Kickstart your MEDLIFE journey with a Community Empowerment Trip! A mixture of educational travel and volunteering, these trips offer an introduction to the service learning experience.

your service learning journey begins now

We are thrilled to introduce Community Empowerment Trips, a new program that combines educational travel with community volunteering. These trips allow participants to get a taste of service learning while delving into the social and historical factors that have shaped the realities faced by marginalized communities. Travelers will have the chance to learn about MEDLIFE’s approach to empowering communities through listening and collaborating. The volunteer projects will generally be shorter and less intense than a traditional Mobile Clinic, allowing for more time to explore and learn. This program is ideal for high school Chapters or new MEDLIFE Chapters who are traveling with us for the first time!

To join a trip, look for available trip dates on our website or contact us to explore additional date options!




Service Learning Trips are created with sustainability in mind. On a Community Empowerment Trip, you may have the opportunity to volunteer on an environmentally friendly project such as a reforestation project in Costa Rica or an eco-bathroom in Lima.


By volunteering on a community project, you’ll make a direct impact on the communities you visit. Your efforts will help bring improved living conditions to low-income families who face barriers to accessing basic services like medicine, education, and a safe home. 



Learn about the historical, political, and economic factors that have shaped the day-to-day realities of the destinations you visit. Deepen your understanding of how positive social change can be created through activism and community organizing.


Through eye-opening experiences, a Community Empowerment Trip will deepen your passion for building a world free from the constraints of poverty. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with community members and see the world from a new perspective.


Two Destinations now available


The Origins Program takes place in Lima, Peru – the home city of MEDLIFE HQ. You will explore Lima, visit our partner communities, and learn about our Patient Follow-Up Program. You will also visit the Mini MED Center – home to our original Community Soup Kitchen, the Mi Vida Bakery, student computer lab, and bodega!




Known as a tropical paradise that attracts millions of tourists every year, the small Central American country of Costa Rica was hard hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19. On a Community Empowerment Trip to Costa Rica, you’ll help families recover from the pandemic and learn about poverty and sustainability.

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Community Empowerment Trips with MEDLIFE follow high standards of COVID-19 safety protocols.

To learn more about safe travel during the pandemic, click here. 

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.