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Language Immersion Field Course Sample Itinerary

The goal of our MEDLIFE Field Courses is to provide students with an avenue to learn outside the traditional classroom setting and immerse them in the communities they are learning about. This program is a dynamic combination of interactive Spanish lessons and practicing your language skills, while participating in the MEDLIFE Movement, and interacting with local community members.

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Overview

Whether you’re a blooming polyglot or just a beginner, this immersive course is the perfect opportunity to enhance your Spanish skills. This immersive language field course puts you in the heart of the action, and can be tailored to your ability and adjusted for your needs.

Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: Arrival and overnight at local accommodations.

Day 2: Enjoy a weaving workshop and traditional village with the non-profit, Awamaki. The organization works to preserve rural textile traditions and empower women and girls with education and financial independence.  

Day 3: Participate in a MEDLIFE Mobile Clinic, during which you’ll shadow a local medical professional.

Day 4: Cusco city tour, including highlights like Qorikancha, the Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay – all in Spanish of course!

Day 5: Explore the Cusco market practicing your conversation skills with local vendors.

Day 6: Continue to practice your Spanish as you explore more on an optional itinerary add-on or return home.

Itinerary In Detail

MEDLIFE carefully crafts all of our field courses to provide immersive and authentic experiences for students.

While in the Andean highlands, venture to a traditional weaving community of the Sacred Valley and an interactive weaving workshop. This authentic experience is led by the non-profit organization of Awamaki, a group that works to preserve rural textile traditions and empowers women and girls with education and financial independence.

Next, you’ll participate in a MEDLIFE’s Mobile Clinic in one of the highland communities. Clinics offer quality medical care for community members, and the opportunity to enroll in our follow-up program if long-term care is required. Staffed by local doctors and nurses who speak the local language, understand local systems, and provide culturally sensitive care this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about healthcare in Peru while practicing your language skills. Learn some handy medical terminology while exercising your conversational skills when you communicate with patients.  

Once you are acclimatized, head back to Cusco. Enjoy a tour of this beautiful ancient city, where the legacy of the Incas and Spanish colonizers sit side by side. Visit some of the many incredible sites, such as Qorikancha, the Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay.

After an intensive week of language instruction, add-on an optional tour or excursion. Discover the beautiful Lake Titicaca on a 3-day visit to the supposed birthplace of Inca civilization. The excursion offers great historical significance and first-hand cultural experiences with local communities. Or you could visit the biodiverse Galapagos Islands on a 4-day extension trip in one of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

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.