What We Need
MEDLIFE runs Service Learning Trips in Peru, Ecuador, & Tanzania. Our most popular trip is our Mobile Clinic, where volunteers shadow local medical professionals as they provide low-income communities with high-quality medical care.
A typical Mobile Clinic week includes three days volunteering at the Mobile Clinic, one day working with local community members on a development project, one day completing a tour of the project site, and two days of cultural tourism.
We also offer specialized Service Learning Trips in dentistry, education, and engineering.
When & Who
What we Provide
Your donation goal covers your meals, in-country transportation, and lodging. It also provides funding for all Mobile Clinic expenses (doctors, medicine and equipment), as well as patient follow-up care and materials for infrastructure projects.
Before coming on a MEDLIFE Service Learning Trip, every volunteer fundraises to meet a donation goal of $990.
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Additional Info about Us
Our mission is to build a worldwide movement empowering the poor in their fight for equal access to healthcare, education and a safe home.
15 years ago, a med student named Nick Ellis went on a medical mission to Ecuador. After witnessing the disappointing standard of medical care usually provided on trips, Nick decided to start MEDLIFE. Rather than relying on foreign doctors for short-term missions, MEDLIFE employs local medical professionals year-round. Our local doctors and nurses speak the language, understand cultural norms and know the existing medical infrastructure.
In addition to our medical work, we carry out development projects (like home renovations and public staircases) to reduce the risk of injury and disease. We also bring health education to provide community members with the tools to prevent illness and recognize symptoms early on.
Our work is made possible by a Movement of passionate students across university campuses in the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe. Students join their local MEDLIFE Chapter and work together to fundraise. They also participate in week-long Service Learning Trips to our sites in Ecuador, Peru, and Tanzania. These trips give them the opportunity to learn about global health and shadow local medical professionals at our mobile medical clinics.