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Dental Clinic Sample Itinerary

Dental Clinic is a week-long Service Learning Trip that allows students interested in dentistry to work side by side with local professionals supporting a Mobile Dental Clinic. The clinic, and involvement of students on the trip, will provide necessary dental treatment to communities living in the remote areas outside Lima, Peru. During MEDLIFE Mobile Clinics, we always offer a dental station — it’s consistently one of the most-requested services. But the dentists are only able to treat 15 patients a day. With a specialty Dental Clinic, we can expand our reach and provide quality dental care to more people.

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Overview

Throughout the course of this week, students will support local dentists while providing dental screening and treatment in the communities in Lima’s urban settlements and in the MEDVIDA Dental Clinic.

Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Arrival and overnight at MEDLIFE hostel in Lima.

Day 2: Participate in an optional walking tour to familiarize yourself with the area and culture where you will be working with this week.

Day 3: Take an immersive Reality Tour through the Southern Cone of Lima where you will learn more about the geographical, political, and social realities of the region.

Days 4-6: Shadow local dentists during routine dental appointments, and at least one specialized surgery or treatment.

Day 7: Spend some time in a local school leading dental education workshops with kids, teaching proper dental hygiene.  

Day 8: Explore more of your location on some of our optional itinerary add-ons or return home.

Itinerary In Detail

Throughout the week, you’ll work interactively with patients and dentists by performing a variety of tasks including patient registration, station set-up, instrument preparation, and shadowing dentists throughout procedures like extractions, fillings, and cleanings. Round out your week giving an interactive dental workshop to students at a local school.

In addition to providing treatment, the clinics also offer educational workshops for patients to learn about dental health and self-care topics to raise awareness, break stigmas, and provide patients with the tools to lead healthier lives.

After a transformative week of development, add-on an optional tour or excursion. Head to some of the highlights of Peru on a Machu Picchu Getaway where you’ll journey through Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu. Or visit the biodiverse Amazon Jungle on this immersive 4-day extension trip through the rainforest.

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
Parent

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.