environment during the drive. I have seen very similar situations in China before and seeing that made me realize how universal poverty can be in some countries, yet also vary in level/degree when comparing between developed and underdeveloped countries. I enjoyed everything about my trip, from driving to, setting up, and running clinics, to bonding with new friends during project line assemblies, to hanging out with Christian and George, will make me always look back fondly on this trip. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because I believe most people live rather sheltered and wasteful lives, and if they could even just have an inkling to want to do "humanitarian" work, they would learn a lot from a trip with MEDLIFE, which is very established and trustworthy. 

Name: Anika Mavinkure
University: University of Pittsburgh 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends who have came on previous MEDLIFE trips. The most impactful part of the trip was seeing the difference we made on these people. Clinic 2 on Friday showed how happy and thankful we made these people and that was amazing to see. I loved seeing all the cute children! Also, I made some amazing friends from all over. I will never forget them. They're what made this trip 100x better. I would most definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! It was an amazing experience and I loved it! 

Name: Casandra Patterson 
University: University of Pittsburgh  
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a program at school and fellow classmates. The most impactful part about the trip was interacting with the community - opened my eyes to parts of the world that aren't always portrayed correctly/in the best light. It made me appreciate the opportunities I have. The most enjoyable part about the trip was the group I was there with - making friends and being able to experience this trip of a lifetime with them. I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE's trips to others. It was an experience of a lifetime being able to do so much in one week  - clinics, projects, tours. 

Name: Cristina Pappas
University: Florida International University   
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA 
I hear about MEDLIFE through my University's MEDLIFE chapter. The most powerful day was project day. Seeing the people in the community and how much they really needed ramps and stairs and how little resources the government provides; made me realize they really need help getting started.  The most enjoyable part about the trip was seeing the patients being helped and seeing their smiles and having them be thankful was such an enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. The leaders/staff were great. MEDLIFE does a lot not only for the communities, but is also great towards its volunteers and provides us with many opportunities. 

Name: Smera Saikumar
University: University of Georgia 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I hear about MEDLIFE through a friend.  The reality tour was the most impactful part of my trip. It made me realize the conditions some people are living in. The most enjoyable part about my trip was playing with the children during the toothbrushing station. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because it is an amazing experience and it is an eye opener. 

Name: Saham Desai
University: University of California-San Diego  
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE from my friend and the internet. For me, the most impactful part was project day and the reality tour. I've seen poverty and impoverished areas in India but have never gotten the chance to actually make a difference in these communities and hear people's stories. One night that i really enjoyed was the first dinner and show night. It was a great way to learn the Peruvian culture. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others without a doubt! I think MEDLIFE does a great job of balancing development and also health issues to allow us gain exposure in both these areas. This is really important because they both go hand in hand. 

Name: Jeremy Ahearn
University: McGill University   
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through an announcement during a lecture at school. The most impactful part about my trip was how the first clinic was in an extremely poor area. My next clinic was in a much nicer area but still very poor. It struck me that both of these areas need help even though one seems much worse. I really enjoyed working with the kids at the clinic which was very surprising as I have had bad experiences previously with jobs working with kids. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. I found it to be well organized and the work I did really seemed to make a difference. 

Name: Jillian Rooney
University: University of Pittsburgh  
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through my friends and school.  The most impactful part about my trip was working with the community. It allowed me to see how much our effort and work can make such a difference to others.  The best part about my trip was the people and friends I met. I never thought we would have met such a good group of people! Everyone was so nice! Especially staff! Anna was amazing! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It was so much fun, very life changing and I loved how relaxed it was during off time! 

 
Name: Lauren Butterworth 
University: King's College  
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I hear about MEDLIFE through people at my school. The most impactful part about my trip was when a woman invited us into her home and showed us the reality of her life and how emotional she got when speaking about how hard it is to make ends meet but that her children are her inspiration. The most enjoyable part about my trip was the toothbrushing stating and being with the children. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! One of the best experiences of my life! 

Name: Ally Simunic 
University: University of Pittsburgh 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through University of Pittsburgh's MEDLIFE chapter.  The most impactful part about my trip was communicating with the community at the clinic, especially the kids. They always had a smile on their faces even though they lived in less than ideal conditions. i want to do more for my community and communities around the world for fighting poverty. The most enjoyable part about my trip was meeting like-minded college students who worked together for the good. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! It taught me so much that I couldn't get from a classroom or a book. Everyone should attend a trip to change thier perspectives on life. 

Name: Mayaak Gandhi
University: University of Georgia 
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through University of Georgia's MEDLIFE chapter.  This trip made me realize how much I really want to be a doctor so I can participate in clinics like this to help the poor. This has made me realize how real poverty actually is and how prevalent it is. Working with the doctors to help all the kids and families and seeing their smiles after helping them was the most enjoyable part for me. Yes, because it isn't solely based on medicine, it involves other aspects and helps create a unique hands on experience that reaches you a lot.

Name: Rohit Munagala
University: University of Georgia  
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through University of Georgia's MEDLIFE chapter.  Now I understand how building stairwells can help a country. It made me more perceptive to possible solutions to poverty. The most enjoyable part was the medical shadowing. I would recommend a trip because it is in impactful; trip in a new country that is so much fun.

Name: Amy Ly
University: King's College
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through people at my school.  Seeing so many people my age who are interested in making such positive changes was my favorite part. Poverty and injustice happens everywhere, but it's not everyday you see people willing to contribute to improvement. The most enjoyable part was meeting kids and helping their families, to see such joy on their little faces was definitely priceless. Claro! This trip has helped me find myself and others who are interested in doing the same. Together, we were able to change Lima.

Name: Deborah Fadoj
University: Howard University
Date/Location: 2015 Aug 1-9 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through people at my school.  The most impactful part of my trip was the OB. Meeting a patient with a botched surgery, "tube-tying" and the abdominal patient had as a result showed me how lack of access to proper healthcare can be devastating. I now know I want to be an OB/GYN. I loved learning how to salsa dance and watching the show at the buffet.

Name: Dr. Brett Mumford
University: Western University of Health Sciences
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friendI am reminded that medicine is about people.  Service to others is where true happiness is found.  There is much work to be done still. The most enjoyable part of the trip was working with the students, Peruvian physicians and staff, and the MEDLIFE staff. Yes, I would recommend a trip to others.  MEDLIFE is doing excellent work, both in providing medical and other services, and in helping communities to empower themselves. Thanks for the great trip, to all the MEDLIFE staff and to our coordinator Ana.

Name: Ami Patel 
University: University of Western Ontario
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends and research. The most impactful part of the trip was seeing the area take a complete 360 degree turn in 20 minutes and seeing the families conditions (clothing, housing, etc.).  It was inspiring to see how people who have very little are still happy and able to be hopeful for the future. The most enjoyable part of the trip was seeing the large amount of patients and children at the clinics.  Also, meeting people I will truly miss.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because it was an overall great experience whit exposure to medicine.

Name: Kaitlin Hennke 
University: University of Nebraska at Kearney
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a representative at my on campus chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was the reality tour because it was the first time that I experienced true poverty. It has changed my perception because I actually see how bad people suffer and it makes me want to do more to help them. The most enjoyable part of my trip was attending the clinics because it made me feel like I was making a difference in someones life. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip! This trip has given me the opportunity to learn so much more about poverty and culture in a different country. It has also brought me together with many amazing people. 

Name: Aashna Thakkar
University: University of Toronto
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through word of mouth. I really liked that we went on a reality tour to see the conditions the patients were living in.  It changed my perception of poverty by making me realize there are so many factors that lead and keep people in poverty. The most enjoyable parts of the trip were learning from all the professionals we got to shadow, and also the extra fun activities we had a chance to do! Yes, I would definitely recommend this trip to others.  I learned so much about health care, while having a lot of fun and meeting new people.  It was an eye-opening experience!

Name: Michael Hyer 
University: Temple University
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was being submersed into another culture/. It was difficult to grasp how poor many of these people are. Likewise, the living conditions are very bad and it has made me want to give more to those in need.  The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to work  with the medical professionals and gaining hands on experience. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others! It is a great trip for undergraduates to get hands on experience and to help others. 

Name: Sarah Murad 
University: George Washington University 
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of the volunteer trip was the reality tour. It was very shocking because it made me realize that people were living with extremely low living standards and also experiencing danger to move around and surrounded by garbage. It really showed me that some people have nothing and still manage to smile and get on with life.  The most enjoyable part of my trip was the being at the toothbrushing station at the clinic because it was really fun. The fact that we made so many children so happy was great.  I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It will definitely make people aware of the world that exists at the end of their comfort zones. 

Name: Sam Jazayeri
University: Western University of Health Sciences
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through another student who had traveled with MEDLIFE before.The tour day when we went to Cono Sur and hiked up the mountain was the most impactful part for me.  It gave me a new appreciation of what poverty can be like and how much help people need.The most enjoyable part for me was working with the doctors at the clinic and getting to interact with patients.  It was especially enjoyable when patients expressed their gratitude for us being here. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer trip to others.  Seeing the situation and poverty that people live with, I think it's important for people to see what needs to be done and how much help people need.

Name: Alan Molina 
University: Florida State University
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE at my university.The most impactful part of the trip was the reality tour on Monday.  It taught me to be more appreciative for everything I have and the overall quality of life.The dental station was the most enjoyable part of the trip.  I loved the hands on work. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  Ana did an amazing job, everything was well-organized and the other volunteers were fun to be around.

Name: Cole Davis
University: Washington University in St. Louis
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from family friends who are both physicians and recommended participating on a mobile clinic trip. The most impactful part of the trip was seeing the number of children and adults with several cavities.  It really refined the concept of poverty as a lack of something as basic as toothbrushes.  Poverty is not simply a lack of luxuries but even basic necessities. The most enjoyable part of the trip was seeing the patients' relief when having medical issues explained by the doctors and the solutions prescribed. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  Its an invaluable global experience both as a medical student and a human being. 

Name: Vasmina Samaha 
University: UCLA
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the university chapter.The reality tour was eye-opening.  I had heard about the poverty in Peru but I didn't expect people to live in such unsanitary places.  I was shocked to see that people did not have access to healthcare when they needed it.Working with doctors hands on was my favorite part.  I loved the fact that the doctors took the time to explain every individual's case to each one of us. Yes, I would because it has taught me a lot about healthcare and how some people who need it do not have access to it.

Name: Danielle Schmid
University: UC Davis
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I heard about it from my friends when I was a freshman at Davis and it was the first year we had a chapter. The most impactful part of the trip was the direct exposure to moments of diagnosis and building towards completion.  Also, seeing changes made as well as the reactions of locals to MEDLIFE staff and projects. The most enjoyable part of the Volunteer Trip was toothbrushing and the triage station.  Also, the project day (I love manual labor) and interacting with and learning from the doctors. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer trip to others.  It was an eye-opening experience with the opportunity to meet like-minded people and those of other cultures.

Name: Matteo Vincelli 
University: McGill University 
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was the reality tour we went on on the Monday. I had never seen poverty like that in person before and it was truly humbling. I understand how important it is for people in more fortunate countries to help the less fortunate.  I only honestly enjoyed ever moment of this trip, from working in clinic to just spending time with all the other volunteer.  I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, It was without a doubt the most eye-opening experience of my life. I have no negative comments about my trip. 

Name: Zhaoyun Zhang 
University: McMaster University  
Date/Location: 2015 July 4-12  LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through a web search on Google.The most impactful part of my trip has been the reality tour. Living in Canada, I've never seen such impoverished conditions and it was really a big wake-up call seeing the conditions millions of people on the planet live in. The most enjoyable part of my trip was shadowing Alexandra, one of the doctors on clinic. I learned a lot about medicine shadowing her. Furthermore, she really took the time to explain how she diagnosed the patient and why she prescribed certain medications. I would definitely recommend this trip to others. I learned so much on this trip, and it really puts poverty into perspective.

Name: Katiushka Guilliana De Leon
University: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 20-28 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from my chapter at the university. The most powerful part of my trip was how grateful people were with the little things we did for them. It opened my eyes to the harsh conditions some people live and that made me more grateful and blessed about the things I have. The most enjoyable part of the trip was getting to know new people, seeing a new country, and most importantly, helping people and being a part of the change. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip to others because it really changes your perspective on life.

Name: Kyle Blair
University: Western University of Health Sciences
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 20-28 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the Global Health Group in my school. The most powerful part of my trip was working with the dentist and seeing all of the cavities. This made me see the effect of a lack of education and consuming sweets on dentition. The most enjoyable part of the trip was working with the Peruvian doctors. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip.

Name: Laudan Oloomi
University: Purdue University
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 20-28 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the Purdue chapter. The most powerful part of my trip was the reality tour because it made me realize the extent of poverty. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the free time and touring the city. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip because it was an amazing experience.

Name: Elise Klesick
University: Western University of Health Sciences
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 20-28 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through word of mouth. The most powerful part of my trip was talking to the interns and working with the OB at clinic. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the clinics, painting, and spending time in Cono Sur.I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. I appreciate that only Peruvian doctors work in the clinic and that volunteers see a variety of things.

Name: Nathan Jhemeremadu
University: Cornell University
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 20-28 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from my school.The most powerful part of my trip was experiencing true poverty. I never imagined that such poor, unsafe living situations were possible. After experiencing what life is like in these poor parts of Peru, I now have a better appreciation for my own living situation, and a better understanding of how MEDLIFE is important. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the project day. Helping the interns paint such a beautiful mural really made my day. The thought of a little kid walking in the daycare we worked on and seeing all the work we did for the community makes this entire experience worth it. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to experience another culture, gain hands on and practical experience, and give back to communities which really need a helping hand.

Name: Sierra Schumacher
University: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 20-28 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from Club Day at Cal Poly. The most powerful part of my trip was the toothbrushing and dental stations because they were the most visual representation of the effect of poverty on health. The most enjoyable part of the trip was traveling with my MEDLIFE peers. I was so surprised such a diverse collection of strangers could get along so famously.I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. I know this was largely a vacation in addition to the services, and I hate to boast about the work we did here for that reason, but the fact is, you will not leave here unchanged!

Name: Jared Huggins
University: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 20-28 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a campus chapter meeting. The most powerful part of my trip was visiting the clinic areas and seeing the reality of the living circumstances of the families. It gave me a first hand view of what real poverty looks like. The entire trip was enjoyable and it was great to be with people with similar interests doing something we are passionate about that helps others. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. It was a valuable and fun experience that made me want to do more.

Name: Catia Lecchino
University: Marianopolis College 
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
I met MEDLIFE thought my college. I loved working with the doctors. It reinforced my perception showing me that people need a lot of more help than what I thought. I would recommend this trip because it is a good initiation to humanitarian work. I would not recommend it though to people who are only looking to do humanitarian work on their trip, because Medlife also incorporates a lot of leisure activities 

Name: Cindy Nayeli Martinez
University: UCLA
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
I was reminded of how many communities in Latin America lack the proper resources, medical help/information, etc. and how organizations like MEDLIFE do a wonderful job helping these communities in need Everyday was enjoyable. I loved the staff, my group, and all the people from the communities we visited. I looked forward to waking up everyday to help out the communities. :) It really is a life changing experience because not only does one get exposed to medical volunteering, but the people of the communities really leave a piece of their culture with one. 

Name: Marisela Dominguez
University: UCLA
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
I found out about Medlife through my friend who is the vice president of Medlife at UCLAThe most impactful part of my volunteer trip was the direct exposure to nearby communities in Tena who had no access to medical care. I really liked interacting with the children, teachers, and parents residing in the communities. I have gained a better perspective of the poverty in Ecuador especially with regards to the poor sanitation and hygiene in the communities. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was talking to the patients and children in every station I helped out in. I also loved shadowing the doctors and receiving hands on experience. YES! because it was an incredibly awesome experience where you learn more about yourself socially. You're able to see how well you can handle spontaneous events during the clinic trips. 

Name: Ray Illiano
University: University of South Florida
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
The most impactful part of my trip was the mobile medical clinics. Seeing so many children and families in need of such seemingly basic medical care made me aware of the degree of poverty that affects regions like Tena. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the first day of activities, where my group explored caves and underground waterfalls. I got to know the background and details of all the members of my trip and experiencing so many new things. I would absolutely recommend this experience to a friend, so they can share in the experiences and learn the true value of community service to those who are less fortunate. 

Name: Sabrina Assad
University: Marianopolis College 
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing small kids take care of even smaller kids. This humbled me and really made me see how others lives are extremely different from ours back in Canada. Their spirit and attitude of wanting to help us work despite their poverty amazed me as well. The mobile clinics and the kids! From the mobile clinics, I was able to learn so much and it was very interesting. Meeting the kids and not only helping them but even playing games was absolutely amazing. This trip was a great experience and was also a very humbling experience! We got to experience how individuals live and go about living their day to day lives.  

Name: Yasmin Abbaszadeh
University: UC Berkeley 
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
Honestly, people were much more friendly and welcoming than I had expected. I felt really badly eating in front of the kids because they always looked at us, but didn't say anything. It was amazing to me how many cavities the children had :( I loved the children, the hospitality of the communities, the beautiful nature, and the awesome MEDLIFE staff. I would tell future volunteers bring snacks for themselves but also to make sure to bring them for the children as well. LOTS! 

Name: Morgan Cole
University: University of South Florida
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
The most impactful of the trip was seeing the children at the clinics with so many medical issues and no access to medical assistance. It has made me feel blessed for my opportunities and inspired me to reach out more to those less fortunate than myself. The most enjoyable part of the trip was being able to help/shadow the doctor. It was very interesting to see the problems of the people of the community in a medical setting. I would definitely recommend Medlife to others because it was such an awesome experience with volunteering and traveling. 

Name: Emerald-Jayde Henao
University: Marianopolis College 
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
I loved the project day. Even in extreme, a community can still come together as a family and make their world a better place. I really enjoyed playing soccer in the mud, barefoot, under the rain, with the children and the chickens I hadn't had that much fun in really long time. It is an enriching experience and an eye opener. It will truly change your life 

Name: Lara Montaruli
University: Marianopolis College 
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
Seeing how little things like ibuprofen and acetaminophen could make such a difference in the lives of those in the communities really shocked me since we take for granted our accessibility to these things. The whole trip was so enjoyable, but one of the most enjoyable parts was being able to spend time with the community children. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because the trip really changed the way I see the world and made me realize how every little thing does make a difference. 

Name: Victoria Brickes 
University: University of Iowa
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
I found out through the group at my university and hearing of other people who have gone Going on the tour trip to a community further back in the jungle made me realize how far away limited resources they really have. It made me realize with the clinics learning about the health in the area how prevalent poverty is to what extent in South America compared to my previous views of its prevalence. I also really enjoyed the project day and helping the community that way. Also, talking with the kids in the community how happy they seem to be even though they have limited resources. It is an eye opening experience. you help communities in need.

Name: Annie Dahan
University: Marianopolis College
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
Seeing how poverty and lack of hygiene are so closely related was really impactful for me. Hygiene is such an important aspect of health that we take for granted, yet due to lack of education and resources many people are subject to injustices in health. Working with the dentist in the mobile clinic and seeing how quickly and easily the hygiene of the people can be bettered. I plan on continuing to be a part of university chapter's executive boards and convincing students to join. 

Name: Israt Humayra
University: Marianopolis College
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
At the mobile clinics when I had dentistry I enjoyed it so much, I am thinking of studying dentistry now. It was such a fun experience. Amazing! I definitely really enjoyed playing with the kids and discovering their way of life and that such little things can make a difference in their life. They are so down to Earth and amazingly friendly! It's a life changing experience. However, I wish I was more involved and did more work because I personally felt like we had too much free time! Other than that, Medlife is great! Loved it! 

Name: Sonia Wu
University: Marianopolis College 
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
Generally interacting with the communities, seeing how they live, how they eat, etc, was really eye-opening. I enjoyed mostly at triage and toothbrushing, because I could see all people of all ages, and how their living conditions affected them. I loved every part. The caves and the mobile clinics were my favorite. Playing with the kids was also a huge highlight. I definitely would recommend it as a first initiation to humanitarian work, because our living conditions are still comfortable.

Name: Amanda Marino
University: Marianopolis College
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
The mobile clinics were the best!- seeing how prevalent easily preventative diseases were in each community. Also, seeing how connected the communities were. This really changed my perspective on poverty as. Doctor and dentist station. They were very hands on and allowed me to see what each occupation entails, reassuring me of my physician path.The trip really changed my perspective on life and on the definition of community. Although our patients are not well off monetary wise, their joy is more makes them more wealthy than the rest of us.

Name: Kiameh Moussanuraf
University: Marianopolis College
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
The most impactful part of the trip was the project in my opinion as we get to directly help. I also learned that people live with the strict minimum while people in Canada don't even think about such things.The most enjoyable part was learning the culture of the habitants and playing with the kids. Yes, I would recommend it to everyone because it is a very fun trip that also teaches you so much about the realities of the world. 

Name: Tanya Chen
University: Marianopolis College
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
I really loved seeing little children take care of even smaller children humbled me and made me really see how different their life is. Their mentality and desire to help us and play with us despite their poverty amazed me too. The kids were the best!! Meeting the kids and not only helping them, but even just playing games and holding their hands. I think it's a humbling experience that gives your firsthand experience for things that we only see on TV or head about. 

Name: Bharak Fatholahzadeh
University: Marianopolis College
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
One of my students who was introducing a chapter at our college asked me to be a supervisorDuring the project I was carrying some sand that was being shoveled by a very tiny local woman. She just kept going and going. This lady had so much strength. It was just a re-confirmation of how hard working the people are and their level of commitment. I loved interacting with the kids and playing with them. I made a set of extremely pathetic hair ribbons. But for some odd reason the kids seemed to love it and really value this small gesture. I think it is an educational experience for anyone from a first world country and incorporates cultural exposition as well. 

Name: Shuya Huang
University: University of Western Ontario
Date/Location: 2015 JUNE 13-21 TENA
The most powerful moment was being able to see the kids up close and actually interact with them really changed my perspective of what poverty really is like. Treating the kids and learning about their problems and how very different they are compared to our own. The most enjoyable part was definitely working with the kids and interacting with them was a highlight. Visiting the underground caves and experiencing the ability to explore them was also really enjoyable. Most importantly the entire trip wouldn't have been as enjoyable without Julio our guide and translator. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience what life is like in developing communities and it really widens your perspective of poverty and how impactful it has become.

Name: Alana Corre
University: UC Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I found about it through my school and a friend of mine went on the trip to Ecuador. Hearing one woman tell us her story of how she ended living where she was, was the most impactful part. She and her children were abused by her husband and police officers asked her for sex in return for their help. She welcomed us into her home and she was truly inspirational. Hearing about slum life and poverty is one thing, but seeing it firsthand and meeting people who have to live this was is completely different. It was truly heartbreaking to see, especially the children. I loved working as a team with all the other volunteers in order to help strengthen the communities. I also loved getting to experience the culture of Cusco and Lima and seeing the city. I also loved seeing the finished staircase that I helped build and celebrating with the community on Friday!Yes, I definitely would recommend it to others. It was a trip I will remember forever.

Name: Signe Showeltr
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through an email sent to one of my friends. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip were the tours of the communities. I found that they were very educational, and did not sugar-coat anything. It made me think really deeply on injustices in this world, especially to those in poverty.  The most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting new people and building new relationships.Of course I would recommend MEDLIFE trip! I want as many people as possible to get this kind of eye-opening experience. Maybe if everyone really knew the facts, the world would change. 

Name: Sarah Phan
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the school club on campus. The most impactful part of the trip were the testimonies because they were really eye-opening. Touring around was influential, but hearing the stories directly from the community was powerful. The most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting members of the communities that we served with fellow volunteers that shared the same goals. I also enjoyed working directly with professionals. Next time, please have Carolina, the female dentist, practice as the dentist. Dentistry took too long. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip because it's important to fully understand the current conditions of developing countries. However, I would not recommend the organization because it still needs significant improvement and preparation in cultural sensitivity (in the volunteers). Here are a few suggestions: better preparation of volunteers to eliminate cultural insensitivity, provide more info on the culture and health conditions of the areas that we'll be working in, and expand the education portion at the clinics by showing videos, bringing pamphlets to the school, etc. 

Name: Meghana Voladri
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school's chapter on campus. Visiting Pamplona Altas in person seriously made an impact on me. I understand the dire conditions in which everyone was living and experiencing. I realized that what I'm trying to do through MEDLIFE is wonderful, but that there is more and that only made me yearn to provide more aid. Working with everyone, both from my group and others, was immensely exciting, fun, and enjoyable. I made some friends who i did not expect. The closeness of the lead staff also made interacting with everyone particularly enjoyable. Yes, I would recommend this to others. However, I would try to give them a heads up as to what to expect in overall trip experience. 

Name: Ana Gonzalez
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
Through a friend who is an officer for our school's chapter. Seeing all the cavities and mouth problems the kids from these communities have all because buying junk food is cheaper than buying fruits and vegetables was really impactful for me. This has helped me realize that it is essential to educate parents on their kids' dental health to help stop the spread of this epidemic. I really enjoyed getting to meet the people from the community and having their testimonies. I also enjoyed playing with the kids and getting to interact with people from different schools. Yes, I would recommend this trip because it is a life changing trip that gives you an opportunity to get medical hands on experience while helping many communities. 

Name: Sharanya Thagarajan
University: UC-Berkeley 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I found out through a family friend and fellow classmate.I was shocked to see teens/young women (mid 20s) had two kids and were expecting. I was shocked to see that women even in Peru aren't seen as par or equal with men and are abused. I also was surprised that kids make a huge effort to go to school, yet because of their physical location they are unable to have a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and get an education because they are dirty. These kids yet are so humble and eager to learn. They are very accepting and innocent that it breaks my heart to see them get hurt. I enjoyed playing soccer with the kids and interacting with them in the toothbrushing station. I also liked to greet the patients in triage and say "chow" when clinic was over or when they left. I felt satisfied when they complemented on my work ethics. I definitely would as I am a different person with the experiences I have gained from the clinics and especially the people. MEDLIFE allows us to make our small petty problems seem like nothing as these people have gone through a lifetime of problems. 

Name: Jordyn Mize
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
Seeing that these poor people live so close to the wealthy districts and they just turn a blind eye really hit me hard. The fellowship with the other volunteers coming together to reach these people and improve their quality of life even just a little. Yes, because it's such a powerful and changing experience that has helped me realize what I want to do with my life. 

Name: Brandace Goetz
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
The most impactful part for me was working on the project and the ceremony. It was moving to see how something as simple as a staircase could have such a positive effect on a community. I really enjoyed exploring Miraflores.Yes! It gave me a whole different view on poverty and what we can do to help. 

Name: Jesus Alejo Carbajal
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my college advisor. The most impactful part of my trip, was seeing the living conditions that people live in and the lack of resources available to them. I thought I knew what poverty was but that was changed after my trip to Peru. What people have to live through is really heartbreaking. I just hope that our work will coordinate to help this people. The most enjoyable part of the trip was seeing all of the people that we helped during our clinics and during project. I really enjoyed seeing all the kids that we helped and knwoing that we are making an impact on their lives and futures. I would recommend MEDLIFE to others. It is a life changing experience. It gives you an insight into how millions of people around the world live, like and the daily struggles they have to overcome. 

Name: Vyotouya Allision
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through our campus activities.My most impactful part was the reality tour. It was a hard long day and I can't even imagine being that poor and living in those places. I knew there was extreme poverty in the word but I could have never imagined it being this bad. My most enjoyable part was impacting others lives and future, especially the children. By teaching them young, we can help them build a better future and become healthier. Absolutely, it is such a fun, fulfilling, and rewarding experience helping others. It makes you realize how fortunate you are. 

Name: Shivam Patel
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
My most impactful part was the project, it just changed my perception of how I see the small things in my life, most people don't value like stairs but for a place like this it's life changing. I really enjoyed playing soccer with the kids and also visiting the staircase and seeing the difference in the area where the staircase was built.Its a great experience, I was able to see the struggles of people and see how grateful the nations are even for a small thing like 2 sandwich.

Name: Kazona Elizabeth Lo
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
My most impactful part was when I saw a pregnant woman climb up the hillside full of rocks in order to help us build the staircase. She was obviously in her 3rd trimester and she could have easily hurt herself and the baby. A woman personally thanked this other volunteer and I for coming to her area and helping us. It was nice to know they appreciated us and that he were helping them.Definitely, its an amazing experience and a great learning opportunity.

Name: Katie Huerter
University: Kansas State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
I won't forget the babies with funguses from being in the dirt because their houses don't have floors. Learning about why has made me realize that these people have almost no way out.Working to help the poor communities and know i made a difference. Playing with the kids. We can make a difference in the poor peoples lives for the better. You get to see how lucky we really are. 

Name: Nitasha Goyal
University: UC Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
The most impactful part was seeing the different conditions people lived in and the different physical ailments prevalent in each region. I have learned that they are different types of poverty and various needs for each community. The most enjoyable part was interacting and talking to few community members. Even speaking a little but of spanish can go a long way with the people. I also enjoyed learning their language.I would recommend it as a first time to help other countries and learn about poverty. 

Name: David Dominguez
University: UC Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 30-7 LIMA
The most impactful was viewing the lack of basic healthcare knowledge among adult populations. Also, observing the many obstacles throughout daily life of community members due to infrastructural underdevelopment. I loved meeting students, travelers, and community members from around the country and coming together to aid in a  achieving a common good.I would absolutely recommend the MEDELIFE volunteer trip. However I would suggest they stay as long as possible to gain the greatest perspective from this experience.

