Custom Educational Trips

No matter your field of study, we invite you to explore our custom educational trips: tailored travel and service learning experiences designed with your organization in mind.

At MEDLIFE, we understand that every organization has unique educational needs and interests. While traditional Service Learning Trips suit many health-focused groups, our work in low-income communities extends far beyond medical care. We have a diverse range of programs addressing community needs, which means we can offer a variety of volunteering and travel opportunities for everyone!


Development & Engineering

Lack of infrastructure and basic resources is a reality for the communities we partner with. Many live without electricity, water, bathrooms, nearby schools, and more. During a week of engaged and fulfilling service, you can help us tackle some of the needs of these communities by working on a development project. If you’re studying engineering, urban planning, or international development, this trip would be a great option for you!

Education & Language

This custom educational trip gives volunteers the opportunity to assist in teaching impoverished communities in developing countries. Participants may spend the morning shadowing educators in a local school before joining MEDLIFE staff in the afternoon to give a preventive health education session. By helping to bring education to low-income children, you help create a brighter future ahead.

Business & Entrepreneurship

Economic development can improve the standards of living for an entire neighborhood. That’s why we’ve implemented two social enterprises in our partner community Union Santa Fe (Learn more here). An educational trip program focused on social entrepreneurship allows volunteers to gain practical experience and exposure to development economics, small business management, accounting, and more.

Women’s Health

At MEDLIFE, much of our day-to-day medical work in our Patient Follow-Up Program focuses on women’s health. A custom Women’s Health trip could allow students to shadow professionals who specialize in this area, from gynecologists and obstetricians to local activists and sexual health educators. By volunteering on a Women’s Health educational trip, students can help us empower low-income women through healthcare.

Reality Tours & Community Roundtables

These day trip options are available in all MEDLIFE locations. Reality Tour participants join MEDLIFE staff in the field to learn about our partner communities and the challenges they face daily and Community Roundtables give students the chance to meet with local professionals and community leaders to exchange cultures, stories, and knowledge between students and locals. 

Engaged Education Trips

From learning about natural selection in the Galapagos Islands to experiencing renaissance art in Florence, our team of travel experts can create custom educational trips to suit your organization’s needs.  Engaged Education Trips allow students to take their education beyond the classroom while exploring today’s most pressing issues.

Custom Educational Trips Success Stories

Here are two examples of custom educational trips we’ve curated for organizations according to the needs and interests of their group.



For Arcadia University’s Physician Assistant Program, we developed a custom Service Learning Trip catering to students who already have a strong background in medicine and global health. We worked closely with their Director of Clinical Education in order to develop a program that allowed students to apply their academic knowledge in a real-life context. This group shadowed professionals at our mobile clinic stations, visited a local medical center, and participated in educational talks with experts.



Designed in partnership with Drexel University’s Center for Black Culture, this program formed part of a summer course for students with a strong social justice background. Our team developed a unique itinerary focused on culture and community-centered development. Accompanied by our expert guides, students explored several regions of Ecuador, learning about the relationships between structural violence and health, gender, education, and more.



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.