We’re excited to have you join us in making a positive impact on low-income communities. Below, you’ll find helpful information to prepare you for your volunteer experience

What To Pack

A successful Service Learning Trip starts with having the right essentials packed so that you can show up as your best self while serving our partner communities. From durable clothing and comfortable walking shoes, to toiletries and documentation, our comprehensive list of what to pack will give you insight into what is needed in order to work in our Mobile Clinics, participate in a development day, and explore the city you are working in. Check out our official lists of what to pack based on the city/country you will be visiting.


What To Donate

MEDLIFE accepts medical donations from our SLT travelers. By bringing extra medical supplies, you are helping our patients to access even more comprehensive care than usual. We have compiled lists of suggested donations for each location we work in, based on what is commonly needed and appreciated.

Cultural Sensitivity

While working in a foreign country with low-income communities, it is of utmost importance that our volunteers keep in mind that cultural sensitivity is one of our main priorities. The purpose of our work is to uplift and empower our patients, and to do so our volunteers need to be educated and mindful about the places they work in. We encourage all of our SLT volunteers to be educated on the best practices to respect our patient’s cultural backgrounds and economic positions. For this, we have a guide that our volunteers can access before they leave on the best cultural sensitivity practices for the location they will be working in.


What To Read/Watch

At MEDLIFE, education is one of our main pillars. On top of our own resources, we have suggestions for movies and books that can help you to open your mind before you embark on your SLT journey. With the themes of these resources in the back of your mind while you are working with the patients, you will be able to provide more compassionate and sustainable care. Check out our list of books and movies that will aid in your SLT journey!


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.