Name: Gloria Kim
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through our school chapter. The biggest way MEDLIFE has impacted me is giving me a new sense of humility and compassion. Not only am I more grateful for what I have, but I find myself approach new people and new communities, wanting to understand their situation. But most importantly, loving them in ways they need most.  Although it's hard to choose, the most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting the members of the communities. I've never seen anything more genuine than the tears in their eyes when they held my hand and said, "gracias." I only wish that I could have done more for them, especially the children.  Yes, I believe that every moment was worth it. The two weeks passed by way too quickly-- I've gained way more than I think I've given to them. 

Name: Samisksha KC
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through our school chapter. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was interacting with different community members and witnessing different communities suffering from their socio-economic situations. The most enjoyable parts of my trip were working with children and learning from the doctor and dentist. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It's a very humbling experience. There's good exposure to different cultures and its issues we as volunteers were working towards alleviating. 

Name: Janelli Vallin
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who had gone on a trip before. The most impactful part of my trip was being able to work on the staircase project. It's awesome that we can help improve the lives of people for 20-30 years with the staircases. I think that my perception of poverty hasn't changed, it just made me realize that it's much more difficult to see first hand. The most enjoyable part was working with the health professionals and learning so much about them. I also enjoyed meeting students who are also passionate about the issues that affect people who live in poverty. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. This is because it is an eye opening experience that I am extremely grateful for. 

Name: Yun Jee Lee 
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through our school chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was when I saw this man on our way back from the reality tour. I was looking out the window and made eye-contact with the man who was working outside. As soon as he saw me through the window, he greeted me with the brightest smile and I was able to read his lips saying, "Hola." Despite his horrible living conditions, seeing the happiness that emitted through his face made me cry and realize how grateful I am for what I have. But most importantly, that happiness is defined by our own perspectives. I really enjoyed working at the dental station with Dr. Renato. It was the most hand-on station, and Dr. Renato did a great job of explaining all of the procedures and reasons for them, which made following along easy. Yes, I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because it is a eye-opening experience. I believe that I was able to learn and gain more than I was able to provide and teach/help. 

Name: Ernesto Almanza
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I participated in a mobile clinic last year. The most impactful part of the trip was helping out the kids and building the staircase. I appreciate what I have even more, now. The most enjoyable part of the trip for me was being able to build the stairs and showing the kids how to brush their teeth. Yes, of course I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! Not only do you change people's lives, but you also get to travel the world. 

Name: Cindy Jon
University: University of Waterloo
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE from friends who are involved with their chapters at their respective schools. The most impactful part of my trip was hearing the testimonies and seeing the way many people struggled to live everyday. It was incredibly eye-opening and made me realize how much more I could be doing to help others. The most enjoyable part of my trip was meeting students who share the same cause and knowing that I'm contributing to the wellness and being of many individuals. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip because I had a great experience, and I believe that many people would love to contribute to aiding people's lives. 

Name: Drew Wodecki
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through flyers that were posted at my university. The most impactful parts of my trip were taking part in the dental station, and learning more about poverty, and that it isn't only a physical thing. I enjoyed taking part in the dental station the most during my volunteer trip. Yes, I would recommend a trip. Seeing a country and understanding poverty in basic terms is a worthwhile experience. 

Name: Dilan Patel
University: UC-Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-7 CUSCO-LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from Aman Patel, who was a former MEDLIFE trip participant. He invited me to the informational meeting. This trip has been highly impactful-- leaving the country for the first time, it was an immediate eye-opening experience. In specific, my project day was the most impactful and inspiring. Unfortunately, my group was unable to contribute to the steps, but I had an amazing time meeting the community members while working with my school for the water pylon project. I remember seeing an elderly woman carrying two buckets of water. I found the dentistry station the most enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip. Not only have I built amazing relationships, but have had an opportunity to help the lives of hundreds of people through the great organization and work of MEDLIFE. Denai, our trip leader, is amazing-- she inspired me to take her job/position with MEDLIFE some day. 

Name: Darcy Knaack
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a pre-health website for my university. The most powerful part of my trip was that everybody we seemed to meet was incredibly selfless. Being a completely different color with blonde hair and an unfortunate language barrier NEVER seemed to pose a problem and I felt welcome everywhere. It shows that money doesn't buy happiness and you can always create yourself an incredible life, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.The most enjoyable part of the trip was shadowing the doctors. It's always interesting to see first hand the diseases that are prevalent in other countries, but not in America. Tim was also a contributor to making the clinic enjoyable. He really knows how to make the environment comfortable for everybody while also maintaining a very strong work ethic. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. Not only do you get to experience the traveling, you get the ability to help people in ways many are unable to. You also make INCREDIBLE friends!

Name: Kennedy Ringelberg
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE through an e-mail about the Moshi trip, and joined MEDLIFE shortly after. The most powerful part of my trip was shadowing the doctors. I learned a lot from them, especially in terms of normal conditions that they live here, as well as problems in providing accesible healthcare. It was also astounding that these people that have so little are so friendly and welcoming. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the kids because they were fun to work with. It was also great to learn from doctors.I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. It was one of the best experiences of my life thus far, and I hope to go on one again.

Name: Peter Liao
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the MEDLIFE through my school chapter.The most impactful part of my volunteer trip is experiencing the different culture. Also, knowing how the healthcare system is so different from the U.S.A. The most enjoyable part of the trip was helping the families that are in need of medical care. Seeing the smiles from the people is the best part at the end of the day. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip to others. It is a rewarding experience. It will give people a whole new outlook on life in general.

Name: Scott Odorico
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from school chapter e-mails. The most powerful part of my trip was clearly seeing what poverty looks like outside the U.S. You can learn a lot about oneself on a trip like this. The most enjoyable part of the trip was playing with kids at clinic, the people, and the guides.I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip, but I would recommend just donating first and foremost.

Name: Shayna Welch
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from an e-mail sent to me about the Moshi trip. I've only seen photos and videos of the poverty here. The most powerful part of my trip was having first hand experience let me see a more detailed picture of how villages live. I wouldn't have been able to see how dirty the children were or smelled how they were probably covered in urine otherwise. The most enjoyable part of the trip was probably getting to meet people from my university I didn't know previously. We were able to do something great together. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. It was an amazing experience I really enjoyed and think it gave me a better perspective of what careers are out there to help people. 

Name: Rachel Maguire
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a mass e-mail mentioning free food! The most powerful part of my trip was experiencing the culture and interacting with the people, even though we don't speak their language. It was very gratifying and made me more aware of how fortunate we are just for being born in the U.S. At the same time, it made me realize just how out-of-order our priorities are. As far as poverty, I know we made a difference in the communities we visited, bu that scope is so small and it's frustrating knowing that for every person we help, there are 1000's more that we cannot help. Real impacts to poverty must occur at the political level to improve education and infrastructure.I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. It's an easy way to get involved with a great group of people motivated to help others across the world and experience different cultures in the process.

Name: Christina Greene
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from an e-mail about the trip from MEDLIFE at school. The most impacting part of my trip included toothbrushing and seeing/ hearing about different diseases and medical problems the patients were having. Seeing the way the kids dressed and hearing about how often they had worms was depressing. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the sightseeing trips and doing triage and pharmacy at the mobile clinics. I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip because it is a life changing experience that changes your perspective on poverty and the medical field.

Name: Jamie Feward
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from an e-mail.The most powerful part of my trip was the whole clinic experience. Seeing that I helped make a difference in people's lives is a great experience to have had. It has inspired me to continue to participate in trips in the future and continue to help others. The most enjoyable experience was playing with the kids at the school and the clinic. It is great to see them loving to have us here. I also enjoyed the tour of the Maasai village. it was my favorite tourist trip, before the safari, of course. I would recommend the MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip to others because you gain great volunteer/ medical experience while getting to experience different cultures and multiple tourist options.

Name: Nivedita Sharma
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the student organization on campus and through an e-mail/ friend in the club. The most powerful part of my trip was actually meeting/ interacting and seeing the people from the villages. You hear about poverty all the time but don't understand it's full extent till you see it. Also shadowing the doctors and hearing some of the patients stories really opened my eyes. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the cultural aspect and getting to immerse myself with different types of people. I loved playing with the kids and (as much as I could) talking to the villagers.I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip because I feel as if MEDLIFE allows us to understand and feel the direct impact of your actions and really just broadens your world view.

Name: Taylor Orion
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the UW Madison org fair. The most powerful part of my trip was seeing the faces of individuals leaving the clinic. This trip showed me even if I felt like I was doing very little for the villages, I was actually impacting a lot of lives.The most enjoyable part of the trip was pharmacy and shadowing the doctors.I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. It was an amazing experience and MEDLIFE really does impact the villages it goes to.

Name: Shannon Johnson
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from an e-mail through school. One of the biggest realizations I had was experiencing and seeing the people behind the statistics. It's one things to look at the number of people living without electricity or clean water access and another things completeley to interact with people who live that way. It forced me to remove the separation of an "us" versus "them" mentality. The most enjoyable part of the trip was spending time with the kids both at the school and kids at clinic. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip - not only do you get to find a new place and experience a difference culture, but you can leave knowing that you made a permanent impact in the areas you worked.

Name: Cindy Zhang
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from my school chapter. The most powerful part of my trip was just seeing in person what poverty really is and all the distinct forms it could take. The contrary of what they have access to and what we have access to back in the states really reminded me how privileged we are and what we could do to continue helping them. The most enjoyable part of the trip was seeing that what we did actually matters and makes the life of these impoverished easier by delivering care/ medicine to that community. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. This trip has made me grow as a person. It has also opened my eyes to things that are so common in the states that we haven't realized how scarce they are in these impoverished areas. 

Name: Tejaswini Vemuganti
University: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 TANZANIA
I found out about MEDLIFE from friends. The most powerful part of my trip was while working with the doctors I got to see what impacts the people we worked with and most of their problems due to poverty.The most enjoyable part of the trip was being able to talk to the patients! I would recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip. This experience was life changing!

Name: Irismay Santiago Saz
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school chapter.The most impactful part of my trip was being able to help others. It made my appreciate what I have. Being able to help others and meet new people was the most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it is an amazing experience. 

Name: Karla M. De León Alcázar
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from the chapter at my university.The most impactful part of the trip was the communities and the clinics.  I was impacted by the fact that there was not sufficient services and help for the communities.The most enjoyable part of the trip was being able to help and be a part of MEDLIFE. I loved helping all of the people in Cusco and providing medical service.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  This experience changed my life and helped me become a better person.  We all need to have this experience of service.

Name: David Dominguez 
University: UC Berkley 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friends and in my faculty as a public health major. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the limited access to health care many communities were facing. Another impactful part was the lack of education and the lack of preventative health practices. This experience has allowed me to experience first hand the marginalization of impoverished communities. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer experience was becoming united wuth other volunteers I had just met in order to serve people in need. The myriad of perspectives and knowledge volunteers brought heavily influenced my experience. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it allows one to step outside the bounds of first world comfort and become partially immersed in the harsh reality of inequality.

Name: Giselle M. Arias Ortiz
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from the university chapter. The most impactful part of the trip was helping people in the clinics.  My perception has changed in a way that I now know many people are in this situation because of the lack of knowledge and know because they want to. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the tour, meeting other people and most importantly learning and teaching from other people in the clinics. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip because it is an amazing experience every person should live.

Name: Astrid Díaz 
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the university chapter.The most impactful part of the trip was when I went to a house with Jorge Rodriguez to attend a 91 year old woman.  His passion motivated me to be that kind of doctor in the future.The most enjoyable part of the trip was the clinics, especially pharmacy and working with the doctors.  Also, the trip to Machu Picchu was amazing! I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to anyone interested because it is a wonderful way to appreciate all we have and to help those that are not so fortunate.

Name: Sharanya Thiagarajan
University: UC Berkley 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a family friend and reached out to the MEDLIFE chapter at my school. The most impactful part of my trip was being able to directly see the people's fungal infections, unsanitary clothes, torn shoes and strong order, I have definitely taken a lot of things for granted. Poverty is something I feel can disappear in a few years if people donate their time and effort in the right way. Compassion is the key to change many peoples live. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to teach a life necessity of brushing teeth to little kids and putting fluoride on their teeth. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip because it teaches people to be grateful for what they have and they can bring knowledge and experience to others in order to impact more lives. 

Name: Viviana R. Rivera Reyes
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friends. The most impactful part of the trip was the fact that all the people that we helped have very limited access to healthcare and rely on the mobile clinics to stay "healthy."  It changed my perception because they are so underprivileged and still make the best of their situations. My favorite part of the trip was meeting new people from other countries and experiencing different culture (peers and professionals). Of course I would recommend a trip to others.  It was a tremendous, life changing experience that really put everything into perspective.

Name: Dahianira M. Camacho Monclovo
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university chapter.The most impactful part of the trip was seeing how hard it was for some people to access health services that should be in the reach of everybody.  My perception of poverty is that we have to work more to have a world with equal opportunities for a quality life. The most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting new people and experiencing the culture. Also, getting to help a lot of community members within Cusco and seeing their faces. Their journey to survival filled with hope. Yes, I would definitely recommend a trip to others.  It is an enriching privilege and opportunity.

Name: Kiara Gómez Marie
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from my school chapter at UPR Cayey. The most impactful part of the trip was how Peruvian citizens live and how grateful they are when we helped. It helped me realize that empathy and compassion are important when helping.I enjoyed everything of my volunteer trip.Yes, I definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip because it is an amazing and unforgettable experience.  I would definitely do another one.

Name: Ana C Zapata Caceres 
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing how people lived the conditions they did. It most definitely changed my perception of poverty, I am more aware of what is happening in other corners of the world. The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing how the communities where thankful of our help because it brought me so much satisfaction. I would most definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it is an experience that changes you and gives you a new perspective on life.

Name: Amanda S. Alvelo Avilés 
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from my university. I was impressed by the conditions the children have to live with and no matter what they experience, they are always happy.I enjoyed the clinics an the relationships we made with the people in Cusco. Of course I would recommend a trip to others.  It is an experience that changes your life forever and helps you be grateful.

Name: Samiksha Ko 
University: UC Berkley 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a club on campus. Seeing how excited children are to be able to brush their teeth and interact with us was the most impactful part of my trip. It really opened my eyes to the lack of resources these communities face. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was the tour we took and getting to interact with the community members - especially the kids! I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, it is a good way to get exposed to a different environment and learn about public health related issues. 

Name: Marimer Rivera Nieves
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing how underdeveloped and malnourished the community was. I enjoyed being able to interact directly with the community and making people smile. Yes, I would definitely recommend a trip to anyone interested because it enriches us all, makes us value our lives and want to give to others.

Name: Sarah Phan  
University: UC Berkley 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found MEDLIFE through a club on my campus.  The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the many different come in with common illnesses and injuries. Poverty is incredibly prevalent in Peru, but so many people are ignorant of it.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was interacting directly with local doctors and the patients and submerging myself in an unfamiliar culture. I would recommend a volunteer trip to friends with MEDLIFE because I appreciate that MEDLIFE does follow-ups and have presentations on the history and conditions of Peru.

Name: Amara Guerrero García
University: University of Puerto Rico- Cayey
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends from the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. The most impactful part of the trip was on my second day of clinic. I changed my perspective about those that were experiencing poverty when I came to realize that everyone was not happy.  The reality is that those that are living in poor conditions need more attention. The most enjoyable part of the trip were the mobile clinics and Machu Picchu.  Also, our leaser was excellent and always thoughtful. Yes, I would definitely recommend a trip to others.  It is an experience that everyone should have that will make them better person.

Name: Virginia Neese 
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a classmate at school.The most impactful part of my trip was speaking with the doctors about standards of care and living conditions - lack of safe water or toothpaste. This experience has shown me the importance of public health measures and preventative treatments. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to travel to the Machu Picchu! I also enjoyed the tour day of Cusco and the history of the area and people helped me enjoy the clinics more. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others, I felt like I learned as much as I was able to give back. It was a life changing experience. 

Name: Andrea Martinez
University: Notre Dame High School 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the conditions in which these people live and how they have basically no knowledge about anything relating to their bodies and/or health.  The most enjoyable part of my trip was knowing that I was able to contribute to the cause in a positive way. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it is a life changing experience. 

Name: Carolina Rodriguez Rivera 
University: Loyola University Chicago 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing the extreme need for medical care in regions affected by poverty. It has made the problem more realistic and has opened my eyes to change and help those in need. The most enjoyable part of my trip was meeting and helping the wonderful communities and making new friends. I would recommend a MEDLFIE volunteer trip to others because it is an unforgettable and excellent experience that everyone should take part if in order to better see and become a better world.

Name: Megan Wolf
University: University of the Sciences
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of the trip was working with the children and seeing how they have nothing, yet are so happy just to play. The most enjoyable part of the trip was working at the orphanage with the school children and getting to play with them. Yes, I would recommend a trip to others because it's a great opportunity to work with professionals in the medical field and those in need.

Name: Vilimarie Lopez Negron 
University: Pontifical Catholic University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found MEDLIFE through promotions and advertising at my university chapter. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing the people living with limited services, like technology and potable water. This change my perception of poverty because even when you see these people living in these conditions, they look peaceful, happy and grateful. Characteristics very different from people who have "everything". The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing how grateful people were when we arrived with MEDLIFE. I definitely would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it is an amazing experience that teaches you a different culture and helps us to develop more empathy. Doing beautiful work and helping people is inspiring. 
Name: Ricardo A. Lorenzo
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from my university chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was the drastic difference in social class in Cusco.  It proved that many resources available were poorly distributed. My favorite part of the trip was adventuring to Machu Picchu and helping the community. Yes, I would recommend a trip because it is a good experience to notice how bad the countries in South America live in compared with us.

Name: Dayanara Belen Silva 
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found MEDLIFE through friends. The most impactful part of this trip is the way in which children are raised, Poverty is directly related to many other problems such as health issues, education and "machismo". This trip has made me understand what poverty means. The most enjoyable part of my trip was walking through the streets of Peru and trying new local foods. It was awesome! I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because the trip gives people the opportunity of learning to appreciate the things that we have and allows you to see realities that you never thought possible.  

Name: Priscilla Carlo López
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend and the university. The most impactful part of the trip was seeing the life the Peruvians lived in. It made me see everything through a different lens and be grateful for everything that I have. The most enjoyable part of the trip was Machu Picchu and the clinics. Yes I recommend a trip to others because it helps to gain experience and knowledge in the medical field.

Name: Sofia Martir
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the university chapter.The trip was very shocking. There are so many things in the world that we don't even know about.  It was very life-changing. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the dentist station, development project and Dr. Jorge. Yes, I would recommend a trip to others.  Little by little we can change the world.

Name: Giannina M. Rodríguez
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through social media. The condition in which the people of the communities live in are the most important for me. I had learned to value and appreciate what I have. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the clinics. I absolutely recommend a trip for others. You will obtain a completely different look on aspects of life.

Name: Grace M. Mercado
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I learned about MEDLIFE from my university and a friend who was in the university chapter.The clinics were the most powerful parts of the trip.The most enjoyable part of the trip was the ability to interact with the children and adults of the communities at the clinic. Yes, I would definitely recommend a trip to anyone that is interested. Each person obtains different experiences.  

Name: Cristina Davila Peis 
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found MEDLIFE through my schools chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing how people don't even feel comfortable going to the doctors. This made me feel very sorry them and their children's  health. I know how people in other countries are lucky to live how they do.The most enjoyable part of my trip was the staff - I loved them! They were always willing to help us as tourists and as students and always cared about the patients. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, it makes people appreciate what they have. 

Name: Quetzia A. Cortés Valle
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university chapter.The most impactful part of the trip was working with the local doctors in the clinic.  It was surprising to see the reality that these community members were facing.  Also, with the toothbrushing station, if we continue to pursue education within communities, we will be able to create prosperous lives. The most enjoyable part of the trip was working with Dr. Jorge in the doctor station, in pharmacy, and with the children in the tooth brushing station.Yes, I definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip because it is an unforgettable experience. 

Name: Kyara Martinez Lugo  
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found MEDLIFE through my schools chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing how the world is really poor. Seeing all these people with damaged clothes and teeth has changed my perspective about everything; education is the key to improvement. The most enjoyable part of my trip was working with kids at the dental and toothbrushing station. I also loved meeting new people and experiencing a new culture. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to most college students if they want to pursue a career in medicine, this will definitely help them. 

Name: Samuel Ramos Gonzales 
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found MEDLIFE through my schools chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing how many kids had teeth problems. It has shown me that these communities need more education. The most enjoyable part of my trip was working with and helping the local doctors and other staff members. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it is an experience like no other. 

Name: Andrea Torres
University: Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 23-31 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university's chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was observing and experiencing these communities that had a lack of the many basic resources. My favorite part of the trip were clinics. I definitely recommend a trip to others.  I think that everyone should have this experience to realize what these communities are experiencing.

Name: Kimberly Pugh
University: Ole Miss
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I met MEDLIFE through my school organization. The best part was hearing the people thank us and everyone being so nice. It was a great balance between helping people and seeing and experiencing the culture. Overall was a great experience and I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE.

Name: Jacqueline Morris 
University: University of Mississippi
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIF through the College chapter @ Ole Miss. The most memorable part was beings hand-on in the clinics was very impactful because you really see another side of medicine. I really enjoyed making new friends and doing so many fun things in the afternoons/nights. Would I recommend MEDLIFE? Yes! It was an amazing medical and cultural experience that I will never forget.

Name: Shelby Stewart
University: University of Mississippi
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The best part was seeing all the children with parasites and rotten teeth and the low quality of life they have; I realized that there more poor people in the world that I expected and they can't help it. I loved giving leftover food to the children and seeing them smile. It was fun and rewarding.

Name: Maddy Sanders
University: Ole Miss
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most memorable experience was the location of the clinics and seeing how needy the people really were. Loved getting to go around to each station. Enjoyable trip with great learning experiences.

Name: Brittany Schneider 
University: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE though a friend from another school. Hearing all of the community leaders talk and thank us was really meaningful, also, playing with all the kids. Loved meeting new people and working at the clinic and the projects, such a special experience . I WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND MEDLIFE!!! I think this is a wonderful program and I can't wait to come back.

Name: Megan McLeod 
University: University of Mississippi
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most impactful part of my Volunteer Trip was the little moments that I got to share with the people in the communities we helped. From a little baby grabbing my hand to a mother smiling when it was her turn to be seen at the clinic, it was the universal emotional connections that made me remember why I was there and that aside from our differences, we all share common experience and deserve a common respect.  The most enjoyable part of me was how hands on the dentistry and OB/GYN stations were. I felt as though I was really doing something meaningful and learning a great deal. I would absolutely recommend this trip. My favorite thing about MEDLIFE and why I highly recommend it, is that MEDLIFE truly works alongside the community in their continued development. This sets them apart from other mission trips and certainly deserves continued support. 

Name: Allison Doyle 
University: UGA 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most impactful part was interacting with the patients being served and understanding they live by being present in their communities. The trip showed me how widespread and pervasive poverty is. I loved working with the dentist (Fernando) and the OB/GYN. Dental station was very hands-on and so was OB-GYN. I really wanted to do more hands-on activities, so I loved those two. I learned a lot, especially about the poor state of oral health in Peru. Yes! It is an invaluable experience for students who want to go into global health or international development 

Name: Holly Raymond 
University: Ole Miss 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most powerful part of my trip was learning the history of the area and understanding how they got in the current situation. It has made me appreciate all I have more. I really enjoyed surfing and working at the dental station assisting with extractions. I want to do another trip. It was a great experience.

Name: Erica Brockway
University: Michigan State 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through Facebook. The part that impacted me most was observing the people and how they live, and also helping them and changing their lives. I knew poverty existed, but seeing it up close and learning more about it really was an eye opener. Helping make a difference is the best feeling. I really enjoyed interacting with people at the clinics and getting more medical experience. I also enjoyed interacting with the kids! I  would definitely recommend this trip! This has been one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. Not only does MEDLIFE make a huge difference in poor communities, it strengthens you as a person.

Name: David Means
University: Ole Miss
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
A friend told me about this trip. Working on the project was a lot of fun and eye opening to see the slums and conditions people live in. I can really feel for some after seeing their homes and ailments. The dental and toothbrushing were fun. Toothbrushing was fun to interact with the kids and dental was the most hand on and interesting. Absolutely. I had an amazing time. It was a lot of fun but you get to help people too. 

Name: Graham Hodge 
University: University of Mississippi
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
A friend went on the same trip a year ago. The inauguration was very eye opening because we saw the impact of our hard work. Getting to meet new people and experience some great parts of Peru, like the clubs and the surfing were really an enjoyable experience. It was a great experience. I will never forget. 

Name: Nick Wyrodick
University: Univ. of Mississippi
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I found out about this trip through posters in the union of my school's campus. As we created places and stairs for the natives, I understood how much help and care these people actually need. They literally live in a wasteland and no one cares about them. I loved seeing the smiles of shear gratitude upon each of their faces. I really enojoyed getting to come together with friends and new faces to help with the clinics. Would I recommend this trip? Yes, because it was unlike anything. I've done before. It opened my eyes to the opportunities I have compared to others 

Name: Alexander Faeth
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
A friend was part of the chapter posted information on Facebook. The most impactful part was when I worked with a doctor first and knew how important the medications being prescribed are and then moving to pharmacy and seeing the patients only actually receive one or two of the four medications they needed. Loved interacting with the children and witnessing Medlife's affect on their lives . It was an interesting and enlightening experience that I think many other people should have .

Name: Fairooz Khondker  
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I saw a Facebook group invite on my timeline that someone else was doing so I clicked it and checked it outSeeing how hard/steep the areas are here and how locals have to manage walking/traveling to terrain everyday. Seeing how the staircases helped even made me realize how such a simple structure helps the community so much Working at the medical clinics and seeing the children running around and being so happy all the time despite the povertyDefinitely! It was such a great eye-opening experience and it made me want to come back and do more and I think should have the opportunity to do that.

Name: Lauren Slivka 
University: Penn State
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most impactful part of the trip was learning how long it takes for people to see a doctor. It really puts into perspective how well-off we are in the states and to not complain over little achesI really enjoyed working with the kids in toothbrushing and doing project. I liked that you didn't have to see blood/medical if you couldn't handle it. It was very eye-opening and hands on.

Name: Natalie Truong (Vi) 
University: University of Mississippi
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The best part was being able to see how people outside of the USA lived day to day. It was an eye opening to see how little some people have to compared to what we do. It was a great experience to help those people and communities. I really enjoyed being able to help those who really need the help and meeting everyone. It is a great experience for those going into the medical field and really pushes you to help others! 

Name: Brianna Berlin  
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I contacted by organization members after I looked it up online and asked to join!. The most impactful part of the trip were the people we helped. You can look out at the hills and see miles of shacks and dirt and stray dogs and piles of garbage, but you face the greatest paradigm shift when you meet the people who live there and how they persevere. The most enjoyable part? Tough Question! Building the stairs, a man from the village gave me some advice. He told me that I had a good heart, but to always keep that with me. Like I said before, the people we met were incredible. Helping in clinic and project was the best. I would recommend this trip; especially if they can help fundraise well. The 50/50 campaign makes it affordable for an incredible experience, AND lets you help out MEDLIFE.

Name: Tesa Chatakundu   
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who was also participating in it. The most impactful part was looking at the poverty people faced and helped me appreciate my belonging more. It changed my perception of poverty when I saw kids with multiple diseases at such a young age The most enjoyable part of the volunteer trip was helping paint the staircases so people wouldn't fall and get dirty while walking. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it was a enjoyable experience that changes your perception of how people live in the world 

Name: Nadia Mardmamen
University: West Virginia University
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
Our school has a chapter that my friends are active in. The most impactful part of this trip was seeing the people without access to healthcare. Healthcare is the most vital part of life, and to see people without it really impacted me. The most enjoyable part was interacting with the patients and doctors at the clinics. This trip completely changed me and helped me realize being a doctor is what i want to be. 

Name: Brooke Cottrill
University: West Virginia University
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
Actually traveling to the areas where these people live and seeing how bad things really are were the most impactful part of the trip. It's helped me realize what poverty people are really living in and not to take what I have for granted. I loved going into the city and seeing all the beautiful sights! I loved meeting new people, too! I would definitely recommend it because it has helped me see the reality of poverty for some people and has been helpful in making career decisions, and overall it's fun!
Name: Deep Raole 
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
Heard about the organization through a friend. Hearing the results of the week and all the people we helped truly astonished me. It has made me appreciate my status and motivated me to try and do more for the impoverished around the world. I enjoyed seeing the appreciation on all the people's faces. Even though we only helped minimally, these people were beyond grateful and seeing that sense of happiness is unforgettable. I would recommend this trip because the impact of the trips are visible and widespread. The experience is one that is completely unforgettable and should be shamed. 

Name: Nicholas Balash
University: West Virginia University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most impactful part for me, was when the little girls said "they will not fall on the way to school anymore". It has showed me that I am extremely lucky to have what I have. I enjoyed working with the dentist and working in the triage station. I felt that I was able to really help in these two stations. Also, I was able to get a hands on experience that I wouldn't have been able to get in America. MEDLIFE provides a great opportunity to get hands on experience that you can not get anywhere else.

Name: Shayan Parikh
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most impactful part of this MEDLIFE trip was when the people were more greatful than words could describe for doing small things to better their life. When little kids were really affectionate and thankful for brushing their teeth. Overall, seeing smiles made me really happy. Povery needs to change and I know I can definitely be part of this movement for change. I really enjoyed getting to know people from other universities, and sharing the same common goal with the like-minded people. Doing service to help the communities, and feeling a "we're all in this together environment." Yes, it really is important to see how others are living/surviving. We do not really know how bad it is until we are there in person/do a reality tour. 

