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Grand Canyon and the Navajo

Trip Details

Minimum Registrants: 10
Donation Goal: $1549
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Overview

WITNESS OTHER-WORLDLY Landscapes

This trip will open your eyes to new perspectives as you learn about the rich culture and history of the Navajo Nation with Indigenous guides welcoming you upon their traditional lands. You’ll see ancient petrified sand dunes, towering sandstone cliffs, remarkable hoodoo formations, and of course the majestic Grand Canyon itself. In all of its vast immensity, the word ‘grand’ feels like an understatement for this breathtaking natural wonder. Its iconic silhouettes have expanded over millions of years thanks to the flowing waters of the mighty Colorado River. Water will be another important theme throughout this trip, as we explore the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable resource management in our own home country and in the communities MEDLIFE works with in Latin America and Africa. 

This adventure will not only give you the chance to connect with nature, hike world-renowned trails, and sleep under the stars. On top of all this, it will inspire you to take action as a global citizen with a renewed passion for building a world free from the constraints of poverty.

 

Highlights of the Week:

  • Hike to the stunning Angel’s Landing viewpoint in Zion National Park.
  • Witness the otherworldly sandstone spires or hoodoos of Bryce National Park.
  • Learn about Indigenous heritage with members of the Navajo Nation.
  • Be blown away by the magnificence of the Grand Canyon.

 

Key Pillars

Service: Participate in immersive evening activities & and educational discussions for a deeper understanding of MEDLIFE’s work. Your trip also directly contributes to the feeding of families across our sites.

Environment: Partnering with the ‘Greenest Tour Company’ in San Francisco this trip uses eco-friendly renewable alternative biofuels and participants camp to lower your carbon footprint.

Education: Expert guides will share their knowledge of the unique environments you visit, covering themes like biodiversity and conservation. With a visit to Glen Canyon Dam, you’ll learn about the importance of resource management and access to water.

Life-changing experiences: Witnessing the majesty of the natural world puts life in perspective, while also deepening our motivation to protect the planet’s beauty, diversity, and life-giving resources.

Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Zion National Park

Trip Start 8am from Las Vegas
You will meet the group in Las Vegas this morning before embarking on this epic journey! After going through the safety protocol for the week, you’ll head to Zion National Park. As you arrive, you’re sure to be blown away by its impressive mix of white, pink, and red sandstone cliffs under a brilliant blue sky. Dramatic sand dunes towering above the canyon floor contrasted with lush vegetation at low elevation add to the impressive landscape. Upon arrival, your expert guide will explain the camping guidelines and give you an introduction to the park with a short hike.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 2: Zion National Park

Rise and shine early this morning to enjoy the world-renowned Angel’s Landing hike. The rays of sunlight will illuminate the landscape as you set off on an unforgettable adventure. The trail follows the line of a narrow ridge while ascending 1500 ft (457 meters) above the canyon floor. The spectacular views will take your breath away as you witness the fin-shaped mountain formation of Angel’s Landing jutting out into the main canyon. After returning to the campsite from this half-day hike, enjoy a free afternoon to relax after a truly rewarding morning.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 3: Bryce National Park

A short drive this morning will take you to an elevation of 8000 ft (2438 m) as you reach Bryce National Park. After getting oriented to the park, a mid-morning hike will take the group along the rim to witness the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that create a natural amphitheater effect. You can then head down into the hoodoos to immerse yourself in this dramatic landscape. After a day of exploring, enjoy the evening relaxing by the campfire with your travel buddies as you reflect on the experience so far.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 4: Brief stop at Glen Canyon Dam, Monument Valley Tribal Park

Start your day with a brief stop at Glen Canyon Dam, a striking concrete construction embedded within the rust-colored walls of Glen Canyon. In the context of an extremely dry landscape, the Dam plays an important role in providing water and power to millions of people. Headed south, you’ll continue winding through more spectacular scenery before arriving in Monument Valley National Park of the Navajo Nation for a Jeep Tour of the area. Your Indigenous Navajo guide will introduce you to their culture and history through sharing traditional stories of the land.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 5: Monument Valley Tribal Park, Travel to the Grand Canyon

After a backcountry campout, wake up to the iconic landscapes of Monument Valley. As you take in the views, you’ll continue to learn about Indigenous rights in the US and in the countries where MEDLIFE works internationally. Deepen your understanding of social challenges around the globe while gaining insight into the history of the Navajo people. 

After an eye-opening start to the day, the group will begin the journey to the Grand Canyon.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 6: The Grand Canyon

You’re sure to have seen the Grand Canyon in countless photos, but nothing can prepare you to witness it in person. It’s no wonder that people come from every corner of the globe to be awestruck by this immense sunset-colored chasm into the earth. Enjoy a morning of exploring the park with a scenic hike and plenty of photo opportunities as you take in the breathtaking surroundings. In the afternoon, participate in an immersive educational activity that combines the pillars of any MEDLIFE trip: service, education, environment, and life-changing experiences.

Overnight: Camping

 

Day 7: Return to Las Vegas

Today, you will arrive back in Las Vegas in the mid-afternoon. Take the opportunity to reflect on your experience and what you’ve learned during your trip. The adventure may be coming to an end, but we’re sure the memories will stay with you for a lifetime!

 

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.