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San Jose, Costa Rica SLT: May 25 – Jun 02, 2024

Thank you for joining our MEDLIFE Movement through a Service Learning Trip (SLT)! With over 19 years of experience, MEDLIFE is dedicated to sustainable and ethical volunteering. Our mission? Empowering communities in their pursuit of healthcare, education, and safe housing. As an SLT participant, you are joining that worldwide Movement!

To register for a Service Learning Trip with MEDLIFE, a $200 deposit is required. Please note that this deposit is non-refundable. We encourage you to review our SLT booking conditions, including our cancellation policies. For additional details and safety guidelines, visit our FAQs and travel safe page.

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Enhance your MEDLIFE SLT with add-ons through Goodlife Expeditions. Beyond travel, Goodlife supports MEDLIFE’s vital projects and patient care. Profits from your trip directly fuel these initiatives. Add options before or after your trip during booking!

 

BEFORE YOUR SLT

 

 

 

 

 

$854 USD
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PURA VIDA EXPEDITION: FROM RAINFOREST TO SURFBOARD (4D/3N)

Explore Rincón de la Vieja with a hike to Oropendula Waterfall. Experience a wildlife-rich boat tour in Palo Verde. Delve into Guaitil Town’s culture, surf in Tamarindo, and relax at Hacienda Guachipelin.

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FULL DAY AFTER SLT

 

 

 

 

 

$150 USD
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EXPLORING MANUEL ANTONIO (FULL DAY)

Manuel Antonio National Park will be the center of attention in this tour where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the rich biodiversity of the area, paired with a wealth of activities.

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AFTER YOUR SLT

 

 

 

 

 

$716 USD
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ARENAL TO CARTAGO: RAINFORESTS, RUINS, & MORE (4D/3N)

Discover Costa Rica’s beauty and culture in a 4-day journey. From La Fortuna’s Arenal Volcano to Lake Arenal and Catarata de la Fortuna, enjoy hot springs, Maleku traditions, and historic Cartago ruins.

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Highlights of the Week:

  • Learn about the challenges faced by low-income communities on a Reality Tour
  • Gain experience shadowing healthcare professionals at a Mobile Clinic
  • Help bring safer homes to families with a Development Project
  • Build bridges across cultures by connecting with community members

Key Pillars

  • Service: By volunteering on a Service Learning Trip, you’ll directly help bring accessible medical care, health education, and a safer home to the marginalized communities you visit.
  • Environment: Service Learning Trips are created with sustainability in mind. From learning about how Indigenous communities live sustainably in the Tena to building traditional corn dryers in Cusco, we aim to preserve the environments in which we operate.
  • Education: Learn about the historical, political, and economic factors that have shaped the realities faced by families. Deepen your knowledge of global health by shadowing healthcare professionals.
  • Life-changing experiences: Through eye-opening experiences and building human connections, a Service Learning Trip will renew your passion for building a world free from the constraints of poverty.

Travel & safety

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When you sign up for a Service Learning Trip, you are automatically registered for medical emergency insurance for the duration of your trip. Visit our travel safe page or email us at [email protected] to learn more.

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.