Name: Neel Muzumdar
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
I was contacted by the trip leader and he asked me if I was interested. Seeing the patients talking to the doctors was the most impactful part of this trip. For the thousand or so people who were helped, about four thousand illnesses were probably diagnosed. That really opended my eyes. I really hope to continue volunteering for the rest of my life because I never really grasped the concept of how much they need clinics like these. Learning about how to diagnose different disorders was the most enjoyable part of the trip. As a pre-med student, learning about medicine from these doctors was the most interesting thing I could ask for. I would definitely recommend this trip to others. It's an incredible experience, and I learned so much while volunteering. Also, seeing those children smile is a truly inspiring experience. 

Name: Shivum Gohil
University: Rutgers University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most impactful aspect was providing healthcare to the various communities and making a difference. It changed my perception on poverty because we take things for granted and do not realize what we have that others do not. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the projects in which we conducted to help communities life at ease so they can have daycare centers, staircases, etc. I would recommend this trip because it is a rewarding experience helping others. 

Name: Drew Gorham
University: Hampden-Sydney College
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
Seeing all the people and children in poverty was shocking. Also, seeing how happy the kids were with the little things was eye-opening.  As a pre-dental student, being able to work with a dentist and assist was awesome. However, it is tough to choose one thing. I really enjoyed making some new friends and meeting some great people. This is a trip I will remember. it is a great combination of cultural experience and volunteering. 

Name: Alicia Hobbs
University: Ole Miss
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
During the inauguration of the staircase when the little girl thanked us and then said, "... and how we won't fall anymore on the way to school." It was just an eye-opener for the things we take for granted and how easily we are able to get to our classes everyday. Seeing the city on every bus ride, seeing how happy and appreciative all the people were for everything we did for them, walking around and taking in the culture... I enjoyed everything really. Yes for sure. I have already texted my friends telling them they need to come on this trip. It's fun and casual but we also get so much work done at the same time. 

Name: Allison McPeak
University: University of Calgany
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
My sister had a friend who participated in this program the previous summer. The most impactful moment was during the toothbrushing station, when the kids couldn't believe they got to have a free toothbrush. my perception of poverty has changed, I have never seen poverty on this scale, so I really realized the magnitude of the situation. And day in clinic was enjoyable. I learned a lot especially from the doctors and the dentist. I also got to interact with so many fun and happy kids on clinic days. They really can put a smile on your face! I would definitely recommend a mEDLIFE volunteer trip. It is a very well-rounded experience that helps so many people.

Name: Jeffery Taylor Wallace
University: Ole Miss
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
A friend told me about the trip, and i went to a chapter meeting after thatThe most impactful part for me was getting to see the slums, and the stark contrast between the wealthy and the poor in Lima really shows just how poor some areas are. I really enkoyed going out at night and seeing and enjoying the Lima nightlife. Work hard, play hard. You really get the opportunity to make a difference in this community and have a great time doing it. 

Name: Nanda Siva
University: West Virginia University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
While attending the national chemical engineering conference, my friend recommended I participate in a MEDLIFE trip so that I could broaden my experience in the medical field which would supplement my majoring in biomedical engineering. I am still a bit puzzled by how much my perception of poverty has changed. I have spent numerous summers in India, and i have definitely observed many similarities in the poverty conditions at both countries. However, a significant development from this experience was that I became more understanding of how individuals cope with poverty. A crucial tool in this was being able to utilize my spaish to converse with countless patients. In my opinion, sharing this experience with MEDLIFE volunteers and participants was in parallel importance as coming in direct contact with a less privileged individual. From my experience, everyone participating had a desire to aid others, and this motive bonded all of us together. This amity we created allowed us to make our mark to help those in need through MEDLIFE. 
I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends because it genuinely demonstrates the power of a united group. From working hands-on with patients to traveling through diverse areas of Peru to having late-night "how to improve the world" discussions, this trip will be unforgettable. I will surely use this experience to better contribute to the world in the years to come. 

Name: Maria I. Martinez 
University: Barry University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
So many impactful experiences from providing female wellness check ups, to providing dental work, to helping children brush their teeth, to providing the staircase. So thankful for these experiences! I will never forget the people we helped and hope to have another opportunity to help. I enjoyed helping the children brush their teeth the most.Great experience, you get to help others while learning about the culture and making new friends

Name: Vincent Leo LaFata
University: West Virginia University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
Heard about MEDLIFE from my roommate who is pre-med. Though, I am not. I'm International Studies. Maybe a trip like this should be encouraged more for students in this major as well.  The most impactful part was just the everyday life and the difference from how we live everyday and what they do as well. Life is very different beyond the city of Lima and this is due to a host of different things that were covered in the meeting and clinics. I really enjoyed helping and serving, along with this indispensable experience and insight to what real poverty and struggle is. The scenery was beautiful as well, the views of Lima, Peru was breathtaking at times. This trip adds value and understanding to any individual that takes part and helps others 

Name: Reed Andrews
University: West Virginia University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 16-24 LIMA
The most impactful part of my trip was probably during one of the mobile clinics when I was in the toothbrushing station. It surprised me how many children had to grow up under such circumstances. I really enjoyed The mobile clinics and seeing how many people we were able to help and seeing how grateful they were. I would absolutely recommend the trip. It was one the best vacations I've ever been on with a great group of people.

Name: Kevin Cameron 
University:  University of Ottawa 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through friends at my University. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was going on the tour of the community. It was powerful to see the appreciation of the Peruvians seeking out clinics. The most enjoyable part of my trip was meeting the other travelers and making a difference in hundreds of Peruvian lives. I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. The organization's staff was very organized and they offered fun activities. 

Name: Lisa De Panfilis 
University:  McMaster University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a Google search on the internet. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the locals say thank you and understanding how much it meant to them. Poverty is an injustice that is unavoidable and will continue without help. I most enjoyed clinic days, particularly the toothbrushing and doctor stations during my volunteer trip. I would recommend and MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it was an eye opening experience. 

Name: Jessica Fullum 
University:  University of Ottawa 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing thta kids and adults were unhealthy. Many of them had cavities and rotten teeth. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip were the people I got to spend the trip with. It was a really big part of why I had so much fun! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others simply because you get to work really hard and after work, you have a lot of freedom to do your own thing. 

Name: Mickey Yang 
University:  McGill University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through friend's status and pictures on Facebook as well as through my schools chapter. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was that we knowing that we can actually make a long-lasting and impactful difference through development projects and education. Having seen people come out of similar poverty in clinic. I appreciate having the opportunity to experience this week the process of seeing this poverty first hand. The most enjoyable part of my trip was working as a team in the clinics and project. Meeting people with similar passion for public health and blessing others less fortunate. Even though its a big commitment, I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to people who would be interested in these kinds of projects. It's a great opportunity for students to get involved. 

Name: Sarah Walji 
University:  McMaster University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was gaining a new perception of Peruvian poverty, it was very eye opening experience. Thank you for the amazing time, I will remember this forever! The people were definitely the most impactful. The most enjoyable part of my trip was meeting new people, trying new foods and participating in the clinics! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip because its amazing! 

Name: Philippe Lapensee 
University:  La Cite Collegiale 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was the shock I experienced. I can't believe people actually live this way and are really happy. I will appreciate things back home way more. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to help the people and putting a smile on their faces. Also, giving me the need the help more and do more volunteering things like this one. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It has been an eye opening experience and was so rewarding. Helping others is an amazing feeling. 

Name: Sabine Tambay 
University:  University of Ottawa 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friends in health sciences. The most impactful part of my trip was on the first day when we first arrived in the community. I was extremely shocked to see in what conditions people were living with. I started tearing up when I saw a little boy that made me think of my little brothers except his life was completely different. Walking up the cliffs made  me realize how important they were for the community and even though I was very tired, I was more than happy to help build the staircase. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the mobile clinics and working on projects. Even though we were tired, seeing how grateful the locals were made it all better. It made me connect with the locals like i never would've otherwise.

Name: Christina Popescu 
University:  McGill University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through my own online research for a travel program for medicine that is accessible to me. McGill's chapter also helped. The most impactful part of my trip was easily the reaction of the grateful old lady when she came home to the surprise of having her new MEDLIFE house almost completed. Her earnestness and sincerity in her words of gratitude were moving in a way that will always remain in my memory. Having the opportunity to experience first hand the difference this organization makes in individual's' lives further fuels my personal drive to help people in any way I can. Poverty can be temporary , but it does not have to be a state of mind. The most enjoyable part of my trip was hands down the reality tour. I love getting up close and personal with the communities as well as enjoying the marvelous hike itself and its wonderful views. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. Anyone who is passionate about improving the lives of others must attend a trip such as this one.

Name: Danielle Gauvin  
University:  McGill University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at my university. The clinics were absolutely amazing, the people and staff were incredible. This was the most powerful part of my trip. The way we got to help finish the elderly couple's house was something that I will never forget, honestly life changing. I will never forget the people here and I want to keep helping. The most enjoyable part of my trip was EVERYTHING! I loved everything about my week here in Lima. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it is a life changing experience, would highly recommend to anyone who wants to help make a difference and wants to experience first hand the health system in Peru.

Name: Kayla Moralis 
University:  University of Florida 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my sister who had participated on a trip the year before.The most impactful part of my trip was interacting with individuals of the community, seeing their health conditions, alongside their appreciation for our project. The project experience was also quite impactful as we had to walk and work the routes the locals took everyday, especially seeing women load the sands we were putting in buckets with babies on their backs. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to interact with those in the community, hearing their stories, seeing them laugh and smile even though they are enduring so much pain and suffering. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it incorporated both medical aspects, education and community work during the week. 

Name: Michelle Cascante 
University: Florida International University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from friends who did a trip. The most impactful part of my trip was the project: having to see what people have to go through in order to live, it comes easiest to us and seeing what they go through has taught me to appreciate my surroundings, health and family. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was tooth brushing in the clinic. I loved being able to teach the kids how to brush and seeing their smiles right after. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. You not only learn about what and how people survive, but also learn about yourself in a whole new light. 

Name: Nicolas Sayavedra 
University:  University of Florida  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my beautiful girlfriend who is a part of MEDLIFE FIU. I am originally from Argentina and I lived in Chile, so I had plenty of experiences with poverty ; however I was impressed by MEDLIFE's organization inside the communities & the overall level of giving, that was the most impactful part of my trip. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was helping those who are dire need... watching the smiles of children, mothers, fathers and community leaders was truly touching. Also, the staff was beyond amazing! I would absolutely recommend MEDLIFE trip to others! In fact, I am planning further trips and promote the organization.

Name: Jeena Greorge  
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE chapter at FIU. The reality tour definitely opened my eyes to how so many people are living with lack of simple needs on a daily basis. This was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. I can't think of a world without food and water yet, it is a reality for so many people. Every part of this volunteer trip was enjoyable, each station had its own benefit and goodness to it. I will recommend MEDLIFE to almost everyone I know, I feel as though it is something  everyone must do at least once in their life. 

Name: Cynthia Nguyen 
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the FIU MEDLIFE chapter. The tour around the poor communities really opened up my eyes about extremes people in Lima go through everyday. This was the most impactful part of my trip. It's amazing how common things I take for granted such as clean water is in dire need. The most enjoyable part of the volunteer trip was working together with communities to provide health care. Working with professionals expanded my knowledge about the medical field and needs in Lima. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. This is an experience I feel everyone should take part of because it will allow one to take their quality of life perspective. 

Name: Catalina Garzon 
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The tour made me realize the detrimental living conditions that people go through every day. This was the most impactful part of my trip. It made me realize that poverty is not only lacking  a "house" but also lacking clean water, roads, proper roads, health care and even knowledge or awareness of their health. All of my trip was great, but realizing that I was a part of a clinic that provided health examinations was awesome and the most enjoyable part of my trip! Just knowing that because of my service, people received diagnosis, treatment and medical advise was amazing. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because as a volunteer you get to be  "hands-on" which can be anything from setting up the tents to distributing medications in the pharmacy. Each person gets the full experience of serving and receiving the love, warmth and gratitude of the community.  

Name: Risa Perea 
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I joined the MEDLIFE chapter at FIU and found the organization through that. The reality tour was the most impactful. It's important to see poverty up close and physically climb up the hills to understand how people live. It encouraged me to think outside of the box and question the way things are done. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was the wonderful food we ate at restaurants and at the hostile. The most rewarding part was building the stairs case in the community. I wish I could do more projects like that because it makes such a difference in people's lives. I would recommend MEDLIFE to others. It's a lovely experience I recommend going with friends or Canadians, they're nice! MEDLIFE really gets personal with the community and I love that! 

Name: Gabriel Jane  
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through word of mouth. The most impactful part of my trip was the walking tour we took in the poor community. Seeing first hand what someone who lives in the hills goes through if they are injured makes me have more respect for those who live in poverty. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the reality tour because it felt so real. It was a closer look into the lives of the local community. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because the MEDLIFE staff was excellent and it is a moving experience that everyone should have at least once. 

Name: Megan Oter
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through a friend from FIU. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing how the kids smiled! We get so many luxuries that are easily accessible and it really is sad that they don't have the same access. Being at the pharmacy station was the highlight of my trip! I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. Its nice to see what the locals go through and it feels really good to help others. 

Name: Gianna Casteleiro   
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through a friend who had previously participated in a trip to Lima with MEDLIFE. Most people assume that "other countries" (especially those known to be poor) are completely covered in dirt and dust and that people all live in poverty. This trip has been most impactful in opening my eyes to the fact that these countries are also extremely beautiful. Many instances in the clinic also really opened my eyes to the lack of access to health care high up in the mountains. One of the most enjoyable parts of my trip was working with the kids at the toothbrushing station. I loved seeing them smile as soon as they left the station with clean teeth! I also really enjoyed building stairs because you can immediately see a change in the infrastructure of the community and enjoy watching the locals use the stairs. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It was the most enjoyable trip ever. Not only do you get to help people as much as you do, but you get to experience Lima, Peru like a local. It's important to have eye opening experiences just as these in order to gather new ideas about how you can help. 

Name: Stephanie How
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA 
I heard about MEDLIFE through a friend who participated in a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to Ecuador. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was the reality tour on the Tuesday of our trip. That tour and the days spent in the mobile clinics and working on the staircase project made the level of poverty and the unfair access to health care that is present in Peru abundantly clear. The most enjoyable part of my trip, albeit the most intense part, was the day spent working on constructing the stairs for the community. It was hard work, but it was nonetheless the most rewarding aspect of the whole trip to see how grateful the community was at the end.I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. This is an amazing experience and one I will never forget which I hope to repeat someday. 

Name: Valeria Saldana 
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE through on campus advertising.The most impactful part of my trip was seeing all the kids smile, it made me feel like a was making a difference. Seeing the poverty has taught me to be grateful for everything I have. The most enjoyable part of my trip was working with the kids and getting to paint the MEDLFE logo on the staircase that we built. I would 100% recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to everyone of my friends. It is an amazing experience that I will never forget. 

Name: Ana Vila  
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA 
I heard about MEDLIFE through the chapter at my university. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the communities lifestyles. There are serious problems that not everyone is aware of, this was an eye opener and made me realize that there are bigger problems out there. The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing the smile on the kids faces when they got a toothbrush. Seeing how happy and thankful people were was amazing. I would recommenda MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. This is an experience everyone should have. You help others and that gives you amazing satisfaction. 

Name: Daniela Herrera 
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA 
I heard about MEDLIFE through a friend at another school and then I found out that there was a chapter at my school as well. The most impactful part of my trip was the seeing the large amount people with such little knowledge on the importance of hygiene , health care and education. Seeing how their economic status limits them from these things was very powerful. This experience has made me realize that poverty is a much larger issue than I thought. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was interacting with the locals. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others! It has lit a spark inside of me to help others and I know that spark will continue to grow. 

Name: Daniel Cascante  
University:  Florida International University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA 
I heard of MEDLIFE through my sister who is a member of the chapter at FIU and encouraged me to join the community. The children were the most impactful part of this mission, understanding how little they had yet how much they appreciated our help was incredible. Poverty is a very difficult obstacle but with MEDLIFE it almost seems impossible not to make a difference. Appreciation is of the essence. The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting along so well with our group leaders. The two were very intelligent, strong and very friendly people. Couldn't have asked for any better leaders. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. MEDLIFE is an amazing organization stretching across many parts of the globe to beat poverty and bring a smile, knowledge and hope to all communities rich or poor. 

Name: Cindy Li 
University: McGill University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my chapter at McGill.The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing the 45 year old lady see her new home that we helped furnish for her for the first time. I now have a more solid idea of what poverty looks like. Before this experience, all I knew about poverty is what the media shows us. Now, I have seen firsthand what its really like. The people were the most enjoyable part of my trip. The people that volunteered and the people I got to help on the mobile clinics. I especially loved seeing the smile on the children's faces. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. MEDLIFE is a life changing experience that I would attend again in a heartbeat. I think that everyone should experience this trip. 

Name: Cindy Yu
University: McMaster University  
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I heard of MEDLIFE through a friend's experience.The most impactful part of my trip was the reality tour. It showed me what the daily life might look like for a Peruvian person in poverty and made me rethink on my own selfishness and what defines the line between my needs and wants. It really put things into perspective and will definitely change me.The most enjoyable were those feelings, personal moments with locals. Although we didn't speak each others languages, hand gestures, hugs and laughs expressed ourselves more then enough. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It was an other worldly experience that will benefit all people growing up. 

Name: Janelle Campbell
University: Florida State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through friends at FSU. The most impactful part of my trip was our group leader. He was very kind and amazing. He really showed us Lima and made sure to tell us how much we were really helping the community. This is my first first-hand experience of poverty and I wish to help in many other ways after this trip. Our group leader Christian was what made my trip. He made sure we were always enjoying ourselves and made sure we experienced Peru while helping the less fortunate. He kept the trip very entertaining and up lifting. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to other because it was a life changing experience that everyone should go through. 

Name: Cene Ovincy 
University: Barry Univeristy
Date/Location: 2015 MAY 2-10 LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through my chapter at Barry University.The most impactful part of my trip was helping paint and decorate the house for a family. Their reactions made me realize that coming together as a team we can make a difference. Getting involved with the community was the most enjoyable part of my trip.I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. MEDLIFE provides an experience that can't be found anywhere else. 

Name: Katherine Fernandez
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my older sister who had gone on a trip and also through the chapter at Pitt. The most impactful part of my trip were the people.  They are always smiling and ready to help.  However, they have so little and have accepted it.  I wish they would find the hope/desire to make a change. The most enjoyable part of the trip was working with the kids and seeing how even through a language barrier that we can communicate. Yes I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.  It was informative and inspiring and was able to allow you to see the world and have fun!

Name: Archchana Rajmohan
University:  University of Toronto- Scarborough
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE chapter at my university . The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing the difference driving between cities.  Seeing the poor living conditions makes me think of how much we take for granted ex: stairs.The most enjoyable part of the trip was the whole thing!  Clinics and also the activities we did during the free time like surfing Yes, I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip!  it was an amazing time and very eye-opening.

Name: Kristen Munro 
University:  McMaster University 
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend, Erin Fu. Playing with children was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip.  Back name poverty seems so far away but playing with the kids made it much more real.My favorite part of the trip was playing with the kids.  It was super fun! Yeah, I would recommend this trip to anyone interested.  It was a great experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Name: Marc Leger 
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at my university.  The most powerful part of the trip was interacting with the locals from the poor areas, realizing that most of them are really good people.All aspects of the trip were great. I enjoyed every single moment while her in Lima. I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE to others because it is a trip of a lifetime.  I will remember this trip forever.

Name: Isabela Tetino 
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a pre PA group at Pitt. The reality tour opened my eyes to an entirely different way of living and made me realize how much we take for granted.The most enjoyable part of the trip was the leaders!  So appreciative, helpful, fun, kind, and caring.  They are what made the trip so memorable. Yes, I would absolutely recommend a trip to others!  I loved every second of it!

Name: Jessica Scheib
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE club at school.The reality tour was very impactful. I definitely learned that there are more obstacles thatn I could ever imagine to escape poverty.My favorite part of the trip was the toothbrushing station and talking with the doctors while they saw patients.  Yes, I would recommend a trip to anyone interested!  I think there was a great balance between work and free time.

Name: Archita Srivastava
University:  McMaster University 
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of the trip was the social/economic status diversity of Lima. It made me realize that just because a part of the city is well-developed and urbanized (Miraflores), it does not mean everyone in the city is well off.The most enjoyable part of the trip was interacting with the patients. I would recommend MEDLIFE because of the diverse volunteer experience.

Name: Morgan Gilhooley 
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at school.Seeing how happy the Peruvians were with so little showed me a new perspective of things.  They were so grateful for everything , and I hope to carry that optimism with me! I loved spending time with the kids! I would most definitely recommend a trip to others.  This trip was incredible and I will remember it for the rest of my life.

Name: Emily Wright
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university.The most impactful part of the trip was the reality tour.  It really shows how something can appear fine (Miraflores) but actually be hiding something ugly in its midst (poverty) I thoroughly enjoyed the clinic days, but in addition I loved surfing and the Inca Market. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip because it is the perfect combination of volunteer and touristy activities.

Name: Matthew Fantaski
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
A different charity group at my university told me about MEDLIFE. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was going to the clinic and seeing the locals coming fro healthcare, to be educated, and seeing how they lived.  It made me realize how much we take for granted.My favorite part was doing the project on Monday.  It was my first experience of the week and I got to work side by side with the locals, building something to help them.I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to anyone interested.  All of the leaders and interns were awesome.  Just great people.  I'm telling my friends to do it once I'm back.

Name: Kailee Jodoin
University:  Lakehead University
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the difference in poverty within a few mile radius.  One minute you are in the city and the next there are tiny houses with horrible living conditions.  I never realized how little so many people are forced to live off.My favorite part of the trip was meeting new people and feeling involved in the communities.  The community members seemed as happy to meet us as we were then. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to everyone.  It was eye-opening, challenging, fun and educational all in one.  An all around perfect trip.

Name: Skye McIntosh
University:  Dalhousie University
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from friend via our Dalhousie University Chapter. The reality tour and seeing the living conditions of communities on the hill really opened my eyes to the reality of poverty and all of its effects.  However, the kids and their still seemed happy playing with us or at clinic which was impactful and important too.The most enjoyable part of the trip was seeing Lima, meeting everyone, the Inca Panacas tour and most of all talking and communicating with locals at the clinic.  I actually improved in my Spanish speaking abilities, which was really cool and had good conversations with some kids.I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer to others.  It's a great balance of work and play, the country is amazing and the work is interesting, challenging and fulfilling.

Name: Vinitaa Rajasingaam
University:  University of Toronto- Scarborough
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE by a friend in the MEDLIFE chapter at our campus.The most impactful part of the trip was the reality tour.  It gave me a better understanding of their lives and how they struggle to do daily activities that we take for granted in Canada. The most enjoyable part was definitely getting to be with the kids and making them happy.  There was a lack of a language barrier between us.Yes, I would recommend this trip because I thought it was a really good experience and it was great to see poverty first hand.

Name: Brianne Allen
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at UNB. The most impactful part of my trip would be the development section.  It's amazing how the people walk up and down the hills multiple times and then to see how happy it makes them to have us build stairs.  It's incredible!I really enjoyed being able to play with the kids.  Sometimes the communication barrier was hard but the kids were still very eager to try to communicate. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.  The trip was a very eye-opening experience and I think everyone should have the opportunity to experience it, at least once.

Name: Britttany Florjancic
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a chapter at our school. The reality tour was the most impactful part of the volunteer trip.  Learning the information during it and experiencing it how locals do.  It has opened my eyes to the world around us how in Canada my friends, and before this trip, I did not understand the true circumstances some people deal with. The most enjoyable part was playing with the children.Laughing with them made me feel so much joy. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  I believe so many people need to be aware.

Name: Jordyn Weddell
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the activity fair at my school.Not one thing stuck out more than the other the other because everything is contributing to poverty.  I used to think it was sad, but now, I think it is inhumane and I want to help the best I can. The most enjoyable part of the trip was the satisfaction of helping those in need.  Not only did I help communities, but their gratitude makes me want to do this forever. I would, with no doubt, recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  it changed my life and my views on helping.  You never know someone's struggle until you walk a week in their shoes (hills).

Name: Erin Fu
University:  McMaster University 
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friends. The most impactful part of my trip was the tour of the living conditions of people in certain parts of Lima.  I've only seen poverty in my home city, but it's nowhere near the conditions of people here.  I am amazed at what people have to go through each day, and what I take for granted. I really enjoyed the clinics.  I loved learning a bit of Spanish, playing with the kids, and helping the healthcare professionals.I would because it's a great opportunity to help others, explore a new country, and gain experience with healthcare professions.

Name: Huayung (Helen) Zhao
University:  McMaster University 
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend, Erin Fu. The most impactful part of the volunteer trip was seeing the low income neighborhoods first hand and being able to be involved in various aspects of their experience (e.g. various stations).  Also, being a part of the community development projects.  It definitely put what I learned in the comfort of a class to reality. The most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting such motivated people, visiting/exploring Miraflores, and building the staircase. Yes, I definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.  It is a good experience and allows you to explore a lot of different things from medicine to development.

Name: Ashley Demeau
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIfe through my university. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the people who have nothing offering to give us food and help out as much as they have to help their community progress. It has changed my perceptive to not judge a book by its cover and to not take things for granted.My most enjoyable part of the trip was playing soccer with the kids who basically ran circles around us. Yes, I definitely recommend a trip to others.  Due to the fact that it is such as amazing and eye-opening experience that will make you want to help people out for the rest of your life.

Name: Krista Chiccarina
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out through my pre-PA association at school. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing how grateful everyone was for our help, even if it didn't seem like much to us. I will always remember this trip and I will be back for more, to help end poverty and change more lives. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to help comfort a little boy at the dentist station! It was so amazing!Yes, I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip! IT changed my life and I will no longer take so much for granted. 

Name: Jordan Shama
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I heard about MEDLIFE from a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was standing by the mass graves while the lan laying concrete told us about the corrupt government and in part why the poor get poorer and the rich get richer, also seeing all the sick patients in clinic really changed how I view poverty. The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing the progress and the number of treated patients because it showed that I can make a difference. Yes I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip, because it will change anyone.  It will put things into perspective and induce change and kindheartedness. It's also a relief to see what real problems are like and mine aren't those.

Name: Alison Wortman 
University:  University of new Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out through my university via posters and Facebook posts. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing it firsthand. I always hear people talk about going on trips like these and coming back saying "it changed their life"... those people are exactly right! This was the most eye opening thing I have ever done. The people in Peru are so kind and caring, no matter how much or little money they have, or where they live - a fancy house, or a shack up in the hills. This trip made me realize how much I have at home and how much I take for granted. My perception of poverty is forever changed - and I can't thank MEDLIFE enough for that!The most enjoyable part of my trip was without a doubt the kids! They were so much fun and just full of energy. I loved how even though I only spoke a little Spanish, we were still able to play and have fun together and understand each-other despite the language barriers.  
100% YES I wuld recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! The staff are amazing and so caring not only with us, but all their patients each day. They work hard to give you the best experience possible, I couldn't have asked for more!

Name: Kathleen Bull
University:  Universit of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through our current chapter president who needed a few more exec board members and joined as fundraising officers. The most impactful part of the trip was seeing the areas in the reality tour and working in clinic there the following day. The people were amazing despite their living conditions and it was incredibly eye-opening.The most enjoyable part of the trip was seeing the kids!  They were so heartwarming and it has been such a humbling experience.I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others!  In a heartbeat this has been the best experience of my life.

Name: Alexa Campbell
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a school email that was sent out. The most powerful part of the trip was seeing people live everyday and seeing how hard it must be to walk around in those hills.  Also, the amount of people who have health problems and low education about health.  The most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting people, helping build the staircase with the community and experiencing new culture.Yes, I would definitely recommend a trip to anyone that is interested.  It was a great experience!

Name: Nicolle Sweitzer
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out through my pre-PA club. The most impactful part of my trip was the amount of people we helped. I had no idea how much poverty there was and how devastating it was until I came here. It definitely opened my eyes to a whole new part of the world. The most enjoyable part was helping the people. Going to the different villages and being able to educate them and help them was amazing.Absolutely I would recommend a trip to others. I learned so much about the community here and it was an amazing experience.

Name: Brian Ko
University:  University of Washington
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE when I ran into the website. Instead of holding mobile clinics, doing projects and seeing impoverished communities provided the opportunity to view how drastic the disparities are even in Lima.  It made me realize how much we take for granted given the quality of life, transportation, or convenience. The most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting new people of similar interests and passions. Yes, I would recommend a trip to others because of the sustainability that the clinics and projects build upon.  The impact you make as a volunteer lasts longer than most third world service organizations.

Name: Haneen Altahir
University:  University of Toronto
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out through friends and school. The most impactful part of my trip were the reality tour and project days. Through these, I felt that we were forced to see how extreme people's living conditions were and how much they required our help.The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to interact with the different communities during clinics and projects, as well as walking around Miraflores during our downtime. Yes I would recommend a trip to others! I think going on a MEDLIFE volunteer trip is the perfect way to observe the extremities of Peru's poverty life while also being able to enjoy the time here at night.

Name: Alison Kitchen
University:  Lakehead University
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out through a friend. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing how meaningful our work is at the projects to the community and how much they appreciate and benefit from the work we do. I better understand the longterm benefits of bringing the community together with projects and providing them with the tools to improve their lives.The most enjoyable part was interacting and playing with the children at each site, as well as making so many friends. Yes I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip because it is an amazing experience that not only changes your life and perspective but also improves the quality of life for so many

Name: Nayani Ramakrishnan
University:  University of Toronto
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school chapter. Interacting with the children and realizing that there are no language barriers was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. Making the children smile/laugh by doing so little has changed my perception of poverty; they have so little but they don't realize it. The most enjoyable part of the volunteer trip was playing/interacting with the children and the "project"/building the staircase. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because of the way it changed my perception of poverty and the amazing eye opening experience I had. 

