MEDLIFE’s core values prioritize public health and community impact, so you can be sure that we are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep our volunteers and community members safe while traveling. Here is how.

New Service Learning, Same Impact

The world around us has changed, but MEDLIFE remains committed to both our partner communities and our student communities around the world. As we continue with our response to COVID-19, we have established new and innovative ways to offer service-learning experiences to volunteers.

We are thrilled to introduce our new measures and opportunities that prioritize public health and safety during a once-in-a-lifetime MEDLIFE trip.

The ABC’s of Safe Travel With MEDLIFE


Above and Beyond Precautions

Travel with confidence and know that MEDLIFE takes safety seriously. We encourage you to read this page in conjunction with our FAQs and booking conditions. 

Our organization is implementing the safety and security protocols recommended by the World Travel and Tourism Council which can be found here. In addition to meeting local requirements in all destinations where we operate, we will ensure the following as measures of extra precaution:

Vaccination Requirements

All volunteers must present proof of full vaccination as per latest government recommendations during the trip booking process. Unvaccinated volunteers will not be permitted to participate.

Pre-Trip Safety Review & Revamped Safety Briefing

All participants must attend a mandatory Pre-Trip Safety Review aimed to ensure that all participants are aware of MEDLIFE procedures, precautions, and protocols. Upon arrival, volunteers will attend an extensive safety briefing that includes new protective equipment along with N95 masks. We will fit our masks during the safety briefing and review safety protocols once again.

Daily Vehicle Sanitization

Our vehicles will be sanitized and disinfected daily. While our vehicles have always been cleaned at the end of each tour, we are implementing additional precautions in response to the pandemic. This helps ensure that our guides, drivers, and volunteers stay safe.

Driver and Trip Leader Protection and Testing

We require drivers, staff, and trip leaders to receive frequent health screening. Hand sanitizer will be available.

Social Distancing & Masks

Social distancing of 6+ feet apart will be required throughout the trip. Masks are compulsory and will be provided by MEDLIFE. Our trip leader will be responsible for the daily health check-ins of individual participants. If a participant is demonstrating symptoms, they will be separated from the group and we will coordinate a medical visit. A doctor will have to clear you before rejoining the trip.  

COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Options

As with any SLT, medical emergency insurance is included. This will include coverage for medical emergencies related to COVID-19. It also includes coverage for trip delay and trip interruption. (See your policy for coverage limits and further details).


Booking Flexibility

We understand that we are in a time of constant change, so our booking flexibility reflects that. Check out our booking conditions and frequently asked questions to learn more about our cancellation policies.


Community Safety

As travel returns, we will continue to be in constant communication with our partner communities in Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania, and new communities to understand their needs and concerns regarding COVID-19. We will only be taking student volunteers to communities that have explicitly expressed their comfort and enthusiasm. When visiting our partner communities along with requiring strict social distancing and use of masks, our focus will be on projects that allow our students to support communities while maintaining a safe distance. This ensures a positive impact to the community while maintaining the safety of vulnerable populations. 

Safety During Mobile Clinics

We are implementing new protocols to help volunteers and community members stay safe during Mobile Clinics. Clinics will be located at sites in areas with open airflow and we will have an enhanced sanitation process for clinic materials, including tables, chairs, and other equipment. Any patients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be screened by a medical professional and separated to avoid contact with trip participants. At the end of the day, we will host educational Post-Clinic Activities outdoors (PCAs) outdoors, rather than in hotel conference rooms. 

Direct Impact

With 15+ years in operation, MEDLIFE is ready to create an impact even if volunteers are unable to do the physical work. Every single trip with MEDLIFE will still be supporting our medical, educational, and community development work. During your travels, we will have guest speakers such as staff, local professionals, or community members, to tell you about the impact your trip is making in partner communities. Whether it be a new staircase or home, a Mobile Clinic, a series of educational workshops, or a myriad of other things, your trip will have a direct impact in the same way any classic MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip does.



Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, our trips have special booking conditions and waivers in place in order to protect travelers and communities. Click below to view the required documents or visit our Booking Conditions page to learn more.


Additional RESOURCES 

Do you have questions about our safety protocols? Are you a parent or professor looking for more information? Contact [email protected] to arrange a call with a representative from MEDLIFE HQ. 

For more information about Service Learning Trip safety protocols and booking conditions, visit our FAQs.


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.