“What they have experienced this week has changed their perspective on life. The growth and empathy that I have seen in these kids is absolutely heartwarming.”

 – Jorge, MEDLIFE Chapter Teacher at Thomas Alva Edison School, Puerto Rico

What is MEDLIFE?

MEDLIFE is a US-based non-profit organization that works hand in hand with student volunteers and low-income communities to fight poverty. We are an industry leader in field education, with 18 years of experience providing immersive, experiential learning opportunities. Our programs encourage young people to consider how they can live a life of global citizenship, no matter their career path. 

Our community development work focuses on three core themes: healthcare, education, and safe housing. By traveling with MEDLIFE, students help bring access to these essential services to underserved communities in Peru, Ecuador, and Tanzania.

Community Empowerment Trips: Service Learning for High Schoolers

With a focus on local culture and history, MEDLIFE’s Community Empowerment Trips offer a service learning experience geared towards high school students. They combine three days of volunteering on Mobile Clinics and Development Projects while also taking an educational deep dive into the historical factors that have shaped present realities. With visits to important historical sites, a variety of cultural activities, and a selection of Engaged Education Roundtable Discussions, this trip will give participants a global perspective. 

To help your organization travel with zero stress, we offer extensive support throughout the entire trip planning process. This includes arranging group flight bookings on your behalf and managing all the logistical aspects of your trip, from airport transfers and accommodation to meals and optional touristic activities. 

Health and Safety: Above and Beyond Precautions

Chaperones for Underage Participants

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

Emergency Medical Insurance Included

N95 masks for volunteers during Mobile Clinics

Pre-Trip Safety Review

24-hour emergency support

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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.