Name: Wendy Kong 
University:  University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school's club (Pitt's Pre-PA club).  I realized we have a chapter already in my university and plan on joining it. The most impactful part of the trip was realizing people needed to be educated about illnesses to help in the long term otherwise the medical mission would have less impact.  After hiking up the mountains on tour day, I realized the severity of poverty and what it means to be in their shoes. My favorite part of the trip was seeing the people sit in education and realize they wanted to see the OB/GYN or dentist.  it really was rewarding to see people understand and want to care for their well-being.  Helping the kids brush their teeth was also a highlight.  It helped me strengthen my Spanish skills and helped them prolong their dental health. Yes, I would recommend a trip because it was definitely one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I have ever had and I can't wait to plan for my next trip elsewhere.

Name: Ramanja Pakirathan
University:  University of Toronto- Scarborough
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend and Facebook. The most impactful part of the trip was meeting the people and interacting with them.  It really helped me understand their situation and their perspective.  It really allowed me to think in their shoes.My favorite part of the trip was the hands-on experience, interacting with medical staff and children , and meeting and interacting with the community.I would recommend this trip because it was absolutely amazing and I feel the experiences collected on this trip will last for a lifetime.

Name: Melissa Beck  
University:  Dalhousie University
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the clinic sites and realizing what kinds of conditions the people actually lived in.  My perception of poverty is now a lot more realistic and not something I just saw on TV.The most enjoyable part of the trip was getting to work so closely with the doctors.  It was amazing!  I learned a lot on this trip and I know I'll take all of this knowledge back home with me. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it makes you realize that you can really do something to help others and it was an amazing eye-opening experience all around.

Name: Meghan Blanchard 
University:  University of New Brunswick
Date/Location: 2015 April 25- May 4 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE when the MEDLIFE group at UNB had it advertised on Facebook. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing how grateful the communities were in regards to our work.  The communities seemed like they were so happy, even though they had close to nothing.  This trip was a huge eye-opener. I will never take my life essentials, like clean water, food, access to healthcare, etc., for granted again. My most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was knowing how many lives I have helped and changed for the better.  I also enjoyed working in the clinics, as I wish to pursue healthcare in the future. I would definitely recommend this trip to others because it is a life-changing experience.  It has encouraged me to continue to help with the poor around the world and at home, and I plan on taking part in another MEDLIFE trip in the future

Name: Kristina Andrews
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I heard of MEDLIFE through an advertisement at my school's chapter.  The most powerful part of my trip was shadowing doctors which really helped me learn a lot about medicine and was very interesting. It impressed me that volunteers and a little funding for mobile clinics through MEDLIFE can do some good, improve the lives of some of the poorest people. The most enjoyable part of my trip was shadowing doctors which confirmed my interest in medicine as a career path and helped me realize how even with few resources, doctors can help improve lives, which was very impressive.  I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it was an interesting and eye-opening experience overall.

Name: Timothy O'Malley
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I heard of MEDLIFE by an email sent out through the Biology department at my school. The most powerful part of my trip was being able to make a difference in kids lives even if it was as small as teaching them how to brush their teeth. Although many live in poverty, they are amazing people and really appreciate all of our help. The most enjoyable part of my trip was interacting with the kids in the communities and learning from the doctors, nurses and dentists volunteering with us.  I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because this trip has shown me how others live and how we can help them through medicine and education. Anyone interested in the medical field would be perfect for this trip. 

Name: Alexander Fang 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE in my freshman year of college through my friends who joined the organization on our campus. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was two-faced. I loved the projects that we were able to participate in. Interacting with the people of community was incredibly rewarding. My perception of poverty has been changed and had opened my eyes to different poverty around the world. The most enjoyable part of my trip were the clinic days and passing through the orphanage. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. The trip was an eye-opening experience that I will always remember. Thank you for this amazing experience!  

Name: Thomas Magrino
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend at UD. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was when I was working on clinic in the city, I worked the toothbrushing station. All of the children flocked towards us and we brushed over 100 people's teeth. Something that I had always taken for granted was toothpaste. I was moved when so many of the children wanted toothpaste to bring  home. The most enjoyable part of my trip was working in the orphanage - it was really fun. Being able to also meet and play with the kids was awesome. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. This has been the best week of my life and has shown me that with seemingly so little effort, you can make a big change. 

Name: Margo Vincenti 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends who have already gone on a trip! The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was the orphanage we went to because I truly saw how much our work was appreciated. It reminded me of how much I have to be grateful for. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to meet new people and touching lives as well as learning about a new culture. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. Everyone should do the trip at least once! 

Name: Kaitlin Rim 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends and mass emails on campus. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was how it changed my perception of poverty. It always amazes me that people with so little can be so rich in family, friends and happiness, with so many people who care about them. Almost as if the less money they have, the more they love and appreciate your help. The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing the girls at the orphanage, they were so sweet and adorable! I'm so honored to have been able to design and paint a mural for them to see everyday. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others - it was amazing to experience a whole new culture and see the impact we've made and feel so accomplished with what we did. 

Name: Elisa Mugford 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through social media. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the people in the communities without access to healthcare and being able to be a part of helping them. The most enjoyable part of my trip was definitely during clinic hours. I enjoyed playing with the children in the community during that time. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others but I would also recommend a longer trip than just one week! 

Name: Carly Epstein 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE via emails from the Biology department at my University. The most impactful part of my trip was working with the children in the communities. It amazes me and inspires me that these children always have a smile on their faces regardless of the poverty they live in. To be able to teach them proper hygiene and make them smile in the process was the most rewarding experience. It's so important to be grateful and treat all human beings with love and respect. The most enjoyable part of trip was the exposure to a culture far different from my own. Learning from the people, the doctors and the locals is something that I will carry with me forever. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip! Regardless of a persons interests, giving back to a poor communities through MEDLIFE is a life-changing experience. Every individual is guaranteed to walk away from the experience with the new knowledge about others and most importantly themselves. 

Name: Natalie Clark 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found about MEDLIFE through PA clubs at my university as well as through MEDLIFE's chapter on campus. The most impactful part of my trip was being able to provide care to the poorer people in Peru, I also really enjoyed the development project we did. My perception of poverty has changed drastically, the people of Peru are always willing to learn and make themselves better. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to interact and immerse myself in to culture while providing help to low income families. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip. This trip was amazing is so many ways. The people and the city itself and overall atmosphere was great. I also learned a lot! 

Name: Matthew Boone 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through word of mouth at my school. Seeing the overall toughness and optimism of patients at the mobile clinics and project was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. The gratitude that these people expressed was incredible - something I will never forget. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the more direct and hands-on experiences on the mobile clinics  such as triage and pharmacy. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip, it has been an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life. I got to travel to a foreign country and make a profound impact on the lives of people truly in need of help. 

Name: Julia Saltzgiver 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends of mine. The most impactful part of my trip was working at the clinics. It made poverty a more real thing and I felt like I had a better understanding of the conditions. Working at the clinics alongside the doctors and dentists was the most enjoyable part of my trip.I would recommend this trip to anyone! It has changed my life - it was an absolutely amazing trip! It real had the perfect balance of service and free time. 

Name: Alfonso Caetta 
University: Cornell University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a club fair at school. The most impactful part of my trip was attending the clinics in three different remote towns that showed me sites of the city I would otherwise never seen. Really showed my poverty for the first time. The most enjoyable part of my trip was working at the clinics and having down time to go out with friends. I was happy to be able to meet new people. I would recommend this trip to others because it was really an eye-opening experience. 
Name: Tatshuiro Koshi 
University: Cornell University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at my university. The doctors' capability of conducting healthcare under minimal conditions and supplies was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. The most enjoyable part of my trip was interacting with the local doctors and learning about their careers. I would recommend this trip to others because its a rare opportunity to explore healthcare in a distant country and learn more about poverty. 

Name: Ava Alana Ramsundar 
University: Cornell University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the organization's chapter at school. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing the generosity of the people who barely have anything. It shows us that compassion can make a difference. The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to see the Machu Picchu and working on the development project. I would recommend this trip to others, it was not only educational but also fun. 

Name: Radhika Malhotra 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found about MEDLIFE my schools chapter on campus. Working with the OBGYN was the most impactful part of this trip. It was impactful because it truly showed me the hardships that women in impoverished societies endure from their work life, to family life, to personal life. The most enjoyable part of my trip was working with the children at the toothbrushing station. It was great teaching them how to brush their teeth and interacting with them. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It truly is a life changing and holistic experience, It teaches us a lot about the world we live in and about how we can continue to improve our world as well as spread love and awareness. 

Name: Eryn Grerber  
University: Eryn Grerber 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my roommate who had already signed up for a trip. Shadowing the doctors was amazing, it was the most impactful part of this trip. It really inspired me to make a difference through my future profession. The scenery was the most enjoyable part of my trip. The environment was breathtaking - Cusco was a great location. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip ! It was a life changing experience. 

Name: Alyssa Hobbs 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE at school during an activities night. The most impactful part of my trip was when I encountered a blind man at one of the clinics. He was with his two young sons and it was touching to see them helping their dad, but also showed how they overcome their poverty. It also showed the different health concerns under these bad conditions. The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing all of the kids so happy and smiling. At both the orphanages and the clinics, it really felt like they learnt a lot. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip because you get to help needy communities by providing services that aren't easily accessible and at the same time getting to experience a different culture. 

Name: Radhika Bajaj 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school's chapter. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was helping out at the clinics. It really opened my eyes to the way of life that takes hard work and not enough reward. It's hard to to comprehend how people live daily life this way and struggle to provide for their children. Clinic work was my favorite part of this trip, I especially enjoyed the OBGYN and pharmacy stations. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because South America is a beautiful place with friendly people. You also make a difference while gaining good friends along the way. 

Name: Angelica Grasso 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at my school and from friends that went on the trips. The most impactful part of my trip was working the clinics and driving out so far to these extremely poor communities has made me realize how many people live in poverty and how little they have and know about healthcare. I would say that being able to play and help the children was the most enjoyable part of my trip. The children both in the clinics and the girls in the orphanage were all the best part. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip! This has been the most amazing experience of my life. It is so rewarding to be able to help others and it is also nice to have an actual fun spring break built in! 

Name: Madison Swallow 
University: Cornell University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my club on campus. Shadowing the doctors and learning about the problems they face everyday that typically don't even occur in the USA, was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. The most enjoyable part of my trip was interacting with the kids and seeing how happy they were.I would recommend this trip to others because it was fun and educational. 

Name: Rachel Molitor 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university's chapter. The most impactful part of of my trip was being able to work with the doctors at the clinic. I have realized that poverty in the USA is different than in Peru. The way of life of the people that we visited is much different than my way of life. Getting hands on experience with patients and interacting with the doctors was the most enjoyable part of of my volunteer trip. I also enjoyed learning and experiencing the culture. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others since it is a great cultural experience and the mobile clinics are an awesome way to get hands on volunteering experience. 

Name: Rachel Campo 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my schools emails and on social media. The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the people at the clinics and how thankful and happy they were despite their poverty. I loved being able to play with all the kids in the communities, it was the most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip.  I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip, it was one of the best experience of my life!

Name: Emily Esposito 
University: University of Delaware 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 28-5 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE due to the information my university gave to me about the organization. The most impactful part of this trip was the patients we helped and saw how their lives were benefited. I now understand that poverty limits people to have basic life necessities that no one should be without. Helping the children and creating bonds with the other trips members was the most enjoyable part of my trip with MEDLIFE. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, it was a really great experience.

Name: Aileen Guiller
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school. We have a chapter. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing how people live here with the bare necessities and actually going to their hometowns to see how they live their lives.The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to play with the kids and work hands on with the dentists at the clinic. I would recommend volunteering with MEDLIFE, it was a great experience!

Name: Siena Nicol
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. Seeing the houses people lived in and how many medical problems they acquired due to the dirty water really gave me a different perspective of poverty.The most impactful part of my trip was seeing the reactions and how thankful all of the local people were was most enjoyable.I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. It really changed me for the better.

Name: Mark Arthur
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFEat our school with a powerpoint presentation from my committee and I was drawn in. The most impactful part of my trip was being able to see distinct changes in the gratitude of the people. They were so grateful for every little thing we did. Poverty is such a sad problem when such wealth in both money terms and education still exits.The most enjoyable part of my trip were the interactions with the children. Their endless energy and jolly faces with genuine enthusiasm is exhilarating. I love being able to have fun with them to exchange Facebook interactions and still keep in touch.I would 100% recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. I have been on 3 now including this one and each one is unique and as moving as the last. The week I went to South America my best meaningful week every year.

Name: August Williams
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through a friend. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was experiencing the conditions that the locals live with  -  it was way more eye-opening than any statistic. It really makes me want to go into primary medicine rather than a specialtyTalking to the locals during clinic and seeing all the breath-taking views of beauty and poverty were some of my most enjoyable parts of my trip  that will stay with me for life. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It really changed my perception of poverty and got to do some hard work during the day while getting to go out with the group and have fun at night.

Name: McKenzie Fagan
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through friends' social media posts. Working hands on with the doctor and OB really made an impact on me. I did not expect to see as many diseases/infections as we did. The doctors and nurses were incredibly helpful. I can't wait to work with them next year! I really enjoyed being hands on with the patients and that we got to travel to a new clinic each day. this trip was more than eye-opening for me. It made me realize how necessary our help is and how I want to do more!I would absolutely recommend volunteering with MEDLIFE on a trip. I did not realize what a powerful impact MEDLIFE really has on these communities.

Name: Christina Chen
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through Alternative breaks UCSD.The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing the difference between rich and poor. Seeing how racism is still prominent in Ecuador. Poverty is more than an issue of developing countries, it's a system of oppression. Interacting with the locals and doctors was the most enjoyable part of my trip. The doctors were really genuine and takes the time to explain to us. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer clinic to others. 

Name: Karlee Hunter
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDASI found MEDLIFE through an organization on campus called Alternative breaks. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was when I was at the dentist station. So many people have their teeth taken out because they didn't have basic dental care. I imagined what my teeth would have looked like without my dentist and orthodontist back home and I was more appreciative of the privileges that I consider essential. The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting closer to the people within my group and feeling like I made a difference in the communities we visited.I would recommend MEDLIFE volunteer trips to others because the sacrifice helps so many people in such a short amount of time.

Name: Catherine Condille
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through the Alternative Breaks Program.The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was seeing the young mothers - it hasn't necessarily changed my perception of poverty, but it has made it more of an urgent problem. It's also prompted me to think more about public health as a career option. The most enjoyable part of my trip was reflecting with my group after - especially when we could discuss the data provided in the MEDLIFE presentations. I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. But I think I would offer it as an alternative to Alternative Breaks because the presence of alcohol/partying. Students who want to "work hard, play hard" seemed to really enjoy it, but I found that my students wanted to spend more time on service and reflection rather than partying and didn't really feel like part of the larger group as a result. Plus it was hard to sleep with all the loud music/singing/talking/drinking right outside one window - for future with the hotel at Esmeraldas I would suggest giving participants a "quiet" option.

Name: Lana Kwong
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through my school emailing.  Most powerful part of my winter trip is seeing how so many people were denied the most basic and necessary resources such as water and food, which resulted in so much unattended health problems that could and should be easily solved/avoided. My perception of poverty has not changed but it has empowered me to do more with my life to help those in need.The most enjoyable part of my trip was everything except getting sunburned. I loved working with the doctors and the patients. I loved playing with the kids. They are so sweet and enjoy our company. I look forward to being able to help them more in the future.  I would 100% recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE. I am recruiting people when I get back to UCSB. I love that this organization: employing local people and doctors to help the community gain more empowerment to get themselves to a better place and ask the government for help that is rightfully theirs. I love how this organization minimizes the possibility of a superiority complex for those who come and help because we are responding to the needs of the community and not just coming in and going away. MEDLIFE constantly has people in the area and follow up patients and people who work with the community.

Name: Melissa Trejo
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE at UCSD. I am in an organization called Alternative breaks. My trip within AB was MEDLIFE. The most powerful part of this trip was being able to bond with the staff. I'm not a pre-med student and never considered myself as a person interested in medicine but now I want to work in some part of the field. Seeing the lack of healthcare available to the people motivated me to continue working with people stricken by poverty.Service wise, I enjoyed getting to help treat patients. Helping the people made me feel important. Even working under the scorching sun was bearable since I knew I was making a difference.I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE to others.

Name: Denissa Ruiz
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through the Alternative Breaks Program.The most impactful part of my trip was interacting with the community and talking to the staff about healthcare and the infrastructure of Ecuador and MEDLIFE. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the towns. I got to enjoy being in a rural community and how they sustain themselves through their farms.I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. It was a real eye-opening experience in terms of public health and education at the community level.

Name: Adrienne Garcia
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I heard about MEDLIFE from a friend who was involved in it last year. Seeing the staircase project and actually climbing up and down the stairs was very impactful. It helped me realize how privileged I am and my ability to easily access resources. Even though I was unable to speak Spanish, it was still awesome to interact with the communities and help them thorough the clinic, there were some of my most enjoyable parts of my trip. I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others, it's a great opportunity to have hands on experience in the medical field and to be exposed to a reality much different from parts of the US.

Name: Pasha Rahbari
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through our president of our chapter at school. The most powerful part of my trip was immersing myself in the language and culture of Ecuador. It was such an eye opening experience and was a big factor in my personal growth. I try to know how to appreciate what I have, and can acknowledge how much I still have to learn about the world. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the doctor's station. Forcing myself to learn Spanish in order to communicate with the doctor and patients was both frustrating and a great learning experience. I got to see many cases or parasites and how to diagnose patients who have them.I would absolutely recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others,  it's the most fun I've ever had on spring break.

Name: Maddison Kane
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE at my school. Nick Ellis gave a talk at my school a few years ago.The most powerful part of my trip is seeing how many people were impacted by our presence in Esmeraldas. It has given me indescribable motivation to advocate on behalf of MEDLIFE. The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing how grateful all of the patients were was amazing. To have such a positive attitude under such poor health conditions was intoxicating. Also, seeing the inauguration of the stairs was SO fun! I would ABSOLUTELY recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others!  As this is my third trip with MEDLIFE, I repeatedly tell my friends/family that this is the best week of my year.

Name: Alleah Bouley 
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends who went to Lima, Peru last year and loved it. The most powerful part was seeing the way these people lived and how secluded some communities are. I have never seen poverty like that and hope I can continue to help people like these throughout my life. Putting a smile on the children's faces was the most enjoyable part of my trip -playing games, trying to speak broken Spanish, helping them get better.I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others! It was everything I expected and more. I love the hands on work and the perfect mix of work and play. I would recommend they know some Spanish though.
Name: Travis Nelson
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friends who were members of MEDLIFE at UNL.The most powerful part  of my trip was working at the pharmacy and seeing the lack of medication the people hd access to. They didn't have Advil, multivitamins, etc. We take advantage of the simplest of things that some people do not have.Interacting with all of the children at clinic was the most enjoyable part of my trip.  Also, Working with the doctors and getting to lear hands on. I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE. It is a fantastic way to spend spring break and change your life.

Name: Sarah Dougherty
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friend who was in the club at my school and she went on the trip last year.The most powerful part of my trip was Realizing that simple necessities are not available. Things like running water or even clean water in general are taken for granted.The most enjoyable part of my trip were the clinics. It was very hands on. The kids were adorable and so loving and happy. The beach was also so beautiful.I love the beach and it made the "sketchy" downtown worth it. I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. I loved the beach so much. If you don't like the ocean then I would not recommend this trip but I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.

Name: Taylor Schueth
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through friends who have gone on previous trips. Seeing malnutrition and the size of children versus age at medical clinics was the most powerful part of my trip. Living in Esmeraldas felt like I was somewhat living in poverty and it was extremely eye opening.I loved the mobile clinics and seeing people smile even though we had a language barrier, they were some of my most enjoyable moments of my trip. I would 100% recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. You get to end each day feeling like you have done good to the world while having fun and experiencing a new culture.

Name: Alexa Karels
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through a school club.The most impactful part of my trip was actually experiencing poverty. I had never seen it or actually physically knew what it was. Experiencing it really opened my eyes.The most enjoyable part of my trip were the clinics, how hands on they were! The children as well!I would recommend this trip to others. Its a spring break where you get to actually help the world!

Name: Lisa Chen
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE because my brother was part of MEDLIFE at his college.The most powerful part of my trip was actually seeing the conditions the communities faced and the problems they have every day.Meeting new people and being able to help the communities in the smallest way possible was the most enjoyable part of my trip. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip. It's a unique experience and everyone should experience how the other side lives.

Name: Sined Leon
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through friends at my school that are in the MEDLIFE chapter.The most powerful part of my trip was seeing how a lack of education can create so many problems that can be prevented.The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to help hands on and actually interact with the patients especially the little kids.I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It is a life changing trip that will make you open your eyes and view the world differently.

Name: John Shook
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE two years ago through a MEDLIFE chapter member.The most impactful part of my trip was learning, like i did in Lima, that life is never as easy as it is advertised in America. That education is almost as important as breathing. It humbles you to your core. The most enjoyable part of my trip was knowing that no matter how different you are to the locals, making a simple gesture such as a smile can make you closer to them as you every thought you could.I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, why not is the only reason why. Diversification through cultures is the best gift ever given to humanity.

Name: Kira Lavac
University: UCSB
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found MEDLIFE through my friends who are in the club and on exec so they told me about the club and the trip.The most powerful part of my trip was seeing how grateful communities were for the most basic healthcare really made me realize how necessary our help was. Also the lack of education about basic care made me recognize the gravity of the poverty. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the gratitude! So many people were so happy that we were there to help them and the honesty in that was indescribable. Sharing this experience with all of my friends was great and being able to meet others from different schools.I would absolutely recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others, this trip has changed my life in many ways. The help I've given, the friends I've made and the impact I've made on others.

Name: Eduardo Topia
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through the Alternative Breaks Program. The most powerful part of the trip was listening to the locals and hearing their life experiences. The project was also very vital as it allowed us to see how poor communities in Ecuador live. Interacting with the community members and asking them questions was the most enjoyable part of my trip. I would recommend MEDLIFE volunteer trips to others because it offers us the opportunity to work alongside medical professionals and see how they treat patients.

Name: Kimberly Ticsay
University: UCSD
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 ESMERALDAS
I heard of MEDLIFE through UCSD's Alternative Breaks Program.The most powerful part of my trip was when I was in doctor Teo (Henri's) office I saw a one month old girl who looked so helpless and it just opened my eyes to how real poverty is. I've never seen communities like these up close and I'm really thankful for everything I have and I'm glad I could help.I really enjoyed the toothbrushing station because I got to work with the kids. They are really energetic and adorable. Playing with them once we closed the station was so fun. I also really liked working pharmacy. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because being on this trip makes you fully realize how privileged you are and how much these people really need our help. It's a really good experience. I loved it.
 
Name: Patrick Opperman
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at our campus and a lot of my friends and I thought it would be a good experience. The most impactful part of this trip was how eye-opening it was to me because for us this is a week long experience and for those we see this is a life-long experience. It shows me that poverty can be very widespread, but you can be happy with what you have. It's hard to say what my most enjoyable part of this trip was since there was no part that I didn't enjoy, but I enjoyed meeting the people and using the Spanish that I know to ask them some questions and get to know more about them. I would absolutely recommend a trip because this is an experience that has allowed me to help many people in several ways. 

Name: Jacob Lenz
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from my lab partner who went on a trip last year. The most impactful part of this trip was how tough the people were. I could see the hope in them and the want to improve their community. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was the cultural immersion, this was my first time to South America, although my Spanish was very weak, I loved being able to try and use it when ordering or communicating with people. It was really humbling and now I can relate better to people in the states who don't know English and have trouble in work and daily life due to the language barrier. I would absolutely recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others. A MEDLIFE trip allows a person to do so much exploring culture, exploring medicine, tropical climate, and still have fun while making a difference in other people's lives. 
Name: Kiki Katsapakes
University: Colby College
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends at school - I have now been president for 2 years at my schools chapter. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was how I learned an extensive amount about the mechanisms of communities and the overall interaction between economies and health care. It is something I would like to pursue in the future. The most enjoyable part of my trip were the people. The Peruvians, the other students, everyones collective efforts and attitudes. I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to other. I think this is a sound, helpful and culturally sensitive program that improves quality of life.
Name: Jennifer Willis
University: West Virginia University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friend went on a trip previously.  The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was having to carry all the equipment the first day really gave me an idea of what its like for the people here everyday and how hard it is and we only have to do it one day. I really enjoyed working with triage and seeing all the people come through the clinic. I also really enjoyed carrying the brick and up to the house because it was so cool seeing everybody work together all at once to help.  I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to other! I think this was an amazing experience! I truly enjoyed going to clinic or project everyday and seeing the impact we made in such a short time was so rewarding. Also there were a lot of fun activities outside of clinic. It felt like a vacation outside of clinic. 
Name: Grace Chen
University: UCLA
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter at my school as well as seeing flyers on campus.  The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was on the reality tour. We saw the horrible conditions people were living in. The smell of pig farms and burning trash, dust getting in water containers, and hearing of all the issues was eye-opening and knowing that there were nice lawns and rich people on the other side of the wall did change my perception of poverty. I think I understand poverty better now. Its really hard to pick  my most enjoyable part of the trip; from the salsa dancing to ceviche, I think the most memorable part was the inauguration ceremony , where all the community members thanked us and celebrated with us. Seeing the progress from day 1 on the staircase and knowing how many people's lives would be changed was incredible. I would definitely recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others! It was absolutely unforgettable and definitely life changing and I hope everyone gets to experience this kind of feeling.
Name: Brittnee VInzant
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my Chapter at UNL.The most impactful part of my trip was having to walk the trails just like the people that live there to fully understand the importance of a simple thing such as a staircase.Seeing the people's faces after we completed the staircases and clinic days was the most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip. I would recommend a volunteer trio with MEDLIFE to others because it was an amazing experience and I gained a new perspective. 
Name: Timothy Liu
University: Seattle Pacific University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school's chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was the project when I learned that we couldn't fill holes in stairs with cement because the community didn't have enough water. It made me recognize the lack of resources many in Peru face. I also learned that our country (USA) faced similar problems it lacked water only 100 years ago in the Pioneer Era. The most enjoyable part of my trip was interacting with patients at the mobile clinic. I really enjoyed putting fluoride in the kids' teeth and taking patients for the group. Of course! MEDLIFE continues to follow up and develop relations with communities and community members. Also, I believe that you learn more through doing and seeing and interacting with others.
Name: Hannah Nguyen
University: UCLA
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through their Facebook Page. The most impactful part of my trip was working with the doctors and realizing that being able to provide adequate healthcare to communities of poverty requires a lot more than medicine - it requires community organization and education (that may be more impactful than practicing medicine). The most enjoyable part of my trip was definitely the clinics; either in dental or medical because the doctor was so enthusiastic about explaining everything to the students.I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, it is a wonderful mix of clinic experience and travel experience (a lot of down time - maybe too much). I enjoyed the clinics a lot more than the sightseeing even though I loved both.
Name: Jessica Willouguey
University: West Virginia University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends who were attending the tripEverything about my trip was extremely meaningful! I can't pick exactly one moment. My perception of poverty has changed dramatically.  The most enjoyable part of this trip was working with everyone including the MEDLIFE workers, volunteers, and community as a whole.  I would recommend this trip to anyone! I think everyone should go on at least one MEDLIFE trip in their life.
Name: Tara Samiee
University: UCLA
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the UCLA chapter. The inauguration of the finished staircase was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. I think everyone is aware that there are places in this world that suffer extreme poverty, but being in it's presence and working with the people of these poor communities was a completely different experience. I feel grateful to be a part of such an awesome NGO, but also realize there is more to do and ways I could help. The most enjoyable part of this trip were the people; the people of the community, the other volunteers, and most importantly, the staff of MEDLIFE. Everybody was so enjoyable to be around and to work with and without that I don't think experience would be as amazing as it was. I would most definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others! This is a trip EVERYBODY should experience (even if they're graduated from college). People need to be exposed to the reality of poverty and realize how huge of an impact they can make by contributing.
Name: Kaitlin Sims
University: West Virginia University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE by flyers around my university and a friend who had gone to Lima.The most impactful parts of my volunteer trips were the final party (seeing how thankful the community was for our work ) and watching the community help us paint the staircase. My perception of poverty has changed a LOT. Seeing how thankful everyone was for even the smallest gestures of kindness. One day I was giving out bottle of water and juices that I brought, and the looks of the men, women, and children's faces made me see just how grateful they were for such a small gesture of kindness.There were so many enjoyable parts of this trip: the looks on people's faces, a hug or kiss on the cheek from the people we helped, and being so close with the people in the community.I would absolutely recommend someone going on a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE. This was the BEST trip of my life! Such a great mixture of volunteering and having a wonderful time. Overall, this was the best experience of my life so far. I am planning to come back in August on a Cusco trip. I have never had in my life so far such a touching, wonderful experience. I want to do something like this as often as I can thorough my life. I really hope with my career I will be able to come to communities and give back. Our MEDLIFE staff was so energetic and inspiring!!! THANK YOU for this amazing experience!
Name: Harrison Pollard
University: University of California - Santa Barbara
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through seeing pictures on social media (Facebook) of my friend working at a clinic. This has been a life changing week, I am much more confident in my choice to volunteer with underserved populations. The hike in the communities on Tuesday was a  very important part of my education on impoverished communities. The new food, culture, people and amongst the most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip. As well as The surfing trip to the beach, toothbrushing and dental at the clinics, and the dedication ceremony for the new staircase. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to other! It will give you perspective with yourself, and show you how you can help those of you who don't know where to start. 
Name: Bethany Steidl
University: UCLA
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through UCLA MEDLIFE organization on campus. Seeing pictures is one thing, but being there in person to smell the waste, physically witness the poverty, and feel the dirt and grunge humbles you to another level. This was the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. You cannot ignore what is in front of your eyes. And getting to know the community and meeting the people makes it much more important to you personally.I really enjoyed the first location/clinic where we had to hike out over ridge carrying all our equipment. I also enjoyed being able to talk to the doctors and dentists. I strongly recommend trying to study some Spanish phrases before coming. That being said I very much so recommend this trip to others. It is a LOT of fun, you meet wonderful and amazing people, and you can see the help you provide after a week of work. It is a tremendously humbling but satisfying experience. I would 100% do this a thousand times over again. 
Name: Jared Vanlandingham
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found MEDLIFE through Facebook and friendsThe most impactful part of my trip was the first day seeing how people live and how hard of conditions they live in. We moved the clinic up the hill and struggled, but the people do that everyday. The most enjoyable part of my trip was meeting new people and seeing a visible difference in the communities we helped. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I experience another culture, but I got to help those in need while doing it.
Name: Rebecca Anderson
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university chapter and several people that have gone on trips before.The most impactful part of my volunteer trip is how I have seen lots of pictures of this trip and poverty, but being in Lima on the hills was shocking. It makes the things we do in the US very simple when in fact these people have to do so much for such simple tasks. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was seeing the appreciation in the patient's face. Also, to understand the medical disadvantages 3rd world countries must deal with. I would absolutely recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others! It has been life changing! I have such a new appreciation for these people now!
Name: Huittsam Polly Liu
University: UC Davis
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE though their Facebook page.  The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was how I got to see how their real life is. Before I came here, I did not think I could do this much for them and actually make a difference, but with the people in the group, we made it. It wouldn't have been the same without them. The most enjoyable part of my trip was how I got to actually help people with community project and helped others. I would recommend a volunteer trip with MEDLIFE to others  because it's meaningful and it makes a difference to the rest of the world.
Name: Lauren Bandel
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE chapter at UN-L. The first day of clinic was the most impactful. We carried equipment up and down a couple steep hills to get to the clinic site. It was exhausting and very hot. I realized that those living there did this and more every single day just for things like water and was moved by that. The most enjoyable part of my trip was seeing the impact that we had on each individual and the communities. The genuine gratitude expressed by the communities provided one of the best feelings. I would definitely recommend one; it is the perfect balance of fun and volunteering. It is such a fulfilling, life-changing experience

Name: Mariel Rancel
University: University of Illinois at Chicago
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 RIOBAMBA
I found out about Medlife through the chapter that was started at UIC this fall 2014. Honestly, the most powerful part of my trip were the things that seem trivial. Just talking to the Ecuadorian people has left such a huge impact on me... I served as a translator to a nursing student at the doctor station with me, and I learned more about medicine in those few hours than I have sitting in a classroom this past school year. I've found that I like working with individuals who face serious health disparities. Maybe not as a health practitioner, but I'd still like to delve more into this field from a different perspective.I really enjoyed the time I spent on the doctor shift and the afternoons spent walking through Riobamba just getting to know the city.Would I recommend this trip? YES YES YES!!!! It was a great experience—that's why! I got to practice my Spanish, learn a bunch of new things, travel, investigate my interests, and more.

