Service Learning Trips | Latin America & Africa

What Are Service Learning Trips?

Classic Service Learning Trips (SLTs) are week-long educational journeys to Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, or Tanzania, where volunteers work hand-in-hand with a local community on development projects, mobile medical clinics, and more!

The trip allows volunteers to understand the realities of extreme poverty firsthand, personally connect them with the communities that MEDLIFE supports, and ignite action within them to join the MEDLIFE Movement in the fight for a world free from the constraints of poverty.

Download the Service Learning Trips brochure today! If you would like to schedule a meeting with a MEDLIFE Advisor, please use this meeting link: Book a meeting here!

Who Can Join a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip?

  1. Students from Various Disciplines: Medical students seeking hands-on experience in global health settings or students from any other career field looking to make a positive impact.
  2. Educators: Educators seeking to deepen their understanding of global educational challenges and inspire their students with a global perspective.
  3. Parents: Parents interested in participating in meaningful volunteer work alongside their children.
  4. Graduate Students: Postgraduate individuals seeking to apply their advanced skills to real-world challenges.
  5. Healthcare Professionals: Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers aim to provide care in underserved areas, or any professional looking to share their expertise.
  6. Anyone with a desire to contribute to global community improvement.

HIGHLIGHTS of the trip

  1. Engage: Shadow local medical professionals and work alongside community members on a development project.
  2. Educate: Connect experiences from the field to academic themes through educational discussions.
  3. Build your CV: Gain 40 service hours!
  4. Advocate: Become a global citizen and learn how to advocate for social issues, both locally and abroad.
  5. Travel: Explore more of the adventure, culture, and wildlife of our destinations by adding travel extensions to a Service Learning Trip.
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Service Learning Trip Itinerary

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 *Schedule might change depending on destination. Contact a MEDLIFE Advisor for more information at [email protected] 

What makes MEDLIFE Service Learning Trips Unique?

Many organizations offer international volunteer programs to students and volunteers. Why should you join a MEDLIFE SLT?


We Provide Patient & Project Follow-Up

MEDLIFE employs full-time staff members in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, and Tanzania. These dedicated individuals commit to a year-round follow-up program, ensuring the return and provision of necessary care to patients and projects. They also work on maintaining and servicing long-term needs.

We Hire Local Professionals

Local medical professionals know the language and culture and possess expertise in the country’s symptoms and treatments of common ailments. Consequently, they deeply understand the local systems, infrastructure, and government processes. This understanding empowers us to provide enhanced services, fostering a higher level of care for our patients.

We Keep Volunteers Engaged Year-Round

We encourage all volunteers to continue their MEDLIFE involvement year-round by starting or joining a Chapter on their campus. Being part of the Movement and actively engaging in this cause allows you to contribute to making a lasting impact on the lives of those in need.

We Work Hand-in-Hand With Community Members

MEDLIFE and our volunteers complete 50% of the work during our Service Learning Trips, while community members do the remaining 50%. To ensure the effectiveness of our efforts, we actively develop relationships with the communities we bring volunteers to months before a Service Learning Trip.


Apart from our classic SLT, we provide a wide variety of service learning trips. Our programs are tailored for college and high school students, educators, and group leaders.


Our Alumni: Where They Are Now

Ever wondered where our former MEDLIFE chapter members and volunteers ended up after their time with us? Look no further! We’re proud to highlight the incredible journeys of our alumni who have gone on to become amazing professionals, leaders, and change-makers in their respective fields.

Explore their inspiring stories and learn how their experiences with MEDLIFE have shaped their careers, fueled their passions, and influenced their commitment to social change and community service.

EXPLORE their stories

Travel & safety

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When you sign up for a Service Learning Trip, you are automatically registered for medical emergency insurance for the duration of your trip. Visit our travel safe page or email us at [email protected] to learn more.

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