MEDLIFE Service Learning Trips

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.

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MEDLIFE Service Learning Trips

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.

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?

There are many organizations that offer international service trips 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, 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 are knowledgeable about the language, culture, and possess expertise in the symptoms and treatments of common ailments in the country. Consequently, they possess a deep understanding of 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

During our Service Learning Trips, MEDLIFE and our volunteers complete 50% of the work, while community members carry out 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.


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.

Serve, Learn, Grow: Join MedLife’s Service Learning Trips

Find out more and start planning your MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip with our advisors. Fill out the contact form and we will be in touch.

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.