Name: Megan Williams
University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 21-29 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE  through UNL chapter. My favorite part was helping people in the clinics. Also enjoyed the Baños tour. I really loved the clinics. Being on site with the locals was the best part. Getting to talk with them and see their normal conditions of buildings and health. I would recommend the trip. 

Name: Rachel Bohrer
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through fellow sorority sisters who went on past trips. The mobile clinics were very powerful for me. I didn't really know what to expect for these communities, but it made me realize how poor & different their reality is. Poverty here is so different from poverty in the US.The entire experience was the most enjoyable. Being able to give back to these communities was a great experience. I would definitely recommend a volunteer trip because i think it changes your perception of the world. It pushes you out of your comfort zone & allows for personal growth while being able to give back.

Name: Samantha Schilling
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I first learned about MEDLIFE through my school´s involvement fair in the fall.  MEDLIFE had a booth, so I signed up to learn more. Although seeing the patients, who had no access to basic healthcare, in the doctors station was a powerful part, there was one drive on the bus through a village where i saw overflowing garbage in the streets surrounded with skinny dogs. That was a part of poverty that i had never seen.The most enjoyable part of my trip was meeting new people and the great feeling of helping others along the way. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone that is possibly interested. Not only do you see amazing sites in a country, but you also see the impoverished side & get to help them. It is very rewarding. 

Name: Hai Ming Chen
University: Skidmore College
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I heard about MEDLIFE from a friend. I noticed that a lot of people we helped were not very sanitary and understood that they might not have the facility to just take a shower everyday. That really surprised me because even though showering is just a habit for us , it is a big deal for them. Not only am I more willing to help those people, but I also cherish what I am fortunate enough to have.The most enjoyable part was when I saw the peoples' smiles everyday, I felt satisfied! Having the ability to aid these great people is an amazing thing to do in life.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. Even though I am not a pre-med student, and know nothing about the medicine field, I had a great time. This trip is not just about shadowing different stations, but it is also helping those in need. 
 Name: Aaron Yoder
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school´s pre-health club. They had people go on this trip in previous years. I think the most powerful thing having to do with poverty is the houses that people live in. I see people living in homes with dirt floors and a tarp as a roof and that just doesn't happen in America very much.The most enjoyable part for me is always playing with the kids. They seem very interested in us and love the attention. They are also eager to give hugs and climb all over us and that makes me so happy.I absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to my entire school and anyone else interested. It is so common for people to come and realize that they want to participate in more public service and that realization is invaluable and so important. 
 Name: Alexandra Buechler
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I volunteered with the president of the U. of A. chapter and she told me about it. The most powerful part of the trip was the tour day because it is the first time i have ever seen poverty at that level. It made me appreciate what I take for granted and inspired me to probably come again next year.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was my short stay at Dr. Gorge´s station at the clinic on Friday. This man went out of his way to ensure we were throughly engaged in every patient visit. He also thought us some quechua!Yes, i would recommend MELIFE to others because this is something everyone should see with their own eyes in order to inspire them to make changes. 
 Name: Branden Nikkar
iUniversity: University of Massachusetts
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I heard about MEDLIFE through my cousin, who went on a mobile clinic to Lima and Cusco this past summer. The most powerful part of the trip was interacting with the people of the communities we helped. Although we may feel "sad" to witness these people living in poverty, I believe we were able to truly make a difference. It´s not about changing their lifestyles, it´s about educating them in order to bring the community better health.The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to experience the Peruvian culture.  It was an amazing and fun experience!I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE to anyone who loves to travel and make a difference because it was life-changing for me. 
 Name: Alexandra Buechler
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through promotions of the chapter at my school. The most powerful part of the trip was staying in the city.  Although it was not nearly as bad as rural communities, it was substantially worse than America. Seeing living conditions in the rural communities, like the toilets was shocking. I had no idea.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was becoming close with the volunteers from my chapter and working with kids. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It is life changing and eye opening. People in my country have no idea how good they have it.

 Name: Kenneth Phi
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friend, who invited me to a meeting. The hardest part was seeing all of the problems the local had to live with such as parasites in their water or unhealthy food. I have gained further appreciation for all that I have.The people and staff were absolutely amazing and courteous. I had an amazing room with great roommates and we got along so well. The city of Cusco was also amazing, with all its visits and lovely culture. I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE because it is the experience that one encounters and the depth of diversity that you meet 
 Name: Rahik Mazumder
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university club meeting. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was working on the development project. Observing the construction of development projects in impoverished areas was eye-opening doing. The labour is much harder without advanced tools.Working at the toothbrush station was the most enjoyable part of my trip because it was very hands on and the station allowed us to interact with a vast amount of people. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because the trip is an amazing experience. 
 Name: Sonja Huff
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the club at the University of Arizona campus. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was working in the mobile clinics in different communities. It was shocking to me to see the communities' lack of healthcare and hygiene. The most enjoyable  part of my volunteer trip was working in the toothbrushing station at the school.Yes, I would recommend a volunteer trip to anyone who is interested because it was an incredible hands on experience working in healthcare and learning about a new culture. 
 Name: Zarin Tasnim
University: University of North Florida
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from the chapter at my university. I realized how easy I have it living at home. Before this trip I never understood the extent of the lifestyle of people living in poverty. It has been an eye-opening experience.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was the toothbrushing section of the clinics, the kids & the beautiful sights &hikes of Cusco. Yes, I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone! This is such a beneficial trip no matter what career field a person wants to pursue. 
 Name: Maria Espinosa
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
 I found out about MEDLIFE through my student involvement fair at OSU. The tourism day when we visited the hospital in Pisaqwas was the most powerful part of the trip. It was shocking to hear how few services the hospital could offer to the surrounding communities and how few people took advantage of the free health insurance offered by Peru.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was getting to know the students from my university better, meeting students from other universities, and working together to improve the lives of others.YES! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. These trips reinforce my passion for helping others and entering the medical field. 
 Name: Shaleeka Cornelius
University: Howard University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my Undergraduate Chapter. The most powerful part was shadowing a doctor during the clinic and attending to elderly patients. Altough the patients had injuries and illnesses caused by working in the fields, they would return to farming because that was their only source of income. The most enjoyable part was horseback riding up the Andes mountains. It was my first time riding a horse.Yes, I would recommend MELIFE to others from across all disciplines.  It is an eye-opening experience and a great way to improve accessibility to healthcare. 
 Name: Sophia Yatsenko
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE when I went to Lima last year. The most powerful part of this trip is the gratitude of the children. The kids really look up to us and appreciate any help we can give, all the way from a toothbrush to a hug and some attention. The staff is wonderful. They make the experience that much better.Yes, I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  Great experience! 

 Name: Kimberly Murphy
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who was in the club chapter. The most powerful part was seeing the conditions some people live in. It is so different than in the States. It made me appreciative for what i have but also aware of the change that should take place.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was the city and all the friendly people and staff.YES!!! I would recommend MEDLIFE to others because it opens your eyes to the harsh realities some people live with. However, at the same time, it gives you hope/ lights a fire in you to do you part in making a difference. 
 Name: Sariah Robinson 
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my roommate who told me about the club. The most powerful part of the trip for me was when we were at the school and a little girl came forward about being raped. This event showed me how poverty can be hidden but exist everywhere.The most enjoyable part of the trip was my first clinic day. That day was very slow but we get to know the kids very well & got closer with a lot of people on the trip.Yes, I would recommend MEDLIFE to others because my experience was amazing & i´d like to share it with others. 
 Name: Lyndsay Boyd
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a presentation at my university. The most powerful part of the trip was seeing that people don´t value medicine & education. To me, those are the 2 most important things to be healthy & smart. It's sad to see that in the US we have so many opportunities & medications/treatments but they dont´t have access. I want to help more because its out there, but they just need help. The most enjoyable part of the trip was clinics with the kids. I loved playing with them & teaching them how to brush their teeth.YES, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to anyone interested.  This was the best experience of my life so far. I loved helping people, learning more spanish, & getting to see a new country. 
 Name: Evelyn Fenick
University: University of Conneticut
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school and also one of my friends has done the trip. The most powerful part of the trip was seeing the different conditions of the patients. I love children and it broke my heart seeing that at such a young age, they lived in conditions like this. However, once i got them to smile, i knew that i was in the right place doing the right thing.I loved working with the kids and also seeing the reactions of patients when they first arrived. You could tell from the smiles and from now they said "good morning"  that they truly did appreciate everything we provided. Of course! I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to anyone who is possibly interested.  I think that the work you do is amazing and I want others to realize that there are serious problems in the rest of the world that shouldn´t be ignored. With the help of people, you can change the world! 
 Name: Jordyn Owen
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends, who went on a trip.  Also, a chapter was started at the UA. Seeing how severe the living conditions are here and how difficult it is for them to travel for medical care was powerful.I loved working with the children at the toothbrush station. Teaching them basic ways to improve their health & seeing their excitment over getting their very own toothbrush was incredible. I would absolutely recommend a trip to others. I loved getting to experience a new culture while also working along my peers to help a need. 
 Name: Heather Bennett
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend's friend. The most powerful part of the trip was seeing how other people live,watching their everyday struggles. The children having such bad teeth at a young age. This definitely makes me have a different outlook on life and what poverty really is.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was being able to give back to people that truly need it. Seeing how happy they are to see us and to see them get the help they need.I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! This week has been tiring but it has been one of the best weeks of my life and definitely one of the most rewarding! 
 Name: Agata Porcu
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from my brother´s girlfriend who volunteered for a trip in Africa. The most powerful part of the trip was helping people and feeling like I was doing something for others. Seeing poverty in person made me feel like I wanted to learn and see more. I would love to do another trip to help & experience more.I really enjoyed shadowing the doctors. Most of all I enjoyed meeting and seeing the people that MEDLIFE was helping. I really wish I knew better spanish so that i could have communicated more. I loved the toothbrush station / children. Yes. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to anyone because the trip is a ton of fun and something that not everyone gets to experience. 
 Name: Arlene Hernandez 
University: Skidmore College
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school´s pre-health club. The most powerful part of the trip was shadowing the doctors. It opened my eyes to how easy i have it in the US and made me want to do more charity work. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was interacting with the doctors and patients. I learned a lot not only about medicine, but also about the culture in the communities.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  Even if someone isn´t persuing a career in medicine it is still an extremely powerful & valuable experience. 
 Name: Erica Wormser
University: University of North Florida
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE from a friend. The most powerful part of the trip was interacting with the children and seeing how happy most of the adults were to be at the clinics. It has opened my eyes to what kind of career i want.My favorite part was Thursday when we went to the K5 and elementary schools to teach tooth brushing.Yes, I recommend a MELDLIFE to everyone.  It is fun, rewarding, and a great experience. 
 Name: Katherine Bullock
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my Co-Presidents, Cait and Sophia, who went on a trip last year. This week gave me perspective on what poverty can look like. The most powerful part was sitting with the doctors and seeing the help that they can provide.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was brushing teeth with the kids and learning more about medicine.Yes, i would recommend this trip to everyone! This was a great experience. Thank you for everything. 
 Name: Grace Heise
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends,Cait and Sophia, who went last year). The most powerful part was seeing how appreciative most patients were to get help. It was shocking to me to see so many people who do not go to the doctor or dentist unless there is a serious problem.  Also, if there is a serious problem, many of them cannot afford to get the help they need.I loved the toothbrush station with the kids. It was so nice to see them smiling, and it was there that I really felt like i made a difference.Yes, I would recommend this trip to anyone.  It was fun to experience another culture, and very rewarding to know that i made a difference in peoples lives. 
 Name: Amelia Gagnon
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE chapter at OSU and my friend, maria, who is the brigade coordinator.The most powerful moment was when the village leader from Picoll thanked us after our clinic ended. He was filled with gratitude and welcomed us back whenever. This moment hit home to me because it showed me how those few hours in Picoll, Peru, really impacted and helped the people in that community.  Access to healthcare is nearly nonexistent in that area.I really enjoyed working with the Peruvian doctors and citizens. The doctors were friendly and informative while the citizens were extremely friendly and thankful for our services.I would absolutely recommend this trip to others and i hope to go on more trips myself. MEDLIFE trips are both personally and professionally rewarding... you can´t get that anywhere else. 
 Name: Alexandria Capozza
University: University of Massachusetts
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through one of my friends from a different university who went on a MEDLIFE trip. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was working in the mobile clinics in the small villages outside of Cusco. All of the people were so friendly and grateful for the medicine and treatments provided. It amazed me how such basic things, such as brushing your teeth or washing your hands was such a foreign concept for them.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was the toothbrushing station. All of the children were so friendly and energetic. I loved being able to teach them how to brush their teeth and interacting with all of them afterwards. Yes, I would definitely recommend this trip to others! The MEDLIFE organization is amazing. The whole trip was very organized and I felt very safe and comfortable the whole trip. 
 Name: Dana Okab
University: University of North Florida
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who told me about it and he participated last year and went to Ecuador. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was working in the mobile clinics & working at the project. Giving back to the community. This trip has made me realize the importance of giving back to the less fortunate. It has also made me realize how thankful & fortunate I am.The most enjoyable part of the trip was working in the mobile clinics, working in the project, exploring this beautiful country & its people. Yes I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip because its a life changing experience. This trip allows you to grow as a person & to always give back to the community whether its at home or in another country. 
 Name: Hillary Ramirez
University: Skidmore College
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the pre- health club at Skidmore College. The most powerful part was beeing able to shadow and talk to the doctors about the conditions in Peru. My family is from a third world country so before coming to this trip I already knew what poverty looked like. My knowledge of poverty is one of the things that motivated me to come to this trip.The most enjoyable part was listening to the stories of the doctors and nurses i worked with. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others mostly because i have realized how much I love medicine and how badly i want to be a doctor. 
 Name: Mylinh Bui
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school MEDLIFE chapter and friends on local clubs board. The most powerful part was being able to provide free medical and dental services to those in the community. There are ways we as a group help change the lives of those living in the community.Being able to see the smiles on the childrens' faces was one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip.Yes, I would recommend MEDLIFE to others because it includes not only medical clinics but also community projects to help those in the communities. 

 Name: Sydney Sillart
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school´s club at club fair. Seeing how different people live and they don´t even complain through the pain. It showed me that even in poverty they can find ways to be happy and things to be grateful for. My favorite part of the trip was being able to make a difference and help others who truly dereve it. YES, I would definitely recommend a trip to others. It was life changing and probably the best experience of my life. It is amazing to help. 
 Name: Steven Shao
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
My local chapter told me about MEDLIFE. Seeing people in poverty still find joys in life. Even though we still need to help them, it just shows I should be more content about my life. I enjoyed playing soccer with the children and the dental part of clinic. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to everyone.  It was an enjoyable experience while creating an impact on the communities. 
 Name: Brandi White
University: Howard University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the Howard University MEDLIFE chapter.The project and clinic, both have been the most impactful part of my trip. The patients and the people who lived in the community were extremely thankful. What America calls poverty does not compare to the poverty here in Lima.The most enjoyable part was working in dentistry because everything was so hands on. Also the Ica tour was enjoyable.Yes, I would defintely recommed this trip to others. This trip is an eye opener. It showed me that people should be grateful and thankful for what they have. We as americans don´t know how much having stairs, water, healthcare, and electricity matters. 
 Name: Angela Klanchar
University: Rowan University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from my email from school. The most powerful impact was actually experienceing the smells, obstacles, and health issues of poverty. For me, the reality tour was the biggest impact.I enjoyed meeting new people and helping people. My favorite day or part of the experience is difficult to narrow down because I loved every day equally.Yes, I would recommend this trip to others because it was an amazing way to make a difference in the world. 
 Name: Jeremiah Froese
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through one of Texas A & M´s MEDLIFE offices. The tour was super impactful. I´ve seen extreme poverty before, but it always moves me to see how bad things are in other places of the world. I loved dental because of how hands on it was. I felt like i was really contributing & i learned a lot. I would recommend MEDLIFE to others because you learn so much & it is incredibly eye opening. 
 Name: Karli Ralston
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a local chapter at TAMU. When Carmen (the community leader) talked to us about their need for a staircase. The words they shared were great motivation for lifting concrete...And their generosity with food/drink was awesome to experience. The need is huge but I was astonished by how much they willingly gave.I enjoyed clinic days & concrete days for different reasons, but one thing they both required was hard work. It was great to see the accomplishment of the day but always looking forward to more. So I liked it all.I would recommend MEDLIFE to others. However, I am rooted in my faith & would prefer a medical mission that addressed spiritual needs as well. 
 Name: Jonathan Fu
University: Johns Hopkins
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my college chapter and friends. The most impactful part of the trip was when the leaders of the community, around our staircase, came out to personally thank us. This has shown me that people in poverty are very willing to change their conditions, but lack the means usually.The best part was playing with the local children. It made the experience very personal and helped us sympathize more with the community and its issues.Yes, I would recomend a MEDLIFE trip to others because it was a worthwhile experience in seeing the underlying health issues in the world. 
 Name: Gianna White
University: Howard University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I learned about MEDLIFE from the Howard chapter at the university. The most powerful part of the trip was recieving thanks from the communitiy on Friday who were so grateful about the staircase we built for them. I realized how impactful a proper water system and stairs are in our lives. My favorite part of trip was the mobile clinics, interacting with the local people, improving my spanish and the Ica tour.Yes, I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It was a great experience and I want to bring a group of friends/fellows students to the program in Ecuador in the near future. 
 Name: Rosary Etienne
University: Rowan University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I learned about MEDLIFE from the chapter in my school. This trip was definitely eye-opening for me. Sometimes, I usually take things for granted, wasting things that i thought were not important. However, after seeing these people´s lives, it made me me think back and now I see life probably in a different perspective. I will continue to volunteer more and more as long that i am still alive.The most enjoyable part was the toothbrushing section. I love kids, so seeing myself helping these kids brushing their teeth put a smile on my face.Yes, I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE to others because this trip made me appreciate things in my life more. So, I think these trip will definitely be an eye-opening experience for anyone no matter their age. 
 Name: Parvathy Retnakumar
University: University of Maryland College Park
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I learned about MEDLIFE from the University chapter/pictures from friends who went on a trip posted on facebook. The most impactful part of the trip was following a peruvian woman down the hills to a school with the toothbrushing station. It was amazing to literally walk in her shoes and realize how difficult life for the people really were.The most enjoyable part of the trip was being able to meet and interact with many people during the clinic while knowing that you´re changing their lives. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because it is a truly life-changing experience to learn how the underprivileged life which makes a person more grateful as well as more caring towards those with less. It´s an eye-opening experience that everyone should have. 
 Name: Ivory Lon
University: Johns Hopkins
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school. We have a chapter. The most impactful part of my trip was being a part of the mobile clinics. It´s amazing how many patients we see each day and how we are actually helping them in a way that is beyond the surface, temporary way.The most enjoyable part was playing with the local kids and getting to know the other volunteers on the trip. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip because I had a great time and I truly felt like I made a difference in the community. 
 Name: Nivetha Chandrasekaran
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the university club. We were able to experience how people live (tour). I feel fortunate to live in a great condition and should not complain about the things I usually complain about.I enjoyed being part of a team helping people in need while getting everyone else better. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  I opened my eyes to the way a large part of the population believe in and i want to try to make a change and improve their lives. 
 Name: Nathan Ko
University: Johns Hopkins
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the school chapter during the club fair. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was the huge juxtaposition between the healthy areas and poor regions of Lima. It was really humbling and shocking to see all the people living in shacks and learning just how great a difference our circumstances are. The actual observation of such a difference opened my perception of poverty and made me realize the true reality of it all.The most enjoyable part of the volunteer trip was meeting many people and making friends, especially the leaders. They were very chill and fun to hang out with. It was because of the friendly dynamic that we had that made the work fun and enjoyable.HECK YEAH! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  Not only was it a learning experience, both through my perception of poverty as well being able to shadow/ assist doctors, but it was also an enjoyable adventure. We could never predict what was going to happen the next day. We even had to push the bus. 
 Name: Priya Gandhi
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE when I went on the Esmeraldas-Ecuador trip with my cousin in inter 2013.The most impactful part of my Volunteer trip was the tour. I got to see hands on that people in poverty have to overcome many things yet are still not guaranteed good health, something that shouldn't be restricted from any human. The most enjoyable part of the volunteer trip was the mobile clinic days. Seeing and listening to the patients made such a huge difference for their reality.Yes! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip.  It's a great way to open yourself to the world and understand poverty better by putting yourself in their shoes. 

 Name: Nita Gandhi
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMAI found our about MEDLIFE from my daughter Priya. The most impactful part of my trip was reaching out to people who do not have the basic resources for a normal healthy life and access to water, electricity, transportation, etc..I was able to see patients, educate breast cancer and cervical cancer prevention. Prevent cavities in kids by educating and cleaning their teeth. Also making staircases to make their life easy.Yes! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others . Help people while at the same time have fun to see a different part of the world and experience the people and delicious food!!! 
 Name: Juzar Hussain
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
One of the officers from our chapter told me about MEDLIFE. To me, the most impactful part of the trip was actually going on & seeing the communities. The living conditions and way of life has shown me what its like to live in poverty. The difference made by a few volunteers game me the motivation to continue on this path.The most enjoyable part of the trip was learning about the Peruvian culture and all of the delicious food associated with it.Yes! I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others.  This trip is a wonderful opportunity for someone to learn what medical professionals do everyday. 
 Name: Alexandra Graziano
University: Rowan University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my university email.The most impactful part could be working at the clinics and seeing all of the people who need our help. Also, seeing who we were helping after the project was finished definitely put our efforts into perspective. I now know the true meaning of poverty.The most enjoyable pat of the trip was getting to know the staff of MEDLIFE, getting to experience the beautiful areas of Peru while still getting to aid people in need, and meeting great people that have my common interest.I would most definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It was an organized way to take volunteers and put a lot of responsibility into their hands.  It also allowed them to experience the hardships of others. 
 Name: Olivia Schineider
University: University of Minnesota
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend . The most impactful part was taking part in the development project. Building the staircase was hard work but regardful. It was amazing to see the community come and work with us because they know how badly they need change in their community. The most enjoyable part of the trip was meeting all the new people and working with them in the clinic setting.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It is a great experience that opens your eyes to another world in need. 

 Name: Jessica Bhandari
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from the chapter at my school. The most impactful part of the trip was working with the locals that were giving us everything they had to offer. Also having a clinic in their home community showed how medicine is universal.My favorite part was really getting a chance to speak & practice my Spanish and meet local people. Putting a smile on their faces was really worth it. Volunteers who are interested in participating in a MELDIFE trip shouldn't think twice about signing up. Learning about global health really showed me why i am studying what i am and now i have the ability to holistically evaluate people in life. 
 Name: Jessica Vargas
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I am in the MEDLIFE chapter at our school. The tour we had in the village really made me realize how bad the conditions are. Observing their lifestyle and climbing the mountain really made me grateful for what I have yet I felt so helpless wanting to do more. I really enjoyed toothbrushing!I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It was life-changing and so impactful. I loved interacting with the people, doctors and leaders.

