What is a Service Learning Trip?

A Service Learning Trip is a week-long educational journey to Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, or Nicaragua, where volunteers work hand in hand with the local community on development projects, mobile medical clinics, and more. The trip allows volunteers to understand the realities of extreme poverty firsthand, personally connects them with the communities that MEDLIFE supports, and ignites action within them to join the MEDLIFE Movement in the fight for a world free from the constraints of poverty.

The SLT is also a crucial starting point for the MEDLIFE Movement, as it provides an educational opportunity for our volunteers to learn more about living a life in extreme poverty and how MEDLIFE approaches the issues our partner communities face.


What makes a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip Unique?

There are many organizations that offer international service trips to students and volunteers. Why should you choose a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip?


We Provide Patient & Project Follow-Up

MEDLIFE has full-time employees in Ecuador, Peru, and Tanzania who dedicate themselves to a follow-up program with our patients and projects year-round. When MEDLIFE sees patients during a Mobile Clinic who require additional services, we make a commitment to return and help them get the care they need. After we complete a project, we make sure it is maintained and serviced long-term.

We Hire Local Professionals

Local doctors, nurses, and dentists have essential knowledge of the language, culture, and existing healthcare system of their country. They are also familiar with the symptoms and treatments of common ailments in the country. All of these factors contribute to local caretakers being able to provide patients with a higher degree of care than a foreign professional would. The same is true for our local architects, engineers, and community organizers. They understand the local systems, infrastructure, and government processes, therefore allowing them to provide better services to the communities.

We Keep Volunteers Engaged Year-Round

Your experience doesn’t start and end in one week. We encourage all volunteers to continue their MEDLIFE involvement year-round by starting or joining a Chapter on their campus, sharing the experience they had, or participating in local service. Once you are a part of the Movement, we hope that you join the long-term fight for a world free from the constraints of poverty.

We Work Hand in Hand With Community Members

Our work during a Service Learning Trip is 50% completed by MEDLIFE and our volunteers, and 50% by community members. We develop relationships with communities we bring volunteers to months before a Service Learning Trip. Before your arrival, a community leader works hand in hand with our local staff to ensure that as many community members as possible know exactly when and why we will be present near their homes. This creates a commitment of collaboration from community members to maintain and support and aid we bring and also gives volunteers the opportunity to work side by side with the locals in the area.


For Custom Service Trips email us at [email protected] to get more information.

Travel Health insurance

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With MEDLIFE every trip, every traveler, and every moment is insured. As an important member of the MEDLIFE Movement, your well-being is our priority. And if the unexpected occurs during your time abroad, we have you covered.

When you sign up for a Service Learning Trip you are automatically insured with our travel health insurance for the duration of your volunteer week. Create a MyMEDLIFE account to read about the benefits or email us at [email protected] to get more information.

Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.