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Immigration & Poverty is a week-long MEDLIFE Field Course that explores the root causes of social inequality, internal migration, and rural vs. urban dynamics in Latin America. Immersed on-site in the communities where MEDLIFE works, volunteers will visit local institutions, participate in educational discussions, and learn firsthand from community members about the implications of immigration and poverty.

Immigration PovertyLearning Goes Beyond the Classroom

A MEDLIFE Immigration & Poverty Field Course offers on-the-ground knowledge and experiences to teach volunteers about the effects of immigration and poverty in a real-world setting. Led by local professionals as well as Dr. Nick Ellis, the founder of MEDLIFE, this course will offer students an in-depth look at the realities facing communities surrounding Lima, Peru.

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Immigration and poverty Field Course

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Immersive Education Opportunities

Our field courses are conducted entirely in-country. The entire time students are learning about the realities facing impoverished communities in Latin America and Africa, they are immersed in the culture of these countries, offering a new perspective that cannot be attained in a traditional classroom.

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Learning with Experienced Educators

All of our field course instructors have multiple years of hands-on experience working hand in hand with impoverished communities, offering unparalleled insight into the reality of immigration and poverty.

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Night Meetings with Local Communities

MEDLIFE meets with the community on their time to ensure as many as people as possible can learn about our Movement. Join the MED Programs team for meetings in the communities where volunteers have the opportunity to listen to the issues communities and join in the discussion to create sustainable solutions.

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Experiencing Local Culture Through Service

Students learn about a foreign culture and country through first-hand experience, round-table discussions, reflections, and workshops. As part of the course, they will spend time with patients, community members, and medical professionals to learn first hand about local and global issues communities face.

The MEDLIFE Poverty & Immigration Field Course Week

Round Table
Reality Tour
Educational Reflections


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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.