 Name: Mackenzie Hartman
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I am an Officer at the Texas A & M chapter. Taking a tour of the community and witnessing the living conditions firsthand was incredibly powerful. Building the staircase was equally impactful, knowing how much it would help the community.The inauguration of the staircase was my favorite part of the trip.  Also, getting to know other students and MEDLIFE staff. I would absolutely recommend a trip to anyone.  MEDLIFE is a great opportunity to serve those in need. 
 Name: Abraham Hanim
University: Rowan University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
Rowan University started a new MEDLIFE chapter at the school and I am the treasurer. The tour communicated the powerful message that the conditions many people live in make if difficult to escape poverty. While they may have electricity, they don´t have safe roads to school or work.My favorite part of the trip was doctor shadowing in clinic. In the spare time I also really enjoyed playing soccer and interacting with the community. Without a doubt, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It was a great experience, I cannot wait to go on more trips as soon as i have the money. 
 Name: Nathan Counsellor
University: Rowan University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I learned about MEDLIFE through the school chapter at Rowan. I loved interacting with the children despite their living conditions. Everyone was extremely giving and thankful. I loved hanging out with new people and all of the group leaders. The dental station was one of my favorite while in clinic and the project meant a lot to me. I would definitely recommend a trip to others. If you want to help people and make a difference in the world, this trip is for you. 
 Name: Allison Gonzalez
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I learned about MEDLIFE when my school had an open house for organizations. The most impactful part of my trip was the tour and the project because I really got to know what it was like to live in those conditions. It made me realize how fortunate I really am. The most enjoyable part of my trip was everything, especially the clinic days.I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE volunteer trip to those who are interested in a career in the medical field because this trip really proves whether or not you want to have a career in the medical field. 
 Name: Rena Dang
University: Texas A & M University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a college friend who was an officer. Being hands on with the people instead of just observing has been the most impactful part of my volunteer trip. I´ve always had an understanding of poverty but seeing it and experiencing it first hand, puts things into perspective.Definitely the mobile clinics and being able to see the people´s faces and how much of an impact i have has been the most enjoyable part of my trip. Yes, I would recommend MEDLIFE to others because it lets people see everything up close, not just on TV or in brochures. 
 Name: Landon Kidna
University: University of North Dakota
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I learned of MEDLIFE through the chapter at my school. The most impactful part of the trip was seeing first hand how poor the living conditions were. I almost never thought about poverty and almost knew it off as if it were non existent. It now is tattooed on my mind how poor their really are. It was very touching.The most enjoyable part was being able to help  these communities out and to know that they are so appreciative of our help.I also enjoyed having fun as well and being able to experience the city of Lima.I would recommend this trip because it not only changes the lives of the communities, but it changes your life as well. 
 Name: Wade Coomer
University: Johns Hopkins
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 LIMA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a newsletter from the university.Visiting the school and interacting with all of the kids was the most impactful. It put into perspective all of the luxuries that many people take for granted, meanwhile kids here don´t have much so the smallest of kind gestures can make their day and give happiness.Getting to know all of the other volunteers and staff was the most enjoyable. I did not know anyone coming into the trip, but I am leaving with many new friends. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip. Not only is it an exciting experience in another country, but you also touch the lives of hundreds of children and families. 
 Name: Liliya Parkman
University: University of Arizona
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I heard about MEDLIFE from friends that had gone on the trip before and loved it. Seeing how many preventable diseases people suffer from in a prolonged period of time has made a large impact on me. It has made me realize how privileged we are to be from a developed country especially in terms of having access to basic medications and screenings. Even though I don´t speak Spanish well, I loved connecting with the kids and patients. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip! It's a very well-rounded trip filled with learning and fun. 
 Name: Steven Chen
University: Pomona College
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE from a student presentation at my school. The most powerful part was the bus we took through the animal market. For me that was the saddest sight to see. It was when i was at my most uncomfortable. Seeing the poor treatment of the animals made me realize how dependent people are on them for their live-hoods. Both for money and food. I really enjoyed the fact that I got to work with the local doctors/dentists and communicate with them. Local doctors are more in tune with the sight of their country and more aware of the situations people were in. It was very powerful to see them donate their time and energy for the sake of their own fellow citizens.I would definitely recommend a trip. I had an amazing experience and learned a lot. I was also found out of my comfort zone a lot, which I embraced. I think that I took a lot away from this trip. 
 Name: Amber Wincek
University: University of Maryland 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE when a friend in my sorority went to the Lima locationWorking at the mobile clinic was the most impactful part of my trip. This changed my perception of poverty because I have never experienced anything like this before. It was very interesting to work directly with people who are living below the poverty line, rather than just reading about their situation, seeing pictures of them & witnessing it in second hand.I really enjoyed the people in the trip (other volunteers and MEDLIFE staff) & enjoyed playing soccer with the kids at one of the clinics site. A lot of times at the clinic it was somber & sad, however playing soccer with the kids allowed us to come together & realize what we all have in common. Yes, I would definitely recommend a trip! I thought that this was an amazing experience & i can´t wait to sign up for another trip! 
 Name: Hillary Gutierrez
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBAI found out about MEDLIFE by word of mouth & on Facebook. The most powerful part was when a woman called me "doctora". It moved me so much & it reinforced the fact that i DO want to be a doctor. Poverty here has taught me that money does not equal happiness. Sure these people were lacking in resources, but not in a love for life.My most enjoyable part was working with the children. They were so curious and quite willing to learn. I definitely learned a lot from them. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. This trip really helped me realize what my two goals are. After this trip, there is no doubt i want to become a doctor. 
 Name: Nina Ngo
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school. Seeing how little the communities had and how many barriers they face was definitely the most impactful part of the trip. This has really opened up my eyes and sobered my mind, changing my perception of poverty completely. Meeting and interacting with the people as well as providing as much help as possible were the most enjoyable part of this trip. I´m so grateful to have been able to come and participate with the hopes of making a difference.I would, without a doubt, recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because i know they too will be touched by all of the experiences here. P.S: i love MEDLIFE!!! 
 Name: Marilyn Barragan
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE when I went to an info meeting with the KU chapter. Speaking with the community has been eye opening! I better understood what the conditions are really like and it is heart breaking. The mobile clinic days were enjoyable. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip! It is an enriching experience and the impact on the communities is incredible. The trips make a difference. 
 Name: Vivian Lu
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
Facebook friends posted about application and that´s how i got interested. I´ve never heard of MEDLIFE before that. The most powerful part of my trip was seeing the effect of poverty on health. I´ve seen poverty in other countries before but seeing the inequality of it in terms of health shocked me. It has changed the way I look at my life and inherent privilege, just based on the chance that I was born in the U.S. It´s helped me reflect inwards and truly appreciate the value of being able to pursue whatever I want, for example; education. I´ve learned that poverty is not a choice, but rather the result of multiple inevitable factors. But, most importantly, I've learned that my position of privilege  also means I have the responsibility, presently and in the future, to contribute to a change in how health/access is distributed, and ultimately integrate that into how I live my life.The most enjoyable part of my trip was interacting with the community members on Wednesday. Despite the language barrier, it was great to know that a smile makes all the difference.Yes! I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. This trip has been life-changing in the way I view health care, the role of health care professionals, how I view my life goals, how I view my own life & how I see poverty. Everyone should have the chance to do this immersion program, it´s like no other trip i´ve been on.

 Name: Katherine Bullock
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who also went on the trip with me.The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was playing with a group of kids who liked taking pictures and looking at them on my phone. Their sweetness and laughs even while they looked miserable were very warming to my heart. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being at different stations and getting a feel for different jobs within the clinic as well as getting to know everyone.  I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others, I loved the trip and hope to go to another. The staff and other volunteers were super friendly and inviting. 
 Name: Rachel Dong
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend in our school´s chapter. The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was seeing different lifestyles and different levels of health they differ so much from those in the U.S., and the disparities truly make me appreciate and aware of how little the people live with.I enjoyed making friendships with others on the trip as we bonded over treating others and struggling with Spanish. I know these friendships will extend beyond this trip! I would definitely recommend this volunteer trip because it has been such an eye opening experience and I have made amazing friends. 
 Name: Megan Hansen 
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE KU branch at the Student Info Fair.The most impactful part of my volunteer trip was hearing a little girl tell me (when asked what she does for fun) that when she´s not in school, she´s working in the fields. While not surprising, it really emphasized how blessed we are to live in the developed world. The most enjoyable part of my trip was definitely playing with the kids and practicing Spanish! It was truly inspiring to see how happy they were with none of the things we find “necessary”. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! This was the most eye opening, rewarding, important experience of my life and everyone should have an experience like this at some point. 
 Name: Caitlin Stillson
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a campus activity fair where I met our University's Chapter. I think the most powerful part of my experience was seeing the joy the toothbrushing station brought the little kids. They were so happy to receive their toothbrush, an object most people take for granted on a daily basis.The most enjoyable part of my trip was talking to a young man while he practiced his English, just listening to his life style and discussing random things like music & the titanic. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! It was a life changing experience that I think everyone should get to go on. 
 Name: Valerie Yu
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school's chapter Facebook page. I think the most powerful part of my experience was a moment during my project day, and truly experiencing in firsthand how much it takes just to build a bathroom and with so little resources. It´s a real problem and it´s made me realize more than ever the very real repercussions of poverty and the reasons (education, development issues) behind it.The most enjoyable part of my trip was driving through the countryside and taking in its beauty during our time at the guinea pig farm. This really made me appreciate the beauty of Ecuador. The market places were also enjoyable because they gave me a glimpse of local culture and allowed me to immerse myself in the life of residents here. I love their fashion!Absolutely! I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it provided me with an eyeopening experience of life in low income communities and my role in really helping eradicate issues in global health in a real way; it also made me more aware of issues like education and development and their significance in the well-being of an entire people. 
 Name: Raina Choi
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a MEDLIFE e-board member and at my school's pre-health fair.The most powerful part of the volunteer trip would probably have to be when the people made soup for the volunteers. It vas just very touching to receive their gratitude and when the president thanked us on behalf of the community, it was just very strong.The most enjoyable part of the volunteer trip would probably have to be being able to participate in the clinics and interact with the other fellow volunteers and the people at the local community.I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because it was a really enjoyable time getting to know everyone, but it was also an enlightening experience & that i was able to see the culture in first hand. Although Ecuador may be impoverished, it was amazing to see how happy the people were, and how seemingly trivial acts can make a difference. 
 Name: Hannah Donnelly
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through school.  The most powerful part for me as either interacting with the community or the dentist station. It was amazing to see how grateful  and happy they were that we were there. The kids i talked to all had these life goals that it really inspired me. The dentist station really opened my eyes to how badly  they need healthcare and to be educated on how to properly take care of yourself, and also how brave they all are.The most enjoyable part of my experience is hard to pick out. While the dentist station was hard to watch at times, it was also very enjoyable how hands on it was. I also enjoyed being able to help at the doctor station. Talking to the kids was also one of my favorite parts. They were all great people who made what we did worth it.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because on this trip I not only learned about the Ecuadorian people and culture but also about myself. This trip helped me establish more on what kind of person I want to be. It taught me a lot.  
 Name: Aaron Davis
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE from friends who were involved in starting KU MEDLIFE. I think the most powerful part of my experience was seeing people in their normal setting and knowing that they are in pain probably constantly and don´t have resources to address it. It has made me realize just how good we have it and makes you realize what we take for granted.The most enjoyable part of my trip was the medical clinic. I really enjoyed doing the pharmacy station and the doctor station. To be able to use my passion for medicine to help others is my dream.HECK YES I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others!! It was an amazing, eye opening experience that everyone should do once in their lives. 
 Name: Madlina Pratt
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through USC. I think the most powerful part of my experience was seeing people with the children who live in poor conditions with very low quality of life compared with all the luxury we enjoy; there is huge disparity, and its heartbreaking. There is so much pain and brokenness, much of which we are powerless to completely heal because the whole system is flawed.The most enjoyable part of my trip was working with the children at clinic for sure. I love children so much and only wish we could have spent more time playing with them. There was so much joy and hope in their little faces; we can only pray and do our best to ensure their is a brighter future.Yes I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. Everyone (in my opinion especially kids in the US) needs to see this and know just how real these people are. Things won´t change unless we get out of our privileged bubble and recognize the reality of the lives of millions of our fellow human beings. Our hearts need to be broken to inspire us to do something about it so that out of this pain can be born a new and brighter tomorrow. THANK YOU SO MUCH MEDLIFE! 
 Name: Giselle Dizon
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I think the most powerful part of my experience was when I shadowed a doctor who saw a patient with epilepsy & special needs. It was a truly moving experience knowing that in america this patient would have received more adequate treatment & care, yet because of the lack of resources & acceptance from family, this patient was also suffering more in perspective to what we all have.The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to experience the city and all the shops was a great cultural experience. Yes I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others because its a chance to experience a new culture while getting the opportunity to be a part of an organization that provides medical assistance to those who otherwise wound´t get it. It´s also a great experience  that makes you a more introspective person. To see people of another country experiencing many injustices that are easily preventable in my home country gives you a new appreciation for the things we have. 
 Name: Gabriela Bukanowska
University: Manhattan College
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through a chapter recently opened at the university. The most powerful part of the trip was being able to experience the conditions that the people lived in as well as the schools the kids went to. It is definitely surprising how little money is needed in order to fix a roof or build a bathroom.It was most enjoyable to be able to communicate with the people at the mobile clinics as well as seeing how grateful they are even though we performed simple procedures.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others! It is definitely an experience i will not forget because I am going home with a lot of memories that I would not be able to get on any other trip. 
 Name:  Keily Montufar
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I think that everything about my experience was important and powerful but helping kids would be the most impacting. I thought I knew what poverty was because of my home country but it was totally different.The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to go different stations in the mobile clinic. I wish I was able to stay longer. I love being hands on and MEDLIFE provided that opportunity. I would most definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others, it was an amazing experience and I could not trade it for anything. It really helped me find myself. I really didn't know what to do with my life and career but MEDLIFE helped me see that there are many things that we can do to help the world. 
 Name: Mariah Fontanez
University: Lafayette College
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through the chapter we have at my school.I think the most powerful part of my experience was seeing that the women could not speak for themselves and get operations they need because their husbands wouldn't allow it.The most enjoyable part of my trip was interacting with the children and seeing how excited they were to see us and hear us speak english.Absolutely, I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others! It´s an incredibly humbling experience. The best way to travel. What can be better than helping people in need?!
Name: Maitri Patel
University: Universiy of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school chapter of MEDLIFE. I think the most powerful part of my experience was being able to actually perform doctor instructions. For example, being able to check where the pain is and making a judgement.  The most enjoyable part of my trip was learning the culture and being able to understand so many things that I would never have been exposed to otherwise.Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, it is a very good experience, it is very important to go on one of the trips, which will open their eyes for them. Sometimes it was culturally shocking, but it will be good for you.
Name: Aly Lange
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I found out about MEDLIFE through UNL's chapter trip to Lima for Spring Break 2014. I think the most powerful part of my experience was seeing people who  had very minimal access to healthcare was devastating and striking. It makes you reconsider your privileges. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the last mobile clinic day (friday). You could tell that the community was SO appreciative and wanted to express that. I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others, because healthcare is a basic human right and because MEDLIFE's work is slowly changing the world.
Name: Lauren Atheuton
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
The most powerful part of my experience was the markets on the tour day. It made me think about what it would be like to be in a situation where livestock could be the difference between feeding your children and not. The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to know everyone and the generosity/love the MEDLIFE staff showed us. Absolutely, I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip. It was a blast and I feel like I was the change I wanted to see in the world. It would be awesome to pass that on to someone else.
Name: Steve Kim 
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
Never imagined how much a dollar means to people in Ecuador. I was always skeptical of people saying even a little means a lot but after this trip, I want to contribute as much as I can to help. I loved interacting with the kids although my Spanish was very limited. I also enjoyed the project day, but gloves would have been very nice.I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip, this was and experience that I would not ever forget. 
Name: Yash Patel
University: University of Kansas
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
Through pre-med advisor of KU. I loved seeing the kids brush their teeth for the first time and before we went there they didn't even know what tooth-brushes are. And this is the extent of poverty. Working with the dentist, as it was the most happening station, was really enjoyable. Yes, I would recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip, just because it changes your way of thinking and you also feel that you have done at least one good thing in your life. You feel that you served the purpose of your life by helping those who are in actual need of it.
Name: Jessica Lanc
University: Adelphi University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
Through a friend who did the program in the past. I loved volunteering in the indigenous areas and seeing how people live and how many people can and needed to be seen by a doctor and needed care. It was eye opening. Saw a whole different part of the world. My most enjoyable moment was meeting people with similar interests from around the world, volunteering helping to deliver health care to poverty, sight seeing, playing with kids, talking to indigenous people, all of it! Yes, I would recommend this trip. Was an  awesome experience. Can't wait to volunteer again.
Name: Janis Yue
University: University of Southern California
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 14-22 RIOBAMBA
I met MEDLIFE through a close friend. The most powerful part of the trip for me was probably seeing the scarred and rashy faces of small children who had been infected with parasites and fungus from poor sanitation, a problem that can be fairly easily fixed. Although poverty is a systemic problem, it breeds many secondary problems that can be fixed with the right intentions and actions from more privileged individuals.For me, the best part was both getting to know other people on the trip who had similar interests and intentions as well as getting to speak to local children. Yes! I think that MEDLIFE offers a very unique experience drive by the intentions of volunteers.

Name: Kristine  Jubilag
University: University of Central Florida
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 RIOBAMBA
 I found out about MEDLIFE initially during my school's annual Medical School Symposiums where MEDLIFE UCF had replaced a school presentation. I didn't join MEDLIFE UCF until a year after and I steadily heard about the mobile clinics from applying to be part of their Executive Board interviews onward.How lively and gracefully the people we've helped lived and acted, they were so generous from the ceremony they had for us (where they had all 17 villages chip in for a radio host and the food the made!!) to correcting my spanish to the point of where they thought I was a fluent speaker! I've learned so much from them and their general robustness. I want to strive so hard to help raise their standards of living but you can't do that without first helping the people and I've always heard this statement but I got to experience it firsthand. Humans helping other humans is so encouraging and motivating. I was scared at first of the language barrier but it's not one-sided and I'm just so thankful for this experience. Although their health/living conditions aren't as good as they could be, they definitely lived fuller lives than people I've known and met where I am from and I don't know how to explain it, I just feel it.  Every single day was such a lovely part, I couldn't choose a favourite part. Whenever I felt scared (anticipating language barriers at certain stations like education or triage was probably the biggest one) but still doing it and trying your hardest to do your tasks at that station was one of the best feelings to overcome. I loved the kids after volunteering who would stick around the clinic. I loved hiking the mountains. The men and women whose villages we volunteered at were so full of stories, I'm so thankful for the fluent bilingual in our group who could translate for them to share their stories!!  Would I recommend this trip? YES. YES, YES, YES. I learned so much about myself, socioeconomic concerns in Ecuador as opposed to the US (from where I'm from), to Ecuadorean culture-Andean culture, and I have such a deep appreciation for life in that I definitely want to explore the world and continue to give more than I could ever take. Like I don't know where or what in life I want to do but MEDLIFE seems to encompass a good 90% of it. I'm very satisfied with this mission. MEDLIFE has a very good and safe program and it's sustainable and everything I hadn't thought of before I do think of now. I've learned so much and I am so excited to learn more. 

Name: Shalini Sudama
University: The George Washington University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 RIOBAMBA
I enjoyed seeing how thankful and appreciative all of the people were that we helped. It has changed the way I perceive my own life now because I am so much more thankful for the resources I have here in the US. This trip has taught me that even if change cannot be implemented immediately, it can ultimately become effective through generations over time and that educating people is the single most important way to start a movement.I enjoyed all of the excursions, especially the trip to Baños at the end. Yes, I would recommend MEDLIFE because it is a very hands on, enlightening, and humbling experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.

Name: Sohemi Pagan Leon
University: University of Central Florida
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 RIOBAMBA
I found out about Medlife on campus and since then I have become very involved with the organization. The most powerful part has been witnessing what the people in this communities face every day. It makes me feel so much more grateful for the little things we all take for granted like toilet paper, water, a toilet, food, clean water, bathrooms, and homes. We live a very comfortable life and we still complain a lot, but somehow these people work their whole lives, have no access to healthcare, and are extremely poor and they have a smile on their face.  Last year in Lima I met an older woman who was around 70-80 years old and she would wake up at 4am every day to take 3 buses to go to work. She made little money and couldn't afford the medication she needed and that's why she went to the clinic. I think about her when I have to wake up early and complain like most of us. I think of her when I complain of how tired I am and how much I have to study and how badly I just want to go home and sleep. Its experiences like this one and many more that I experienced at Lima and at Riobamba recently that will always be with me, reminding me that there are people out there who need help and that whenever I feel like quitting I will not only let my self down but I will be letting people like that old lady down.It is hard to choose what was the most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip but I would narrow it down to the patients being so grateful for our help. They would shake our hand and say hi when they arrived at the clinic every day. On inauguration day they had a whole ceremony to thank Medlife and the volunteers and they showed us their traditions and made us food. These people have been the most grateful people I have ever met and I will never forget them.   These trips are amazing. The experiences are life changing, from shadowing, to manual labor, toothbrushing, dinner,and tours, every thing that goes on during a Medlife trip is a one in a lifetime experience. Everyone should go on these trips.

Name: Tiffany Gilliard
University: University of Central Florida
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 RIOBAMBA 
Working in mobile clinics with doctors as well as reality day were the most impactful parts on my perception. However, the fact that our project was a bathroom reiterated that we take some things for granted as Americans.I loved the mobile clinics because of the interactions you were able to have with the local adults and children.I enjoyed my stay and cannot wait to come attend more volunteer trips in the future. I loved to help these people more than anything. 
Name: Andrew  KramerUniversity: University of Central FloridaDate/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 RIOBAMBA  Witnessing poverty firsthand was truly a humbling and life-changing experience.  This experience has even changed my perception of happiness and fulfillment, as I'm more geared towards helping others in the pursuit of a career path.   The most enjoyable part of the experience was connecting the individual communities and the celebration they had to inaugurate the bathroom that we constructed: representatives from 17 different communities came to show their gratitude. I would recommend these service trips to any and all majors and professions as they give an insight into cultural identity that traveling and vacationing may never have the chance to provide. 
Name: Megan  Altizer
University: Michigan State University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 RIOBAMBA
The most powerful part was the clinic itself.  Just seeing the patients arrive, so eager and excited to be receiving care that they otherwise would not.  It was absolutely incredible to help them.The trip has definitely helped me to value the simple things in life that we take for granted in the United States, like showers, bathrooms, early check-ups, etc. I loved the clinic! I really liked how hans-on it was.  The last clinic day when we set up at the project site was really fun.  We got to see how many people were impacted, and it truly showed how grateful they were for everything we did that week. I also liked how much independence we had with touring and in the evenings.  It made the days much more enjoyable!Absolutely, I would recommend this trip! I already have. It was the best experience of my life.  I can only hope that others could experience what I got to. Incredible :) 
Name: Remy Mullen
University: UCF
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 RIOBAMBA 
Doing triage one day and looking at some of the things they deal with on a daily basis was amazing. The trip has made me realize what true poverty is, it's farming and grinding every single day to put food on the table and having that be literally your only option. I really enjoy meeting all the awesome people in MEDLIFE. Would I recommend this trip? Absolutely. It was an excellent experience all around. I meet great people, got valuable, hands-on shadowing time, and opened my eyes to a completely different part of the world. 
Name: Kristyn Ramsey
University: Dominican
University Parent
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
The most powerful part was seeing how the people outside of downtown Lima lived.  Things that I took for granted such as clean flushable toliets were things these people lacked.  Their inaccessibility to healthcare on an as need basis, is just something a hypochondriac like me can't begin to fathom.  It was amazing to see how much the people appreciated the care we helped to provide and how we made even a tiny impact in their lives through healthcare that day or long-term through the staircase we built or patients that needed follow ups through medlife. Every single part was enjoyable. It was a life changing trip that has left me in a better state than before I experienced it. Definitely! I would recommend this trip.  I even plan to go on several more myself. 
Name: Sooyun (Stephen) Cho
University: University of Pennsylvania
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
Reality tour was the most impactful, and it reinforced the perception of poverty that I have had through international development organizations in the past. During clinic, interacting with the local patients and the doctors, and the weekend tours to Paracas and Ica was the most enjoyable part. I would always recommend a Volunteer Trip to others! I'm founding the UPenn Chapter, and I hope we will be able to field more trips in the future for Penn students. 
Name: Romel Salazar
University: Dominican University Parent
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
My son's school offered this opportunity for his interest in medicine, and I jumped to idea of traveling with him to help as a translator.  The most powerful part of the tour was the way Christian and Jorge treated people; both natives as well as volunteers. From the get go, these young men provided a highly infectious positive attitude about what we were to do and it was done in a very respectful manner. The rest was just loving every second of helping people. Poverty is difficult but it does not seem to matter when there is family who loves you. The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting hugged and thanked by the people we helped. I will recommend MEDLIFE to others for I think it is a wonderful experience. Helping people is essential to all of us. 
Name: Nina Bracciano
University: Florida State University 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
Attending the mobile clincs was a very eye-opening experience to witness the poverty that the people live in. When we did the walking tour of one of the clinc sites we saw how the people live in this poverty every day of their lives and it terrible. This trip made me appreciate the small things and want to help those in poverty even more. The most enjoyable part of my trip was everything! This experience was amazing! I enjoyed every minute of it! I would always recommend a Volunteer Trip to others! This was a life changing experience and I would highly recommend it to everyone!  
Name: Mary Harrington
University: University of Virginia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
The reality tour was the most powerful part of my volunteer trip. While we were exposed to the communities at each clinic, walking through the community was more moving and realistic for me. Taking the actual steps through the terrain that local residents take each day was important in absorbing their lifestyle reality. What did I most enjoy? Hanging out with the other volunteers at night in the Hostel, the bus rides, the food, the reality tour, assisting the OBGYN at the clinic, playing with kids, riding in sand buggies in Ica….Too hard to pick the most enjoyable part of the trip! Many aspects of the trip were wonderful!I think exposure to other cultures and walks of life is so important in growing up and discovering what sort of people we want to be and what we want to do. I feel I know a tiny bit more about the world from my trip and that helps me to see where there is need in this world and what I can do to help. Without any exposure, we are all clueless.  In addition to the importance of exposure, my Lima trip allowed me to travel and see something new which was so exciting and awesome! 
Name: Marla Hodges
University: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
I found out about this trip through a friend of mine who was in the club and told me about it. I joined the club in the fall and did a trip in the spring.  The most powerful part of my Volunteer Trip was seeing a man carry his infant down a mountain without stairs. I realized that there is so much we take for granted. Mobile clinics were wonderful! I enjoyed every bit of it. The food! I would always recommend a Volunteer Trip to others -- It is life changing! 
Name: Marina Zielinski
University: UVA
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
The most incredible part was seeing elderly people carry giant containers of water up the numerous flights of stairs(or lack thereof). It was enlightening to realize this kind of poverty doesn't just go away. It sticks with people throughout their lives unless we do something about it. The most enjoyable part of my trip was the Ica tour and getting to meet so many new people both in the villages and on the trip. And experiencing a new culture of course.  I would always recommend a Volunteer Trip to others! It was fun and a wonderful experience in addition to having the chance to really help others. I would go back in a heart beat. 
Name: Kelsey Yokovich
University: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
The most powerful part of my Volunteer Trip was having to set up clinic in the middle of a road in Pamplona Alta the day after touring and seeing the poverty that is such a prevalent part of that area. Opening a clinic in the middle of their community that no one knew about, yet we could still help a large number of people, was the most powerful part of my trip. This has changed the way I appreciate the medical care I receive in the United States, as well as gain perspective and reality on how bad poverty is around the world.  The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to communicate with the various community leaders, doctors, and other volunteers and knowing how much they appreciated our help and support. I believe that being able to speak the language gave me an advantage to be able to work with the patients and doctors.  I would always recommend a Volunteer Trip to others -- it is part of what I do at the UNCW chapter of MEDLIFE. This organization has really shaped me into a well-rounded individual and has given me the opportunity to give back to other communities outside of the Wilmington area. 
Name: Kate Panzer
University: University of Pennsylvania
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
Going to different communities for every clinic and taking a tour of some others was powerful because it allowed me to observe what the locals go through everyday. It reminds me of how fortunate many people are to have what we consider necessities, such as toilet paper and drinking water.The sand boarding and dune buggy ride on the Ica Tour were extremely enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this trip. It has provided me with a new perspective on poverty and global health in general. It was an experience I will never forget. 
Name: Cristina Sanchez
University: FSU
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
There is a MEDLIFE chapter on our campus and I began to get involved.I saw a little boy, Fabian, who was mentally retarded and did not have the care he needed. He needs to get into therapy, and as president of our chapter I am trying to get MEDLIFE on his case to get this done. It has changed my view of poverty, seeing the way that people in these areas are. They are so friendly and grateful, even with so little.  The most enjoyable part for me was seeing all the student become passionate and moved about the MEDLIFE mission. Also, getting to meet all the locals as well as everyone from other schools.  Yes I would recommend this trip because this is my 4th trip and every trip changes my life. 
Name: Chelsea Hudson
University: UNCW
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
There is a UNCW MedLife chapter, and I wanted to join to see what it was about. The most powerful part of the trip was actually going out into the communities and meeting the people who live there. When giving medical care, I could see how impoverished these people were, which helped me understand. After the clinics, we would go around and pass out our leftovers from lunch to people from the communities. To see the excitement on the people's faces made everything worth it. The most enjoyable part of my trip was actually making an impact on the lives of those who live there. I was able to help build steps, and help educate people medically. If we hadn't been there, some people would not have been able to safely get home, or even go get clean water. The medical education that we gave could help spread the word, and countless people could take preventative measures to become healthier. Would I recommend this trip? ABSOLUTELY! This trip is, to this date, the most humbling and rewarding experience of my life. You get to see how privileged you are, and how much help others need. I will definitely be back in the future, and I will never forget what these people have taught me about myself, life, and about the world. 
Name: Brooke Altman
University: FSU
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
I met MEDLIFE through a some girls in my sorority. The most enjoyable part for me was  playing with the children, exploring Lima and assisting dentist. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because it was life-changing and eye-opening. 
Name: Bansi Salva
University: Nova Southeastern University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through students who went on the trip in previous years.The most powerful part was working directly with patients and seeing them take ownership of their care. It was amazing to see how hard the locals worked in sustaining what MEDLIFE has partnered with them to create.My favorite part was definitely working with patients in mobile clinics! I loved seeing how much of an impact MEDLIFE has made on these lives and how appreciative they were of receiving care. 
Name: Rachel Yep 
University: University of Virginia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 LIMA 
I met MEDLIFE through a group at my school (Multiculturalism in Nursing Today). For me, the most powerful part of the experience was seeing how resilient the people are - they face an impoverished lifestyle every day yet are so thankful and generous in sharing what little they have. It inspires me to be appreciate what I have, and to not take for granted things like staircases or clean water, which literally mean life to them! The most enjoyable part for me was playing with the children at the mobile clinics. They were so fun and happy and always had a smile on their faces. I also enjoyed learning more about the Peuvian culture in the tours/exploring the city, and really enjoyed surfing at the beach!  I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others! This week was the most eye-opening and rewarding experience of my entire life, and inspired me to want to do better and be better and make an impact in the world. I would 100% encourage others to go and I can't wait to go on another trip! 
Name: Brooks Anne Mitchell
University: UGA
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
The most powerful part of the trip was just seeing how isolated the villages are and how hard it would be to get them medical help in the case of an emergency. I really enjoyed the clinics and machu picchu.I would recommend MEDLIFE trips because I enjoyed every aspect of it. The service,  the free time, the trips, the people, the food. 
Name: Briana Suarez
University: FSU
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about this trip through flyers on my campus and soon became very interested. The most powerful part of my trip was being able to see how different life is in Cusco. I take so many things for granted and many of these people and these children live with literally next to nothing on a daily basis. Poverty can not look at bad as it really is,but until you are submerged in it, it will never be understood.  The most enjoyable part was being able to make all of the children so happy. The moments where we were playing soccer in the mountains or just playing with them filled my heart with joy.  Of course I would recommend it to others. Anyone going into the medical field should at least go on one of these medical mission trips. This will allow all people going into the medical field to understand other countries situation when it comes to medicine.   
 
