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“MEDLIFE has been the most career-defining experience for me as a nurse… My work with MEDLIFE has significantly impacted the way that I see the world and the avenues that I have pursued within nursing after 7 years in practice… MEDLIFE has laid the framework for my work in global health and has opened up infinite possibilities for continued global health nursing in my career.”

 – Cynthia Peterson, PhD(c), MSN, RN


What is a nursing service learning trip?

A MEDLIFE Nursing Service Learning Service Trips offers free, high-quality healthcare to communities that lack access to essential health services. Local practitioners staff our Nursing Students Service Trips and offer essential medical treatment and preventative screenings. These service learning trips are specially designed to find patients who are in need of long-term assistance.

As a nursing students volunteer, your tasks may include the following:

  • Supporting local healthcare providers in essential medical duties like triage.
  • Recording vital signs and compiling patient medical records.
  • Shadowing local medical professionals to gain insights into healthcare practices in developing communities.
  • Providing education on hygiene, family planning, and various healthcare topics to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Joining MEDLIFE’s local nurses during home visits to gain an understanding of prevalent or high-priority medical needs within the community.
MEDLIFE Nursing Service Learning Trips

HIGHLIGHTS of the trip

  1. Engage: Shadow local medical professionals and work alongside community members.
  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.

The MEDLIFE Difference

Bringing a Clinic to the Poor

Providing Quality Care to Low-Income Communities

Our Service Learning Trips travel to low-income communities to provide quality healthcare to people who would otherwise struggle to access it. They offer general medicine, dental, and pharmacy services as well as preventative tests such as Pap Smears and breast cancer screenings.

Partnering with Local Professionals on the Ground

Working On-Site with Local Professionals

MEDLIFE’s in-country medical professionals speak the local language, understand local systems, and provide culturally sensitive care to their patients.

Providing Long-Term Care

Providing Follow-Up Care

Any patient who may have a serious or long-term condition is immediately placed in our patient follow-up program. Our local nurses are dedicated to supporting patients every step of the way throughout the course of the treatment.

Putting Education First

Global Education Through Service Learning

On Service Learning Trips, volunteers learn about foreign cultures and customs through first-hand experience, reflections, and workshops. By spending time with patients, community members, and medical professionals as well as attending reflective and educational meetings, they are educated on global issues.

The MEDLIFE Nursing service learning trips Week

Nursing Reality Tour
Patient Visits
Educational Reflections


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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.

Download Your Nursing SLT Itinerary

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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.