Name: Trevia Jackson
University: FSU
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
My most powerful part of the trip was the beautiful mountains and how such beautiful landscape can impact access to healthcare, especially if there is no transportation.I really enjoyed working at the triage station getting to work with patients.I already recommend MEDLIFE trips! Because  its a great opportunity to lose yourself in service to others. 
Name: Lauren Truwit
University: University of Virginia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO  
I found out this trip because one of my friends is a nurse and her nursing friends from my university were taking a MedLife trip to Lima, Peru for our spring break. I decided to do Cusco instead though. The more powerful part of my trip was getting to go to the different villages, spread out amongst the mountains and country and getting to see how they live - their houses, squares, water, etc. It was powerful to enter their community and see their culture. I had never been on a service trip to a place of poverty before so this drastically changed my perception of poverty. I can now clearly see poverty, such that I have now had a first hand experience with poverty. Furthermore, it has changed how I view different cultures and how different they can be from my own and how culture itself can directly influence poverty. Honestly, everything was enjoyable. I loved the hostel where we stayed. I loved Cusco. I loved the free time we had, the horseback riding trip we got to take, the tour of the hospital, the meals at the hostel. The trip to Machu Picchu was fantastic and definitely everything I had hoped for. The trips up into the mountains to set up the clinics were also awesome. But if I had to pick one part, it was serving with the doctors. I really enjoyed speaking in spanish with them, it really helped me immerse myself into their culture and their country. I enjoyed conversing with them and their flexibility in allowing me to take part in the examinations and teaching me new things. I really enjoyed listening to them talk with the patients and discuss things such as stress, sun screen, back problems, etc. Overall, I feel like I learned a lot from the doctors and gained a very neat experience seeing them interact with the patients, as well as interacting with me. Yes I would definitely recommend MedLife to other people. The trip was fantastic and I loved it so much - I miss the people and Cusco a lot. The trip did a great job of immersing students and teaching students. As well as balancing fun, free time as a group. I loved it! 
Name: Zoheb Sulaiman
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I was first exposed to MEDLIFE at the Fall Activities Fair during my freshman year in Fall 2011 when I was handed a flier by an Executive Board member. My favorite aspect of MEDLIFE is its strong focus on sustainability. That's what makes it unique and sets it apart from other national non-profits. By working together with individual communities, MEDLIFE staff and volunteers are able to provide essential health education and promote local leaders to have a bigger stake in fostering community development, such as staircase construction and hygiene projects. MEDLIFE patients did not choose to be poor, but rather work together with MEDLIFE staff and volunteers towards a better life. With the proper education and financial support, MEDLIFE works to sponsor local communities to become fully functional on their own and once that need is addressed from the three-pronged approach (MEDs: Medicine, Education, and Development), they move to the next place in need.  The most enjoyable part of the mobile clinic was working with all the different students and having the chance to make a difference through clinics in the local communities. Yes, I would absolutely recommend MEDLIFE to other students. I have participated on three clinics so far, but I would have to say Cusco is definitely my favorite one. Since it was a smaller clinic, I had the opportunity to do more during clinics and have more of an active role with patients and students alike. 
Name: Silas Money
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through the pre-med listserv. I had obviously heard and read about the poverty before my arrival, but to see the living conditions in the rural villages was shocking. My perception of poverty is different in the sense that I now understand how its effects seep into all aspects of life, including health. I really enjoyedg getting to know my fellow volunteers, traveling through the beautiful countryside, and getting to help the wonderful locals with their medical problems. Yes I would recommend this trip! It had completely changed my perception of poverty in allowing me to see how detrimental it is to health care. I now have more motivation to continue pursuing medicine and I plan to return to Peru as soon as possible. 
Name: Nikki Bevilacqua
University: Nova Southeastern University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through students who went on the trip in previous years. The most powerful part was working directly with patients and seeing them take ownership of their care. It was amazing to see how hard the locals worked in sustaining what MEDLIFE has partnered with them to create. My favorite part was definitely working with patients in mobile clinics! I loved seeing how much of an impact MEDLIFE has made on these lives and how appreciative they were of receiving care. Absolutely! I would recommend a trip like this to anyone in a heartbeat and have talked to many students about going on trips on their own in the future. This trip changed my life for the better and I hope to see MEDLIFE expand to more areas of the world.
Name: Nikki Bevilacqua
University: Nova Southeastern University
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through  The most powerful part was shadowing the doctors, then dentist in particular.  Yes I would recommend this trip!
Name: Molly  Pierson
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MedLife from my university. I also have a friend who has attended a trip before and told me I should go.  The most humbling part of the trip was working with the children when teaching them to brush their teeth. It is heart wrenching to see children that so desperately need help reach out to you. You are their only beacon of light and support and using this opportunity to invest all of yourself into these young children is truly life changing. Before attending this trip, poverty was homelessness and the inability to pay for your daily needs; however, this only scratches the surface. Witnessing it first hand, poverty stems from a lack of education that drives people deeper into the hole they are already in. The native's lack of knowledge from a healthcare standpoint has proliferated the amount of disease and disability among the many people that live in these remote towns. By going to them and educating them directly, MedLife is changing the cycle of knowledge, ensuring that future generations provide for themselves what they have been deprived in the past. My favorite part of the trip was traveling all over rural Cuzco because I got to work alongside an incredible staff and learn so much after the Chequan cultural and medicine in a clinical setting.  I would definitly recommend this trip because without MEDLIFE I would never have experienced the culture and people of Peru in such a personal way. Anyone that plans to be in the medical field needs to attend one of these trips and gain a different perspective on poverty and the climate of the the global health system. 
Name: Nasser Rizvi
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
Seeing the lifestyle of the residents of third world countries is very eye opening and helped me appreciate where I come from and what I have. The explorations to various communities and cites was really enjoyable. It was far more enjoyable, relaxing, and eye opening than I had imagined it to be. I would definitly recommend it.
Name: Monisha Narayanan
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
Working with the patients and really making a difference in their lives in only a week was pretty powerful. It has shown me how poverty completely redefines one's priorities, leaving health to suffer. MEDLIFE helps change that. Working at the toothbrushing station was definitely the highlight of my trip. 
 This trip was a life changing experience and I really got to make a difference to hundreds of people in rural Peru. It is truly amazing to help out and you learn a lot along the way. I would definitely recommend it to others. 
Name: Brock Beisel
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who was a member of the chapter at UGA. Visiting the rural communities was an eye opening experience. I no longer take my easy access to general healthcare for granted. The most joyable part was the staff. The coordinators and interns were awesome and made the trip so much fun. I have already been spreading the word on my campus! My spring break trip with MEDLIFE was the best week of my life. 
Name: Madison Canning
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about this trip through the UGA MEDLIFE Chapter. The most powerful part was shadowing the doctors, then dentist in particular. The level of care and equipment is so different in Peru than in the United States. I loved the mobile clinic experience! I enjoyed learning and watching the doctors. I also really loved how great the Medlife leaders and group was...I had so much fun and never had to worry about planning anything myself. Yes I would recommend this trip! It was an experience that I will always remembered! I had fun and made friends but it also confirmed that I want to pursue a career in healthcare that focuses on global health.
Name: Karen Donaldson 
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE when I first transferred to The University of Georgia in 2012 through and information session. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip would have to be attending the clinic. It is truly an extremely eye-opening and humbling experience. My perception of poverty has changed completely since attending two clinics and has led me to wanting to help alleviate poverty in any way I can. The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was working with others that have the same drive to help people in need and seeing that drive being put to work. I would 100% recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It has changed my entire view of other cultures, healthcare, and poverty. MEDLIFE has become an organization I feel is truly making a difference in so many communities and for many students as well. Simply put, MEDLIFE rocks.
Name: Grace Mares
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE during my freshman year of college at a campus event. Volunteering at the mobile clinics was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I enjoy learning from the doctors, nurses, etc., but I gained a new perspective on healthcare around the world and made me more interested in volunteering in global health. Touring Machu Picchu was incredible. I will never forget that day we toured there. It was beautiful and I got to tour it with some good friends.Yes, I would definitely recommended a MEDLIFE trip to others. Everything about my trip was incredible and I made some amazing memories in Cusco. The people I met on this trip have become some of my good friends. This trip made me even more passionate about helping others and pursuing a career in healthcare. 
Name: Dallas Knox
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
The best part was when the parents were so proud of how their children could brush their teeth. Something here that we take for granted. I really enjoyed meeting new people like me. Of course I will recommend this trip, it was the most amazing experience of my life  
Name: Chloe West
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
On the first day of mobile clinics I was assigned to work the triage station. Having little Spanish speaking skills this was difficult, a man came up to me rambling words I did not understand but I kept hearing "medicina, medicina" and I knew to reply "SI!" His entire face lit up with hope and he ran off to his home where he would retrieve his very old and crippled mother to bring down the hill for medical help. This first encounter at the mobile clinics made such an impact on me, I was overwhelmed with joy to the point where I was brought to tears.The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was probably interacting with the children at the toothbrushing station! They were all so eager to learn about medicine and toothbrushing. This trip was life truly life changing, and I can honestly say it was the best week of my entire life!
Name: Brock  Beisel
University: University of Georgia 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
The most powerful part was learning about the aspects of the Inca cross from Margot. I wish something like her lesson to me on Friday was taught to the whole group on tour day. Her teaching gave me an entirely fresh and inspiring understanding of Inca culture and lifestyle. My perception of poverty was challenged in that many of the most poor live high in the mountains, very distanced from the benefits even a small city would offer. The communities' distance from civilization made me question how accessible medicine, nutritious food, and a decent education was to their people.  My UGA team was phenomenally kind, patient, service-oriented, and fun. They were the most enjoyable part of the trip! The horse back riding with Santos was also incredible. I gave Alberto his number. We had 34 people go and each person paid 50 soles, which was an amazing deal for us Americans, and it ended up being well worth it!
Absolutely, I would recommed this trip. I'm the Mobile Clinics chair at UGA so I'm becoming well-rehearsed in recommendations. MEDLIFE volunteer trips give students the opportunity to experience another culture and way of living, while simultaneously gaining priceless international experience in healthcare, education, and development.
Name: Allie Harbert
University: University of Georgia 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
The most  powerful moment was seeing the reality of how those people live from day to day was eye opening. The poverty and dirtiness and illness is normal to them and seeing this sad normality really affected me. I really enjoyed knowing that I was part of this organization that helps people and makes a difference with their quality of life and healthcare. I would absolutly recommed this trip ecause who wouldn't want to travel to a beautiful country and make a lasting impact there as well? It was a great experience. 
Name: Aakash Patel
University: University of Georgia 
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO This trip is a wonderful way to meet lots of brilliant people and get a hands on look at the state of global health. The most incredible thing I saw was that a man who dislocated hid shoulder continued to work because if he didn't his family wouldn't have a steady income. That was a degree of sacrifice I had never seen before.  The most enjoyable part was the toothbrushing station with the small children and getting to meet new people In the medlife chspter.This a a organization with a great agenda and a wonderful meaning. I would definitly recommed it to others.
Name: Stephanie Liu
University: University of Pittsburgh
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through my schools chapter of the club. The most powerful moment for me was seeing all of the homes and how the people living there are living in such poor conditions where they don't have access to clean water or safe steps to travel up to their home. It made me realize that I am lucky to have what I have, and that we can slowly help their situation. I enjoyed being able to help those in need, and make an impact on their lives. It was a good experience overall and opened my eyes up to the poverty in other countries other the the US.
Name: Marisa MillerUniversity: University of South FloridaDate/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO The most powerful part was going out into the villages and seeing the way of life in those places was truly life changing. When I worked with the dentist and saw the severely damaged teeth in the adults and children, it all hit me pretty hard. I recognized how privileged i am as an educated American citizen and it made me want to use the tools I've been blessed with to do good. I saw such a need for global health and education and it made me so interested in this field. It was very eye opening and it changed the way I view medicine and poverty greatly.I loved working in the villages and exploring Cusco. My favorite part was probably Macchu Picchu. If was so surreal and I've never experienced anything so magnificent before.This was the best trip I have ever been on. I learned so much about people, medicine, and myself. It was so impactful!
Name: Stamati  Damalos
University: University of South Florida
Date/Location: 2015 MAR 7-15 CUSCO 
The most powerful part of my trip were the communities themselves. The people were very hardworking. Common perception of people in poverty is that they are lazy and sit around all day. The people survive in an area where getting water means you have to go down the mountain, collect water, and then climb back up a steep, slippery slope, while carrying gallons of water. During project, their hard work ethic was apparent. Finishing three stair cases, let alone one, could not have been accomplished with out the help of the community. Their willingness to help shows that they are not in poverty due to laziness.  My most enjoyable part of the trip was when we had the chance to interact with the community. While working on the stairs, a bunch of kids came running out to help us and play. The following day we had clinic in the same location as the project. The same kids came out and were very happy to see us.  I would definitely recommend Medlife to others. The experience and memories gained on the trip are amazing. It is an awesome experience to get to see how others across the globe live, and you get the chance to make a difference in the communities that need it. 
Name: Andrea  Florit
University: University of Florida Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA The community has changed my perception of poverty. In Venezuela, Brazil, and The United States poverty is often associated with drugs, violence and lack of ambition. However, the people of Lima in these communities were kind, hard working and did not appear to be abusing. This program has an amazing staff. From the interns to the doctors that were worked with, everyone was kind and willing to teach us. You learn first hand how hard it is to live in these communities. Not only does this experience humble you, but it teaches you that there is more out there than the U.S. This program also allows one to feel a sense of accomplishment, yet still realize there is much more to do! I would recommend this to anyone, even those not in the pre-health field.
Name: Savannah Fuller
University: College of Charleston
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA 
I could not get over the number of people living in those conditions yet they were ALL so happy. Working with MedLife has largely impacted my life and I am so ready to return as soon as possible! It's strange the difference between American poverty and the poverty in Peru.  Everything from my week in Peru was absolutely incredible! The thing that most sticks out to me would be clinic days when all of the work was done and all that was left was time to play with the kids and practice speaking Spanish. MEDLIFE is an incredible organization and one day with them is all it takes to fall in love. My week in Peru has changed my life for the better and now my eyes have been opened to a wider range of this world and I want others to see it as well.
Name: Randee Shapiro
University: University of Michigan
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA
 The most powerful moment for me was walking through the communities and realizing how difficult it was to do so without carrying groceries, water, children, etc. This showed me that poverty is a vicious cycle - without resources to help, it is extremely challenging to progress and improve situations. The most enjoyable part? Everything! I truly enjoyed every moment. Whether I was helping the community, exploring Lima, or relaxing with other students, I really enjoyed my entire time in Lima. Would I recommend this trip to others? Such an unforgettable experience. Medlife did a great job staying organized and making students feel safe at all times. 
Name: Madeleine Ware
University: College of Charleston
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8
LIMA The most powerful part was seeing the community work together with us to build the stairs and set up the clinics. Everyone was extremely appreciative and nice, which made me realize that these people do have hope and want to improve their conditions.  I loved the reality tour and projects days. I also liked interacting with the kids during clinic. Definitely, I like MEDLIFE because it follows up with patients and were concerned about the volunteers as well as the people we were helping. Also, the staff was great!! 
Name: Lauren Britt
University: University of Michigan
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA 
The most powerful part of my trip to Lima leaving the clinics each day and seeing how many people we were able to treat and provide care for. The most powerful part of my trip to Lima was seeing the outpouring of love from the community on the last day when we had the staircase ceremony. everyone seemed so thankful and beyond appreciated of the work we did throughout the week. I would recommend MEDLIFE volunteer trips to anyone because of the incredible experience I had.
Name: Jayashwi Ramanathan 
University: University of Florida
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school's chapter, UF MEDLIFE. I believe the most powerful part of my Volunteer Trip was the whole trip itself. I enjoyed each and every minute of it. Witnessing first hand the communities that suffered from the lack of healthcare and safe environments really brought to light the fact that many people in this world are need of help and service. Everyone on the trip native to Ecuador was very hospitable and kind-hearted, and receiving that kind of loving treatment makes me want to participate in more MEDLIFE trips to come. I realize that even though some of the people I interacted with did not have much wealth to begin with, they had love and affection towards everyone. For some, there was a language barrier, even for me, at times, I was unable to understand what some people were saying, but despite that barrier, we received smiles and appreciation. I will carry that with me for the rest of my life.   I enjoyed every minute of my Volunteer Trip because of the new friendships I made and life lessons I have learned from being around such down-to-earth people. I really like how MEDLIFE doesn't only restrict itself to medical service but includes construction services too. On my trip, we built a staircase for a family to safely take themselves downhill to their only water supply. That was an incredible experience.   I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip to others because it was truly an amazing experience to work with communities in rural areas as well as the wonderful doctors. It is an experience to remember for a lifetime - meeting new people from different universities as well as people from the country itself coming together to make a positive impact on impoverished communities. 
Name: Janell McKinney
University: Barry University 
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through Barry. The tour was probably the most powerful part. It really opened my eyes to what the locals really have to go through every day, as well as why just a simple staircase can literally change their lives. The people in these communities are so hard-working, which I never necessarily thought about when thinking of those living in poverty. I would definitly recommed this trip. This was truly a humbling experience that really put into perspective all that I personally go through on a day to day basis. 
Name: Colleen Conroy 
University: University of Michigan
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA
We have a MEDLIFE chapter at our university, and I have friends that are apart of it. One of my good friends went on a spring break trip and spoke very highly of her experience. I think one of the most powerful things I witnessed was how grateful the people there were to be receiving our help. They spent time and resources on us even though they have very little because they were so thankful that we were there. I also think that it is very neat to see how MEDLIFE has helped communities grow. One of my favorite aspects of MEDLIFE is that it is an organization that continually expands yet stays and helps each community. They don't go in, do a few things, and then leave. That was really neat to me. I now see people in poverty as incredibly hard working and driven by circumstance who are so thankful for every opportunity they are given.I really enjoyed getting to know some of the culture of Peru. One of my favorite days was our last day at project when we celebrated our completed staircase. The people threw us a party and proceeded to share with us some food and traditional dances.I would definitely recommend that everyone go on a volunteer trip like the one that I was able to participate in. It was an incredible opportunity to learn about the people in Peru, be able to experience a different place in world, and give back to people who deserve every bit of help we can give them. After all, there are people too. 
Name: Claire Leveridge
University: College of Charleston
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA
The most powerful moment was the reality tour, seeing and doing the things (such as climbing up the side of the mountains) that the people who inhabit these areas are subjected to. And also just communicating with the locals and hearing about how much they want to help their families and better their lives. Also the clinics were extremely eye opening because we got to see first hand how lack of health care from the government and a lack of education about a variety of hygienic issues can debilitate people. I enjoyed meeting the locals and getting to hear their stories about how hard they work to over come the poverty they are subjected to living. MEDLIFE is a well organized trip and the leaders were THE BEST! Not to mention its a great opportunity to learn about and help a new culture.
Name: Caitlin McNally
University: UF
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 LIMA
I was the travel director for my organization and we researched multiple organizations that did similar trips through online search engines. I thought the most eye opening part was the reality tour. Seeing how people obtain and store water was incredible, something we in the United States definitely take for granted. Seeing the living conditions of Nueva Esperanza was also very powerful and eye opening for me. It was crazy to compare the way I live and things that I think are basic necessities compared to the way they live and the basic essentials that they survive on. I really enjoyed being able to experience the city life and night life in Lima. I have been on other medical mission trips where we are staying in extremely rural areas and were not able to do anything outside the hotel/hostel. But I enjoyed being able to freely walk around and explore here. I also really enjoyed sandboarding the last day. It was something I will probably never be able to do anywhere else, and it was so much fun, even when I fell and ate sand.  I would DEFINITELY recomend MEDLIFE to anyone who is interested in going on a medical mission trip. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my trip from the staff, to the hostel, to the location, to the clinics, to the development project, to the people in general. It was truly a life changing experience that I will never forget. MEDLIFE (Lima) reignited my passion for medicine and reminded me of why I am working so hard in school and everything else I do. My end goal is being able to help people like we helped in those clinics and making significant impacts in people's lives. MEDLIFE helped me remember that and makes me want to work harder so I can come back maybe as a doctor the next time to continue the work that is being done. Thank you MEDLIFE!
Name: Natasha Galarza Zambrana
University: University of Florida
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who went on a mission trip last year and then I joined the organization on campus. It was my first time being in a third world country and I originally thought it was bad, just not that bad. It really opened my eyes to how washing your hands or using toilet paper isn't as important. Also, how it's normal to have a family at such a young age, it was a lot to take in and accept with an open mind. I really enjoyed working along side the doctors to provide care to the people. Also, since I'm fluent in Spanish, I was able to direct and speak to the patients. I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it is a nice feeling knowing you were able to help out the poor even if it was just for a week. Many people think you have to be pre-med to go on a mission trip; I'm pre-vet and I enjoyed it just as much as everyone else. I would just advise them about all the traveling because it took a toll on all of us.  
Name: Carolina De La Rosa Mateo 
University: University of Florida
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
I think the fact that we were able to reach over 1,000 patients in one week is absolutely incredible. It was extremely humbling to be able to help people that don't have the privileges and resources that I have on a daily basis. The trip really helped me appreciate the work that health professionals do because of their love for medicine, rather than for the money. Being from a poor country myself, nothing I saw in terms of poverty was new to me, but it was a gentle reminder of what my life could have potentially been like had circumstance sbeen different. The most enjoyable part of the trip for me was when we got to inaugurate the staircase that we built. It was really rewarding to see the finished product of all the hard work we did and know that it would benefit the people of the community. I wish I had the opportunity to do more projects like that. It was extremely tiring and even tedious at some points, but it was worth it in the end.I would absolutelty recommend a volunteer trip to others! I think it's a very rewarding and fun experience, and you get to learn things about others and yourself. I think it's a good wake up call for those individuals that have lived in America their whole lives and haven't experienced the conditions in which millions of people still live. It makes you appreciate the things that you have and realize that some of the things we worry or complain about are nothing compared to the struggles that other people have to experience daily.
Name: Priya  Shil
University: University of Florida
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
The most powerful part of the trip was teaching the children about brushing their teeth. It is incredible to imagine that a simple act I commit every day half asleep to maintain hygiene is something these children have never learned. The girls and boys were absolutely terrified in the beginning to even come near the toothbrushing station, but as we convinced them to come try it I realized that the eyes in poverty see a different story. The fears are more real and different because they relate to survival. The decisions are based on making it through another day. The view of the world is simplistic in nature until they become educated. My interaction with the people in Ecuador has changed how I feel about myself and others. This mission trip essentially empowered me to believe that I have so much more potential to help people and I should because living in the U.S. I have been given an advantage, or a privilege.I enjoyed being able to learn about the culture of Ecuador. The relationships and difference in interactions between people gave me a new perspective. The music, food, dance and lifestyle also enriched my knowledge of Latin American culture. Exploring the city, talking to vendors, trying new fruits, was definitely the most enjoyable part of the trip.   I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip to anyone and everyone who is interested in a diversified cultural experience. The medical experience was only a gateway to what this program really has to offer. The service project of building a staircase was also an amazing experience anyone could enjoy. We saw firsthand what basic struggles third world countries have. I also learned the importance of asking them what they need instead of making assumptions and placing our creations in their world. Their appreciation and love in return combined with the activities made this a very unique, eye-opening experience for such a short trip.
Name: Tyler Samuels
University: University of Michigan
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
This was my first time in a 3rd world country so just being able to see how the local people actually live and how much their daily activities differ from ours in the United States. I have gained a tremendous appreciation for how lucky I was to be born into a middle class family in the United States. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to work directly with doctors and medical staff to serve people who normally would not receive that care but were in desperate need of it. Absolutely, this was a life-changing experience and I would definitely partake in another trip if I have the opportunity.
Name: Nicholas Vaidya
University: University of Michigan 
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
The most powerful moment was  the reality tour, though to be honest it didn't change much about my knowledge of poverty, I already had an idea of the kinds of living conditions I would see. What I most enjoyed was working with the doctors. I would definitly recommed this trip. Its a great experience, you learn alot about medicine and just volunteer efforts in general.

Name: Calvin Gutierrez 
University: University of Florida
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
The mere exposure to the relatively extreme poverty was certainly an eye-opening experience that allows us (relatively privileged students) an opportunity to see and understand just how a great portion of world lives. It served as a reminder not to take anything for granted, as well as teach us how fulfilling it is to help another human being.  I really enjoyed working closely with the mobile clinic doctors and learning about the Ecuador culture. There is so much more to Ecuador than the poverty we immersed ourselves in. The scenery and reality tour was a refreshing experience. It is a great way to experience the basic needs that are not met for a large percentage of the world's population. Anyone, even those not on the premed track, will benefit from the experience of working closely with doctors from another country in a very fulfilling mission. 
Name: Calvin Gutierrez 
University: University of Florida
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
The most powerful moment for me was the mere exposure to the relatively extreme poverty. It was certainly an eye-opening experience that allows us (relatively privileged students) an opportunity to see and understand just how a great portion of world lives. It served as a reminder not to take anything for granted, as well as teach us how fulfilling it is to help another human being.  I enjoyed working closely with the mobile clinic doctors and learning about the Ecuador culture. There is so much more to Ecuador than the poverty we immersed ourselves in. The scenery and reality tour was a refreshing experience.It is a great way to experience the basic needs that are not met for a large percentage of the world's population. Anyone, even those not on the premed track, will benefit from the experience of working closely with doctors from another country in a very fulfilling mission. 
Name: Aulina Chowdhury
University: University of Michigan
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 28-8 ESMERALDAS
The most powerful part was probably seeing the poverty stricken communities and it has changed my views because i can see how widespread it is - I have seen poverty to that extent, but only in India and I guess I realized just how bad an issue it is now, seeing it everywhere. I enjoyed seeing the culture and the ability to see medical care in other countries! It was eyeopening and interesting and just solidified my desire to continue on my path to be a doctor. Yes - it was an amazing experience and I would love to go again! I learned so much and I am so glad I chose to go!
Name: Carinna MoyesUniversity: University of OttawaDate/Location: 2015 FEB 14-22 LIMAGetting to work with and interact with the communities directly was very impactful. Also the first tour day at the communities was eye opening. The entire trip was incredible, but the people made it unforgettable. The communities, the Medlife staff, the other students and anyone else we met that week made it one to remember. I would recommend this trip to others! It is a great balance between volunteer work and getting to know the culture of the country.
Name: Parmveer  Mundi
University: University of Western Ontario
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 14-22 LIMA
I think the most powerful part of the trip for me was seeing that people were not completely miserable, they were in need of help but they enjoyed what little they had. it gave me a greater apprication the things i had in my life that i took for granite. I really enjoyed after a long day of work spending time with my new friends and exploring the city. it almost felt like two different days. And yes. Its an amazing experience that i would recommend to anyone in a heart beat.
Name: Marium  Nawaz
University: University of Ottawa
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 14-22 LIMA
I found out about this trip through the MEDLIFE chapter on our university campus. I found the whole trip powerful, as it showed me the various aspects of poverty. The trip has changed my perception of poverty by making it seem more real. We always hear about all the poverty that people across the world face, but all the stories never really have an impact, since we do not actually get to witness any of it; through this trip, we got to witness the poverty that these people face. Just being around the other volunteers and spending time with them was very fun! Yes, I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE Volunteer Trip to others, because it is a trip that creates a life-long impact on people who participate in it. It really helps people's personalities grow, and allows them to get a different perspective on things and become more open-minded. 
Name: Brittany Pye
University: McMaster University
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 14-22 LIMA
Seeing how different medical treatment and standards are between Canada and the clinics we were running was very eye-opening. Seeing how these people live, and the struggles they have to overcome to get necessities was the most powerful part for me. Also being able to help the people that came to our clinics, working with them and the professionals was the most enjoyable part for me. I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others- it was an incredible experience! 
Name: Samantha Metelski
University: Queen's University
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 14-22 ESMERALDAS
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend who previously went on a trip. The most powerful moment was being very hands on and seeing the resources we had to use since more modern ones were not accessible. Being able to see how grateful the patients were for our service. I enjoyed meeting new people, working with the doctors and staff of MEDLIFE. Nothing bad to say, an experience of a lifetime. 
Name: Brooke Bruce
University: Laurentian University
Date/Location: 2015 FEB 14-22 ESMERALDAS
The most shocking time was my shift in the dental office. People had such poor care and maintenance of their teeth. It gave me perspective of how our health care is such a priviledge, and these people have to live with illness and pain due to their lack of clinics and money. None of the children or adults complained of pain while getting their teeth pulled and filled in, showing how relieved they are to just have the problem fixed. It felt good to be able to take away the physical pain. The most shocking time was my shift in the dental office. People had such poor care and maintenance of their teeth. It gave me perspective of how our health care is such a priviledge, and these people have to live with illness and pain due to their lack of clinics and money. None of the children or adults complained of pain while getting their teeth pulled and filled in, showing how relieved they are to just have the problem fixed. It felt good to be able to take away the physical pain. I would definitly recommed this trip. It was a memorable experience. The guides were organized but also gave us enough freedom to have fun and enjoy the culture. The clinics had long wait lines but we always got through everybody by the end of the day. Helping 587 some people was crazy and I'm so glad I did it. 
Name: Hazen Noell
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 17-25 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through our chapter president who I know through my sorority. She encouraged me to look into the program and when I did I knew I wanted to go on the month long trip to Ecaudor and Peru. We had 3 different clinic locations technically (Tena, Riobamba, and Cusco). Cusco was by far the most powerful and meaningful location for me. It was extremely moving and rewarding to see the people we were providing the help too. building the staircase in Lima was actually the most powerful day for me. And seeing once we stopped our huge assembly line, a few people who lived in the community continuted to work, carrying the heavy buckets of cement down the stairs by themselves time and time again to finish the stairs because we couldn't. I really enjoyed seeing the impact I made and how it changed my life. I've been home for almost 2 months now and still don't think I've full realized the impact it made on my life and how it forever changed me.I also would like to say how impressed I was with one of your employees. Well two actually. Alberto, first of all, made MEDLIFE the successful trip it was for me. We had had some tough days before we got to Cusco full of long travel days. Alberto was unbelievable and made the trip what it was for me. You are very lucky to have him. Also Tom Stephens, he seriously did a kick ass job with us, he's amazing.
Name: Lindsey  Gott
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
I attended the month long trip: January 3rd - January 26th. The most powerful part of my trip was, of course, attending the Mobile Clinics. I honestly wish I had spent more days working the clinics while in Ecuador and Peru. I remember one day specifically while in Cusco, Peru. Although I don't understand or speak much spanish, an important figure within one of the communities commended all the MEDLIFE volunteers for the services and help we provided them. I believe we registered, triaged and provided care for over 150 residents that day. It was absolutely unbelievable. This was the first time in MEDLIFE history to set up the clinic in that community. Throughout the trip my vision of poverty changed and developed into a more clear, realistic perspective. Poverty in South America differed from that in the US, an that was immediately obvious to me. The impoverished individuals worked long days farming or gathering resources for their family. Teenagers would travel into the city every single day in order to provide, even the smallest amount for their families. Poverty is not a lifestyle chosen it often is a lifestyle inherited and the lack of support from their government is keeping the cycle going. I would definitly recommed this trip to others. This trip was the most rewarding experience and I am beyond happy that I made the decision to participate. I would love to attend another trip and I plan to do so in the future. Just to see the smiles on the faces of those we helped was enough to change my perspective on life itself. 
Name: Keri  Pallister
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 RIOBAMBA
My most powerful experience was being able to meet the CEO of MedLife in Lima, Peru when we were building a staircase. He put the entire trip into perspective and made me realize how much of a difference we made. I enjoyed seeing the reactions of all the kids and adults when we helped them. Definitely a great way to spend a break being able to help others. 
Name: Arielle  DeMarco
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends who have gone on a trip before. My most memorable experience was helping to build a staircase in Lima. I can't even put it into words. The way that people live up there is unfair and unreal but I am glad that we were able to help,even if it was only a little bit, and I am glad that MED life works to help in other ways, such as bringing them clean water.  I enjoyed trying out all the different stations at the clinics and playing with kids!
Name: Desiree  Ouattara
University: Miami University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
I am of the MEDLIFE organization in my campus. The clinic were definitively a good experience. I learned a lot about the local people but also how just a little can do big change. I will say the discovery of that place and the people was my most enjoyable part of the trip. I would definiltly recommed this trip. They are still a lot of work that needs to be done.
Name: Lydia  Hudak
University: Miami University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the megafair that was held during the first weeks of school at my school. The most powerful moment was driving to the villages and just seeing how the people live. Seeing how dirty everything was just makes you so thankful for everything. The fact that they are still such happy people is just amazing to see and inspiring. I loved working in the orphanage because you could tell how much it means to the girls and it was fun to get to interact with them more.I had never done anything like it before and it was definitely life changing. You meet so many wonderful people and get to help out so many wonderful people.
Name: Libby Wei
University: UMCP
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
We visited a town three hours away from Cusco City. The distance we had to travel combined with the health disparity we saw at that village showed me the poverty that these villages are plagued with. Although they are so isolated, they could still provide for themselves and they all still live such long lives even though they never see doctors in their lives. This part of the trip was extremely eye-opening and has changed my perception of health inequalities in the world, which is something that we would not be able to see in America. i realy enjoyed playing with the girls at the orphanage after we helped create a classroom for them. I would definitly recommend this trip. It forced us into the culture (to speak their language) even though some of us did not know Spanish and taught me a lot about health care and the health inequalities in Peru. We have a lot to be thankful for in America.  
Name: Kayla Birde
University: Lafayette College
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
The most rewarding part of the trip was being able to help so many people. One of the days I gave my lunch to a 3 year old and her mother and she was so grateful she teared up and was so thankful. The trip has changed my perspective in the way that when you hear about the poverty it is one thing but when you are in the environment fully it is a completely different experience. The most enjoyable part was going to the orphanage and playing with the young girls. They were so excited and loved the attention. I found the overall experience rewarding and life changing. I think it is so important for people to understand how other parts of the world live and how we can help them.  
Name: Julie McClain
University: Miami University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
The most powerful part of my trip was visiting the orphanage where we were building a classroom. The girls at the orphanage had all of their needs meet but did not have families besides each other. This was contrasted by the people in the villages who had families but did not have their needs meet. It was so amazing to be able to help supply both needs in both situation even though it was only for a day. Through these experiences I learned that their are many different forms of poverty. I also learned how different poverty is in Peru than the United States. The people in poverty in Peru were so thankful for everything that we did and never asked for more.  The most enjoyable part was learning about the healthcare system in Peru and meeting people from cusco and other schools. MEDLIFE volunteer tips not only give students a way to learn more about medicine and travel but also teaches volunteers more about people. There is no skill more valuable than being about to work and communicate with others. Even though I did not speak the same language as some of the people who I was working with we were able to communicate. Through MEDLIFE I was able to connect with students from my school, other schools, MEDLIFE staff, people in Cusco, and people in the communities of all ages. It was an experience different from any other volunteer trip I have every been on. If given the oportunity everyone should have the same experience. 
Name: Cassandra Garcia
University: Brown University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 10-18 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE chapter at my campus. The most powerful part of my trip was seeing the conditions in which the people in the rural towns live and what they put up with that most Americans would never stand for. The mosy enjoyable part was interacting with the children from the trip and getting the amazing experience to see not only the touristy spots of a new city and country, but also the beautiful sites that we saw in the towns that I don't think most people visiting the country get to see. It doesn't matter if you're interested in the medical field or not, it can be for anyone that wants to help others. The people that we helped were so appreciative and it was an experience that I will never forget.
Name: Zayda Minier
University: University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus 
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 CUSCO
Yo conocí a MEDLIFE a travéz del chapter en mi universidad. Lo mejor de mi experiencia fue el poder sacar sonrisas a las dferentes poblaciones que ayudamos. SÍ recomendaría el viaje con MEDLIFE a otras personas porque es una experiencia que cambiara tu vida
Name: Mariana Lubrano Lavadera
University: UCONN
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 CUSCOI
found out about the trip through the MEDLIF chapter at UCONN. The most powerful part of my trip was Helping people at the mobile clinics and the hands on work i was able to do. It has not changed my perception because i already had been exposed to poverty. I really enjoyed playing soccer with the kids, brushibg there teeth, and the triage staion where i could participate in patient interaction. It was a great experience alot of fun rewarding work. 
 
Name: Maria  Federowicz
University: Boston College
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE because I am a member of the Boston College chapter. The trips up those mountains that most people had to walk if they wanted to get anywhere and the girl walking home from the mobile clinic by herself - I was also struck by the lack of clean water and the number of children who had parasites because of this. My most enjoyable moment was painting the orphanage and playing with the girls. Yes, I would recommend MEDLIFE to other. It was an eye opening and rewarding experience 
Name: Liz  Wasden
University: University of Maryland College Park
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through friends. The most meaningful parts were the clinic days. I have Type 1 diabetes, so being as far from a doctor or hospital as most of our patients are was very shocking and concerning. It helped me realize how important the Medlife mission is, to bring medical care to these people and increase routes of transportation by building staircases.  I really enjoyed the tour of Cusco day trip and the final clinic day when we all went back to the orphanage. I would definitly recommen MEDLIFE. Most of the students on my trip were pre-med, but I am not. It would be great to market this event to other majors!
Name: Erin Jaques
University: Texas A&M 
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 CUSCO
I found out through my MEDLIFE organization on campus.  The most powerful part of my trip was driving up to my first clinic and seeing the people walking through the mud with shoes that hardly counted as shoes. It was very humbling. My most enjoyable part of the trip was either helping at the toothbrushing station or going to Machu Picchu.Would I recommend MEDLIFE to others? Of course! It was very well organized, left me with plenty of time to walk around and see the city myself, and I had a great time. 
Name: Ana Romero
University: University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras Campus
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through some college friends spoke to me about the chapter in our campus. The most powerful part of my trip was the visit to the girl's orphanage on our project day. Being able to share experiences and play with those girls was a really humbling experience. The girls were all so special, loving, caring, and playful!  The most enjoyable part of my volunteer trip was the trip to Macchu Pichu.  I would recommend MEDLIFE to others. It is a very good opportunity to work hand to hand with doctors and specialists, while you help others in need of medical services.  
Name: Abigail Kilcullen
University: Boston College
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through people at school. One of the most powerful parts of my trip was the staggering living conditions seen at the mobile clinics in remote areas in the mountainous areas. It was difficult to believe that all of these families live, work, and play in such dilapidated conditions. Additionally, it was so disheartening to see the extent of these people's medical knowledge at the most basic level. I understood more clearly the disparities between first and third world, not only in terms of material resources but also with educational resources. The quality of their lives would be very different if they had immediate access to the types of medical care that we do, along with the resources to better their physical living and working conditions. It has deepened my understanding of poverty in wrapping my head around the complex, intertwined issues that create the lifestyle these people are born into. I deeply enjoyed participating in the mobile clinics when I was able to interact with the adults and children such as the dentistry station. Similarly, I loved spending the day at the girls' orphanage and helping to finish the new outdoor classroom area. The girls were endlessly loving, clearly seeking someone to reciprocate their attention and love. I felt so pained but also blessed to be in their presence, because these girls most likely will never experience the traditional familial love that most of us in our group have in the past and will have in the future in our own families. However, I was so inspired and impressed by their unwavering love despite the little they have in comparison to others.   I would definitely recommend (and already have to various people) a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. Even if you aren't interested in working with medicine, the trip is very eye opening and overall such a valuable life experience. It exposes you to pressing global issues and teaches you that these are issues we can concretely address in our lifetimes.
Name: Nicole  Goff
University: UNCW
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through school's chapter. Seeing that these countries are deprived of simple living necessities was heartbreaking. I have been to various poverty filled places but this one was different due to the danger of the hills. Seeing that Medlife is truly making a difference was incredible. I loved the clinics and also the building project. The clinics was most enjoyable for me. I absolutely would recommed this trip. I am likely to return soon. MEDLIFE was very organized and I truly feel that the organization is making a huge difference. I love the organization and think that this is one that the people being served respect and appreciate. MEDLIFE took care of our feeding and staying arrangements and I felt safe the entire time. 
Name: Kendra Petruny
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
Heard about MEDLIFE through friends and emails from advisors. The most powerful part of my trip was when we visited Lima on the last day of my one month trip. We were building a staircase for a development project. I couldn't believe the amount of poverty that was preset in that city, especially after seeing the developed areas of the city near where we were staying. I was shocked at the gap that existed between the poor and the rest of the city. I had never encountered such poverty. On the same day in Lima, we spoke to Nick Ellis and he told us about the goals and inspiration behind MEDLIFE. It was truly moving. It gave me a sense of empowerment. I felt like I could really make a differenceMy favorite part of the trip was helping people of the different communities. I was lucky enough to participate in the month long trip to Tena, Riobamba, Cusco and Lima. I enjoyed seeing the differences between all these different regions and people. I loved meeting so many new and wonderful people. The MEDLIFE staff was absolute perfection. They were so welcoming and helpful. They were all truly deep and kindhearted people whose personalities moved me. I will never forget them. I will and have recommended a MEDLIFE trip to others. It has been the most funa and rewarding experience of my life and I will never forget the people I met and helped. It enables you to make a difference while seeing a beautiful part of the world.
Name: Aryana Alborzi
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 TENA (2 weeks) 
I found out about MEDLIFE through the University of Delaware's chapter. The most powerful part of my trip was in Lima, Peru. We did a day of development and we met Selvestrina and listened to her story. To be honest, I am getting emotional just writing this. It was an incredible way to end our month long trip in South America because I think that Selvestrina was able to show us where all of our work was going too. Her story touched me so much because I think about my own grandmother and I would never want her to suffer like that. I also think about people here in the United States that have so much, yet they choose not to work. I only wish that everyone can see Selvestrina's story and realize how truly blessed we are. The best part of my volunteer trip was getting to see the smile on patient's faces after they saw a doctor or had an answer to whatever their ailment was. As a native spanish speaker I was able to converse with the patients and translate for my friends on my trip. I learned so much by being able to speak the language and talk to the doctors and the patients alike. I absolutely would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because I think that it is such a fulfilling experience to not only visit the world, but to see how other people live. 
Name: Trisha  Dasgupta
University: Arizona State University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through a friend. The most powerful part of my trip was the reality tour! It was absolutely eye-opening. The fact that we had to climb the mountain to the top was helpful in understanding how even just stairs would benefit the area greatly. I enjoyed how we volunteered all day and then had the nights to get to know our group members. It was such an incredible trip and I love knowing that I was able to help so many people :) I would definitly recommed this trip.
Name: Silvia A. Garcia
University: UC Berkeley
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA
I found out about this trip through UC Berkeley MEDLIFE chapter class. Everything was powerful, especially seeing how the community members of the communities work with medlife to address their basic medical needs and development projects. My perception of poverty has change by helping me understand that the ngo does great work by including the community members in the conversations and work they doThe most enjoyable part of my trip was talking to the founder of MEDLIFE and seeing how passionate he is about the work he does and having the opportunity to work alongside community members I absolutely would recommed this trip. It's la life changing experience.
Name:Arshjot Khokhar
University:University of Michigan 
Date/Location:2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA
Initially I heard of medlife through my schools PA club program leader. I continued to research medlife myself and chose to come on my own.  The most powerful part of the volunteer trip was engaging with the local communities and seeing the life they live on a day to day basis. Majority had no running water, which was an adjustment even at clinic let alone having to live in those conditions. Yet none of the residents complained of their living conditions, they were so thankful for what they did have and the help they were receiving. Truly life changing. I absolutely loved working with the OBGYN. I've always found this field interesting so it was an awesome experience. Also, engaging with the children was the most heartwarming experience. Their faces lighting up when snacks were shared or a game of soccer was played. The innocence and just pure happiness was overwhelming and beyond rewarding to be a part of. I would most definitely recommend medlife to others. However, I would caution them to research their hostile before traveling. Overall, I will cherish my trip to Peru and hope to take part on another medlife trip, given I can come up with the expenses.   
Name: Vivek  Shah
University: USC
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA
I found out about this trip through my school's active MEDLIFE chapter. The most powerful part was listening to the preventative medicine/practices information talks given to the patients. It showed me that not only is there a lack in treatment and suitable hospitals for the people, but also a lack of general information as to why the treatments are even necessary. It showed me that poverty can be blinding. I enjoyed working in the clinic and being able to talk to the doctors who taught me about medicine as well as the culture of Peru. I would recommed this trip very much so. It has been so far the best part of my undergraduate career. 
Name: Ryan Krause
University: Rowan University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
I found about MEDLIFE through the chapter at my university The interaction with the local community was the most powerful part. Their genuine thanks and praise were well worth the trip. I enjoyed the toothbrushing station the most because making a difference in a child's health habits early in life is very important. Additionally, the children were very fun and extremely adorable.Yes, I recommend it to everyone who asks me about my trip. I always tell them that the gratification you receive from it from helping out people who need your help is well worth the trip.
Name: Lauren  Glodowski
University: University of Wisonsin-Madison
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through the associated student organization at my university which I am a part of. The most powerful part of my trip was seeing firsthand the culture differences that exist between the US and Peru, and how differently they value the things in their lives. I tend to think that Americans are spoiled with all of the resources we always have available to us and my observations of the people and communities in which we worked definitely reinforced in my mind that the American population can afford to live a different way. I loved interacting with the people at the clinics and seeing their community. I like to know everything about something I am newly experiencing, and being able to talk with the community members was an eye-opening way to get the feel for their lives.I absolutely would recommed this trip- there is so much that MEDLIFE is doing to benefit the people of disadvantaged communities that it would be impossible not to recommend such a great experience to others. 
Name: Kunva Barot
University: Virginia Commonwealth University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA
 I found out about MEDLIFE through other friends that had gone on this trip prior. The most powerful part of my Volunteer Trip was seeing all the lack of global health in the world, and I experienced it first hand by getting sick due to the lack of health available in Lima, Peru. I have started volunteering at a Fan Free Clinic in my spare time apart from studies, anything that would help better my community. The most enjoyable part of my Volunteer Trip was meeting different students from different areas and making new friends.Yes! I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE trips to others. I think this trip brought so much perspective into my life on poverty. I liked being able to work at the mobile clinics for half the day then being able to spend the rest of the time in the cities/towns and experiencing all of Riobamba. Can't wait for my next trip!
Name: Kathreena Alapatt
University: Rowan University
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
I found about MEDLIFE from my university's chapter. During tour day, we learned everything including the crime that takes places and how government corruption affects the city of Lima for those that live in parts like Nueva Esperanza.The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to meet new people and really helping people even in the smallest ways and knowing that makes a huge difference in someone's life.I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. It's life changing and made a huge impact on how I view the world. 
Name: Emily  Clouser
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
I found about MEDLIFE through my roommate Samantha Naples who also went on the trip with me. The most powerful part of my volunteer trip was simply having exposure to such a shocking level of poverty and witnessing a strong disparity between health care accessibility. This trip completely changed my perception of poverty. It has not only increased my awareness of social issues but it has instilled a true passion within me to help those around me whenever I can. The most enjoyable part of my trip was being able to meet and interact with the people of Peru. I was amazed at their generosity and genuine interest in the us as Americans. It was humbling to be offered food by some of the people that we interacted with when they had little to no food for themselves.  I would absolutely recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others. This was a wonderful and eye-opening experience and I feel very blessed to now be a part of this program.
Name: Chloe  Kimiabakhsh
University: USC
Date/Location: 2015 JAN 3-11 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friend who went on the Medlife trip to tanzania with USC. My participation in the mobile clinics  allowed to the opportunity to gain a first hand experience by talking with locals and seeing how unfortunate their living conditions were. The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to meet new people who share the same desire to helpa those less fortunate
Name: Ashley  Higginbotham
University: Rowan University 
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE at my school. The most enjoyable part of my trip was learning about the communities that we were helping and seeing how much of a difference that has been made. I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE trips to others. It was amazing. Best week of my life.
Name: Ryan  Trimmer
University: Ohio StateUniversity
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
A friend told me about MEDLIFE at OSU. When I saw the houses that people lived in there I was amazed. I didn't realize that people had to live like that. This trip made me realize how real and how widespread poverty actually is. I really enjoy helping people so getting to work alongside the doctors and be of assistance to them was fun for me. I would recommed MEDLIFE to others. They are very affordable and efficient in terms of spending a week helping people as well as getting to see the area you travel to in a touristy kind of way.

Name: Rick  Foust
University: Purdue University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through Purdue's on campus chapter. The most powerful part of the trip was learning about the problems Ecuador had. I didn't realize how severe some of them actually were. It's one thing to see developing countries on T.V., it's another to actually experience it first hand. This trip has opened my eyes toward global health and social injustice. My most enjoyable part of the trip was being able to help the locals at the clinics. I have a passion for medicine and helping others--and this trip had both which was great. I also loved meeting other people on the trip.I would without a doubt recommend MEDLIFE to anyone. The volunteer trips not only allows you to "practice" medicine, but also gives you the opportunity to learn a new culture and meet new people.
Name: Rebecca  Fabian
University: University of Michigan
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
Some friends from my university told me about MEDLIFE, and I was interested in participating in a service trip. This was my second Mobile Clinic trip through MEDLIFE. My first trip was to Lima, this second one was to Riobamba. The conditions were extremely different between the two cities, and I think what surprised me was how the needs changed, but still remained extremely large in both areas. No matter where I am, there is always someone in poverty that needs and appreciates my help. I loved my group that formed my trip and our group leaders (Juan and Julio). The people involved were amazing.I love MEDLIFE and have has very few negative experiences with the organization. I want to get more involved with MEDLIFE and would encourage anyone and everyone to get involved to as great of an extent as possible.
Name: Priyanka Pitroda
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE on campus organizationThe journey to the locations of the mobile clinics really put the reality of how far people have to travel for basic care into perspective. Interacting with locals and challenging myself to communicate with them truly allowed me to see the world through their eyes.  I really enjoyed speaking with the health care proffesionals and drawing connections between our system and theirs. I learned a lot about how they work and their passions. I also loved being fully immersed in the culture. I would definitely recommend this trip. I was not fully confident in my interest in the health field but after the trip I learned that I am very passionate about helping others and accessible healthcare. More clinic time would really enhance this experience but as it was my first volunteering trip, I felt inspired to do more.
Name: Kimber Schrowang 
University: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I saw something on Facebook about a meeting for my chapter. The most powerful part was probably going to the communities and seeing how they lived. It definitely showed me that poverty is a major issue and people need our help. I enjoyed all the people that went and the opportunity to tour different towns.I would recommend MEDLIFE (and I have) because it was the right balance of work and fun.
Name: Kevin Urlaub
University: University of Michigan
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through the student group here on my school's campus. The most powerful part of my trip was the gratefulness of the people in the communities we went to for our mobile clinics was very impactful. It made me realize how valuable many of the things I take for granted really are, and how much people in other parts of the world appreciate them. It was also powerful to see how happy the people were living lives that were so much simpler than the lifestyles I'm used to in the United States, which gave me new perspective.  The most enjoyable part of my trip was getting to do hands-on work at the mobile clinic was something that I had been looking forward to for a long time. Also my Medlife group was made up of some of the greatest people I've ever met and we really bonded throughout the trip which was just a great experience. Would I recommed MEDLIFE? Absolutely, you gain great experience helping people that truly need it and gain new perspective by visiting a new country and its many communities. You also have a great time with your team and its just an incredible time. 
Name: Justin  Stover
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through an information Session on campus. The most powerful part of my Volunteer Trip was during the mobile clinics, and seeing the smiles on the families faces and their love for one another even though they live in a place of great poverty. I am more grateful for what I got to come home to from this experience. The most enjoyable part of my Volunteer Trip, aside from the mobile clinics, was being able to have the free time to explore the cities. I think MEDLIFE did a good job of always keeping us busy with new experiences and visiting various towns and shops. I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE trips to others. I think this trip brought so much perspective into my life on poverty. I liked being able to work at the mobile clinics for half the day then being able to spend the rest of the time in the cities/towns and experiencing all of Riobamba. Can't wait for my next trip!
Name: Evan Lanch
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA
 I found out about MEDLIFE through an involvement fair at Ohio State. The most powerful part of the trip for me was seeing one woman extremely grateful for an infected tooth extraction. Her signs of gratitude moved me. The most enjoyable part would be the people I got to meet and work with! I met wonderful people and got to have an experience unlike anything else I've done. 
Name: Erin Bennett
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE at the involvement fair at Ohio State. i couldn't believe how little money the people had. The statistics we learned in meetings were awesome to put in perspective. The most enjoyable part was playing with the kids.
Name: Emma Botts
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friends who went to Esmeraldas the year before and loved it. The most powerful part of the trip was watching so many little kids who had never been to a dentist before and needed so much dental care. It was so weird because I've gone to the dentist so many times since I was little and I have never seen or experienced anything like that.The most enjoyable part would be a tie between playing soccer with the locals and going to Los Banos. Both were memories I will cherish forever. 
Name: Emily Gibbons
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE at the involvement fair at Ohio State. The most powerful part of the trip was getting to shadow the doctors and hearing the stories from the local people helped me realize the struggles of receiving medical care in rural areas. The most enjoyable part was getting to play with the kids at the involvement fair.I would definitely recommend MEDLIFE trips to others because it was such a life changing experience. However, I do wish we would have gotten to have one more day of medical brigade. 
Name: Bradi Hill
University: Ohio State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 RIOBAMBA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through student involvement fair. The most powerful part of the trip was going into the villages made a huge impact on me. It made me realize how truly good I have it.The most enjoyable part was meeting new people and shadowing the doctors.I would recommend the trip. It was an amazing experience. 
Name: Aman Bohany
University: University of Georgia
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 27-4 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through my chapter at UGA . The most powerful part of the trip was seeing poverty and learning about it during our road trips around Pampalone.  The most enjoyable part was helping people during triage get their blood pressure and weight.Would I recommed MEDLIFE to others? YES because it was the best experience of my life. 
Name: Alexa Meinhardt
University: University of Delware
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE through the MEDLIFE chapter at my school, and specifically through friends who already went/were planning on going on a MEDLIFE trip. The most powerful of the trip was interacting with the people in the communities and building the staircases. I never realized the intense levels of poverty that some people face and it made me immensely grateful, but also with a desire to do more good in the world. This trip taught me that you don't have to speak the same language to be someone's friend.I met this little girl, Angie, on the last day of working in the clinics. I was up helping people work on painting the staircases after we finished in the clinic - before the celebration started - and I met Angie. She hung out with me and my friends for the entire afternoon and her mom asked to braid my hair in this beautiful, intricate pattern. I'll never forget how happy she made me, and how much that must have meant to her.I got so much out of this trip and it gave me a much greater sense of appreciation for others. There was a good balance of enjoyable activities coupled with real-life experience. 
Name: Alicia Krewer
University: University of Vermont
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE a chapter at my school. The staircase inauguration was the most powerful aspect because it showed me what true gratitude and happiness looks like. It made me that much more compassionate for the impoverished because they are the best among us: they know how to be happy. I will absolutely recommed this trip; the only reason I would be hesitant is that Spanish-language abilities was kind of important.
Name: Cody Plaisance
University: University of Vermont
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 LIMA
 I found out about MEDLIFE at my campus club. The most powerful of the trip was the reality tour, it made me realize just how fortunate I am, and how there are so many people out in the world that have so much less than I do. The most enjoyable part was going out into the communities and interacting with the locals. It was an extremely rewarding time in my life and I will never forget my trip.
Name: Jhon Nosek
University: Winona State
UniversityDate/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 LIMA 
I found out about MEDLIFE my chapter.The most powerful part of the trip was working in the slums of Lima and seeing the condition in which people live their lives everyday. I am a professor, so another powerful part of the trip was observing the reactions, perceptions, and growth of the students with whom I was traveling. I have done a lot of travel study to very poor countries, so I was pretty aware of the state of poverty in many areas, but Lima was impactful for the sheer size of the slums. The most enjoyable part of the experience was working with my students and sharing the experience with them. helping them fully realize the extent and impact of the experience.I would definitely recommed this trip. It is meaningful experience for the students on many levels, and the organization in Lima appeared to be very well run.
Name: Julie Walker
University: University of Delaware
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 LIMA
 I found out about MEDLIFE through my roommate. The most powerful part of the trip definitely had to be how you could physically see how grateful the citizens of the communities were to be receiving help and basic healthcare. Even though I did little compared to the doctors, I was often thanked with a kiss on the cheek or a hug. It has changed my perception of poverty in many different ways, I feel I am more educated on the topic.The most enjoyable part was the celebrations on the last day during the staircase ceremony with the citizens of the community.I would definitely recommed this trip, this was a great experience. You can see the difference that you are making in these communities, especially during Project Day. Those we are helping were grateful for all we were doing. It was a really eye-opening experience. This is an experience I would love to repeat, possibly in a different location, and I wholeheartedly recommend others to go on a MEDLife trip!
Name: Lacee Primus
University: Winona State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 LIMA
 I found out about MEDLIFE through a group of students from my school started a chapter in February 2014. I have taken quite a few classes with them and thought I'd check out the first meeting.The most powerful part of the trip was the Reality Tour.You can look at all the picture you want of other people's experiences, but nothing can prepare you for what you see with your own eyes. Before the trip, I thought poverty was when you had absolutely nothing. But people had cell phones and clothes and electricity, but lacked the basic essentials of life - food and water. That is what stuck out to me and it goes to show how important the basic necessities of life are, and how important other things are. The most enjoyable part of the trip was brushing teeth. Those kids were so happy and grateful and they loved having us there. Something we take for granted and abuse by skipping sometimes, these kids had never experienced. There were some kids trying to come back 2 or 3 times to get another tooth brush! I would most definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip to other people! This trip changed my life in so many ways and I wish that everybody I know has the chance to experience what I have. The MEDLIFE staff took great care of us and Dorian, Danae, and George were great! I can't wait to go on another trip!

Name: Aprotim Bhowmik
University: Stanford University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through some friends that participated in MEDLIFE at University of Georgia.I loved going to various places near Cusco to work with the people. There is no substitute for actually visiting the places to see how people live. I also enjoyed working at different stations in the clinics. I plan to be a doctor, so this was a very informative experience.Of course! I would definitly recommed MEDLIFE! The volunteer experience is very fulfilling (plus, there are lots of opportunities for fun trips like going to Macchu Picchu)!
Name: Emily Heuker
University: Florida State
UniversityDate/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friend is who on the board of our MEDLIFE chapter. The most powerful part of my trip was definitely seeing how people live on the mountains and have no connection at all to the town or medical care. Completely changed how I thought about poverty. The most enjoyable part of my trip was going to Macchu Picchu trip and group project day at the orphanage.I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others because I had an amazing time and I think its a great experience for people to go to other countries and see the difficulties that these people face on a daily bases. 
Name: Katherine Heuker
University: Florida State University
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 CUSCO 
I found out about MEDLIFE through my school MEDLIFE chapter. The most powerful part was seeing just how the basic medical necessities are not as accessible. What I saw in Lima is real poverty. Their access to basic needs is almost nothing compared to other countries like Cuba where they have access to free medical care.  Everything was enjoyable. The doctors, dentists, the leaders we had for our group, everyone was just so amazing.Of course!I would recommend a MEDLIFE trip to others. It not only gives one a reality check, but it opens one up to a brand new culture.
Name: Rylee Bennett
University: Florida state university
Date/Location: 2014 DEC 13-21 CUSCO
I found out about MEDLIFE through my friend Kaeli. The most powerful part of the trip was seeing pure joy in everyone we interacted with; whether we were able to provide for their needs or not everyone was just radiant. It was so contagious and my heart was so full of joy the entire trip. Made me realize I want to serve abroad after I graduate, & also gave me an entirely new appreciation for the things I have and how even with nothing it is more than possible to live a happy, fulfilling, joyous life. The most enjoyable part was serving others!!! Especially being with the children; also because of this trip I want to work with kids in the future.Would I recommed MEDLIFE to others? YES YES at least try it once. I'm not sure whether I'll do it again, but overall the experience was one of the best of my entire life.